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Community Outreach Program

Elder Voices

UPDATE: Thanks to all our guests and participants for a great launch to the Elder Voices Program in 2017.
We're currently looking for an assistant to help run the program in 2018. If interested, please drop us a note.

Elderly Voices Cartoon

2018 Schedule

Date:   Coordinator
Sunday, March 11, 2018 Elder Voices Program Larry Terricone
Sunday, April 8, 2018 Elder Voices Program Meg Wastie
Sunday, June 10, 2018 Elder Voices Program Paula Axt
Sunday, September 9, 2018 Elder Voices Program Meg Wastie
Sunday, October 7, 2018 Elder Voices Program Paula Axt
Sunday, November 11, 2018 Elder Voices Program Brooks Betz

Program Overview

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 Honorary Elder Voices Guests

Watch the Video Series:

  • Sunday, December 3, 2017 - Three Local Residents
    Jim Felter - Christmas Eve Gathering in Basking Ridge
    Carmen Fortenbacker
    Jim Decoste
  • 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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The Historical Society of the Somerset HIlls LogoAbout 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.


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15 West Oak Street,
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 221-1770

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