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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
Sue Zibelli Chairman, Curator
Daniel Lincoln President, Historic Preservation & Restoration
Greg Gonzalez Treasurer
Robin Marion Rec. Secretary
Paula Axt Bldg. Manager, Education
Brooks Betz Online Communications
June Campbell
David Connolly Newsletter Editor Sylvia Gambony Records Administrator
Patricia Gray Librarian
Florence Hallgring
Marcella Miccolis Membership, Affiliations, Publications
Margaret Skelly Education
Lawrence Terricone Landscape Manager, Research Coordinator Martine White Speaker Programming
 
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THSSH Annual Report 2015
- Submitted by Chair Sue Zibelli

Sue Zibelli Chairman, Curator
Daniel Lincoln President, Historic Preservation & Restoration
Greg Gonzalez Treasurer
Robin Marion Rec. Secretary

Trustees:
Paula Axt Bldg. Manager, Education
Brooks Betz Online Communications
June Campbell
David Connolly Newsletter Editor Sylvia Gambony Records Administrator
Patricia Gray Librarian
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 brouchure 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 Gonzales -Treasurer
Robin Marion - Recording Secretary

Board of Trustees
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 Gonzales - Treasurer

Board of Trustees (16 total)
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 Gonzales, 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

Board of 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

 
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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 Newsletter Advertising
June Kennedy Education, Publicity
Donald Lorenz
Lawrence Terricone Landscape Manager
Martine White Speaker Programs

 
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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

Board of 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

 
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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

 
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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

Board of Trustees (18)
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

 
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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

Board of Trustees (18)
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

 
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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:
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

 
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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:
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 Pro Tem
Larry Schwenk
Connie Smythe, Hospitality
Millie Van Dyke, Genealogy

 
THSSH Annual Report 2004 - Submitted by Chair June Campbell June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Larry Terricone - Re. Secretary
 
THSSH Annual Report 2003 - Submitted by Chair June Campbell June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Larry Terricone - Re. Secretary
 
THSSH Annual Report 2002 - Submitted by Chair June Campbell June Campbell - Chairman
Dan Lincoln - President
Richard Macksoud - Treasurer
Larry Terricone - Re. Secretary
 
THSSH Annual Report 2001 - 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

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

The 2001 Holiday House Tour, featuring six architecturally significant homes in the Somerset Hills, was attended by 600 people. 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. Produced and sold 1,000 year 2002 calendars that feature historic pictures of the area. Two local residents have been nominated for awards from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission. A history award went to George Helmk for writing Lord Stirling, William Alexander, and a preservation award went to Craig Johnson for the restoration of his 18th century home on Mt. Airy Rd. Acquisitions • 125 poster sized equestrian maps of the Somerset Hills including property boundaries and names of owners. 4 public meetings with programs covering subjects such as antiques, wood carving, and restoration. • 37 Sundays from September through June from 2:00 to 4:00 pm the Academy is open to the public. Twelve members of the Reverend Kennedy Parsonage Farmstead Task Force were appointed to one-year terms in January 2002 by the Bernards Township Committee. Updated Historical Society of the Somerset Hills Membership Directory. Lorraine Passmore, Membership Chair.
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

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

February 2000 -
THSSH Annual Report 1999 - Submitted by Chair June Campbell   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.
THSSH Annual Report 1998 - Submitted by Chair June Campbell    
THSSH Annual Report 1997 - Submitted by Chair June Campbell    
THSSH Annual Report 1996 - Submitted by Chair June Campbell    
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

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,
June Kennedy-Historian,
Douglas Kollmar,
Kenneeth McPherson,
Charles Menagh,
Diane O'Connor-Chairman,
Donald O'Connor-1st Vice President,
Philip Pitney,
Larry Schwenk-Grants,
Lawrence Terricone,
Christian Volz-Finance,

Trustees- 21, Membership 285,
THSSH Annual Report 1994 - Submitted by Chair Diane O'Connor

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

Lawrence Bataille,
Robert 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,
Kenneeth 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 citized 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 establised by Dan Lincon 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..
THSSH Annual Report 1993 - Submitted by the THSSH's first Chair Bernice Dreesen

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


Jonathon Booth,
Lawrence Bataille,
June Campbell-Curator,
Barbara Chamberlain,
Michael Chamberlain,
Sal Giordano,
Pamela Hirsch,
June Kennedy-Historian,
Douglas Kollmar,
Joyce Lanigan,
Richard Macksoud,
Kenneeth 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 Chaiman roles.

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). Dec4-5 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 NJTransit on Lyons Railroad Station shelter and deck. Membership 300.By-laws revised creating President and Chairman President is liason to town and for architectural and restoration projects. The Chair will oversee fundraisers, grants, tours, and write letters. Two copper carriage lanterns commissioned ($640) and $750 to install.

THSSH Annual Report 1992 - Submitted by Bea Dreesen, Interim President

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

Trustees:
June Kennedy-Historian,
Jonathon Booth,
June Campbell-Curator,
Diane Deutsch,
Marsha Dewey,
Sal Giordano III,
Pamela Hirsch,
Philip Kennedy-Grant,
Daniel Lincoln,
Alice Moulton-Ely,
Diane O'Connor,
Donald O'Connor,
Philip Pitney,
Lawrence 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 memberhsip meetings with speakers. June 14 Open House to celebrate 275th anniversary of BRPresbyterian 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 - Barbain Bazarr 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 tasking tour, flea market, guided tour of Princeton, art auction, antique shoe, antique appraisal night, and garden show.
THSSH Annual Report 1991 - Submitted by Philip Kennedy-Grant, President Philip Kennedy-Grant, President
Allice Moulton-Ely, 1st Vice
Bea Dreesen, 2nd Vice President
Robert Blacklidge, Treasurer,
June Campbell
Marsha Dewey,
Carol Fricke,
Pamela Hirsch,
June Kennedy,
Marion Kennedy,
Daniel W. Lincoln,
Barbara Long,
Douglas McIroy,
John 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. Long Range Planning Committee chart 5 year plan. 11 antique design lamp posts obtained for downtown ($250 each donated from local merchants. Liberty Corner added to State and National registers. Requested $154,250 grant from New Jersey Historic Trust not approved. 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.

THSSH Annual Report 1990
- Submitted on bahalf of President Richard Rozewski by Vice President Carol Fricke

Richard Rozewski -President
Carol Fricke - Vice President
Robert Blacklidge - Treasurer
Richard Merrill - Treasurer
Allice Moulton-Ely - Rec. Secretary

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

 

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 aquired 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. Singed new 50 year lease with Bernards. Completed nominations of Basking Ridge and Liberty Corner as historic districts. Tour of Slave Qtrs at Lord Stirling. 7 Trustees travelled 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
- Submitted by?

Richard Rozewski -President
Carol Fricke - Vice President
June Kennedy - Interim Secretary
Richard Merrill - Treasurer
Robert Blacklidge
Bernice Dreesen
Marion Kennedy
Alexander Noble
Diane O'Connor
John 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 feasability. Hired Acronterion Inc of MOrristonw to study Liberty Corner Historic District. Historic Homes plaques program. Testimony to BT 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. New log
1988 -Annual Summary - THSSH

George Fiske-President-Building Committee
Richard Rozewski - Vice President
Rugh Klippel Secretary (resigned in Spring)
Richard Merrill - Treasurer
Susan Emerson - Secretary
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. Kiwanis Fair, New commorative sign observing Somerst County's 300th anniversary commissioned by the Township Committee. Somerset County Tricentennial 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.
1987 - Basking Ridge Historical Society (BRHS)

 

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

Newsletter Summary:
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.
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Basking Ridge Historical Society (BRHS) Annual Report 1982,1981, 1980
- Submitted by President Norman Hankinson
Norman Hankinson - President

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

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 re-enactment(1981), Restore front of Brick Academy $12,133 (1982), Great Swamp exhibit (1982).

1979 Norman Hankinson - President $28,000 is dontated from the War Memorial Foundation for the Brick Academy restoration effort. Dr. Willams Courtney Dogulass 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. New publication detailing history of Brick Academy, exhibit of 58 8x10 photographs, Contract signed with Halsey and Ryder for restoring Brick Academy, Township painted front porch and steps.

1977

Ken Turner - President
Jane Verburg - Vice President
Anne Clinedinst - Recording Secretary
Arch Carswell - Corresponding Secretary
Bill Scheurman - Treasurer

 
1976    
1975 Lewis Kriney - President
Kenneth Turner - Vice President
Arch W. Carswell - Corr. Secetary
Katherine Hosmer - Secretary
William Scheurman - Treasurer
Meetings held at "The Old Academy" except for the March meeting which was held at Westminster Hall at the BaskingRidge 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. Secetary
Katherine Hosmer - Secretary
William L. Scheurman - 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 - Vice President
Arch W. Carswell - Corr. Secretary
Katherine Hosmer - Rec. Secretary
William L. Scheurman - Treasurer
Trustees:
Mrs. Harry Ottinger Jr.
G. Mills Bockoven
J. Austin Cross
Kenneth A. Turner, Jr.
 
1972 Elected Officers:
Fred W. Kampmier III - President
Lewis W. Kriney - Vice President
Katherine Hosmer - Rec. Secretary
Arch W. Carswell - Corr. Secetary
William L. Scheurman - Treasurer
Trustees:
David M. Meeker
G. Mills Bockoven
J. Austin Cross
Kenneth A. Turner, Jr.

Trustees me 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 pamplet 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 anniversay discussion of "Rails to Bernards" 1872-1972.
1965

Arch W. Carswell - President
Fred W. Kampmier 3rd - V. President
David Meeker - Rec. Secretary
Mrs. Louise Flint, Corr. Secretary
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert-Treasurer
Trustees at Large:
Mrs. Cylde Wolfe
Mills Bockoven
Allen Connolly
Edwin S. Spinning

 
1964 Arch W. Carswell - President
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Corr. Secretary
 
1963 Arch W. Carswell - President
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Corr. Secretary
 
1962 Arch W. Carswell - President
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Corr. Secretary
Priscilla D. Carswell - Rec. Secretary
Newsletter Summary:
1961

Harrison Wright - Treasurer
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Corr. Secretary

David Meeker - Rec. Secretary

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
Mrs. Rodney Gilbert - Treasurer
(She was also former President)
Nettie Allen - Curator

**Linn Creighton? - Chairman (Oct 14, 1960 meeting minutes)

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 Thrus, Nov 17.
1959 Arch W. Carswell - President Newsletter Summary:
4 membership meetings were held in 1959. "Theodore Roosevelt and the Spanish American War", "Railroading in the Upper Passiac 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 exerpts 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 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, tt 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 whos 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 Arch W. Carswell - President
Edwin Spinning
William Scheuerman
Philip F. Jones - Programming
Harrison E. Wright
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 birtth 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 Arch W. Carswell - President Saturday, October 20, 1956 - Dedication of the plaque at The Brick Academy.
     
     
1949 Mrs. Walter Vausse - President
Mr. McArthur - Treasurer
Nov 11, 1948 meeting at Oak Street School. 25 present. $881.02 in cash and checking. Committees include: Program, Membership, Public
1948 David Layton - President
Mrs. Anna W. Lines- Vice President
Fulton McArthur - Treasurer
Nettie Allen - Secretary
Laura Frost - Rec. Secretary
 
1947 David Layton - President
Mrs. Anna W. Lines- Vice President
Fulton McArthur - Treasurer
Nettie Allen - Secretary
Laura Frost - Rec. Secretary
 
1940 Mr. Saudford Looker (sp)-President
Miss Helene Sutro - Vice President
Georgia A. Hill - Rec. Secretary
 
1932 Mrs. Monroe.F. Ellis - President 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.
1929   Sept Treasurer Balance: $224.09
1928 Mrs. Monroe.F. Ellis - President
Ned O. Howlett - Vice President
Mrs. R. A. Everett - Rec. Secretary
Miss Nettie Allen - Cor. 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 on October 23, 1928.

     

 

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