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The Second Keepsake is available now!
By overwhelming demand, the 2nd Keepsake to the Somerset Hills Historic Village will be the historic 1717 Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church alongside the historic 619 year old historic white oak tree!
Reserve yours today! Will be available sometime before the Bernards Township Charter Day Celebration,
THSSH announces the 2nd Keepsake in the Somerset Hills History Village
THSSH Launches Historic Somerset Hills Village Keepsake Collection
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the first historical society in the area, THSSH is proud to announce the launch of the Historic Somerset Hills Village Keepsake Collection. In partnership with the renowned Cat's Meow Village Company, THSSH introduces its first collectible in the collection - the Historic 1809 Brick Academy, home to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. The wooden collectible is available online starting in January 2018 and will also be available at the Brick Academy Museum store.
Inaugural Keepsake - The 1809 Brick Academy
The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a fundraising program that also honors historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of our community. The inaugural keepsake, the historic Brick Academy, celebrates the iconic Basking Ridge Village building that is listed on both the state and national historic registries, and serves as the home to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.
Additional keepsakes will be added to the Somerset Hills collection as part of a multi-year effort to promote and preserve history in the Somerset Hills including Bedminster, Bernards Twp., Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone. Brooks Betz, THSSH programming chair noted "There are so many great historic icons in the Somerset Hills and we're really excited to launch our keepsake program in conjunction with the Society's 90th anniversary. We plan on adding additional keepsakes throughout the year and will even sponsor a contest where the public gets to vote for a future keepsake." The keepsake is meant to display on a counter or shelf. It is made of a sturdy 3/4" handmade wood block and then painted.
Many people collect other village pieces and build a village collection. The creations are part of the historic Cat's Meow Village Collection, which has been producing iconic wood ornaments for over 35 years.
THSSH will produce limited batches of the Somerset Hills Keepsake Village and maintain a small inventory at THSSH's headquarters at the Brick Academy.
How do I Get One?
Fundraiser Price: $25
Click Here to order today.
Actual Village Piece with K-Cup (for scale)
The Cat’s Meow Village is a small company birthed in Wooster, Ohio in 1982 from one simple wooden house Faline cutout on her grandfather’s saw in the loft of the hog barn. 35 years later, Jones with her crew continues to craft "little wooden buildings" of local, national, and international landmarks that spark memories and kindle smiles on the faces of “real life adventurers” like you.
8" wide x 4.5" high
Make your voice heard. Here's your chance to nominate the next Cat's Meow Historic Somerset Hills collectible. Just fill out the form below and we'll gather and create a contest to vote later this Spring.
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
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.
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