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New Program

Elder Voices

UPDATE: 10/12/2017 - We just posted the event on our Facebook and Twitter Pages.

We have a November 5th event - Click Here to RSVP.

Elderly Voices Cartoon

Maybe you've only lived in town a few years? Just move here? Or maybe you have questions about what used to be in the area or what it was like? If so, this event is for you! Join us for a two hour storytelling session about topics, places, and the untold history of Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, and the other Somerset Hills towns.

Meet senior citizens in a small intimate setting as we hear local stories from those who lived it. We will be sharing old photos to discuss as well. Bring any old photos or questions you might have. A "Pass the hat" donation activity. We hope you can join us.

Want to Be a Guest Speaker or Nominate One?

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Past Guest

Sunday, September 10,2017 - 2-4pm @THSSH

Dulcinea (Dulcy) Green du Pont

  • Dulcy Green was a perfect candidate for Elderly Voices. She grew up in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township on the Cedar Hill Farm, one of the greatest orchards and farms in our history. The home she grew up in was later owned by the Bissells and the Astors and now serves as Bernards Town Hall. While Dulcy started out nervous, by the end of the event she had twenty new friends. This was the first time we were agreed to record the session. It was a fascinating 1 hour session.


  • Sunday, June 4, 2017
    • Mr. Doug Sloss (90) - Oak Street, Basking Ridge with daughter Pam Sloss
    • Mrs. Molito, Liberty Corner
    • Mrs. Carmen Ansede Fortenbacker, Basking Ridge, along with her son Charlie Fortenbacker
    • Mr. Robert Ader (89) grew up in Bernardsville daughter Suzanne

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About the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)

Founded in 1928 originally as the Basking Ridge Historical Society, 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.

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.



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

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

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