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myHistory Folder Project Overview
For over 90 years, The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) has been collecting and storing family history archives with information gathered from newspapers, photo archives, documents, real estate transactions and more to preserve profiles of properties and families from the Somerset Hills community. THSSH currently has family folders on over 200 families! Now, THSSH members can be part of the this historic archive collection by adding your history to the growing archive called the "myHistory Folder Project." Create a gift for future generations by documenting YOUR family history.
"This is a great opportunity for our membership to make a mark and add to this great collection," says Brooks Betz, Program Chair at THSSH. "The intent is to build on some of the great family names that are already in our archive and give members a chance to participate and plant some roots in the area." Mr. Betz is talking about the family archives that are currently stored in the walk-in vault at the Brick Academy, home to the Historical Society. "Our lower level is a complete reference room, including books, files, photos, maps, and more. We also have a computer with internet and volunteer reference researchers that are available to help members with the myHistory folder project," stated Betz.
How the myHistory folder Project Works
On a yearly basis, the THSSH will organize a social event to allow you to come and visit your folder. Add updates that Come back once a year by special invitation to add to your folder. Details will be provided to all participants probably a month before the event is scheduled.
Go to the Bernards Twp library and view for free!
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About The Brick Academy
The Brick Academy (also known as the Basking Ridge Classical Schoolhouse) is a 1809 Federal-style architectural structure located in the center of Basking Ridge in Bernards Township. The Brick Academy has been a boys’ private preparatory school, a public school, a meeting hall for several fraternal and benevolent organizations, and the Bernards Township municipal building. It currently serves as the headquarters of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, as well as a schoolhouse and museum to local history. The Brick Academy also celebrated its bicentennial in 2009.
About the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)
Founded in 1928 originally as the Historical Society of Basking Ridge, the mission and name of the society was later changed to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization including all five communities of the Somerset Hills region: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville ,Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone which are all located in Somerset County, New Jersey.
The mission of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) is to acquire, conserve and share local artifacts and information on matters of local historic interest; cultivate interest in local history; encourage the preservation of local historic resources; facilitate historic research; and preserve, operate, and interpret the Brick Academy.
To further this mission, THSSH sponsors events and activities that promote community awareness and appreciation of the history and architecture of the Somerset Hills. THSSH headquarters is at the Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, where our collections of items of local historic interest are available to the public.
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