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Speaker Series

"Elder Voices - Local History Stories" is coming
Sunday, June 4, 2017 @ Brick Academy

 

Living Retrospectives

Living Retrospectives of life in the Somerset Hills
Real people telling their stories looking back in time sharing their experiences and insights.

Come sit down and take a journey back in time as our special guests discuss what it was like “back in the day.” There are so many great stories to tell and we wanted to showcase local history in the area with human accounts and real experiences.

These are unscripted relocations of local topics that will hopefully engage everyone.
Whether you’re new to the area, or want to come to join the conversation, we welcome you all.

Plans include bringing "Elder Voices" out on the road as well. "We're not going to do it just her at the Brick Academy" says Brooks Betz, one of the organizers. "We plan to take this series out to the community - out on the road. We thought why not bring it to places where some of our older folks can attend like Ridge Oak or Fellowship Village."

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Now Accepting Guest Speaker Nominations

We’re accepting guest speaker nominations for our series event schedule which will commence in September 2016.

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If you know someone you’d like to nominate, please drop us an email with the person’s name, their knowledge or background, and contact information. Approximate age is helpful too.

We’ll do the rest.

If the interest is there and we have the right topics, we plan to kick of the series in the fall of 2016.

Some of the suggested topics include:

Two of the biggest changes to the Somerset Hills were ATT and 287 - just two topics for consideration at Storytime

  • Life before ATT in Basking Ridge
  • Life before 287
  • Local Barber stories
  • Ridge High School in the 60's
  • Brushes Deli
  • Growing up in Bernardsville
  • Growing up in Bedminster
  • Growing up in Peapack
  • Growing in Basking Ridge
  • Folk lore (local stories)

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History of THSSH's Previous Speaker Series

"Tell Me of Lincoln", Memories of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

Date/Time: Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:30pm
Location: The Brick Academy, 15 West Oak Street, Basking Ridge
Presenter: William B. Styple

Program Description:

Come Meet Bill Styple tell his Civil War Stories at THSSHIn celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, The Historical Society of Somerset Hills will be having William Styple, a resident of Chatham, present a program on Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Styple has written close to twenty books on the Civil War and his most recent book is “Tell Me of Lincoln”.

The presentation will uncover fascinating stories, documented interviews and other accounts of President Lincoln by James Kelly (1855-1933), the renowned artist and sculptor of Lincoln.  James Kelly’s ambition was not only to create a bronze of President Lincoln, but he was also known to have conducted interviews in order to seek out living witnesses of this strong and vigorous leader.

Mr. Styple is an excellent speaker who leaves the audience asking for more. Whether you are history buff, or just interested in the Civil War era, this is a program not to miss!

 

 

 

2011 Fall Series

Ghost Tales of a Weary Traveler

Ghost Tales in the Somerset HillsThursday, October 20, 2011 - 7:30pm

During this 'first person' performance, Kimberly Costa, a historic character interpreter, gives her guests the chance to meet and listen to a woman traveling across New Jersey by stage.

Listen to strange tales of 18th century haunting and ghostly encounters that have followed the woman throughout her travels.

A friendly, frightfully delightful event for the entire family.

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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2011 Spring Series

1853 Water Cure JournalThe Mountain Glen Water Cure and Summer Retreat in Somerset County -- And Other Tales of Nineteenth-Century "Alternative" Medicine in the Garden State

Thursday, April 14, 2011 Dr. Sandra Moss speaks at the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills

Presentation by:
Dr. Sandra Moss is a general internist who practiced for many years in central New Jersey. She has published over thirty articles about the history of medicine in a variety of publications, and has spoken before local, state, and national history organizations. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century medicine in New Jersey. Dr. Moss is past-president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey and is an officer in the American Osler Society, an organization for clinician historians.  

 

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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2010 Fall Series

"The War Man‟ An intimate portrait of an American Revolution Soldier
Thursday, September 16, 2010

The War Man by Robert Mayers"The War Man‟ An intimate portrait of an American Revolution Soldier - Author Robert A. Mayers

In 1775, the first year of the American Revolution, Congress made an appeal for troops. The resulting army of citizen-soldiers began what for many would be more than five years of battle and deprivation. Their consolation, however, was that they would ultimately defeat the most powerful army of the age and win independence for the new country of America. John Allison, a New York farmer, answered the call to arms in 1775, joining the Continental Army's 3rd New York Infantry. Allison was surrounded by like-minded volunteers, yet all were equally unprepared for campaigning. Despite the lack of training, equipment, and clothing, Allison and the rest of his company found themselves marching toward Quebec knee-deep in snow as part of the unsuccessful American invasion of Canada.

ROBERT A. MAYERS is a Watchung author who served as a combat officer in the Navy and Marine Corps. He is a former executive of a human resources consulting firm.

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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Song writer Matthew Dodd"Songs for Halloween Ghosts", haunted houses and holiday customs
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Matthew Dodd

Dressed in period clothing, Matthew takes listeners back in time to one or other of six fascinating periods of American history, using songs from each period and stories (humorous and poignant) that show what it was like to be...

Matthew takes listeners on a spooky, scary and fascinating trip through Halloween with songs and stories about ghosts (real, unreal, famous and infamous) andhaunted houses (some in your neighborhood!)Plus fascinating stories on the history of Halloween and its many symbols and customs (jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treat, etc.). Matthew sings and plays guitar in an informal campfire or story circle setting.

For additional information visit http://songsandstories.homestead.com/

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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"A Printer on the Eve of Revolution‟ Second Edition! Author Gordon Bond
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Author Gordon Bond

Author Gordon Bond

His days are spent working as both a professional and freelance graphic artist, but his off-hours are usually spent pursuing his passion for history. He is presently working with Stephanie Hoagland on a comprehensive survey of New Jersey’s folk grave marker tradition, collects antique cameras and is a member of The Historical Association of Woodbridge Township and Friends of the Abraham Staats House (South Bound Brook, NJ). www.CommonBondHistorians.com

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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2009 Fall Series

Early American Schoolhouse
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Discover what it was like to be a student attending a one-room schoolhouse in Colonial times. The school supplies then not only included slates and books, but also buckets and logs! Participants will have the opportunity to share memories of their own early school experiences.  Program by Meg Wastie, Education Coordinator of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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‘Ghosts of Central Jersey: Historic Haunts of the Somerset Hills’
Thursday, October 15, 2009

What ghosts roam within the historic sites and buildings of Central NJ? How accurate are the traditional stories? From his new book, local author Gordon Ward transports us from the shadowed woods of the Somerset Hills to the dappled banks of the Delaware River to deliver a rich mix of factual history and the sound investigation of ghostly phenomena.

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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‘The Uncertain Revolution:
Washington and the Continental Army at Morristown'
Thursday, November 19, 2009

New Jersey's esteemed historian John T. Cunningham explores the harsh
circumstances and geography of this region during the War of Independence. This "geological fortress", Washington and the Continental Army's winter quarters for four years, may well be the place where America survived.

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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2008 Speaker Series

Thursday, March 20, 2008
7:30pm

Speaker Series :
Determining The Age of an Old Barn

Barns in the Northeast may be accurately dated by checking property titles, examining architectural style and design, as well as by noting the particular material used for the construction.  This presentation includes topics such as searching property records, settlement patterns, historic barn designs, material manufacture and related personal experiences.  Armed with the presented information, an attendee should be able to approximate the age of a barn or old building with great accuracy.

Speaker Mark PilipskiMark Pilipski, a resident of Robbinsville, NJ, a stone mason and timber framer, is called the “Rock Man”.  He began his career as a pulmonary physiologist.  While active at his clinical duties, he maintained his creative artistic spirit with retreats into his studio.  He purchased his childhood home in the rural village of Westbrookdale, NY and began renovating the barn with plans to convert it into a studio retreat.  He fell in love with the ‘hands on’ task and determined to follow his bliss, combined his passions, left his clinical work, and put his knowledge of physics, his love of art, and his inventive mind and body to work forming a contracting company called BARNS are NOBLE, specializing in renovation and restoration.  He has become an authority in stone and timber work.

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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Thursday, April 17, 2008
7:30pm

Speaker Series :
Castles of New Jersey

Castles of New JerseyAlthough not as numerous or grand as their European counterparts, a surprisingly large number of castles were built in New Jersey a century or more ago.  The slide program includes well-known castles such as Lambert and Kip’s castles (photo) as well as lesser known ones throughout the state.  Many of them still exist, some have been disguised over the years, and others have vanished.

Phil Jaeger, a retired mathematics teacher, is the author of two books: Montclair: A Postcard Guide to Its Past and Cedar Grove.  He is currently a trustee of the Cedar Grove Historical Society and an officer of the Passaic County Historical Society.

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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Thursday, September 18, 2008
7:30pm

Speaker Series :
Gordon Bond "A Printer on the Eve of Revolution"

Gordon Bond

“A certain wicked, false, seditious, scandalous, malicious, and infamous Libel”

In the final act of his life, the colonial printer, James Parker (1714-1770) found himself hauled before New York’s Lieutenant Governor and accused of participating in “a certain wicked, false, seditious, scandalous, malicious, and infamous Libel.” The irony was that for most of his adult life, Parker was devoted to serving his community, his clients and his King. This presentation will explore Parker’s life, focusing on his association with the radical “Son of Liberty,” Alexander MacDougall—and how the printer was sucked into the brewing maelstrom of New York on the eve of revolution.

Though dead for almost 240 years, James Parker has become something of a friend to Gordon Bond – someone he bumps into from time to time on the dusty shelves of archives and libraries. Getting to know this underappreciated colonial printer has proven a challenging labor of love for Bond, who worked in his spare hours since late 1999 to create an accurate and detailed biography. “James Parker: A Printer on the Eve of Revolution,” is due out spring of 2008 by New Jersey Heritage Press.

His days are spent working as both a professional and freelance graphic artist, but his off-hours are usually spent pursuing his passion for history. He is presently working with Stephanie Hoagland on a comprehensive survey of New Jersey’s folk grave marker tradition, collects antique cameras and is a member of The Historical Association of Woodbridge Township and Friends of the Abraham Staats House (South Bound Brook, NJ). www.CommonBondHistorians.com.

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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Thursday, October 16, 2008
7:30pm

Speaker Series :
Frank Greenagel "Historical Churches of Somerset County"

Historic Churches of Somerset CountyIn this richly illustrated guide to all of the eighteenth and nineteenth century churches and meetinghouses in Somerset County, Frank Greenagel delves into the history of Somerset’s religious buildings.  He has been working for almost nine years, trying to assemble a complete photographic and interpretive inventory of the roughly 1400 such buildings in New Jersey that still survive.  He has photographed more than 1200 churches, synagogues and meetinghouses, and written 6 books.  Frank tries to place the architectural style, scale, location and construction in an economic and cultural context so that the reader may gain an understanding of why the churches look the way they do, and why they are located where they are.  Not surprisingly, the reasons differ widely from county to county.  And Somerset’s history is among the most fascinating! http://www.njchurchscape.com/

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcome!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008
7:30pm

Speaker Series :
Matthew Dodd "Songs & Stories of Old Railroad Days"

Matthew DoddDressed in period clothing, Matthew Dodd takes listeners back in time to one or other of six fascinating periods of American history, using songs from each period and stories (humorous and poignant). 

On Thursday, November 20th, it will be the time of the rail splitter, tracklayer, passenger, brakeman or switchman or railroader’s wife and child; featuring railroad songs, (new, old and even older!), plus stories of famous trains, train wrecks, famous engineers, brakemen, famous passengers and railroad builders; railroad legends and ghosts, railroad lore, jokes and superstitions, and more!  Matthew sings and plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo and mandolin.

http://songsandstories.homestead.com/

Programs are free • 7:30 pm at the Brick Academy
Refreshments • Family & Friends welcomed!

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