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Inside the Brick Academy - The Newsletter of The Historical Society of the Somerset HillsThe Latest Edition of "Inside the Brick Academy" is out to the membership.
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Historic Image Spotlight

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The Greatest Oak Tree in the Western Hemisphere

The Historic Oak Tree of Basking Ridge is in the News

It's known as the great white oak and is the pride of Bsking Ridge, New Jersey. Situated at the center of downtown Basking Ridge, just to the right of the historic 1717 Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, sits the great white oak. The tree is the essence of the history of Basking Ridge.

Before we get started, it's important to note that there is disagreement as to the actual age of the great white oak that stands over the Presbyterian Church in the downtown section of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The tree is iconic. It's historic, and it's certainly been around longer than anyone that we can tell in our recorded history... Read More

THSSH has Immediate Openings/Volunteer PositionsPlease consider volunteering today!

To apply for a Volunteer position, please drop us a note with your first three choices and we';; be in touch. Use the form on the Contact Us page or call us at 908- 221-1770.

Memberships - Chairperson
Bookstore Volunteer
Building Maintenance Lead
Community Outreach Chairperson
Hospitality Chairperson
Public Relations Chairperson
Speaker Series Chairperson
Publicity Chairperson

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The Game of Guesses:
Online Series: #Diginthearchives

GuessA fun new series was started on Facebook to that gives people a change to guess the image and post their memories.

Thousands of people have logged in to guess photos that have been pulled from the archives of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH).
Come see what it's all about. Lots of great stories and guesses from our participants...
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THSSH Submits Grant to Purchase Rickey Property

THSSH Applies for Grant to Purchase Rickey HouseThe Historical Society of the Somerset Hills has submitted an application to the 2016 Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission Historic Preservation Grant Program to purchase a historic home in Basking Ridge.

Dan Lincoln, the Society president, and Cynthia Crosson, worked diligently to complete this exciting application. The application, submitted to the County on April 22, seeks funds to purchase the Peppard Rickey House which is located next door to the Brick Academy at 37 West Oak Street.

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THSSH Welcomes New Trustee

New THSSH Board Member Cynthia CrossonThe THSSH is pleased to introduce Cynthia Crosson to the Board of Trustees at The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. Currently living in Bedminster, Cynthia has spent most of her life in New Jersey and loves the beauty and history of the state. She grew up in Westfield and lived in Ridgewood for seven years after spending time in Germany, Columbus, Ohio and St. Louis, MO. She has lived in Bedminster for the past 14 years. Cynthia has a BA in Russian Area Studies, Boston College/Newton and a  MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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Charter DayCharter Day Street Fair & Festival
Another Great One - May 21, 2016

Expect visitors to the downtown Basking Ridge section of Bernards Twp celebration to reach over 10,000 as the festivities commence with the Town Crier conducting the opening ceremonies on the downtown green at 11am.

Bernards Twp includes the areas including Basking Ridge, Lyons, Liberty Corner, and West Millington.

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Speaker Series is Coming Back

Two of the biggest changes to the Somerset Hills were ATT and 287 - just two topics for consideration at Storytime"Storytime- The Somerset Hills" is coming!

So what were some of the greatest memories of life in the Somerset Hills. What was the most impactful?

Come sit down and take a journey back in time as our special guests discuss what it was like “back in the day.” There are so many great stories to tell and we wanted to showcase local history in the area with human accounts and real experiences. ... Learn More



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THSSH 2015 Year In Review - Annual Report

THSSH Annual ReportIts incredible how quickly a year can pass.

Take a look back as we present our annual report.

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This Day in History - Somerset HillsThis Day in History in Somerset Hills - Your Towns, Your History

A new project called This Day in History in Somerset Hills will begin to document fun historic facts of events that have occurred in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. Submit your own facts that you know.

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History Exhibit at THSSHWhat Put Somerset Hills on the Map

A new permanent exhibit is now at the Brick Academy - A permanent exhibit that showcases the Somerset Hills - Bedminster, Peapack-Gladstone, Far Hills, Bernardsville, and Basking Ridge/Bernards Township - is on display at the Brick Academy.

We're very excited to bring everyone to show off the the jewels of the Somerset Hills.

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The Blairsden Video SeriesThe Blairsden Estate History Video Series

One of the most exciting open house events, the Mansion in May allows a glimpse into the grandeur of the gilded age at the turn of the 20th century. Take a step back in time as narrator W. Barry Thomson and Brooks Betz collaborate again to bring you the Blairsden History Series: The Estate Tour.

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Historic Original Brick Academy Students booksOriginal 1888 Brick Academy Student's School Books Come Home

Donated by the great, great, great grandson of Basking Ridge resident Michael Scheuereman, two antique books that once belonged to the Brick Academy student William Scheuereman were recently donated to THSSH. Take a step back in time and come see these great pieces of our local history. Printed back in 1888 by D. Appleton and Company of New York, they're now on display at THSSH at the Brick Academy.


Did Betsy Ross Die in Basking Ridge as Mrs. Claypool?Local Lore

Betsy Ross, Was She Really Buried in Basking Ridge?

Betsy Ross in Basking Ridge
Over the past two decades, more than half a dozen references to this story have been uncovered in our archives at the Brick Academy and in the files of the Bernards Township Library History Room. The first mention appeared in a clippings scrapbook compiled by retired physician, Dr. William Pennington, who lived around the turn of the 19th century and spent much of his life collecting newspaper articles
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Lorraine Passmore Scholarship FundHistory Scholarship Program

The Lorraine Passmore Historic Preservation Scholarship Program honors a dedicated member and encourages historic preservation practice. Read more

A Digital Gem - Ludwig Schumacher's The Somerset Hills - c1900Digital Gems - Rare Books - Free Downloads

The Library of Congress, with a grant provided by the Sloan Foundation, has digitized a fantastic book that was originally published back in 1900 totally dedicated to the Somerset Hills area. Read about Bedminster, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, and all the other great areas.

Full of facts, background, and some great story telling that dates back to the early 17th century. The complete book is 135 pages, but they are small. Images included as well.

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Biography of Dr. Robert Finley

Take a trip back in time to one of the founders of Basking Ridge, Reverend Robert Finley. Discussions include Slave trade, our National Policy and more. Written in 1857 by Rev. Isaac V. Brown. Clcik Here


Commemorative Edition - Arcadia History Series
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Inside America Limited Edition Bernards 250 edition

This sure to be a classic Bernards Township local collectible, "Around and About - Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, and Lyons - a 148 page limited release and only available from the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.
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