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Announcements & News

Happenings

  • NEW - SPEAKER - Collector Teri Passarello presents “The Mystery of Nancy Drew: Girl Sleuth” at the Brick Academy on Thursday, June 21, at 7:00 PM. Click Here
  • Did you read Nancy Drew books? If so, see the new "pop-up" private collection - Learn More
  • Young historians dig into local private collection - Click Here
  • A new Somerset Hills History Village collectible is here. Did you see it? Order now.

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR - The THSSH 2018 Holiday House Tour is back and scheduled for December 9 - Learn more
  • Congratulate the THSSH Lifetime Achievement Awards Honorees - Click Here
  • Take a Look back at our 2017 in pictures - Click Here

Get Something for Dad this Fathers Day! Our ETSY store is open 24/7!

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2018 THSSH Field Trip - Sun. June 24 - 12pm
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Garden/Museum Tour and a High Tea - The Liberty Hall Museum and Gardens at Kean University

Our 2018 field trip will be an exciting afternoon of history, gardens and one of the best tea services in New Jersey. Back by popular demand, enjoy the tremendously popular tea service outside in our beautiful gardens! The tea includes a sumptuous selection of scones, assorted pastries, traditional finger sandwiches, and the freshest of fruit.

Liberty Hall LogoTHSSH Tour and a Tea

As you enjoy your afternoon tea experience, listen to a talk about the history of the gardens of Liberty Hall and receive gardening tips on the proper care of roses. A tour of Liberty Hall Museum including the historic 1772-built Victorian-style mansion filled with antique furniture, ceramics, toys & tools.

Reserve your spot today!
2018 THSSH Field Trip - Sun. June 24 - 12pm
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THSSH travels to Liberty Hall Museum for its 2018 fieldtrip

THSSH visits the Liberty Hall gardens in 2018

The Keepsake Village is Expanding

Nominate the Next Candidate for the Someset Hills Village Collection

Somerset Hills Historic Keepsake Village Newest Addition

Second Cat's Meow Crafted Keepsake Back in Stock as First Run Sells Out

Somerset Hills HIstoric Village Keepsake #2

In partnership with the renowned Cat's Meow Village Company, THSSH introduces the 2nd collectible as part of a the historic community collection. The Historic 1717 Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and the 619 year old historic oak tree is keepsake #2 in the collection.

This handmade wooden painted keepsake is a reminder of two of the Somerset Hills greatest historic icons.

Learn More / Reserve Yours Today


Learning History from those who lived it

Elder Voices Series Returns

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 2-4pm - Brick Academy

THSSH's Elderly Voices is Back!



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. 

But you have to RSVP. Seating is limited. 
A "Pass the hat" donation event. RSVP requested

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THSSH Member Program

myHistory Folder Opens Archives to Members

A new program for 2018 to celebrate the Society's anniversary. Members get to create their own family history folder that will be added to the THSSH archives vault. Work with research volunteers on a simple easy to create folder.
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THSSH myHistory Folder Project

 

2018 Events at THSSH

THSSH Announces 2018 Events Calendar

Are you ready to celebrate with THSSH in 2018. Take a look as we've put together a great schedule of events including walking tours, haunted tours, holiday house tours, Elder Voice gatherings, at least one field trip, not to mention Charter Day Street Fair and Festival, Lord Striling Festival and more.

See the Events Calendar - Now you can even add our calendar to your phone or your own personal calendar.

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Click Here to View or Download the THSSH event Calendar

 

 

2018 Award Honorees Announced

2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards Presented for Walk of Honor

THSSH Lifetime Achievement Awards

Congratulations to June Kennedy along with the families of Millie Van Dyke and Mary Conkling Ellis.

This year the Board of Trustees have selected three honorees recognizing their dedication and service preserving and promoting history in the Somerset Hills area including Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. Learn more about the 2018 award honorees.
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2018 Anniversary Keepsake

Cat's Meow Village Presents the Historic
Brick Academy - Get Yours Today!

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the area's first first historical society, THSSH is proud to announce the launch of the Historic Somerset Hills Village Keepsake Collection to honor our home - the Brick Academy.

The Brick Academy Cats Meow Somerset Hills History Village

In partnership with the renowned Cat's Meow Village Company, THSSH introduces the first collectible as part of a new historic community collection. The Historic 1809 Brick Academy, home to The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is keepsake #1 in the collection. Learn More / Reserve Yours Today

 

Happy Birthday THSSH

2018 Marks Society's 90th Anniversary

1940 Board of Trustees Photo

From the humble beginnings, to the move into the Brick Academy, the numerous restorations, and supporting the growth of new historic organizations in our area. Take a look back at the great history of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills.
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New Video on our YouTube Channel

Take a Look Back at 2017

THSSH participated in or sponsored over 12 events in 2017. This video is a collection of photographs taken at some of the events.Were you there? Click Here

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Nominate a Preservation Candidate

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Know a property worth saving?

Recognize a historic property today.

THSSH has partnered with Preservation New Jersey to help promote local preservation awareness. But we can't do it without your help.

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The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project Keepsake Book - Get Your Copy NowBasking Ridge Oak Tree Book

If you've been touched by the story of the Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree's 600 year history, you have to see this new book. Entitled "The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project", it is a compilation of the areas children from Kindergarten through High School who have written or drawn pictures of the historic oak that was recently taken down.

The keepsake book is a fundraiser that not only includes some of the most touching writings and images, but it also gives back to the community. With each purchase of the book, a donation is made to a high school scholarship fund. Also, there is a coupon for a free student membership for young historians to join the Historical Society's Young Historian program.

The inaugural run of the book will be available starting Thursday, June 8, 2017 at a the Tree Views Reception. Get additional details and order your copy today.

Click here for all the details. Online ordering is now available.

 

Fun Kids Coloring Book with Local History

Somerset Hills History Coloring Book

Note to Parents and Grand-Parents

Color local history with the kids!

Now available online

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Web Survey

What Were the Most Important Events in Our History

Top 10 in the Somerset Hills

Somerset Hills History Top 10 Survey gives you a chance to tell us what you think the top 10 stories are regarding the history of the Somerset Hills.

This is a non-scientific gathering from participants willing to provide their opinion on the top 10 historic news, events, or activities that contributed, changed, identified the Somerset Hills community (Bedminster, Bernardsville, Bernards Twp, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone).

This is your opinion and there is no right or wrong answer. Learn More

Restoration Update

Historic Peapack Lime Kilns Getting a Needed Facelift

Often unnoticed, the Peapack Lime Kilns is a historic reminder of what was once one of the most important manufacturing processes in our area's history.

Peapack Lime Kiln Update

Since 1999, The Society has been the owner of this wonderful historic landmark. Learn what's been happening with the current restoration efforts. Learn More


Dig in the Archives

Video for the Ages

Go back in time and view this early 1990's video classic.
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Video Archive - Reflections of Bernards Township

Facebook Update

The Game of Guesses:
Online Series: Dig In The Archives

Guess

A fun series now on Facebook that gives people a change to guess the image and post their memories.

Thousands of people have logged in to guess photos that have been pulled from the archives of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH). Come see what it's all about. Lots of great stories and guesses from our participants.

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The Year We Lost the Historic 600 Year Old
Basking Ridge Oak Tree

Basking Ridge Oak Tree Shirt

News, events, fundraisers, history, and more. Learn More

Local Lore

Betsy Ross-Was She Really Buried in Basking Ridge?

Did Betsy Ross Die in Basking Ridge as Mrs. Claypool?

Betsy Ross in Basking Ridge
Over the past two decades, more than half a dozen references to this story have been uncovered in our archives at the Brick Academy and in the files of the Bernards Township Library History Room. The first mention appeared in a clippings scrapbook compiled by retired physician, Dr. William Pennington, who lived around the turn of the 19th century and spent much of his life collecting newspaper articles. Learn more


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Cat's MeowNew for 2018. The Cat's Meow Village


 

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