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Ridge High School Student Designs Museum Exhibit at Brick Academy Museum

To commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) collaborated with a Ridge High School student to design an exhibit for the Brick Academy Museum.  Ridge High School junior, Alexa Saylan, worked with several THSSH trustees to research archived materials and collect historical artifacts in order to create this exhibit, which also includes a log from the historic Old Oak Tree.

History of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church Exhibit

The new exhibit celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church.

"History has been one of Alexa’s favorite subjects in high school.  She hopes to pursue it as a major in college."  says Alexa'a dad, Kurt Saylan.  Alexa'a mother, Dr. Monica Ligueros-Saylan adds "We appreciate The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills giving Alexa the opportunity to volunteer in a field she is passionate about as well as allowing her to learn more about the township she calls home."

Designer Alexa

Visit the Brick Academy Museum at 15 W. Oak Street in Basking Ridge to view this exhibit.  The exhibit will be on display through the end of this year the first Sunday of each month.

Additional Information

For more information about the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church (BRPC) 300th Anniversary please visit the BRPC website - Click Here

Submitted: March 6, 2017

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.

About The Brick Academy

BR_Brick_Academy_Sketch_08_sm.jpgThe 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.



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