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Are You a Local History Sleuth? Check Out Dig In the Archives

A fun program on Facebook to that gives people a change to share their knowledge, post their memories and allow others to learn more about the HSSH history archives. For the past few months hundreds of people log in typically on what's known as "Throw Back Thursday" to guess about photos that have been pulled from the archives of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH).

Diginthearchives on Facebook

Photo: A recent post on THSSH’s Facebook Page #Diginthearchives. The answer is usually posted the next day. But it’s the comments that are the best!

Defining the Hashtag #

For those new to facebook and twitter the famed hashtag # is the way you can search for a particular topic by it's hashtag. So if you want to see all of the posts for the Dig in the Archives series just go to facebook or twitter and enter #diginthearchives in the search box.


The series was started by THSSH Trustee Brooks Betz. “I really just wanted to post some old pics and see what people thought of them and could maybe guess where it was from and I had no idea where it’d go.” What’s happened is thousands of people are checking in each week and checking out the post, while dozens of people are posting their personal stories of what they remember from the photo.” It’s really fascinating how people share their stories and their knowledge of the image,” stated Betz. “Now that we have a Cynthia Crosson as our volunteer archivist, I can’t wait to see what she can come up with.”

Facebook Collection: Get in the Discussion!

Now It’s Your Turn

Be sure to visit THSSH’s Facebook page at usually on TBT “Throw Back Thursday” and look for #Diginthearchives. Be sure to post your guess and share a story if you have one. History is in the making….so we hope you’re involved.

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About The Brick Academy

BR_Brick_Academy_Sketch_08_sm.jpgThe Brick Academy (also known as the Basking Ridge Classical Schoolhouse) is a 1809 Federal-style architectural structure located in the center of Basking Ridge in Bernards Township. The Brick Academy has been a boys’ private preparatory school, a public school, a meeting hall for several fraternal and benevolent organizations, and the Bernards Township municipal building. It currently serves as the headquarters of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, as well as a schoolhouse and museum to local history. The Brick Academy also celebrated its bicentennial in 2009.


About the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)

Founded in 1928 originally as the Historical Society of Basking Ridge, the mission and name of the society was later changed to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization including all five communities of the Somerset Hills region: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville ,Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone which are all located in Somerset County, New Jersey.

The mission of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) is to acquire, conserve and share local artifacts and information on matters of local historic interest; cultivate interest in local history; encourage the preservation of local historic resources; facilitate historic research; and preserve, operate, and interpret the Brick Academy.

To further this mission, THSSH sponsors events and activities that promote community awareness and appreciation of the history and architecture of the Somerset Hills. THSSH headquarters is at the Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, where our collections of items of local historic interest are available to the public.



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