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Young Historians Program

THSSH Young Historians

Volunteer Community Service Opportunities

THSSH is a great place to get your 25 hour high school volunteer community service hours. And you can do it all in one place for one organization and keep it simple. Whether it's genealogy, American history, or architectural history, we'll continue to expand our collection of materials suitable for students of all ages. Below are a few of the offerings:

  • Create a Young Historian program. Work with the Programming Committee and learn everything that’s needed to create a program or event from planning thru post follow up. (All year) (20+ hours credit depending on activity or event)
  • Haunted Walking Tour Zombies: We need 2-3 zombies to dress up and participate in our haunted walking tour on Sunday, October 29, 2017.
  • Art Program: Work with the Ridge Art Club to update the Charter Day Billboard of King George (Due before May 2018) (5-10 hours credit)
  • Be a museum docent at Somerset County History Weekend at the Brick Academy (Oct 14-15) (5-10 hours credit)
  • Research and write a story about a historic event or “Growing up in Basking Ridge” essay. 2-5 pages (5 hours credit)
  • Attend an Elder Voices program. Take notes and prepare an article on the next Elderly Voices program at the Brick Academy Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 (5 hours credit)
  • Help with a holiday craft project for kids (December) (5 hours credit)
  • Create an Essay: "Growing up in....... (Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, or any town in the Somerset Hills. 2-4 typed pages (5 hour credit)
  • Research Assistant: THSSH receives research requests from the public all the time. Work with one of our volunteer researchers and help research and draft a response for the request (5-20 hours depending on request). All Year
  • Build a “History in a Box”: Work with THSSH Programming Committee alongside Ms. Kristin Fox (Social Studies Supervisor to update the “History in a Box” program where you get to choose what goes into the box, do the research of what’s in the box, and why it belongs in the box (typically small items taken from THSSH storage. The box is then shared with teachers in the Somerset Hills to use with their class (typically 3-8th grades. Year long. (25+ hours).

THSSH Supervisor Contact:  Brooks Betz Simply select one of the available activities. Some activities are limited to only a few volunteers, so it is a first come, first serve process so act quickly.

Ridge HS Community Service Info:

Do You Know Your Local History? Take the Quiz*

* Created by THSSH Young Historian Volunteer Rachel Betz in 2017

THSSH Young Historians

Since the home to the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is a former school, it's only appropriate that there's a fun interactive learning experience for our areas youth. The 1809 Federal-style Brick Academy located in the center of Basking Ridge 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.

Programs Run By Students

While THSSH continues to expand the program, we are always looking for young historians that not only want to learn about history, but to actually run a young minded program. There have been walking tours, speaker series, and educational events designed, planned, and executed by our THSSH Student members. To get involved, simply drop us a note and someone from the Program Committee will be in touch.

Pitch a Young Historian program idea now!
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New Campaign and a FREE THSSH Student Membership

The publisher of The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project is offering a one use coupon in its book that offers a free one year membership to THSSH, including the Young Historians program. It's a fantastic one time offer to students in the area that want to participate in a great program. Supported by the HSSH Education Committee, it's a great way to get involved.

The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project

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Check out the new Young Historians Coloring Program

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Somerset Hills History Coloring Book

Young Historians Corner

  • Youth oriented programs
  • Teaching tools, programs and aids
  • Tours designed for kids
  • Scout and Brownie programs
  • Coloring kits and workbooks
  • History in a Box - Come borrow objects for your class. Lesson plan included (in the works)
  • Crafts - Build your own Brick Academy ornament
  • Coloring Kits and Workbooks all available at THSSH

    Somerset Hills History Coloring Book
    Passport to Historic Bernards Township
    Researched, designed and planned as a Girl Scout Bronze Award project by Junior Girl Scout Troops 138 and 988. The Girl Scout Bronze award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn.

    Along with detailed descriptions of sites around the township, there is a place to provide 8 passport stickers to show that you've read and visited the sites. (A great learning guide for parents as well).

    Booklets are available at THSSH.


As the THSSH Young Historian program expands, please consider volunteering to work on this important effort.

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to volunteer, or to suggest a program for our kids.

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the Brick Academy
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Street Address:
The Historical Society
of the Somerset Hills
15 West Oak Street,
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 221-1770

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Hours of Operation:
Museum Open
First Sunday
of each month
(except Summer
and Holidays)
Research Room

By Appointment Only




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