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THSSH Joins Online New Jersey History Community

Ever wonder how your New Jersey ancestors made cherry pies or discussed women’s issues in the 1800s?  You can now immerse yourself in these and other historical experiences while sitting at home with your pajamas on.  The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) has posted a new online exhibit of farm and kitchen tools as well as archival records related to the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church (BRPC) and the famous Basking Ridge Oak Tree as it debuts on the New Jersey Digital website (NJDH).

A contraption that pits and slices cherries and an 1889 BRPC flyer announcing “A Lecture to Ladies Only” on “The Perils and Possibilities of Womanhood” are just two of the items in the exhibit.  And THSSH is just one stop on NJDH, an online treasure trove of historical and cultural information from archives, libraries and museums throughout the state of New Jersey.  THSSH joins a Who’s Who of New Jersey institutions already on the highway, including the Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Library, Clarence Dillon Public Library and the New Jersey Historical Society.

NJDH, which is hosted by Rutgers University Libraries, is a community repository designed to preserve the state’s cultural resources and artifacts for use by citizens, educators, researchers and students through digitization, online access and digital preservation.  Resources are available 24/7 and maintained in perpetuity. “Our new partnership with NJDH is a great way to help celebrate THSSH’s 90th birthday this year,” said Cynthia Crosson, THSSH archivist who spearheaded the effort.  “A true marriage of the old with the new.  Starting in March, we will be adding new records documenting our organization’s collections and history on a continuing basis.”


About The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)

THSSH logoFounded 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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