Somerset County Historical Associations – New Jersey


HISTORIC / PRESERVATION ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING SOMERSET COUNTY

Somerset County is based almost in the center of New Jersey centered by Routes 287 and Route 78.


BOUND BROOK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

PO Box 508

Bound Brook, NJ   08805

Contact:  Karen Fritz

Phone:  (732) 672-4435

Type of Organization: Historic, Community Service, Non-profit

Purpose:  To preserve historic assets in the Borough of Bound Brook and sponsor various community activities.

Membership Events:  Meeting as necessary and Annual Battle of Bound Brook.

BRANCHBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Andrew Ten Eyck House

671 Old York Road

Branchburg, NJ   08876

Contact:  William Schleicher, Secretary

Phone:  (908) 722-2124

Type of Organization:  Historic, Non-profit

Purpose:  To promote and preserve the history of Branchburg Township.

GRIGGSTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

One Room Schoolhouse

1065 Canal Road

Griggstown, NJ

Mailing Address

Mr. John Allen

86 Jamestown Road

Belle Mead, NJ 08502

Contact: Mr. John Allen, President

Phone: (908) 359-3589

Type of Organization: Historic, Non-profit

Purpose: To preserve and restore historic buildings; also to uphold the historical background of the area.

Membership Events: Meetings and programs

Public Events: Greens & Goodies Sale in December.  Provides a local community center for the public to become informed on local issues.

HERITAGE TRAIL ASSOCIATION

The Van Horne House

941 East Main Street

Bridgewater, NJ  08807

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 590

Bound Brook, NJ  08805

Contact: Monique Rubens Krohn, Executive Director

Phone: (732) 356-8856

Fax: (732) 560-8572

For information: info@heritagetrail.org

e-mail: monique@heritagetrail.org

Web site: www.heritagetrail.org

Type of Organization: Private, Non-profit

Purpose: Dedicated to creatively celebrating and educating the public about New Jersey’s role in our nation’s history, Heritage Trail Association connects people to history through innovative, creative and engaging history programming.

Public Events: HTA provides community education through exhibits, presentations, lectures, tours, products, and history programs. It also provides K-12 programming through tours      and presentations, in and off school sites and at the Van Horne House. The house is also available by reservation for private and public meetings, receptions and other events.

THE MEADOWS FOUNDATION, INC.

1289 Easton Avenue

Somerset, NJ 08873

Phone: (732) 828-7418

Contact: Mark Else, Executive Director

Phone: (732) 846-3345

e-mail: else@patmedia.net

Web site: http://themeadowsfoundation.org

Type of Organization: Private, Non-profit

Purpose: To preserve and restore historic houses under the supervision of the Meadows Foundation; including seven properties: the Syman Van Wickle House, the Blackwells Mills Canal House, the Hageman Farm, the Wyckoff-Garretson House, the Van Liew-Suydam House, Tulipwood and the Franklin Inn & Used Bookstore; main goals include historic preservation, restoration, presentation and promotion of the cultural, creative, historic performing arts and  activities

Public Events: The Meadows Foundation sponsors numerous Colonial Re-enactments and authentic historic demonstrations; Pumpkin Patch and Easter Egg Jamboree (outdoor holiday events for children); Sinterklass Festival (Winter Festival in the Dutch tradition); a Candlelight Concert Series: Professional Performing Art Series; Fireside Chats featuring a variety of topics; Living History Series; art & craft exhibitions / shows; Canoe races and the Vergano Nature Conservancy. The Van Wickle House, Hageman Farm, and Tulipwood are available for rental purposes including weddings, special affairs and receptions. The park at the Van Wickle House location is open to the public. Open Houses are scheduled on the 2nd Sunday of each month, from 1 – 3 P.M. Guided tours of all historic sites are available during all events open to the public.

Historic Sites under the auspices

of the Meadows Foundation:

Blackwells Mills Canal House

598 Canal Road

Somerset, NJ  08873

Phone: (732) 873-2133

Franklin Inn & Used Bookstore

2371 Amwell Road

East Millstone, NJ 08873

Phone: (732) 873-5244

Contact: Jan ten Broeke

Phone: (732) 873-2999

Hageman Farm

209 South Middlebush Road

Somerset, NJ 08873

Contact: Bob Hosh, Resident Caretaker

Phone: (732) 873-1407

Contact: Maryanne McMillan

Phone: (908) 789-2206

Symen Van Wickle House

1289 Easton Avenue

Somerset, NJ 08873

Contact: Carol Sas, House Secretary for house rentals

Phone: (732) 249-5474

Tulipwood

1165 Hamilton Street

East Millstone, NJ 08873

Contact: Howard Levine, Chairman

Phone: (732) 937-5708

Phone: 732-828-2999

The Van Liew Suydam House

280 South Middlebush Road

Somerset, NJ  08873

Contact: Gary Randolph

Phone: (732) 310-7383

Wyckoff-Garretson House

215 South Middlebush Road

Somerset, NJ  08873

Contact: Mark Else

Phone: (732) 846-3345

MILLSTONE VALLEY PRESERVATION COALITION
492 River Road

Belle Mead, NJ 08502

Contact: Elizabeth Palius, President

Phone: (908) 874-3820

e-mail: sidpalius@att.net

Contact: Jan ten Broeke, Vice President

e-mail:  tenjaba@bellatlantic.net

Phone: (732) 873-2999

Type of Organization: Public, Non-profit; Historic & Environmental

Purpose: To Preserve the history, environment and quality of life in the Millstone Valley; Sponsor for the Millstone Valley Scenic By-way.

Membership Events:  Meets bi-monthly, and as necessary. New members are always welcome.

NATIONAL SOCIETY

OF THE CHILDREN OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Pis-Cat-A-Qua Society

446 Wheeler Road

North Brunswick, NJ  08902-2710

Contact: Barbara Pollison – Beck

Phone: H (732) 422-1973

Type of Organization: Genealogical, Historical, Non-profit Service Organization for children and young adults.

Purpose: To promote the study of American history and build leadership skills.

Membership Events: Local / State / National meetings and events.

NATIONAL SOCIETY

OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Basking Ridge Chapter

9 Fairmount Road, West

Califon, NJ  07830

Contact: Mary Elizabeth Young, Regent

Phone: (908) 832-2485

Fax: (908) 832-2485

Web site: www.dar.org

Type of Organization: Private, Non-profit; Membership requirement: ancestor who assisted the Revolutionary War effort.

Purpose: A national society founded by women for historical, educational and patriotic purposes.

Membership Events: Monthly meetings most months from September to June; programs for children; participation in various community events.

Public Events: Participation in the annual Festival of Trees & Lord Stirling 1770s Festival; occasional displays at the Basking Ridge and Bernardsville Libraries.

NATIONAL SOCIETY

OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Camp Middlebrook Chapter

305 Park Place

Bound Brook, NJ  08805

Contact: Laurel J. Grube, Regent

Phone: (732) 469-7624

e-mail: Lgrube@worldnet.att.net

Web site: www.dar.org

Type of Organization: Patriotic, Volunteer Service, Non-profit

Purpose: To assist in historic preservation, promote patriotism, foster education

Membership Events: Meetings, Historic Pilgrimage

Public Events: Participation in Memorial Day Parade; sponsorship of four area high school students as “Good Citizens” at statewide DAR Awards Day; Sponsorship of DAR Fashion Design Contest.  Participation in historical events as they occur.

NATIONAL SOCIETY

OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Elizabeth Snyder- Continental Chapter

77 Willow Avenue

North Plainfield, NJ 07060

Contact:  Ruth Ryno, Regent

Phone: (908) 561-4236 evenings

e-mail: bruryno@aol.com

Web site: www.dar.org

Type of Organization: Genealogical, historical, Non-profit service organization

Purpose: History, education and patriotism; historic preservation; promoting education and the study of American history; patriotic endeavors.

Membership Events: Monthly meetings (weekday evenings) featuring historical programs; participation in state and national events.

Public Events: Constitution Week exhibits; sponsorship of state and national DAR scholarships and contests; American History Month Essay Contest; DAR Good Citizens; Young Homemakers Sewing Contest; presentation of Community Service Awards; sponsorship of the Junior American Citizens Division at the Somerset County 4-H Fair (open to all children pre-K through   high school).

NORTH PLAINFIELD EXEMPTS FIREMEN’S MUSEUM

300 Somerset Street

North Plainfield, NJ  07060

Contact: David Murphy

Phone: (908) 757-5720

Fax: (908) 757-7383

e-mail: npexempts@juno.com

Type of Organization: Firemen’s Museum, Non-profit

Purpose: To preserve the history of firefighting and its apparatus; to display several pieces of antique fire equipment c.1800, including silver hose cart from NYC, built in 1850.

Public Events: Open 1st Sunday of every month from April until November.  Please call to arrange for group tours.

OLD MILLSTONE FORGE ASSOCIATION, INC.

North River Street

Millstone, NJ

Mailing Address:

611 Canal Road

Somerset, NJ  08873

Contact: R.J. Robinson

Phone: (908) 448-6624

www.oldmillstoneforge.org

Type of Organization: Historical, Educational, Non-profit

Purpose: To maintain a restored 18th century blacksmith’s shop, available to the public as a museum.

Public Events: Demonstration of blacksmithing on Sundays, April through June and mid-September through November.

RARITAN-MILLSTONE HERITAGE ALLIANCE

P.O. Box 5583

Somerset, NJ  08873-5583

Contact: Peter Primavera, President

Phone: (732) 247-8880

Fax: (732) 247-2888

e-mail : pprimavera@crcg.net

Type of Organization: Private, Non-profit

Purpose: To preserve and promote the rich and eventful historical heritage and culture of Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset County sites along the Raritan and Millstone Rivers, from Perth Amboy   on the Raritan to Princeton on the Millstone; to focus on educational and interpretive activities and materials; to promote, publicize and develop programs showcasing      historic resources along the river trails.

Membership Events: Meetings held monthly on the 3rd Thursday at alternating sites, except July and August; publication and distribution of The Link newsletter three times a year, highlighting area history, activities and often unknown fun facts and legends.

Public Events: Self-guided theme tours; a detailed guide to the most interesting small and large cemeteries within two miles of either river and The Raritan-Millstone Heritage Alliance Guide to Historic Sites in Central Jersey are available upon request.

HISTORIC ROCKINGHAM / ROCKINGHAM ASSOCIATION

P.O. Box 496

Kingston, NJ  08528

Phone: (609)-683-7132

Fax: (609) 683-7136

Web site: www.rockingham.net

Type of Organization: Association, Private, Non-profit

Purpose: To work in partnership with the state of New Jersey,    to help restore, furnish and interpret Rockingham; to promote quality programming by supporting and working with the Stony Brook Garden Club and the Montgomery High School’s “Live Historians” Club.

Membership Events: Spring Invitational, usually held in June; subscription to the site’s newsletter, The Sundial; 10% discount  in museum store; notices of upcoming events and special programs.

Public Events: Candlelight holiday event held in December, features music, interpreters in 18th century period dress, a spinning demonstration and light refreshments; Children’s Day, in May, offers an Open House Tour of the Children’s Museum, with games, dress-up and activities for children.  Open to the public: Wed.-Sat. 10:00 A.M. – Noon and 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.; Sun. 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.; closed Mon. & Tues., all state and federal holidays and Wednesdays following a state or federal holiday    that falls on a Monday or Tuesday.

ROCKY HILL COMMUNITY GROUP

Amy Garrett House

62 Washington Street

Rocky Hill, NJ

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 5

Rocky Hill, NJ 08553

Contact: Marjorie Yuschak, President

Phone: (609)-430-0477

Type of Organization: Private, Non-profit

Purpose: To provide recreational, educational, cultural and social activities for our village and neighboring communities.

Membership Events: meetings held monthly are open to the public; call for dates/places

Public Events: Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting, walking tours, Independence Day Community Parade and Picnic

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE SOMERSET HILLS

15 West Oak Street

Basking Ridge, NJ  07920

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 136

Basking Ridge, NJ  07920

Contact: Susan Zibelli

Phone: (908) 221-1770

e-mail: info@thssh.org

Type of Organization: Historical society, Non-profit

Purpose: Education concerning local history, as well as preservation and restoration of historic structures in the Somerset Hills encompassing Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Peapack-Gladstone, Pluckemin, and Far Hills. Ongoing emphasis has been placed on restoring the 1809 Brick Academy in Basking Ridge, which is the historical society’s headquarters.

Membership Events: Picnics; Christmas Party; promotion of the beautification of Basking Ridge; investigated future of Knox House in Pluckemin; investigated lime kilns in Peapack, and created       a pocket park there; representation on township work committees (Kennedy Farmstead Task Force, Planning Board, Environmental Commission, traffic, pedestrian safety, beautification)

Public Events:  Christmas House Tour; Nearly-New Collectible show; Open Houses weekly (September – November, March – May); also open first and third Wednesdays; work with the “Merchants of Olde Basking Ridge”. The library at the Brick Academy is also available by appointment for genealogical, and historic and preservation research. For hours go to www.historicalsocietyofsomersethills.org

SOMERSET COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Van Veghten House

9 Van Veghten Drive

Bridgewater, NJ  08807

Contact: Dorothy Stratford

Phone: (908) 218-1281

e-mail:  schs@earthlink.net

Type of Organization: Private, Non-profit

Purpose: To collect, preserve and make available to the public the historical heritage of Somerset County.

Membership Events: Guest speakers on historically oriented topics at least twice per year; a library of N.J. and Somerset County historical materials, as well as a collection of genealogical materials available to family researchers.

Public Events: All the above resources are available to the public; Holiday Open House held on the 1st Sunday in December each year; The Van Veghten House regular hours are on            the 2nd Saturday monthly, 12 Noon – 4 P.M.; Tuesdays 12 Noon – 3 P.M.  Open from the first Tuesday in April to early-December.

STAATS HOUSE, FRIENDS OF THE ABRAHAM

P.O. Box 115

South Bound Brook, NJ  08880

Contact: Kathy Ormosi, President

Phone: (732) 356-4789

Fax: (732) 764-0111

e-mail: tormosi@bellatlantic.net

sbbhistory@aol.com

Type of Organization:  Historical, Non-profit

Purpose:  The Friends of the Abraham Staats House, Inc. supports the ongoing restoration and preservation of properties directly related to the history of South Bound Brook with a primary focus on preservation of the Abraham Staats House, c. 1740.  The organization also works to instill community pride in our local history, is devoted to educating the public and promotes the historical interests of South Bound Brook and surrounding communities through numerous events, partnerships, programs and activities.

Public Events:  Battle of Bound Brook; Canal Day – First Saturday following Labor Day in September; Holidays at the Staats House;  and Tory Jack Day

USGA MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES

Route 512 & Liberty Corner Road

Far Hills, NJ  07931

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 708

Far Hills, NJ 07931

Contact: Rand Jerris, Director

Phone: (908) 234-2300

Fax: (908) 470-5013

e-mail: rjerris@usga.org

Web site: www.usga.org

Type of Organization: Non-profit

Purpose: To collect and display artifacts and memorabilia that depict golf’s ancient and honorable traditions, as well as modern advances in the game; to maintain a library of more than 20,000 volumes on golf, regarded as the largest such collection    in the world.

Public Events: The museum was closed on March 31, 2005 for renovations and expansion.  Projected date of re-opening is tentatively scheduled for early 2008.  However, the Library and Archives will remain open by appointment, Monday through Friday 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.

THE VAN HARLINGEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

OF MONTGOMERY, INC.

P.O. Box 23

Belle Mead, NJ 08502

Contact: Ms. Ursula Brecknell

Phone: (908) 359-3498

Type of Organization: Private, Non-profit

Purpose: To identify and encourage preservation of important local structures, settings and landscapes, and to document         the history of the area; to provide activities and services to interest the community in its past; developing a library and museum at the Dirck Gulick House, a stone Dutch house built in 1752.

Membership:  Annual dues – Individual $25 Family $35 Senior Individual $15; Senior Couple $20 Lifetime – Individual $150 Family $200; Business Sponsor $100

Membership Events: Meetings, speakers, panel discussions; annual “holiday party for members”; newsletter three times a year; and exhibits.

Public Events: “May in Montgomery”, an annual fundraising festival with house tours, arts, crafts, food, etc.; tours, both in the local community and to other historic areas; the Bedensville Schoolhouse, a restored 1853 one-room schoolhouse, is open to the public by appointment, and on the day chosen by Montgomery Township to celebrate July 4th.  The schoolhouse is in close proximity to the events of the day.

VERMEULE MANSION, FRIENDS OF

VanDerventer/Brunson House

614 Greenbrook Road

North Plainfield, NJ 07060

Contact:  Robert Hitchcock

Address: 374 Newton Street

North Plainfield, NJ 07060

Phone:  (908) 561-1962

e-mail:  bhitchco@aol.com

Type:  A volunteer, Non-profit 501 (C) (3), community organization.

Purpose:  To preserve, renovate, and promote the use of the Vermeule Mansion, and to promote, expand, and supervise its use.  The mansion is owned by the Borough of North Plainfield, and is listed on the State and National Registries of Historic Places.

Events:  Monthly meetings, Thursday, 8:00 P.M. at the Mansion, 614 Greenbrook Road, at the corner of Clinton Avenue.  Periodic work sessions, including tending a garden on the extensive grounds; Annual haunting at Halloween, a fundraiser attended     by more than 1,000 people each year.

WALLACE HOUSE AND OLD DUTCH PARSONAGE,

FRIENDS OF THE

P.O. Box 225

Somerville, NJ  08876

Contact: David Hollod, President

Type of Organization: Private, Non-profit

Purpose: To assist the State of New Jersey in improving, furnishing, stimulating public interest in and promoting educational activities at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage

Membership Events: occasional parties, entertainment and speakers on 18th century topics.  Membership is open to the public

WALLACE HOUSE AND OLD DUTCH PARSONAGE

STATE HISTORIC SITE

71 Somerset Street

Somerville, NJ  08876

Contact: Jim Kurzenberger

Phone: (908) 725-1015

Fax: (908) 526-6187

Type of Organization: State Agency

Purpose: To operate, maintain and restore the historic site

Public Events: Hours/Days open to the public: Wed.-Sat. 10:00 AM-Noon & 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.; Sunday. 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.; Closed Monday. & Tuesday, all State & Federal holidays and for occasional special meetings. Spring / Fall / Winter special events; Spring & Fall concert series; Christmas concerts; Holiday Diversion  co-sponsored with the Friends of the Wallace House                 and Old Dutch Parsonage on first Sun. in December, 12 Noon-5:00 P.M. with guides in 18th century costume; Winter evening tours may be arranged by appointment.

WARREN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY

124 Mountain View Road

Warren, NJ  07059

Contact: Nancy Micou

Phone: (908)-580-9801

e-mail: nbmicou@earthlink.net

Web site: http://www.warrennj.org/whts/post.htm

Type of Organization: Private, Non-profit

Purpose: To preserve the past record of Warren Township, both oral and written; to conserve historic sites and to promote public awareness of the heritage of this township in Somerset County.

Membership Events: Three meetings per year; semi-annual newsletter.

Public Events: All programs are open to the public. Members serve as docents at local historic sites and provide historical displays.

WASHINGTON CAMPGROUND ASSOCIATION

Middlebrook Road

Bridgewater, NJ   08807

Mailing Address:

913 W. Meadow Drive

Bound Brook, NJ  08805

Contact: Philip Schuyler, Treasurer

Phone: (732) 469-6453

Fax: (732) 469-5253

Type of Organization: Historic Association, Non-profit

Purpose: To preserve twenty-acre site as a memorial to George Washington and his troops in their battle of the American Revolution.

Membership Events: Annual meeting February 22.

Public Events:  Annual July 4th Flag ceremony with the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

WASHINGTON PARK ASSOCIATION

40 Willow Avenue

North Plainfield, NJ  07060-4548

Contact: Frank N. D’Amore, Sr.

Phone: (908) 757-6353

e-mail: frankdsr@att.net

Web site: www.washingtonpark.homestead.com

Type of Organization: Historic Preservation Association, Non-Profit

Purpose: Protection, preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of the Washington Park Historic District in North Plainfield.

Membership Events: Spring and fall planting of park areas in the district; maintenance of signs announcing entrance into district; Bluestone Sidewalk Repair Program; biennial Holiday House Tours.  Monthly newsletter distributed to residents of the district.

W3R-NJ

WASHINGTON-ROUCHAMBEAU REVOLUTIONARY ROUTE-NJ

PMB#1781

442 US Highway 202-206 North

Bedminster, NJ   07921

Contact: Mr. Carl Nittinger

Phone:  (609) 984-0481

(856) 427-9741

Contact: Sally de Barcza

Phone:  (908) 930-6491

Web site: www.W3R-NJ.com

Type of Organization:  Historical; Non-profit

Purpose:  To promote, preserve and commemorate the march of French and allied forces through New Jersey during the American Revolution.

Membership Events:  Monthly meetings of the Board of Trustees, open to the public; special events.

Public Events:  Lectures, re-enactments, seminars. Please call for further information.

SOMERSET COUNTY MUNICIPAL HISTORICAL COMMISSIONS / COMMITTEES

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP HISTORIC COMMISSION

2361 Larger Cross Road

Gladstone, NJ  07934

Contact: Mrs. Dutzie Robbie, Chairperson

Phone: (908) 234- 2459

Membership Events: Meetings at the Bedminster Municipal Building on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 4 P.M.

BOUND BROOK CULTURAL ARTS & HERITAGE COMMITTEE

571 Watchung Road

Bound Brook, NJ  08805

Contact: Ms. Lynn Fazen

Phone: (732)-560-0138

BRANCHBURG HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

1077 Rte. 202

Branchburg, NJ 08876

Contact: Ms. Susan Winter, Chairman

Phone: (908)-369-2027

Meetings:  3rd Monday of the month at the Branchburg Municipal Building, 7:30 P.M., open to the public.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

OF FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP

Franklin Township Municipal Building

475 DeMott Lane

Somerset, NJ  08873

Contact: Bob LaCorte

Phone: (732) 873-9708

Fax: (732) 873-5452

e-mail: rlacorte@patmedia.net

GREEN BROOK CULTURAL HERITAGE,

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

Green Brook Town Hall

111 Greenbrook Road

Green Brook, NJ  08812

Mailing address:

127 Top of the World Way

Green Brook, NJ  08812

Contact: Thomas Buckingham

Phone: (732) 627-0797

e-mail: twbuck@optonline.net

MILLSTONE BOROUGH HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

1353 Main Street

Millstone, NJ  08844

Contact: Ms. Portia Orton

Phone: (908) 874-5478

e-mail: erorton@aol.com

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP LANDMARKS COMMISSION

Montgomery Township Municipal Building

2261 Van Horne Road

Route 206

Belle Mead, NJ  08502

Contact: Steve DeRochi, Chairman

Phone: (732) 584-0357

Fax: (732) 352-6884

e-mail: sderochi@psands.com

e-mail : pmraw@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Contact: Pat Mruw, Secretary of Commission

Phone: (609) 466-3023

NORTH PLAINFIELD HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

North Plainfield Municipal Building

263 Somerset Street

North Plainfield, NJ  07060

Contact: Ms. CB Bowman

Phone: (908) 256-9525

e-mail: cb-bowman@comcast.net

Meetings: First & third Tuesdays of the month, 6:45 P.M. at the Vermeule Mansion, open to the public

PEAPACK-GLADSTONE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

Mailing Address:

Mr. John C. Smith

35 Branch Rd.

Far Hills, NJ  07931

Contacts: Mr. John C. Smith, Chairman

Phone:     (908)-234-1121

Donna Brooten, Secretary

(908) 781-7223

e-mail: jcsmith49@excite.com

RARITAN CULTURAL, HERITAGE & HISTORICAL COMMITTEE

4 West Somerset Street

Raritan, NJ  08869

Contact: Ms. Jo-Ann Liptak

Phone: (908) 725-7653

e-mail: jliptak@aol.com

SOMERVILLE HISTORIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Borough Hall

25 West End Avenue

Somerville, NJ  08876

Contact: Mr. Philip Decker, Chairman

Phones: (H) (908)-685-0939

(W) (800) 500-8061 ext. 4222

e-mail: redreph@aol.com

philip.decker@libertymutual.com

Web site: www.somervillenj.org/bdhist.html

Purpose: To advise, support and assist in planning for the promotion of the borough’s significant historical resources; to educate the public about Somerville’s historic character.

Public Events: Sponsorship or co-sponsorship of educational programs on state and local history.

SOUTH BOUND BROOK HISTORIC PRESERVATION ADVISORY COMMISSION

12 Main Street

South Bound Brook, NJ  08880

Contact: Dennis Quinlan, President

Phone: (732) 356-7215

Fax: (732) 356-7262

e-mail: djquinlan@aol.com

sbbhistory@aol.com

WARREN TOWNSHIP HISTORIC SITES COMMISSION

46 Mountain Boulevard

Warren, NJ  07059

Contact: Mr. Rory Britt, Chairman

Phone: (732) 271-1596

e-mail:  rbritt@idttechnology.com

Purpose: To advise the Township Committee on issues pertaining to historical sites; provide docents for open houses in historic buildings on occasion; please call for further information.

Public Events: Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:30 P.M.; except July at the Warren Township Municipal Building, 2nd floor. Meetings are open to the public.

WATCHUNG HISTORICAL COMMITTEE

225 Washington Drive

Watchung, NJ  07069

Contact:, Susan Feibush, Chairperson

Phone: (908) 755-1210

Public Events: Ongoing management and care of the Watchung Bicentennial Room, a collection of historical photographs, information, and a wide variety of memorabilia relating to the history and heritage of Watchung Borough located on the second floor of the Watchung Public Library, behind the Watchung Art Center on the Watchung Circle.  For further information, or library hours, please call the Watchung Library at (908) 561-0117; several historical programs scheduled each year at various locations throughout the Borough. For further information  please call Watchung Borough Hall at (908) 756-0080.

Meetings: Second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 P.M., in the Bicentennial Room, Watchung Library, open to the public.

REGIONAL, STATE AND NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ORGANIZATIONS

D&R CANAL STATE PARK

145 Mapleton Rd

Princeton, NJ   08540-9642

Phone: (609) 924-5705

Type of Organization: Public State Park

Purpose: Educate the public about the Delaware & Raritan Canal.

DELAWARE AND RARITAN CANAL COMMISSION

Prallsville Mills

Route 29

Stockton, NJ

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 539

Stockton, NJ  08559-0539

Contact: Ernest P. Hahn, Executive Director

Phone: (609) 397-2000

Fax: (609) 397-1081

e-mail: drcc@blast.net

Web site: www.dandrcanal.com

Type of Organization: State agency

Purpose: To plan for the development of the Canal Park and to regulate development in the vicinity.

SAVE ELLIS ISLAND

P.O. Box 571, 268 Main Street

Gladstone, NJ  07934

Contact: Dorothy Hartman, Director of Education & Public Programs

Phone: 908-781-9900

email: dhartman@saveellisisland.org

web site: www.saveellisisland.org

Type of Organization: Historic Preservation

Purpose of Organization: SEI’s mission is to raise awareness and funds to rehabilitate, restore, and reuse the currently deteriorated buildings of Ellis Island.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY

Contact: Dorothy Stratford

Phone: (732) 356-6920

Type of Organization: Non-profit, organized in 1921

Purpose: To collect and disseminate information on New Jersey families.

Membership Events: Two meetings each year: Spring meeting   in May; all-day seminar and annual meeting in November with committee reports and guest speakers.  Meetings usually take place in various parts of New Jersey in conjunction with one of the county historic societies.

Public Events: Same as above; collections are housed in the Special Collections & Archives section of the Alexander Library, College Ave. campus of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and are open for public use.

HERITAGE ALLIANCE FOR TOURISM

568 Tempe Wick Road

Morristown, NJ  07960

Mailing Address:

PO Box 300

New Vernon, NJ  07976

Contact:  Patricia Clew

Phone:  973-538-3500 ext. 21

Fax:  973-538-5300

e-mail:  pclew@greatswamp.org

Web site:  www.greatswamp.org

Type of Organization:  a program of the Great Swamp Watershed Association

Purpose:  To create a grassroots movement for Heritage Tourism in Morris and Somerset counties

Public Events:  Periodic educational forums for those interested in learning about the different aspects of Heritage Tourism

HERITAGE PRESERVATION

1012 14th Street NW

Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 233-0800

Fax: (202) 233-0807

Web site: www.heritagepreservation.org

JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF CENTRAL JERSEY

222 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ  08901

Contacts: Nathan Reiss, President

Alexandra Rimer, Librarian & Archivist

Phone: (732) 249-4894

Fax: (732) 745-7448

e-mail: jhscj@cs.com

Web site: www.jewishgen.org/jhscj

Type of Organization: Private, Non-profit

Purpose: To promote and publish, when possible, research into all facets of the local Jewish experience; to maintain an archival collection which is available to bona fide researchers; to promote educational programs and exhibits for both the Jewish and general communities; and to foster a sense of rootedness   and a pride in heritage in all of our Jewish constituents.

Membership Events: Semi-annual open meetings; regular genealogical meetings; occasional bus trips, symposia, workshops, and lecture series.

Public Events: Same as membership events, although members participate free of charge and non-members are charged a nominal fee.

LEAGUE OF HISTORICAL SOCIETIES OF NEW JERSEY

P.O. Box 909

Madison, NJ  07940

NATIONAL SOCIETY

OF THE CHILDREN OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Cornelius Messler Society

167 Old Franklin School Road

Pittstown, NJ  08867-3559

Contact:  Mrs. Phyllis R. Black

Phone:  (908) 782-3559

Type of Organization: Genealogical, Historical, Non-profit Service Organization for children and young adults.

Purpose: To promote the study of American history and build leadership skills.

Membership Events: Local / State / National meetings and events.

NATIONAL SOCIETY

OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Old White House-Gen. Frelinghuysen-Col. Lowrey Chapter

167 Old Franklin School Road

Pittstown, NJ 08867-4013

Contact: Mrs. Phyllis R. Black

Phone: (908) 782-3559

Web site: www.dar.org

Type of Organization: Genealogical, historical, non-profit service organization

Purpose: To promote American history, education, patriotism, historic preservation, patriotic endeavors.

Membership Events: meetings held monthly on the 2nd Wednesday, at the Rockaway Reformed Church, Whitehouse Station, at 11:30 A.M. except Jan, Feb, July, and Aug; Spring State Conference; workshops; Autumn State Meeting held at various locations throughout New Jersey; annual trip to the NSDAR Continental Congress held in Washington, D.C.           each July.

Public Events: New Jersey DAR Awards Day every March at Rutgers University in New Brunswick to recognize student winners of DAR state contests; two awards given annually          for outstanding work in American History to seniors at North Hunterdon and Somerville High Schools; recognition of individuals for outstanding contributions to the community; support of veteran patients in V. A. medical facilities; support of DAR and Native American schools; annual unserviceable flag-burning ceremony in June at the Memorial Park DAR cemetery, Route 22 & CR 523, Whitehouse.  Please call for further information.

NATIONAL SOCIETY

OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

New Jersey State Society

Watson House

151 Westcott Avenue

Trenton, NJ  08610

Contact:

Mrs. Leonard (Rita) Kline, State Regent

321 –13 Spring Street

Red Bank, NJ  07701-2233

Phone: (732) 842-8632(H)

e-mail:  ritakline@verizon.net

Web site: www.dar.org

Type of Organization: Genealogical, historical, non-profit service organization.

Purpose: To provide structure and support to local chapters to further DAR goals of history, education and patriotism

Membership Events: Spring State Conference; workshops; Autumn State Meeting held at various locations throughout New Jersey; annual trip to the NSDAR Continental Congress held          in Washington, D.C. in July.

Public Events: New Jersey DAR Awards Day held every March at Rutgers University in New Brunswick to recognize student winners of DAR state contests; two state scholarships awarded annually, recognizing individuals for outstanding contributions to the community; support of patients in V. A. medical facilities, DAR and Native American schools.

NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

North East Field Office

6401 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA  19144

Phone: (215) 848-8033

Fax: (215) 848-5997

e-mail: adrian-fine@nthp.org

Web site: www.nationaltrust.org

NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

1785 Massachusetts Avenue, N. W.

Washington, DC  20036

Phone: (800) 944-6847

Fax: (202) 588-6038

e-mail: feedback@nthp.org

Web site: www.nationaltrust.org

The only national non-profit membership organization helping communities protect irreplaceable historic and cultural resources across the country; provides legal defense for landmark cases; public policy department advocates for state and federal laws favorable to historic preservation; publishes Preservation magazine and books about preservation; maintains a collection of 26 historic sites across the country; grants available through the Save America’s Treasures project and Preservation Services Fund, among others; information about all the work of the National Trust available at www.nationaltrust.org

NEW JERSEY HISTORICAL COMMISSION

New Jersey Department of State

225 West State Street, 4th Floor

Trenton, NJ

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 305

Trenton, NJ  08625-0305

Contact: Marc Mappen, Executive Director

Phone: (609) 292-6062

Fax: (609) 633-8168

e-mail: njhc@SOS.state.nj.us

Web site: www.newjerseyhistory.org

Publications, media programs, grants available to organizations and individuals.

NEW JERSEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

52 Park Place

Newark, NJ  07102-4302

Contact: Linda Epps

Phone: (973) 596-8500

Fax: (973) 596-6957

e-mail: lepps@JerseyHistory.org

Web site: www.jerseyhistory.org

Type of Organization: Historical society

Purpose: Through the history of New Jersey, promotes exploration of our cultures, past and present. The library, museum and archives are open to the public: Library Tuesday-Saturday,    12 Noon-5 P.M.; Museum galleries Tuesday-Saturday,10 A.M. –    5 P.M.; Archives by appointment.

Public Events:  Family programming; community festivals; adult programs; walking tours; bus tours; and lunchtime programs

Membership Events: Annual meeting and exhibition openings.

NEW JERSEY HISTORIC TRUST

P.O. Box 457

Trenton, NJ  08625

Phone: (609) 984-0473

Fax: (609) 984-7590

e-mail: njht@dca.state.nj.us

Web site: www.njht.org

PRESERVATION ACTION

1054 31st Street, NW

Suite 526

Washington, DC  20007

Phone: (202) 298-6180

Fax: (202) 298-6182

e-mail: mail@preservationaction.org

Web site: www.preservationaction.org

PRESERVATION NEW JERSEY

30 South Warren Street

Trenton, NJ  08608-2108

Contact:  Christina Scott

Office and Events Manager

Phone: (609) 392-6409

Fax: (609) 392-6418

e-mail: info@preservationnj.org

Web site: www.preservationnj.org

Type of Organization: Non-profit, state-wide membership organization

Purpose: To protect New Jersey’s historic resources by leading efforts to preserve and promote the state’s diverse heritage and to sustain livable communities

Membership and Public Events: Commission Training; GIS workshops; Preservation Gala; an annual free meeting; Preservation Conference; Quarterly newsletter and tours.

SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

530 Route 523

Whitehouse Station, NJ  08889

Contact: Norman A. Stevens

e-mail: toad@blast.net

Web site: www.SRNJ.org

Type of Organization: Patriotic, Non-profit

Purpose: To preserve the principles of freedom and good government for which our forefathers fought on behalf of succeeding generations

Membership Events: Occasional Chapter meetings and Annual Meeting held on George Washington’s Birthday Holiday

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

Department of Environmental Protection

Natural & Historic Resources

Historic Preservation Office

P.O. Box 404

Trenton, NJ  08625-0404

Contact : Dorothy Guzzo

Phone: (609) 984-0176

Fax: (609) 984-0578

e-mail : Dorothy.Guzzo@dep.state.nj.us

Web site: www.state.nj.us/dep/hpo

Purpose:  To assist the residents of New Jersey  in identifying, preserving, protecting and sustaining, our historic and archaeological resources through the implementation of the state’s historic preservation program.

Public Events:  Annual conference in April.

2 thoughts on “Somerset County Historical Associations – New Jersey

  1. @stable
    Call your Somerset County Freehoulders Office. For some reason, as of May 2007 when the list was created, JVH wasn’t recorded.

    Guess it’s who you know!

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