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THSSH Annual Reports

Each year, typically in February The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills presents its annual report to the Bernards Township Township Committee at its public hearing held at the Bernards Twp Municipal building. Reports are distributed to all THSSH active members.

Report Trustees/Position(s) Key Notes

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THSSH Annual Report 2016

Submitted by Chair Sue Zibelli

Sue Zibelli Chairman
Daniel Lincoln President
Greg Gonzalez Treasurer
Robin Marion Rec. Secretary

Trustees: 14


Paula Axt Bldg. Manager, Education
Brooks Betz Online Communications
June Campbell
David Connolly Newsletter Editor
Sylvia Gambony Records
Patricia Gray Librarian
Florence Hallgring - Advertising
Marcella Miccolis Membership, Affiliations, Publications
Margaret Skelly Education
Lawrence Terricone Landscape, Research

The Board of Trustees comprises of 14 members, all volunteers, and convened 11 times during 2016. There were no general membership meetings in 2016.

THSSH contracted with Mr. James Rickey to purchase his property at 37 W. Oak St., Basking Ridge, directly adjacent to the Brick Academy, with grant funds from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission. THSSH was not awarded a grant for this purchase and so the contract was terminated.

Basking Ridge Historic Oak Go Fund Me Project – Somerset Hills In partnership with the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, To date the Basking Ridge Historic Oak Go Fund Me Project has raised over $2,500.

Membership Social: Speakeasy Held at the historic Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, over 130 guests enjoyed a1920s Prohibition-era event. Tasting's included award-winning vodkas, moonshine, whiskey, peach and blueberry vodkas, and light and dark rums. Featured distillers – Claremont Distilled Spirits and Jersey Artisan Distillery.

Rutgers University – New Jersey Digital Highway (NJDH) project underway to catalogue, digitize and provide online access to THSSH museum and archives collections.

45 unique research requests were honored. The process of requesting research and scheduling appointments was automated.

Three major restoration projects are underway: Peapack Lime Kilns; Lyons Railroad Station Building and Canopy, and Brick Academy roof.

2016 marked the 10th anniversary of our initial launch of THSSH on the internet.

The main floor displays a permanent exhibit: ‘What Put Somerset Hills on the Map.’ Included in the exhibit are 8” x 10” color photographs of many of the magnificent homes on the Bernardsville Mountain.

Museum Exhibit: Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church 300th Year Anniversary. An exhibit that includes a log from the Old Oak Tree, as well as artifacts and information about important people buried in the church's cemetery.

THSSH welcomed 55 new members in 2016.

Outlook 2017 - There will be an active campaign to recruit new Trustees to increase our board. A stronger emphasis will be placed on recruiting volunteers from our community to work on committees.

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THSSH Annual Report  2015

Submitted by Chair Sue Zibelli

Sue Zibelli Chairman
Daniel Lincoln President
Greg Gonzalez Treasurer
Robin Marion Rec. Secretary

Trustees: 15

Paula Axt Bldg. Manager, Education
Brooks Betz Online Communications
June Campbell
David Connolly Newsletter Editor
Sylvia Gambony Records
Patricia Gray
Florence Hallgring
Marcella Miccolis Membership, Affiliations, Publications
Margaret Skelly Education
Lawrence Terricone Landscape Manager, Research Coordinator
Martine White Speaker Programming

Brick Academy Re-roofing – The Historical Society received a historic preservation award in 2013 from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission to replace the existing wood shake roofing which was installed around 1978. THSSH received a grant from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission in October.

Lyons Railroad Station Building and Canopy, Township received a second grant from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Dunster Squibb – The Bernardsville Historic Preservation Advisory Committee has continued to successfully apply for Somerset County Historic Preservation grants for the historic Dunster Squibb property on behalf of the Borough of Bernardsville.

4 Speaker programs were held. With a combination of social media anchoring to thssh.org, there were almost 25,000 visitors that made a virtual visit to THSSH serving up more than 43,000 pages, a slight decrease from 2014.

New Volunteer brochure was created. The main floor displays a permanent exhibit: ‘What Put Somerset Hills on the Map.’

The John Turpin Real Estate Agency donated coffee table picture books – New Jersey Country Houses, The Somerset Hills, Volume I and Volume II.

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THSSH Annual Report 2014

Submitted by Chair Marcella Miccolis

Marcella Miccolis - Chairman
Daniel Lincoln - President
Gregory Gonzalez -Treasurer
Robin Marion - Recording Secretary

Trustees: 13

Paula Axt - Building Manager
Brooks Betz Online Communications David Connolly - Newsletter
Sylvia Gambony - Records Administrator
Patricia Gray
Florence Hallgring
Lawrence Terricone - Landscape
Martine White - Speaker Programs
Susan Zibelli - Museum

The Board of Trustees presently comprises 12 members and convened nine times in 2014. There were six general membership meetings which include business updates, event announcements and guest speakers.

After many years of esteemed service Connie Smythe, June Kennedy and John Campbell retired from the Board of Trustees. June Campbell is currently on a leave of absence.

THSSH trustees met with ‘Mansion in May’ co-chairs to support their signature fundraiser. The teacher mannequin in the 1890s period schoolroom was completely outfitted. ‘Open House’ has been changed to the first Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 PM. Acquisitions: THSSH has acquired five over-sized maps depicting several of the Somerset Hills towns as they were in early 1900's. The education program continued to expand in 2014.

Walking Tours A printed self-guided Walking Tour of Historic Basking Ridge Village is available at the Brick Academy . ‘Around and About Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner and Lyons’ The pictorial history book, by Trustee June O. Kennedy, reissued with a 15-year update as a limited Bernards 250th anniversary edition.

6 speaker programs were held in 2014.

BRICK ACADEMY RENOVATION STATUS The Historical Society received an historic preservation award of $38,000, in 2013, from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission to replace the existing wood shake roofing.

The Historical Society has assisted the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee of Peapack Gladstone with guidelines to get the Lime Kilns on Main Street deemed eligible as a Historical resource.

In addition to our primary website (www.thssh.org), social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and dedicated history blogs continue to provide information and guidance regarding history in the Somerset Hills and THSSH organization.

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THSSH Annual Report 2013

Submitted by Chair Marcella Miccolis

Marcella Miccolis - Chairman
Daniel Lincoln - President
Robin Marion - Recording Secretary
Gregory Gonzalez - Treasurer

Trustees: 16

Paula Axt Building Manager
Brooks Betz Online Communications
John Campbell
June Campbell
David Connolly Newsletter
Sylvia Gambony Records Administrator
Patricia Gray
Florence Hallgring Newsletter Advertising
June Kennedy Education, Publicity
Lawrence Terricone Landscape Manager
Martine White Speaker Programs
Susan Zibelli Museum

The Board of Trustees presently comprises 16 members and convened ten times in 2013. There were five general membership meetings which include business updates, event announcements and guest speakers.

A new Treasurer, Gregory Gonzalez, was appointed in November. Founded on September 23, 1928,

The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (originally the Basking Ridge Historical Society) celebrated its 85th anniversary!

The 17th Holiday House Tour was held on Sunday, December 15. Attended by over 400 visitors, the highly successful fundraiser featured five private residences and the Brick Academy.

The Museum Committee provided posters of Historical Politicians for an exhibit in May to honor the 325th Anniversary of Somerset County. Among the artifacts were portraits of Theodore Frelinghuysen, who served as a U.S. Senator, N. J. Attorney General and Mayor of Newark, as well as fellow statesman, Samuel Lewis Southard. Acquisitions:  Signed letter from Lord Stirling dated 1775 was donated by Richard Blauvelt; now on display in the Lord Stirling case  Diorama of the William Annin Farmstead from the English family  A framed, handwritten deed dated 1799, conveying a large plot of Bernards Township land was donated to THSSH by Arthur Thomas Lewis III of Middlebury, Vermont. The property of one Gavin McCoy was conveyed to one Thomas Lewis.

Students from the five elementary schools in Bernards Township visit the Brick Academy for an education program. This year over 400 children participated in programs staffed either by THSSH committee members or by Museum of Early Trades and Crafts teachers.

History VolunTEENs An initiative to encourage teens from the Somerset Hills to volunteer their time and talent by assisting with THSSH programs while increasing their knowledge of local history.

The Somerset Hills area received two grants from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission’s 2013 Historic Preservation award program: The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills received $37,600 (funds will be used to replace the existing wood shake roof at the Brick Academy) and the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee of Bernardsville received $249,806.

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THSSH Annual Report 2012 

Submitted by Chair Marcella Miccolis

Marcella Miccolis - Chairman
Daniel Lincoln - President
Robin Marion - Recording Secretary
Joe Ryder - Treasurer

Trustees: 15
Paula Axt- Education
Brooks Betz Online Communications
John Campbell
June Campbell
David Connolly Newsletter
Sylvia Gambony Records Administrator
Patricia Gray
Florence Hallgring Newsletter Advertising
June Kennedy Education, Publicity
Lawrence Terricone Landscape Manager
Martine White Speaker Programs

The Board of Trustees presently comprises 15 members and convened ten times in 2012. A new Membership Committee Chair, Eva Frankenberger, was appointed in September.

Three new historical and political the med exhibits were installed at the Brick Academy museum: “The Home Front” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War; ‘George Washington Bicentennial Celebration’, a 1932 Bernardsville event to honor local servicemen who died in World War I; and ‘Historical Politicians of the Somerset Hills’ to highlight prominent Somerset Hills political figures in this election year.

For the first time, all five elementary schools in Bernards Township sent an entire grade level to the Brick Academy for an education program. This past year about 450 students visited the historic landmark.

Community Outreach - events included Charter Day; Memorial Day Parade; Lord Stirling 1770s Festival; and Weekend Journey through the Past.

Projects:
 Two college student summer interns and two high school volunteers join committee
 Transferring all acquisition data into computer
 Photographing and labeling all artifacts
 Recommendation to place a MUSEUM sign on building to showcase museum in the community and investigating regulations, restrictions, cost and logistics
 Safety glass and locks installed on some display cases
 Retrieved artifacts that had been stored off-site during renovation
 Set up long-term display of tools and farming equipment at Boudinot House
 Historical bridle maps offered to visitors during 'Weekend Journey Through the Past'
 Glass shelving installed in window wells of lower level
 To attract visitors to the Brick Academy, holiday wreath and garland, donated by Flowers on the Ridge, were placed on front door and stair railing with holiday candles in all windows

Two Walking Tours were conducted this year, one in the spring and a ‘Haunted Stories Tour’ in late October.

Three Somerset Hills historic properties received ‘Somerset County Historic Preservation and History Recognition Awards’ among the eleven honorees: 475 South Maple Avenue (Preservation/Restoration of an 1870 Second Empire Residence) in Basking Ridge, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (Preservation of a 1900 Gothic Revival Church) in Bernardsville, and 18 Olcott Avenue (Preservation/Restoration of a 1909 Colonial Revival dwelling) in Bernardsville. The nominations were prepared by THSSH Trustees June Kennedy and Daniel Lincoln.

The Historic Society presented The Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead with a Historic Preservation grant.

Recipient of the 2012 Lorraine Passmore Historic Preservation Scholarship was Daniel Lincoln, who completed ‘Historic Building Analysis: Historic Structure Reports & Preservation Plans’, a Historic Preservation course at Drew University.

Over 25,800 visitors visited THSSH online in 2012.

2013 Outlook
Museum Committee will propose a MUSEUM sign on the Brick Academy. Craft Sunday, a new education initiative launched last year, will be expanded to several sessions in 2013.

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THSSH Annual Report 2011

Submitted by Chair Marcella Miccolis

Marcella Miccolis - Chairman
Daniel Lincoln - President
Robin Marion - Recording Secretary
Joe Ryder - Treasurer

Board of Trustees (16)
Paula Axt Education
Brooks Betz Communications
John Campbell
June Campbell
David Connolly Newsletter
Sylvia Gambony Records Administrator
Patricia Gray
Florence Hallgring Advertising
June Kennedy Education, Publicity
Donald Lorenz
Lawrence Terricone Landscape Manager
Martine White Speaker Programs

The Board of Trustees comprises 16 members with several changes during the past year: new Trustee Paula Axt, resuming Trustee Martine White, and retiring Trustee Ken Salvo.

A new HP scholarship program to honor the memory of Lorraine Passmore, a long-time THSSH member and founding member of the HPC was initiated.

At a special tea held in May at the Brick Academy, the Historical Society honored Trustee June Kennedy upon her retirement as Bernards Township Historian.

The Historical Society and the Basking Ridge Garden Club co-sponsored “The Gardens of the Historic Somerset Hills” on June 17.

A new computer system was purchased and will be utilized for Artifact and Archives databases, education presentations, and administrative records.

Displayed Art Show for the Basking Ridge Garden Club (The Gardens of the Historic Somerset Hills Tour).

Education: nearly 500 visitors to the Brick Academy to learn about local history and the landmark building. Writing Rules Camp.

Walking tour was restarted and attended by 38 in May.

‘Around and About Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner and Lyons’ The pictorial history book, by Trustee June O. Kennedy, reissued with a 15-year update as a limited Bernards 250th anniversary edition,

The Trilogy Repertory Theater Company and Somerset County reached a tentative agreement in which the theater group would renovate a barn at the county-owned Ross property on North Maple Avenue.

THSSH President Dan Lincoln attended the 2011 NJ Historic Preservation Conference at Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

Three projects in the Somerset Hills area were awarded historic preservation grants by the Somerset County Freeholders: The Friends of the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead ($118,524) for upgrades to the farm-house; the Dunster/Squibb House ($70,000) to prepare a historic structures report and preservation plan; and The Somerset Hills Board of Education in Bernardsville ($7,600) for the development of preservation plans for the Olcott School, built in 1905.

HPC members decided to disband the present committee. The decision was based on the delaying of an ordinance that would create a Bernards Township Historic Preservation Committee and the demolition of several historic structures. In 2012, the Board of Trustees will thoroughly review Historic Preservation programs.

21,636 Visitors went to THSSH online in 2011.

In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, THSSH sponsored two exhibits outside the Local History Room at the Bernards Township Library.

The Historical Society welcomed 14 new members in 2011.

2012 Outlook - Databases- The new computer system will be utilized to build Artifact and Archives databases, create education and speaker presentations and maintain administrative records.

A membership drive is being explored to expand the non-profit organization and increase name recognition. Plans are being considered for an ‘open house’ or themed-event at the Brick Academy.

The 17th Holiday House Tour is scheduled for Sunday, December 2.

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THSSH Annual Report 2010

Submitted by Chair Marcella Miccolis

Marcella Miccolis - Chairman
Daniel Lincoln - President
Robin Marion - Recording Secretary
Joe Ryder - Treasurer

Trustees: 16
Paula Axt Education
Brooks Betz Communications
John Campbell
June Campbell
David Connolly Newsletter Editor
Sylvia Gambony Records Administrator
Patricia Gray
Florence Hallgring Newsletter Advertising
June Kennedy Publicity, Education
Donald Lorenz
Ken Salvo
Lawrence Terricone Landscape Manager

The Board of Trustees comprises 16 members and convened nine times during 2010. The board said farewell to
retiring Trustee Mildred Van Dyke and welcomed new Trustee Paula Axt.

THSSH played a significant role in the year-long celebration of Bernards Township’s 250th anniversary with event
announcements in the Society’s newsletter Inside the Brick Academy; Reprints of the pictorial history book ‘Around
and About Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner and Lyons’ by Trustee June O. Kennedy.

As a result of a policy change announced in December 2009, the Historic Preservation Committee provided no
written comments to the Bernards Township planning or zoning boards regarding development or variance applications during 2010. A reminder was sent to the Township Committee in December 2010.

As part of Bernards Township’s 250 anniversary celebration, the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead – which represents three centuries of Bernards Township history – was selected by the Historic Preservation Committee as the sole recipient of the 2010 Historic Preservation Award in May.

Historic Preservation Committee members met with numerous residents during the year to discuss a variety of proposed projects that involved historic buildings, including in Bernards Township, the barn at the Boudinot- Southard-Ross property, dwellings at 48 East Oak Street and 135 South Finley Avenue, the manse at 35 Church Street, and in Bernardsville property at 607 Mine Brook Road.

In accordance with conditions of the Bernards Township Planning Board approval for subdivision of the Davis property on Lyons Road, the Historic Preservation Committee arranged to remove an historic barn and also to conduct metal detection on the
property. In accordance with conditions of Board of Adjustment approval of a variance, Historic Preservation Committee
members inspected the dwelling at 3 Deer Ridge Road.

The main floor of the Brick Academy serves as a museum, the only one of its kind in the Somerset Hills.

Education: Over 600 students visited the Brick Academy this past year. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in partnership with THSSH sponsors education programs in the restored
1890 period classroom of the Brick Academy.

THSSH Brochure -A tri-fold pamphlet, updated annually, highlights the mission of the Historical Society, history of the Brick Academy, Board of Trustees, meeting schedules, calendar of events, and mail-in membership form. The brochure is
available at the Brick Academy, at community events and in newcomer welcome baskets.

The Historical Society’s sixteenth biennial Holiday House Tour was held on Sunday, December 5. Attended by nearly 500 visitors, the fundraiser included five private residences in the Somerset Hills as well as Bernards municipal building (former Astor Estate) to commemorate the Township’s 250th anniversary. The Brick Academy served as the hospitality center where handmade topiaries by the Basking Ridge Garden Club, and autographed copies of ‘Around and About Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner and Lyons’, by Trustee June O. Kennedy, were
available for purchase. Revenue generated from the Holiday House Tour will be used for ongoing restoration projects, community programs and the annual THSSH operating budget.

Digitization of a group of THSSH photographs by Eagle Scout Christopher Winter; Digitization of several typescripts by Caroline Margiotta, RHS; Several THSSH collections cataloged by Kevin Fox; New shelving in vault by Tom Gallagher; New bookcases installed in research room to house THSSH library; Sale of images to Wells Fargo, Foccaceria; Assistance provided in connection with RHS History Club projects; Research of
purported Finley portrait; Group of photos supplied to Star Ledger; and Assistance provided to Caren Olmsted
in connection with mural at KMS Farmstead.

2011 Outlook
Upon completion of a new membership database, publish an updated Membership Directory in the spring. The Historical Society will continue to expand and enhance the education program: Local history talks with area school children; ‘role-play’ Colonial school days with the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.

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THSSH Annual Report 2009

Submitted by Chair Marcella Miccolis

Marcella Miccolis - Chairman
Daniel Lincoln - President
Robin Marion - Recording Secretary
Joe Ryder - Treasurer

Board of Trustees (16)
Brooks Betz Online/Internet Communications
John Campbell
June Campbell
David Connolly Newsletter Editor
Sylvia Gambony Records Administrator
Patricia Gray
Florence Hallgring Newsletter Advertising
June Kennedy Publicity, Education
Donald Lorenz
Ken Salvo
Lawrence Terricone Landscape Manager
Mildred Van Dyke Honorary Historian

2009 commenced with a Bernards Township resolution in tribute to the 200th anniversary of the Brick Academy. A year-long celebration included an official bicentennial logo; a building banner; feature newspaper articles; ‘The Brick Academy: Witness to History 1809-2009’ timeline; guest speakers; historic preservation exhibits; Bicentennial Supplement to Brick Academy booklet; and a commemorative keepsake.

2009 concluded with the Board of Trustees establishing a special Historic Preservation fund in memory of Lorraine Passmore who passed away in October. Lorraine was a longtime resident of Bernards Township, a dedicated THSSH volunteer for 42 years, former Trustee and Committee Chair, avid supporter of historic preservation, and dear friend of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.

Community Outreach: Charter Day, Memorial Day, Fall Fest, Lord Stirling Festival, Weekend Journey through the Past.

Committee members documented demolitions: Early 1800s Richardt house on Bernards Township Sons of Liberty property; late 1900s Placko house on Colonial Drive; the Kiwanis House at Bonnie Brae; and the Albrook School caretaker’s cottage.

The Olcott Avenue Historic District in Bernardsville, a project cosponsored by THSSH, was listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places in May, and added to the National Register in November.

Committee notified the Bernards Township Planning and Zoning Boards that it will no longer provide written comments to board members in connection with Planning Board or Board of Adjustment applications.

THSSH sponsored the first statewide Historic Schoolhouse Summit and Symposium. Over forty participants, representing seventeen schoolhouses and organizations from nine New Jersey counties, met at the Brick Academy to network and share ideas on the challenges facing programming, exhibits and financial stability.

History VolunTEENs Program - An initiative to encourage teens from the Somerset Hills area to volunteer their time and talent by assisting with THSSH programs while increasing their knowledge of local history.

Museum - a 15-foot timeline of the schoolhouse’s history was created.

Over 200students, scouts and teachers visited the Academy.

The history of the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, observing its 81st year, has been compiled and is on record in the Research Room of the Brick Academy.

Newcomer Brochure - New residents receive local history and THSSH organization information. The brochure is also offered at the Bernards Township library and municipal building.

The Lime Kiln public area in Peapack-Gladstone, dedicated in 1999, provides a story board about the preserved kilns and the agricultural heritage of the Somerset Hills.

Web - the website now contains over one hundred individual web pages (117), over 1,000 digital images, over 100 digital documents, and plenty of interactive flash video and slide shows.

Donation: Original 1752 deed for 400 acres conveyed by agents for Penn brothers, heirs of Wm. Penn, to Jonathan Whitaker of Basking Ridge. Gift of Richard Stevenson. Term paper by Jennifer McWhorter: “How Humans have altered the landscape of Bernards Township”, donated May 2009.

2010 Outlook - Bernards Township 250th Anniversary, Social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter, along with the new www.bernards250.com website will expand, The 16th Holiday House Tour is scheduled for Sunday, December 5.

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THSSH Annual Report 2008

Submitted by Chair Marcella Miccolis

Marcella Miccolis - Chairman
Daniel Lincoln - President
Robin Marion - Recording Secretary
Joe Ryder - Treasurer

Trustees: 17
Brooks Betz Communications
John Campbell
June Campbell Museum Curator
David Connolly Newsletter Editor
Sylvia Gambony
Patricia Gray
Florence Hallgring -Advertising
June Kennedy Publicity, Education
Donald Lorenz
Ann Parsekian Historic Preservation, Archives, Grants
Ken Salvo
Lawrence Terricone Landscaping
Mildred Van Dyke Honorary Historian

This past year was indeed a ‘landmark’ one! In 1976, the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills began to
restore the Brick Academy, the organization’s headquarters, to its earliest 19th century appearance. On November 9, 2008 a public ‘open house’ of the Top Floor was held to celebrate the completion of the historic building’s final phase of restoration work. The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, which provided grant funding for the restoration work, were
honored at the reception.

The Board of Trustees comprises 17 members and convened eleven times during 2008.

Our sincere gratitude is extended to retiring Trustee Diane O’Connor for her long-standing service, personal dedication and valuable contribution to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills for the past twenty years.

Cross Estate Gardens March The Historical Society donated funds
for the placement of an informational sign for the historic property.

Restoration work of the Top Floor was totally completed including
walls, floors, electrical and painting. An ad-hoc committee of Trustees was formed for post-construction activity.

Bernards Township Open Space Acquisitions: Committee members continued to express dismay about the
planned demolition of the McCollum dwelling and helped arrange removal of the 19th century barn from the
McCollum property to the Knox property; committee members visited the Sons of Liberty property and inspected the exterior of the Irwin Richardt dwelling.

Committee members participated in the Olcott Avenue Historic District public information meetings in Bernardsville.

In October, Dr. Richard Veit presented findings from his archaeological investigations of the Ledell-Frost Forge (funded through the Historical Society) in a public talk entitled Forging Ahead in the Somerset Hills.

In May, the fifth annual Historic Preservation Awards recognized five Somerset Hills property owners for preservation projects.

2009 Outlook- Brick Academy Bicentennial, 16th Holiday House Tour,

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THSSH Annual Report 2007

Submitted by Chair Marcella Miccolis

Marcella Miccolis - Chairman
Daniel Lincoln - President
Lawrence Terricone-Recording Secretary
Joe Ryder - Treasurer

Trustees (17)
Brooks Betz Website
John Campbell
June Campbell Museum Curator
David Connolly Newsletter
Sylvia Gambony
Patricia Gray
Florence Hallgring Fund Raising
June O. Kennedy Publicity, Education
Grants
Donald Lorenz
Robin Marion Museum Docents
Diane O’Connor Corresponding Secretary, Community Relations
Ann Parsekian Historic Preservation, Grants, Archivist
Ken Salvo
Mildred Van Dyke-Genealogy

Two major programs included restoration of the Brick Academy and the Holiday House Tour.

Resigning board members in 2007 included Larry Schwenk and Constance Smyth – their valuable service is sincerely appreciated. The Board is pleased to welcome new Trustee Brooks Betz.

YMCA Volunteer Recognition Award November 15- THSSH honored Daniel W. Lincoln, President, at the 20th anniversary. The event recognizes outstanding volunteers of non-profit organizations.

Significant development in the third floor restoration project at the Brick Academy. Phase One – design, demolition, insulation and major electrical, plaster and priming work – was completed
with a prior $74,000 grant from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Historical Society funds and generous member donations. In December 2007, THSSH was awarded an additional $41,850 from the county to complete Phase
Two – the floor work, final painting, electrical and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work, as well as carpentry, lighting and potential structural repairs.

In May, the fourth annual Historic Preservation Awards recognized six Somerset Hills property owners for preservation projects.

Several development and variance applications were discussed and comments sent to the appropriate board: Ridge Custom Homes (East Craig Street); Fin Pro (Lyons Road); Van
Dyke (South Finley Avenue); Curcio Plumbing (Lyons Road); Blauvelt (Lewis Street); Gerhard (Whitenack Road); and Gombar (Lyons Road).

A National Trust Power Point program, “What Every Board Member Needs to Know,” was purchased for the committee.

750 students and scouts of all ages visited the Academy for a
lecture and/or walking tour.

‘Inside the Brick Academy’ is published three times per year (February, May and October) and is mailed to 300 members.

Josephine M. Waltz, author of Schoolhouses of Early Bernards Township, presented THSSH with a $1,050 check in appreciation of nearly two years of research assistance.

The 15th Holiday House Tour was held on December 2 with record-breaking ticket sales! Six distinctive homes in the Somerset Hills were open for touring at the bi-annual event.

Inspected early Bernards Township tax records at the municipal building and made recommendations regarding preserving and archiving.

2008 Outlook
Third Floor Project - Complete Phase Two of the construction work. Develop a floor diagram and furnishings strategy to include a circa 1900 school room, museum exhibits and storage area. 200th Anniversary of the Brick Academy
- Initiate plans to celebrate the anniversary of the historic landmark (1809- 2009) with an updated Brick Academy booklet, media campaign and a series of public events. Fifth Annual Historic Preservation Awards.

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THSSH Annual Report 2006

 

Submitted by Chair Marcella Miccolis

Marcella Miccolis - Chairman
Daniel Lincoln - President
Lawrence Terricone - Re. Secretary
Joseph Ryder -Treasurer

Trustees: 19
John Campbell Holiday House Tour June Campbell Museum Curator David Connolly Newsletter
Sylvia Gambony
Patricia Gray
Florence Hallgring Fund Raising
June O. Kennedy Publicity, Education Donald Lorenz
Robin Marion Museum Docents
Diane O’Connor Corresponding Secretary, Community Relations
Ann Parsekian Historic Preservation, Grants
Ken Salvo
Larry Schwenk
Constance Smythe
Mildred Van Dyke Genealogy

This past year was one of transition, challenges and achievements. June Campbell submitted her resignation as Chairman of the Board of Trustees after a distinguished term of eleven years.

Resigning board members included Richard Macksoud and George Helmke – their valuable service is sincerely appreciated. The Board is pleased to welcome three new Trustees: Patricia Gray, Robin Marion and Joseph Ryder.

Restoration on the final phase of the Brick Academy preservation project has begun. A $74,000 grant from Somerset County that was presumed to have funded the construction costs is now sufficient to fund only a portion of the project, which will cost more than $130,000 in total. The Society has allocated $30,000 of its own funds; is requesting special donations from THSSH members and is considering additional grant funding in order to complete the restoration project.

Charter Day, Memorial Day, Somerset County 4H, French Encampment, Weekend Journey through the Past, Lord Stirling Festival, Volunteer Recognition Night.

Volunteer Recognition Night November 9
The Historical Society honored June Campbell for her exceptional tenure as Chairman at the Somerset Hills YMCA Volunteer Recognition Night.

Historic Preservation Awards
On May 18 at the Brick Academy, THSSH presented the third annual Historic Preservation awards to the following properties:
82 North Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge Preservation
130 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge Preservation
201 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge Preservation
26 Olcott Avenue, Bernardsville Preservation
Door Decor - 67 Minebrook Road, Bernardsville Adaptation
Pluckemin Inn, Bedminster Compatible New Construction

Bea Dreesen of Bernardsville, a long time passionate advocate of historic preservation was the first recipient of the Life Achievement Award.

418 local school children visited the Academy for a lecture and
walking tour of historic Basking Ridge village.

‘Inside the Brick Academy’ is published three times per year: February, May and October. Mailed to our 300 members.

The new website of the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills was formally launched in December The site, www.historicalsocietyofsomersethills.org,

A direct mail campaign to all THSSH members requested a special donation for the top floor project. To date, over $3,300 has been pledged in generous contributions.

Over 300 hours providing telephone and face-to-face consultation for research requests.

2007 Outlook - 15th Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 2. Attended by an expected 500 visitors. Select recommendations of the Strategic Planning Task Force to develop short and long-term projects in the area of: Museum/Brick Academy, Research/ Archival, Communications, Education, Preservation, Financial and Governance.

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THSSH Annual Report 2005

Submitted by Chair June Campbell

June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Larry Terricone - Re. Secretary

Trustees: 20
Diane O’Connor, Community Relations, Corresponding Sec.
John Campbell, House Tour
David Connolly, News Letter
Sylvia Gambony
Pat Gray
Florence Hallgring, Fund Raiser
George Helmke
June Kennedy, Publicity, Education
Don Lorenz
Robin Marion
Marcella Miccolis
Ann Parsekian, Grants, Historic Preservation
Ken Salvo, Building Manager
Larry Schwenk
Connie Smythe, Hospitality
Millie Van Dyke, Genealogy

The Historical Society of The Somerset Hills (THSSH) participated in two community events this year. Charter Day, May 21st, was attended by huge crowds, and we were inundated by questions
of all types related to our work. We sold many gift items and passed out much free information. The Lord Stirling Festival, October 2nd.

On June 4th some of the Girl Scout troops in town got together and sponsored a tour of eight historic spots in Bernards Township.

We are in the preparatory stages for work on the restoration of the third floor using the $40,000 grant from Somerset County.

Second annual preservation awards program culminating in the presentation of awards in May. The program was expanded this year to include all Somerset Hills Communities.
Bernards Township – The Coffee House, North Maple Ave.
- The Old Homestead, 189 West Oak St.
Bedminster – Barn, Fairview Farm, Larger Cross Rd.
- Jacobus-Vanderveer House, Route 206

A Strategic Planning Committee was created in 2005 to review the bylaws, mission, operations and goals of the Historical society, and prepare recommendations for presentation to the board of trustees in early 2006 (Long Range Plan).

THSSH published three newsletters this year. They were sent to our 300 members.

Due to popular demand, we reprinted our Historic Basking Ridge Walking Tour booklets.

We replaced two historic signs that had been vandalized, one at the Lord Stirling Manor, and one in Liberty Corner marking Rochambeau’s Revolutionary War encampment. We also installed a new marker indicating Historic Madisonville near the corner of North Maple and Madisonville Roads.

THSSH held its 14th Holiday House Tour on December 4th. Attended by 500 people, it featured six diverse and architecturally significant homes in Basking Ridge, Far Hills, and in the Brookside section of Mendham Township. Spanning 262 years, the oldest homes included two 18th Century Basking Ridge farm houses, one built in 1740 and the other around 1750. These are two of about 35 remaining 18th Century buildings in Bernards Township. The other homes comprised an
1830 farm house, an 1865 ornate Victorian home, a 15 year old brick English manor residence, and a 2002 French country house (mansion). This wonderful community relations project involved the efforts of a host of THSSH members, as well as 75 docents, 22 parkers, and of course, the home owners. All had a great time and we made a profit of approximately $12,500.

Over 325 hours providing telephone and face-to-face consultation.

Outlook for 2006 - Proceed to restore the third floor of the Brick Academy using $40,000 Somerset County grant funds.

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THSSH Annual Report 2004

Submitted by Chair June Campbell

 

June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Larry Terricone - Re. Secretary

Trustees:19

Joseph Callahan
John Campbell
David Connolly, News Letter
Sylvia Gambony
Florence Hallgring, Fund Raiser
George Helmke
June Kennedy, Publicity, Education
Donald Lorenz
Marcella Miccolis
Diane O'Connor, Corresponding Secretary
Ann Parsekian, Grants
Historic Preservation
Ken Salvo, Building Manager
Larry Schwenk
Constance Smythe, Hospitality
Millie Van Dyke, Genealogy

We are now embarking on the last phase of restoration of the Brick Academy. We are delighted to announce that in the end of 2004 we were awarded $70,000 in grants by the Cultural and Heritage Commission of Somerset County for the
restoration of our third floor. We must now hire an architect to draw up the plans and then proceed with hiring contractors. We are looking forward to finally completing the restoration of the entire building, which has been the main objective of the Historical society since its founding in 1928.

THSSH published three newsletters this year. They were sent to our 300 members and also given out at our open houses and public events. They are helpful in informing the public of our activities.

We published a new, updated walking tour of historic Basking Ridge and, on October 9th, in partnership with Base Camp and The Lemon Lounge, we conducted a guided walking tour of the town. This was followed by a reception at the Brick Academy.

We have begun a new policy of putting ads in our news letter and find that it has boosted our income considerably.

1) National Trust For Historic Preservation
2) Preservation New Jersey
3) League of Historical Societies of New Jersey
4) Somerset County Historical Society

2005 - Now that we have received our grant, proceed to restore the third floor of the Brick Academy. This will include drawing up plans and the beginning of actual work as time permits.

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THSSH Annual Report 2003

Submitted by Chair June Campbell

June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Larry Terricone - Re. Secretary

Trustees:19

Bob Blacklidge,1st V. P.
Joseph Callahan
David Connolly
Sylvia Gambony
Florence Hallgring
George Helmke
June Kennedy, Publicity, Education
Donald Lorenz
Diane O'Connor, 2nd V. P.,
Community Relations,
Corresponding Secretary
Ann Parsekian
Ken Salvo
Larry Schwenk
Constance Smythe
David Stone, Programs
Mildred Van Dyke, Genealogy

We nominated one building for an historic preservation award from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission. It went to the Sherman Reynolds house, which was used as a commissary during the Revolutionary War. It is owned by Bea Dreesen of Bernardsville.

Restoration of the main floor of the Brick Academy was completed in March. The walls, ceiling and floor have been treated and colored to make them appear as they did when
classes were held here in 1850. TI-ISSH members performed careful research during the preservation process.

This year TI-ISSH formed a seven member Historic Preservation Committee whose mission is to carry out education and informational and informal advisory functions to promote historic preservation in the Somerset Hills.

THSSH published three newsletters this year. They were sent to our 300 members and also given out at our open houses and public events. They are helpful in informing the public of our activities.

We have a newly set up library and research center on the ground floor of the Brick Academy that we are very proud of. We are open the first and third Wednesday mornings of each month from 9:30 to 12:00 noon, and have already had many people
take advantage of this facility.

THSSH held its 13th Holiday House Tour on December 7th. Attended by 600 people, it featured six architecturally significant homes in Basking Ridge and Bernardsville. Spanning 278 years, it included a 1720 farm house, an 1805 farm house, and 1896 stone mansion, a 1930' s Bucks County stone house, a 1978
Bernardsville estate that resembles a Mediterranean villa, and a 1998 neoclassical revival home. This wonderful community relations project involved the efforts of a host of 1HSSH members, as well as 75 docents , 22 parkers, and of course,
the home owners. In spite of problems with a snow storm, all had a great time and we mad a profit of approximately $16,500, which will be used in restoring the Brick Academy.

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THSSH Annual Report 2002

Submitted by Chair June Campbell

June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Larry Terricone - Re. Secretary

Trustees: 20

Joyce Allen
Bob Blacklidge, 1st V. P.
Joseph Callahan
David Connolly
Joan Engler, Social Activities
Sylvia Gambony
Florence Hallgring
George Helmke
June Kennedy, Publicity, Education
Donald Lorenz
Diane O'Connor, 2nd V. P.,
Community Relations,
Corresponding Secretary
Ann Parsekian
Larry Schwenk
Constance Smythe
David Stone, Programs
Mildred Van Dyke, Genealogy

We nominated two buildings for historic preservation awards from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission. One went to the Mellick House in Bedminster, owned by Jeanne and Perry Hall, and the other to the Stone Dairy Barn in Gladstone, owned by Finn Caspersen.

Murals and photographs of historic Bernards Township, provided by THSSH, are on display at the new A&P and at the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility.

Work was begun in late March and involved replacing the ceiling and ceiling lighting, installing many electrical outlets, re plastering, and making many complex decisions about the floor treatment.

We also now have running water available for the first time on the main floor in a small kitchenette where we have also installed cabinets.

The Historical Society has followed with great interest the progress of the Task Force working on the preservation and plans for the Kennedy Farmstead. The Task Force, appointed by the Township Committee, is made up of 13 members, five of whom belong to THSSH.

TIISSH published three newsletters this year. They were sent to our 295 members and also given out at our open houses and public events. They are helpful in informing the public of our activities.

We had a historic marker made and installed on Lord Stirling Road describing the small airport that used to be located there.

October 17 - June Kennedy, Ann Parsekian and John Campbell gave a presentation on the progress of the Kennedy Farmstead Task Force.

2003 Outlook - Moving the office and archive storage facilities from their current location on the third floor to the recently-restored lowest level of the Academy. This is preparatory
to the eventual restoration of the third floor for use as museum space.

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8 pages

Submitted by Chair June Campbell

June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Larry Terricone - Re. Secretary
Diane O'Connor- 2nd VP Corr. Sec

Trustees: 18
Joseph Callahan
Joan Engler - Social Activities
Sylvia Gambony
Florence Hallgring
George Helmke
June Kennedy - Education/Publicity
Doug Kollmar
Donald Lorenz
Norman Nelsen-Newsletter
Larry Schwenk-Grants
Constance Smythe - Social Activities
David Stone-Community Relations
Mildred Van Dyke

THSSH published two newsletters this year. They were sent to our 270 members and also given out at our open houses and public events. They are helpful in informing the public of our activities.

Throughout the year eight lectures were given at The Academy to school groups and scout troops. There were 85 children in all.

THSSH produced and sold 1000 calendars for the year 2002 that feature a charming array of historic pictures from the area. For the third year this has proved to be an excellent fund raiser. Not only are people of the Somerset Hills vastly entertained
by the photographs, but, on a deeper level, it makes our community aware of the historical society's work and the fact that a great deal of interesting information is to be gleaned from our archives.

1HSSH held its 12th Holiday House Tour on December 2nd attended by 600 people. It featured six architecturally significant homes in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, and Mendham. Spanning 225 years, they included an 18th century Dutch-style stone farm house, an 1875 high-Victorian estate, a 1900 carriage house renovated to living quarters in 1975, a 1900 colonial revival home, a 1906 Homestead-style stucco home,
and a 1989 Shaker colonial-style home. This wonderful community relations project involved the efforts of a host of THSSH members, as well as 77 docents and 22 parkers,
and of course, the home owners. All had a great time and we made a profit of $15,574 which will be used in restoring the Brick Academy.

In 2001 the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission approved $23,000 to provide emergency repairs and $52,900 to employ historical architects for Kennedy Farmstead.

This year the Township Committee took important steps toward preserving the Reverend Kennedy Parsonage Farm House (RKPFH}. This house is one of the most
historically significant structures in Bernards Township. The farm house and outbuildings are on the 36.5 acre Geier tract purchased by the Township for recreational purposes.

In order to preserve our unique collection of paper archives, five of our members worked throughout the year to reproduce hundreds of fast-fading photos and newspaper articles and to change our files from regular to acid-free folders.

Scott Pfluger, Peapack donated 125 poster sized equestrian maps of the Somerset Hills including property boundaries and names of owners.

Outlook 2002 - Continue restoration of the Brick Academy, as made possible by the $40,000 grant to be received from the Somerset County Historical Preservation Fund. Restoration will largely consist of work on the main floor. Preliminary plans include installation of a very small kitchen, restoration of the floor,

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THSSH Annual Report 2000

Submitted by Chair June Campbell

June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Bob Blacklidge - 1st VP
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Lawrence Terricone - Re. Secretary
Diane O'Connor- 2nd VP Corr. Sec

Trustees: 21
Joyce Allen
Joseph Callahan
Joan Engler - Social Activities
Sylvia Gambony
Florence Hallgring
George Helmke
June Kennedy - Education/Publicity
Doug Kollmar
Donald Lorenz
Norman Nelsen-Newsletter
Larry Schwenk-Grants
Constance Smythe - Social Activities
David Stone-Community Relations
Mildred Van Dyke
Martine White - Program Chair

The Historical Society of The Somerset Hills (THSSH) participated in three community events this year. Even though we had torrential rains on May 20, Charter Day, we moved into the Brick Academy (our headquarters) and an amazing number of people turned out.

In May June Kennedy gave a presentation on local history to the Meadow Ridge Civic Association using many items from THSSH as illustrations.

In February we hosted a small party to celebrate the completion of the restoration of our ground floor. It will eventually be our museum area to be named after one of our long-term past presidents, Richard Rozewski. We have begun work setting this up.

THSSH has donated seven chairs that originally came from the Maple Avenue School to the Bernards Township Library.

THSSH published three newsletters this year. They were sent to our 263 members and also given out at our open houses and public events. Our editor, Norman Nelsen, does an excellent job and they are very much appreciated by all.

In March June Kennedy gave a talk to the Liberty Comer Presbyterian Church Sunday School on the subject of "Slavery in Bernards Township." We have a large file on this topic in our archives.

The work with Dr. Quanim Saalik on his project Basking Ridge: An American Legacy is still in progress. He has received a grant to continue his work and has recently video-taped many of our photographs. His ultimate plan is to produce three one hour segments and an accompanying CD ROM to be used both as a curriculum resource and as an inter-active teaching tool for local, state, and national schools.

This year THSSH has had made and paid for four historic signs which were installed by the towns to which they apply. One is on South Finley Avenue, marking the location of the Widow White's Tavern; one on Lord Stirling Road indicating his mansion; one on North Maple Avenue at the location of a Revolutionary War hospital, and one in Peapack-Gladstone to draw attention to the lime kilns.

The restoration of the ground floor was completed in February. This effort included laying a new floor, with antique floor boards, repairing the original plaster on the walls, restoring the ceiling to the original beams and installing track lighting. This work was paid for largely by funds raised by THSSH.

This year THSSH published 500 copies of a book Lord Stirling William Alexander by George Helmke. The writing of this book was entirely Mr. Helmke's idea and took a great deal of work and dedication. We are very grateful to him for this effort and have already sold over half the books. Lord Stirling is a very appealing character to the people of this area.

The Reverend Kennedy Parsonage Farm House, recently known as the Geier House, is on property recently bought by the township for use as parkland.

Received grant of $150 for history camp expenses. We are still awaiting the $39,992 grant awarded from the Somerset County
Preservation Fund in December 1999. We expect to receive it in a matter of weeks at which time we plan to begin restoration work on our main floor.

Outlook 2001 - Continue restoration of the Brick Academy, as made possible by the $40,000 grant to be received from the Somerset County Historical Preservation Fund.

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THSSH Annual Report 1999

Submitted by Chair June Campbell

June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Bob Blacklidge - 1st VP
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Lawrence Terricone - Re. Secretary

Trustees: 20

Joyce Allen
Joseph Callahan
Joan Engler, Social Activities
Sylvia Gambony
Florence Hallgring
George Helmke
June Kennedy, Publicity & Education
Doug Kollmar
Norman Nelsen, Newsletter
Diane O'Connor, 2nd V. P.,
Community Relations &
Corresponding Secretary
Larry Schwenk, Grants
Constance Smythe, Social Activities
David Stone, Community Relations
Mildred Van Dyke
Martine White, Program

THSSH granted its first cash award EVER for the Brick Academy's restoration. $39,992 on Dec 21,1999 from the Somerset County Culture and Heritage Commission to be used for the 3rd floor schoolroom restoration effort. This year saw the fruition of one of our fondest hopes -- the receipt of a grant of $39,992 from the Somerset County Preservation Fund to be used for further
restoration of the Brick Academy. The success of this application was due in part to the support from Bernards Township in filing the application.

THSSH published four newsletters this year. They were sent to our 270 members and also given out at our open houses and public events.

The Academy is open Sundays from September through June from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. This is the first year we have been able to be open in winter months due to an improved heating system provided by funding from Bernards Township.

1999 has been a year of great accomplishments in restoration of the Brick Academy.

Throughout the year lectures are given at The Academy to school groups and scout troops. There were 326 children in all.

THSSH began working in conjunction with Dr. Quaaim Saalik on a joint project entitled, Basking Ridge: An American Legacy, which will document the history of the town of Basking Ridge from 1733 to the present.

THSSH produced and sold 950 calendars for the year 2000 that feature a charming array of historic pictures from this area. For the second consecutive year this has proved to be an excellent fund raiser.

Donation: Iron water pump, (c. 1910) from Bedminster. Bensley Field.

THSSH held its eleventh Holiday House Tour on December Fifth It featured Jive architecturally significant homes in Basking Ridge, Bedminster, and Peapack. Spanning 238 years, they included an 18th century Dutch Colonial farmhouse, a Greek Revival workman's cottage, a 19th century Italian ate townhouse, a pre-war Colonial Revival home, and a modern hilltop mansion with a panoramic view over the Somerset Hills?x This wonderful community relations project involved the efforts of a host of THSSH members, as well as 50 docents and 15 parkers, and of course, the home owners. All had a great time and we made a
profit of about $10,000 which will be used in restoring the Brick Academy.

Outlook 2000 - Continue restoration of the Brick Academy, as made possible by the $40,000 grant to be received from the Somerset County Historical Preservation Fund.

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THSSH Annual Report 1998

Submitted by Chair June Campbell

June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Bob Blacklidge - 1st VP
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Lawrence Terricone - Re. Secretary

Trustees: 21

Joyce Allen
Joseph Callahan
Joan Engler, Social Activities
Sylvia Gambony
Florence Hallgring
George Helmke
June Kennedy, Publicity & Education
Doug Kollmar
Norman Nelsen, Newsletter
Diane O'Connor, 2nd V. P.,
Community Relations &
Corresponding Secretary
Larry Schwenk, Grants
Constance Smythe, Social Activities
David Stone, Community Relations
Mildred Van Dyke
Barbara Wadyka, Recording Secretary
Martine White, Program

The Historical Society of The Somerset Hills (THSSH) participated in three community events this year. We rented a table at Charter Day IV, May 16, where we sold mugs, T shirts, note paper, etc. and gave out much free information on our work and the history of the area. We also took a table at the Bernardsville
Community Day, Sept. 20, and the Lord Sterling Festival, Oct. 11.

Two of our members attended a day-long event at the Princeton
Theological Seminary in June. It was sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Preservation Office.

Our yearly Summer History Camp was as great a success as ever. June Kennedy conducted two one week sessions and 36 children attended. The $2,000 raised is earmarked for Brick Academy restoration.

THSSH published five newsletters this year. They were sent to our 270 members and also given out at our open houses and public events.

Throughout the year lectures are given at The Academy to school groups and scout troops. There were two Cub Scout dens, two Brownie troops, and seven school classes who came to the Brick Academy as a "school trip." There were 349 children in all.

We have supplied information for the writing of the St. Marks Church History and the history of the Bernards Township Police Department coordinated by June Kennedy.

Some of our resources were used in the making of a video for Channel 12 entitled "Bernards Township Life Styles in the 1900's."

Membership Celebration -A July 4th picnic was held in Southard Park. It was very well attended by people from three to eighty-five - fun, games, and lots of good food.

There are two 18th century lime kilns in Peapack which we expected to take title to, along with a little surrounding property, in early 1998.

In January we completed the work of replacing our two dilapidated 1924 bathrooms with a new unisex, invalid-access able facility. On May 2, Bob Blacklidge supervised 16 men from the Community Service Program, who tore out the ceiling and floor in the cellar of the Brick Academy.

Video - Education In Bernards Township - Locally created by many in 1998.

Outlook - 1999 - Complete restoration of the lime kiln property in Peapack, and open as a small park.

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THSSH Annual Report 1997

Submitted by Chair June Campbell

June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Bob Blacklidge - 1st VP
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Barbara Wadyka, Rec. Secretary

Trustees: 20

Joyce Allen
Joseph Callahan
Joan Engler, Social Activities
Sylvia Gambony
Florence Hallgring
George Helmke
June Kennedy, Publicity & Education
Doug Kollmar
Norman Nelsen, Newsletter
Diane O'Connor, 2nd V. P.,
Community Relations &
Corresponding Secretary
Larry Schwenk, Grants
Constance Smythe, Social Activities
David Stone, Community Relations
Mildred Van Dyke
Barbara Wadyka, Recording Secretary
Martine White, Program

In conjunction with Charter Day lll on May 17th, The Historical Society of The Somerset Hills (THSSH) conducted a "Bargain Bazaar" to sell items that had been donated for sale. We also rented table space on the main street at which we
sold mugs, T-shirts, note paper, etc, featuring historical scenes. We realized from these two efforts $850 in profit, which will be put toward the Brick Academy Building Fund.

Once again, one of the highlights of our year was the summer history camp. June Kennedy conducted two one-week sessions, and raised $1600, which is ear marked for Brick Academy restoration. The history camp has become a widely known event that elicited phone inquiries from Summit, Maplewood, etc.

October 18 - THSSH conducted two walking tours of downtown Basking Ridge in conjunction with the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

The highlight of our 1997 activities was our Christmas House Tour on December 7. Under Diane O'Connor's leadership the effort resulted in one of the best house tours we have ever had. Six houses in the Somerset Hills, each with unique features and charm, were open to the public. The tour was staffed by 80
volunteers. Profits were about $12,000. We received glowing reports from many of the attendees.

Larry Terricone donated a quilt that featured motifs which represent Basking Ridge sites. We took advantage of this windfall by conducting a raffle. The drawing was December 10 and profits were over $2,600. Dan Lincoln spear headed
this effort.

June Kennedy is now also acting as consultant to Ridge High News Channel 12. There have been several programs featuring the Brick Academy.

A July 4th picnic was held in Southard Park.

A land owner in Peapack - Gladstone is planning to donate to THSSH property including two 18th century lime kilns. The kilns are in a marvelous state of repair and of great historical significance to the Somerset Hills. Ninety-five percent of the brush clearing has been completed and 75% of the grading and
seeding is finished.

With the help of Bernards Township, THSSH arranged to have exterior trim and the front steps of the Academy painted, crown moldings repaired and some shingles and two rotted window sills replaced.

Outlook for 1998 - Complete restoration of the lime kiln property in Peapack, and acquire the title of ownership. Continue restoration of the Brick Academy: complete work on the bathroom, install heating and air conditioning systems, and lay a new concrete cellar floor.

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THSSH Annual Report 1996

Submitted by Chair June Campbell

June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Donald O'Connor, 1st V. P.
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Dawn Digrius, Rec. Secretary

Trustees: 17

Bob Blacklidge, Bldg. Mgr.
Jonathon Booth
Peter Dragunas
June Kennedy, Publicity, Education
Doug Kollmar
Charles Menagh
Norman Nelsen, 2nd V. P.
Corres. Sec'y
Diane O'Connor, Ways and Means
Larry Schwenk, Grants
David Stone, Community Relations
Chris Volz
Martine White, Program

In conjunction with Charter Day II on May 18th we had an "Heirloom discovery day" at the Brick Academy.

One of the highlights of our year was the summer history camp. June Kennedy ran two one week sessions and this year raised $1200 ear marked for the Brick Academy restoration.

We took a booth at the Lord Stirling Festival in October. In spite of flooding problems there was a surprisingly good turn out.

A July 4th picnic in Southard Park. Dec. 19th we had a Christmas party at the Academy. There was Jive music
performed by Martine White, and Norman Nelsen , a "what is it ?" table to stump the experts and several other games with a historical theme.

October - " Archeological Investigation of the Artillery Encampment at Pluckemin" - Matt Koppinger, President Chester Historical Society. This meeting was covered by the Newark Star Ledger.

The one area of disappointment for us in 1996 is that we were
turned down on two grants applications. One was to the Somerset County Community Development Office for $10,000 to be used chiefly to modernize the bathroom facilities in the Brick Academy and to make them "Handicapped Accessible".
The other was to the New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program. We worked long and hard on this application only to find last summer that we had been turned down.

Mrs. Richard C. Marsh donated a spinning wheel, linen, c. 1816.

We published a new directory this year and each member was mailed a copy. Our total membership is up to 308, a new record.

Outlook for 1997 - Work toward restoration of Lime Kilns in Peapack. Fund raisers - money to be applied to Brick Academy restoration. Some of these will be
a) printing and sale of 1998 calendar with local scenes
b) raffle of wonderful locally made quilt with Basking Ridge designs
c) another Bargain Bazaar.

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THSSH Annual Report 1995

Submitted by Chair Diane O'Connor

Diane O'Connor-Chairman
Daniel Lincoln - President
Donald O'Connor-1st Vice President
Richard Macksoud-Treasurer
Martine White - Secretary

Trustees: 21
Lawrence Bataille
Robert Blacklidge - Building Mgr.
Jonathon Booth
June Campbell-Curator
Barbara Chamberlain
Michael Chamberlain
Peter Dragunas
Bea Dreesen-ex officio
Sal Giordano
Kenneth Gursky
Douglas Kollmar
Kenneth McPherson
Charles Menagh
Larry Schwenk-Grants
Lawrence Terricone
Christian Volz-Finance

Trustees met fourteen times in 1995. Trustees- 21, Membership 285.

Trustee Resignations: Alice Moulton Ely, Pam Hirsch, Audrey Noodson, Terry Blanc, Bea Dreesen, ex-officia. Millie Van Dyke is our new Historical Consultant.

Bea Dreesen and Larry Terricone were named volunteers of
the year at the YMCA Annual Awards Dinner in November at
the Old Mill Inn.

Grant - We will apply by Jan. 26, 1996, for a $60,000 (3/2Grant) for restoration of the Brick Academy. Notification will be in mid-summer 1996.

Expenses for the Academy in 1995 included two wall fixtures on either side of the front door, three street lights designed by M. Bertola in the parking lot.

Many citizens joined our membership in attending county
Sponsored meetings regarding the reconstruction of North Finley
Avenue in Basking Ridge.

The Vail Cemetery on Stone House Road is now listed in the County's "Tour of Cemeteries" brochure.

Millicent Fenwick Statue dedicated on October 15th near Bernardsville train depot.

Diane O'Connor attended a meeting in Bedminster pertaining
to the possibility that both Indians and Soldiers could
be buried atop Parcel "G" of the Hill's project.

We are trying to decide:
Our roll in perhaps taking over the Old section of the
Bernardsville library if the decision to build ever is
decided.

The Olympic Torch will be passing thru Basking Ridge in
June, the town is invited to plan accordingly.

June Kennedy, town historian member, once again ran a
most successful series of Summer History Camps: 325 children
have used the Academy as a learning laboratory through June's
guidance. Monies raised, $750.00, goes towards the restoration
of the building.

our Bargain Bazaar raised almost $2,000.00.

New T Shirts, depicting Basking Ridge, and designed by
Linda Arnold of Liberty Corner, are selling very well. They
made their debut at the Millington Quarry's gigantically successful Open House.

Our Christmas Tour of Homes - featuring six homes and an
"Antique Boutique", and 50-50 raffle, netted $9,240

Guests were invited to bring a "what do you think this is", and stumped quite a few of those present. The 50-50 raffle, gross proceeds $1,454.00, was won by Mrs. Debbie Carroll, who donated $227.00 back to the Academy.

Charter Day and 4th of July picnic was a success.

Outlook 1996
20th Anniversary of our listing on the National Historic
Register (1976-1996), shall be celebrated at July 4th picnic.

Try to raise monies from area corporations to complete
Academy restoration.

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THSSH Annual Report 1994

Submitted by Chair Diane O'Connor

Diane O'Connor-Chairman
Daniel Lincoln-President
Richard Macksoud-Treasurer
Bea Dreesen-ex officio

Trustees: 22
Lawrence Bataille,
Bob Blacklidge - Building Mgr., Jonathon Booth,
June Campbell-Curator,
Barbara Chamberlain,
Michael Chamberlain,
Peter Dragunas,
Sal Giordano,
Pamela Hirsch,
June Kennedy-Historian,
Douglas Kollmar,
Joyce Lanigan,
Kenneth McPherson,
Donald O'Connor
Philip Pitney
Larry Schwenk,
Lawrence Terricone
Christian Volz-Finance

Creation of Life Memberships, Honorary Memberships (Sec. 2.03) and a deeper understanding of By-Laws.

Created Nominating Committee for proposed trustees.

255 members.

Aided concerned citizens regarding cell tower, aid in rehabilitating Veal Town Tavern (Bernardsville Library)

New by-law amendments accepted.

June Kennedy honored by Somerset Hills YMCA at Volunteer of the Year awards.

Grants committee created. Long Term Planning committee established by Dan Lincoln and Jon Booth.

New heating furnace installed. New parking lot.

Membership invited to become more active.

Partnering with "Merchants of Olde Basking Ridge"

Two summer camps held. Berkeley Home Owners Association use passed.

Revenues totaled $12,294. Expenses totaled $6,227.

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THSSH Annual Report 1993

Submitted by the THSSH's first Chair Bernice Dreesen

Bea Dreesen-Chair
Daniel Lincoln-President
Bob Blacklidge - Treasurer
Theresa Blanc - Secretary

Trustees: 23
Jonathon Booth
Lawrence Bataille
June Campbell-Curator
Barbara Chamberlain
Michael Chamberlain
Sal Giordano,
Pamela Hirsch
June Kennedy-Historian,
Douglas Kollmar,
Joyce Lanigan,
Richard Macksoud,
Kenneth McPherson
Alice Moultonj-Ely
Diane O'Connor
Donald O'Connor
Philip Pitney
Larry Schwenk
Lawrence Terricone
Christian Volz

First year of the separation of President and Chairman roles. By-laws revised creating President and Chairman President is liaison to town and for architectural and restoration projects. The Chair will oversee fundraisers, grants, tours, and write letters.

Membership 300.

Somerset County Culture and Heritage Commission awards its first preservation award to THSSH.

By vote of 121-112 the Historic District of Basking Ridge fell.

May 15 open house in conjunction with Spring Festival. June 13 - History on the Hudson. Sept 12 Happy Birthday Historical Society (65th). Dec. 4-5 Holiday Hospitality Weekend.

Members concerned about Fortis Corp purchase of Gill St Bernards School in Bernardsville. Members monitored Route 202 widening at Childs Road.

Representatives attended meeting in Bedminster to support preservation of the General Henry Knox/Vanderveer House. Proposal cancelled.

Trustees met with Township Committee on restoring Historic District discussions. Aug 16 meeting with NJ Transit on Lyons Railroad Station shelter and deck.

Two copper carriage lanterns commissioned for $640 and $750 to install.

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THSSH Annual Report 1992

Submitted by Bea Dreesen, Interim President

Bea Dreesen, Interim President
Bob Blacklidge-Treasurer
Theresa Blanc-Recording Secretary

Trustees:21


June Kennedy-Historian
Jonathon Booth
June Campbell-Curator
Diane Deutsch
Marsha Dewey
Sal Giordano
Pamela Hirsch
Philip Kennedy-Grant
Daniel Lincoln
Alice Moulton-Ely
Diane O'Connor
Donald O'Connor
Philip Pitney
Lawrry Schwenk
Lawrence Terricone
Jacqueline Tutton
Christian Volz
Dawn Yunich

Preservation, education and service have been the "buzz words" of THSSH in 1992.

Brick Academy open house started in Fall on second and fourth sundays.

Basking Ridge Business and Professional Association had meetings here. 4 membership meetings with speakers. June 14

Open House to celebrate 275th anniversary of BR Presbyterian Church. THSSH provided a float replica of the Brick Academy and marched in parade. 500 people visited the Brick Academy on way to picnic.

July 6-10 Summer History Camp 22 students 4-6th grades, $20 per student per week. 9/5 - Barbarian Bazaar at Brick Academy raised $2,400.

Holiday House Tour raised $4,608.

5 year long range plan developed.

2 matted prints of Widow Whites tavern and Lord Stirling donated.

Purchase of 3 Franklin Corners signs $1,710.

Conservation Committee, Grants Committee formed.

Fundraisers - Boat ride around Manhattan scheduled, country auction, restaurant tasting tour, flea market, guided tour of Princeton, art auction, antique shoe, antique appraisal night, and garden show.

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THSSH Annual Report 1991

Submitted by Philip Kennedy-Grant, President

Philip Kennedy-Grant, President
Alice Moulton-Ely, 1st Vice
Bea Dreesen, 2nd Vice President
Bob Blacklidge, Treasurer,

Trustees: 18
June Campbell
Marsha Dewey
Carol Fricke
Pamela Hirsch
June Kennedy
Marion Kennedy
Daniel W. Lincoln
Barbara Long
Douglas McIroy
John C. Smith
James Spiniello
Lawrence Terricone
Jacqueline Tutton
J. Wayman Williams - Photography

4 general membership meetings with speakers. May 27, 300 people attend open house.

June 29 - Peapack Pops Concert at Pleasant Valley (900 people), July 21 Summer picnic (30 members), Oct 20 Lord Stirling Festival, Dec 7 Brick Academy Open House (150 people),

Dec 8 Holiday House Tour (575 attendees) raised $6337.

Purchased answering machine.

11 antique design lamp posts obtained for downtown ($250 each donated from local merchants.

Liberty Corner Historic District added to State and National registers.

Long Range Planning Committee chart 5 year plan. Five-Year Long Range Plan developed to address needs of the Society, community and membership(10 goals identified):

  • 1- To actively enhance the image of the Society throughtout the Somerset Hills
  • 2- To define the schedule and scope of the restoration of our meeting place, the Brick Academy.
  • education;
  • conservation;
  • fund raising;
  • Goal #5: committee of knowledgeable individuals to monitor laws, zoning changes; develop, establish and enhance value and image of THSSH;
  • more fully involvement by membership;
  • develop a rolling five-year plan;
  • analyze needs required for a skilled Board of Trustees
  • Goal 1 - Fundraising (events)
  • Goal 2 - Building Commissioner
  • Goal 3 - Education Commissioner (Programs) - Sandy
  • Goal 4 - Conservation Officer
  • Goal 5 - Action Team Commissioner - Sandy
  • Goal 6,7 - Personnel Officer - Bea Dreesen
  • Goal 8 - Public Affairs (Newsletter) - Sandy
  • Goal 9 - Membership Commissioner
  • Goal 10 - Vice President, Alexander M. Noble (Leader)

Requested $154,250 grant from New Jersey Historic Trust not approved.

Sep 5-7: Bargain Bazaar at the Brick Academy, which sold merchandise donated from members and friends, and also items of no significance found in Brick Academy. Total profit--$2400.

Membership yearbook created and distributed.

36 copies of "Reflections of Bernards" videos made. Six donated to local schools, remainder sold.

262 members.

THSSH President to attend National Historic Trust Conference in San Francisco Oct 16-20.

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THSSH Annual Report 1990

Submitted on behalf of President Richard Rozewski by Vice President Carol Fricke

Richard Rozewski -President
Carol Fricke - Vice President
Bob Blacklidge - Treasurer
Richard Merrill - Treasurer
Alice Moulton-Ely - Rec. Secretary

Trustees: 22
Charles Reid
James Spinello
Barbara Long
Brian McNally
Pamela Hirsch
Jackie Totten
Marcia Dewey
John C. Smith
George Fiske
June Campbell
Bea Dreesen
Philip Kennedy-Grant
Diane O'Connor - Membership
Jacquie Tutton
Pam Hirsch
Lorraine Passmore
June Kennedy

 

Pursuant to Ordinance #994, on January 12, 1990 the Township of Bernards and The Historical Society of Somerset Hills entered into a 50 year lease agreement for lease of the township-owned Brick Academy located at 15 West Oak Street, Block 73, Lot 10, Basking Ridge.

4 general membership meetings with speakers.Two trustees were on TKR Cable's Focus on Bernards Township. Peapack Pops concert, Kiwanis Fair Booth, Outdoor flea market at Brick Academy, Lord Stirling Festival, Annual Holiday House Tour.

New ground level door, completion of 28 windows, exterior wood trim painted, Telephone installed 908-221-1770. Original school bell found in attic.

Gavel carved from wood of Basking Ridge Oak tree was acquired from Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church.

Advised LCPC on painting vs. vinyl siding.

Granted use of Brick Academy for Bonifides and local merchants.

Recommended June Kennedy as official Township Historian of Bernards Twp (Oct 9).

Promoted Constitution Week and Pause for Pledge of Allegiance to flag.

Reinstalled George Washington marker at Maple and Madisonville road.

Completed nominations of Basking Ridge and Liberty Corner as historic districts. Tour of Slave Quarters at Lord Stirling.

7 Trustees traveled to Wethersfield, CT as guests of their historic society visiting a similar academy to the Brick Academy.

Ordered 21 Windsor chairs for Brick Academy. All have been donated.

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THSSH Annual Report 1989

Richard Rozewski -President

Richard Rozewski -President
Carol Fricke - Vice President
June Kennedy - Interim Secretary
Richard Merrill - Treasurer

Trustees:12

Bob Blacklidge
Bernice (Bea) Dreesen
Marion Kennedy
Alexander Noble
Diane O'Connor
John C. Smith
Lawrence Terricone
J. Wayman Williams

April-3 trustees appeared on TKR Cable's "Focus on Bernards Township" with Mayor Sandra Harris,

June 10 - Garden Tour, Sept 2-4-Booth at Kiwanis Fair.

Oct 15- Booth at Lord Stirling Festival,.

Dec 10- 4th Annual Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes raised $15,000.

New steps, lighting study, new electric service, total masonry service, replaced 28 windows,

Basking Ridge Historic District feasibility. Hired Acronterion Inc of Morristown to study Liberty Corner Historic District.

Historic Homes plaques program. Testimony to Bernards Township Planning board on 1400 acres in the Hills.

Rewrote By-Laws. Increase Board membership to 21 by 1991. Instituted new Membership program.

Opened Academy to local merchants for their monthly meetings.

The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) -1988

George Fiske-President-Building Committee
Richard Rozewski - Vice President
Rugh Klippel Secretary (resigned in Spring)
Richard Merrill - Treasurer
Susan Emerson - Secretary

Trustees:

Richard Hancock - Curator-Planning Committee
James DeCoste
Leslie Henry - Program Chair
Jane Steinkoph - Membership Chair

Newsletter Summary: No Annual Report

September 1988 - Basking Ridge Historical Society reorganizes to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.

60th anniversary of our founding.

Annual meeting Sept 15, 1988.

New commemorative sign observing Somerset County's 300th anniversary commissioned by the Township Committee. Somerset County Tri centennial parade May 21 noon with historical society in Somerville. 8 homes qualify for historic plaques according to Historic Plaques Committee.

Applied for block grant. Lord Stirling dig started April 10 run by Dr. Alan Cooper of Morristown Beard school. Original land survey, singed by William Alexander in 1772 accompanied by his engraving purchased and displayed at Brick Academy.

Township Administrator Steve Wook asked to form a Historic Commission.

Thanks to Richard Hancock for his submitted report as curator and recommending artifact and record inventories, cataloguing and restoration.

Basking Ridge Historical Society (BRHS) -1987

Susan Emerson - President
Richard Rozewski - Vice President
Rugh Klippel- Secretary
Jane Downs Steinkoph
Ray Van Dyke

Trustees:

June Kennedy
Bea Dreesen
J. Wayman Williams
Richard Merrill
George Fiske - Building
Jean Sidar - Resources
Jane Verburg - Programs
Susan Emerson - Membership
Richard Hancock
James DeCoste
Leslie Henry

Holiday House tour $1,600. Annual candlelight tour held on December 13. Groups meet at Brick Academy and Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church where house visits will occur.

Nov 19, Restoration of the Old Mill at Van Dorn discussion. Waehler and Associates (new owners) discuss the project.

Membership cards are handed out at the November meeting.

The Robert M Verburg Memorial Library Fund is swelling. Robert was a devoted member and friend.

Thanks to The Basking Ridge Garden Club for decorating the Academy for the Christmas Season. Officers are voted into 3 year terms.

House plaque program is underway directed by Ray Van Dyke.

Oral History guide is ready. New taping series began Oct 4 by Priscilla Bruno.

1986

Jane Verburg - President
Richard Rozewski - Vice President
Rugh Klippel- Secretary
Richard Merrill - Treasurer

Trustees: 9

George Fiske - Building
Jean Sidar - Finance
Susan Emerson - Membership
Jim Henry
K. Turner

 
1985 Jane Verburg - President
Jim Henry - Vice President
Lorraine Passmore - Secretary
Richard Merrill - Treasurer

Trustees:

George Fiske - Building
Ken Turner
 
1984

Dick Rieder
Jane Verburg
Jack Hostetter
Beverly Meigs
Lorraine Passmore - Sec.

Bill Hawke
Jim Henry
Donald McArthur
Ken Turner

Rummage Sale

Peter Messina discussion on Hartlein property relocation.

Fate of the Motzenbacker tract in Bernardsville.

 

1983

Norman Hankinson - President
Lorraine Passmore - Sec.

Trustees: 9

Mills Brockoven
Bill Hawke
Donald McArthur
Dick Rieder
Ken Turner
Jane Verburg - Programs
William J. Scheuerman

Meeting Minutes

Life Membership goes from $50 to $75
Sustaining Membership goes from $10 to $20
Family Membership goes from $5 to $10
Student Membership goes from $1 to $3.

Sep. 1983 - Ken Turner will be chairman of a sort of round table group of old time residents who will share memories of various aspects of life in Basking Ridge. Among those being asked to participate are Kay Hosmer, Peg Carswell, Minnie Corbin, Lou Rickey, Arch Carswell.

Created an "Old-Timers Night Program (Mills Bockoven) brought attention to a paper mentioned in 1934 described what it was like to attend school in the Academy building fifty years previously.

It is the 55th anniversary for the Society. We could invite remaining charter members as special guests.

It was decided that there will not be a booth at the Kiwanis Fair this year.

1982

Norman Hankinson - President
Jane Verburg - VP
William J. Scheuerman - Treasurer
Donald McArthur - Asst. Treas.
Lorraine Passmore - Sec.

Jack Hostetter (Left end of 82)
Barbara Blauvelt (Left end of 82)
Jane Steinkopf (Left end of 82)
Mills Bockoven
Richard Reider
Jack Hostetter
Kenneth Turner
William Hawke

Twelve trustees were elected in October 25, 1982 for 1983.

So in Nov 1982 - Jack Hostetter, Jane Steinkopf and Barbara Blauvelt resigned from Board of Trustees leaving board with 9 Trustees for 1983 year.

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Basking Ridge Historical Society (BRHS)
Annual Report 
1982,1981, 1980

Submitted by President Norman Hankinson

Norman Hankinson - President
Jane Verburg - VP
William J. Scheuerman - Treasurer
Donald McArthur - Asst. Treas.
Lorraine Passmore - Sec.

Jack Hostetter (Left end of 82)
Barbara Blauvelt (Left end of 82)
Jane Steinkopf (Left end of 82)
Mills Bockoven
Richard Reider
Jack Hostetter
Kenneth Turner
William Hawke



Due to Presidents critical illness one report was prepared for this timeline.

Nov 1982 - Jack Hostetter, Jane Steinkopf and Barbara Blauvelt resigned from Board of Trustees leaving board with 9 Trustees.

Oil burner replacement $450 (1980).

NJ Historic Sites denied request to restore front of Academy to Vernacular-Federal design (1980),

Academy was closed (1981), Liberty Corner revolution reenactment(1981).

Restore front of Brick Academy $12,133 (1982).

Great Swamp exhibit (1982).

Basking Ridge Historical Society (BRHS) Annual Report - 1979

Norman Hankinson - President $28,000 is donated from the War Memorial Foundation for the Brick Academy restoration effort. Dr. Williams Courtney Douglass provided the history of the recently donated grain cradle.

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Basking Ridge Historical Society (BRHS) Annual Report 1978

Submitted by President Norman Hankinson

Norman Hankinson - President

Happy 50th Anniversary to the Basking Ridge Historical Society (BRHS).

Vault Painted. Ground Floor Painted. Third Floor Walls cleaned.

Virtually all valuables and irreplaceable's items in the possession of the Society have been placed in the vault.

New publication detailing history of Brick Academy, exhibit of 58 8x10 photographs,

Contract signed with Halsey and Ryder for architectural work restoring Brick Academy,

In the meeting room (main floor), wainscoting was removed revealing the chimney and the fireplace was opened up. This year the room was painted and the floor oiled.

A small, semi-permanent exhibit of tools and household
items, largely from the Spinning Collection, was set
up on the ground floor.

Cut down an ash tree that was endangering the building.

Township painted front porch and steps.

1977

Kenneth A. Turner - President
Jane Verburg - Vice President
Anne Clinedinst - Recording Secretary
Arch W. Carswell - Corresponding Secretary
William L. Scheuerman - Treasurer

 
1976    
1975 Lewis Kriney - President
Kenneth A. Turner - Vice President
Arch W. Carswell - Corr. Secretary
Katherine Hosmer - Secretary
William Scheuerman - Treasurer
Meetings held at "The Old Academy" except for the March meeting which was held at Westminster Hall at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church. Richard Brown presented a lecture on their hobby, rare and precious music making machines. Held a Valentines Day party at Chester Petroski's home.
1974 Elected Officers:
Lewis W. Kriney - President
Kenneth A. Turner - Vice President
Arch W. Carswell - Corr. Secretary
Katherine Hosmer - Secretary
William L. Scheuerman - Treasurer
Meetings held at Town Hall, 15 West Oak Street. There was an election of 9 Trustees. Fiscal year is from October through September.
1973

Elected Officers:
Fred W. Kampmier III - President
Lewis W. Kriney - Vice President
Kenneth A. Turner Jr.- Vice President
Arch W. Carswell - Corr. Secretary
Katherine Hosmer - Rec. Secretary
William L. Scheuerman - Treasurer

Trustees:
Mrs. Harry Ottinger Jr.
G. Mills Bockoven
J. Austin Cross

 
1972

Elected Officers:
Fred W. Kampmier III - President
Lewis W. Kriney - Vice President
Katherine Hosmer - Rec. Secretary
Arch W. Carswell - Corr. Secretary
William L. Scheuerman - Treasurer

Trustees:
David M. Meeker
G. Mills Bockoven
J. Austin Cross
Kenneth A. Turner, Jr.

Trustees met on October 19th and elected officers.

New Jersey History Symposium (4th annual) was on Dec. 2nd in Trenton.

Van Dorn Mill exhibit at the Kiwanis Labor Day booth. September meeting discussed the art of "Grave Rubbing".

At the Labor Day Fair a small historic pamphlet will be created and offered for $1.00 per line to have your name placed on this distinguished roster and will go down in history.

Be sure to visit the new museum, The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison. Admission is free.

BRHS held a 100th year anniversary discussion of "Rails to Bernards" 1872-1972.

1971    
1970    
1969 Fred W. Kampmier III - President
Arch W. Carswell - V. President
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Treasurer
David M. Meeker - Rec. Secretary
Mrs. Louise Flint - Corr. Secretary
Allen Connolly
G. Mills Bockoven
Edwin Spinning
Mrs. Cylde Wolfe
 
1968 Arch W. Carswell - President
Fred W. Kampmier III - V. President
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Treasurer
David M. Meeker - Rec. Secretary
Mrs. Louise Flint - Corr. Secretary
Allen Connolly
G. Mills Bockoven
Edwin Spinning
Mrs. Cylde Wolfe
 
1967 Arch W. Carswell - President
Fred W. Kampmier III - V. President
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Treasurer
David M. Meeker - Rec. Secretary
Mrs. Louise Flint - Corr. Secretary
Allen Connolly
G. Mills Bockoven
Edwin Spinning
Mrs. Cylde Wolfe
 
1966 Arch W. Carswell - President
Fred W. Kampmier III - V. President
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Treasurer
David M. Meeker - Rec. Secretary
Mrs. Louise Flint - Corr. Secretary
Allen Connolly
G. Mills Bockoven
Edwin Spinning
Mrs. Cylde Wolfe
 
1965

Arch W. Carswell - President
Fred W. Kampmier III - V. President
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Treasurer
David M. Meeker - Rec. Secretary
Mrs. Louise Flint - Corr. Secretary
Allen Connolly
G. Mills Bockoven
Edwin Spinning
Mrs. Cylde Wolfe

 
1964 Arch W. Carswell - President
Fred W. Kampmier III - V. President
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Treasurer
David M. Meeker - Rec. Secretary
Mrs. Louise Flint - Corr. Secretary
Allen Connolly
G. Mills Bockoven
Edwin Spinning
Anna W. Lines
 
1963 Arch W. Carswell - President
Harrison E. Wright -Treasurer
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Corr. Secretary
G. Mills Bockoven
Allen Connolly
David M. Meeker
Edwin Spinning
Anna W. Lines
Fred W. Kampmier III
Mrs. Louise Flint
 
1962 Arch W. Carswell - President
Harrison E. Wright -Treasurer
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Corr. Secretary
Priscilla D. Carswell - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator
David M. Meeker
Edwin Spinning
Anna W. Lines
Fred W. Kampmier III
Mrs. Louise Flint
 
1961

Arch W. Carswell - President
Harrison E. Wright -Treasurer
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Corr. Secretary
Priscilla D. Carswell - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator
David M. Meeker
Edwin Spinning
Anna W. Lines
Fred W. Kampmier III

Newsletter Summary:
Bishop Janes Methodist Parsonage is taken down.

Topic on "Bricks-Old & New) will be presented.

Centennial of the Civil War will be discussed.

1960

Arch W. Carswell - President
David M. Meeker - Treasurer
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Corr. Secretary
Priscilla D. Carswell - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator
Harrison E. Wright
G. Mills Bockoven
Edwin Spinning
Anna W. Lines

Newsletter Summary:
May 28, 1960 will be the parade of Bernards Township Bicentennial. We will have a float in the parade portraying life in the classroom of District School #12 in the Old Academy with some of the pupils who learned their 3R's there.

September is the Annual Meeting where trustees will be nominated for the following year. This meeting, dues of $1 will be due for the 1961 year.

Bernards Twp officially became 200 years old.

"The History of the Telephone in Bernardsville" speaker Mr. Joseph Curtin. Mr Matthew Linton of Bernardsville Mountain will speak on "Estates on The Mountain" on Thurs, Nov 17.

1959 Arch W. Carswell - President
David M. Meeker - Treasurer
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
Harrison E. Wright
G. Mills Bockoven
Edwin Spinning
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert
Priscilla D. Carswell
Anna W. Lines

Newsletter Summary:
4 membership meetings were held in 1959. "Theodore Roosevelt and the Spanish American War", "Railroading in the Upper Passaic Valley". Program on "William L. Dayton", born in Basking Ridge. Appointed Minister of France by President Abraham Lincoln.

Bicentennial of Bernards Township. Program Committee (Mrs. Rodney Gilbert, Mrs. Albert Wightman, Ed Spinning. For those interested in history via personal letters and diaries, some of our members will read excerpts from our collections.

September 17- Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee (Louisa MacNair, Rachel Potter and Mrs. Alfred Cormier) will submit a list of Trustees for next year.

We heard from Mrs. Edwin Totten that the marker on the Revolutionary Hospital has attracted much attention this summer. Many times Washington must have stopped at the Hospital and the Morton house nearby, and his guards often drank at the spring on Mr. Vincent Masone's place across the road.

1958

Arch W. Carswell - President
David M. Meeker
Harrison E. Wright
Priscilla D. Carswell
Anna W. Lines
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.

Newsletter Summary:
1958 was the 30th anniversary of the Basking Ridge Historic Society. To bring back the spirit of the early days of our organization we have "dusted off" a paper (1933) by Mrs. M.F. Ellis, our first President.

At the Sept 12 meeting, it was recommended that the number of Trustees be increased to 9 amending Article IV providing for 9 Trustees vs 6.

At May meeting, a person found a "reflectoscope" which permits photographs to be enlarged on a screen (Miss Maud Van Arsdale). Miss Van Arsdale is from West Millington who's family procured a farm in Lyons in 1899. Mrs. James Potts, a Charter Member of BRHS presented us with her father's (Dr. Pennington) 9 scrapbooks. Dr. Pennington was a physician in Basking Ridge.

1957 Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - President
David M. Meeker
Harrison E. Wright
Priscilla D. Carswell
Anna W. Lines
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.

Newsletter Summary:
Feb. 21, annual meeting. Speaker was Melvin Weis, former Curator of Jockey Hollow National Park.

Annual meeting September 19 at 8:15pm at Township Hall (The Academy). Philip Jones presents Nicholas Conover English, great grandson of the first pastor of the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church along with a sound film depicting the birth of the Grand Canyon.

Committee on Somerset Hills Bibliography is making progress.

November Meeting held November 21, 8:15pm at Westminster Hall to allow more space for guest speaker Judge Robert Morris, Chief Counsel to the Senate Internal Security Sub-Committee.

1956 Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - President
David M. Meeker
Harrison E. Wright
Priscilla D. Carswell
Anna W. Lines
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
Saturday, October 20, 1956 - Dedication of the plaque at The Brick Academy.
1955 Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - President
David M. Meeker
Harrison E. Wright
Priscilla D. Carswell
Anna W. Lines
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
 
1954 Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - President
Harrison E. Wright
Priscilla D. Carswell
Mrs. Sanford Looker
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
 
1953 Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - President
Harrison E. Wright
Priscilla D. Carswell
Mrs. Sanford Looker
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
 
1952 Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - President
John Carswell
Priscilla D. Carswell
Mr. Fulton McArthur - Treasurer
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.

 
1951 Anna Lines - President
Mrs.Rodney Gilbert - Vice President
Mr. Fulton McArthur - Treasurer
Georgia A. Hill - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
 
1950 Mrs. Walter Vausse - President
Mrs.Rodney Gilbert - Vice President
Mr. Fulton McArthur - Treasurer
Georgia A. Hill - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
 
1949

Mrs. Walter Vausse - President
Mrs.Rodney Gilbert - Vice President
Mr. Fulton McArthur - Treasurer
Georgia A. Hill - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.

Nov 11, 1948 meeting at Oak Street School. 25 present. $881.02 in cash and checking. Committees include: Program, Membership, Public
1948 Richard Karch - President
David Layton - President
Miss Laura Frost - Vice President
Mr. Fulton McArthur - Treasurer
Georgia A. Hill - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
 
1947 Richard Karch - President
Miss Laura Frost - Vice President
Mr. Fulton McArthur - Treasurer
Georgia A. Hill - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
 
1946 Richard Karch - President
Miss Laura Frost - Vice President
Mr. Fulton McArthur - Treasurer
Georgia A. Hill - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
 
1945 Mr. Sandford Looker -President
Miss Laura Frost - Vice President
Helene Sutro - Vice President
Georgia A. Hill - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
 
1941-1945 Mr. Sandford Looker -President
Miss Laura Frost - Vice President
Helene Sutro - Vice President
Georgia A. Hill - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
The Society makes the decision to focus on the War and not meet as a society starting in December 1941 thru 1944. The group comes back together for the 1945 calendar year.
1940 Mr. Sandford Looker -President
Helene Sutro - Vice President
Georgia A. Hill - Rec. Secretary
Nettie Allen - Curator - Cor. Sec.
 
1932 Mrs. Monroe F. Ellis (Mary Conkling Ellis) - President
Ned O. Howlett - Vice President
Mrs. R. A. Everett - Rec. Secretary
Miss Nettie Allen - Corr. Secretary
Miss Mary Vorhees - Treasurer
Antique exhibition draws 1100 people. 59 towns in NJ represented. 100 exhibitors and 829 exhibits. It was held at Louis Allen House on Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge.
     
1931 Mrs. Monroe F. Ellis (Mary Conkling Ellis) - President
Ned O. Howlett - Vice President
Mrs. R. A. Everett - Rec. Secretary
Miss Nettie Allen - Corr. Secretary
Miss Mary Vorhees - Treasurer
 
1930 Mrs. Monroe F. Ellis (Mary Conkling Ellis) - President
Ned O. Howlett - Vice President
Mrs. R. A. Everett - Rec. Secretary
Miss Nettie Allen - Corr. Secretary
Miss Mary Vorhees - Treasurer
 
1929 Mrs. Monroe F. Ellis (Mary Conkling Ellis) - President
Ned O. Howlett - Vice President
Mrs. R. A. Everett - Rec. Secretary
Miss Nettie Allen - Corr. Secretary
Miss Mary Vorhees - Treasurer
Sept Treasurer Balance: $224.09
1928 Mrs. Monroe F. Ellis (Mary Conkling Ellis) - President
Ned O. Howlett - Vice President
Mrs. R. A. Everett - Rec. Secretary
Miss Nettie Allen - Corr. Secretary
Miss Mary Vorhees - Treasurer

A group met at a preliminary hearing at the Basking Ridge School Building (Brick Academy) on September 1, 1928 to discuss founding a historical society. A nominating Committee was appointed and there was a subsequent report on Tuesday, October 23, 1928 in the school auditorium. Officers would be elected and committees appointed.

On October 23, 1928 by-laws were adopted, officers elected, and 49 charter members enrolled. The society shall consist of active, honorary, and life members. Three regular meetings will be held each year, on the second Thursday in January, May, and September at 7:45 at the school building (Brick Academy).

Founding date of the Basking Ridge Historic society is stated officially to have been organized on October 23, 1928.

     

 

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