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Bringing History to Our Community
myHistory Folder Project

THSSH myHistory Folder Project

myHistory Folder Project Overview

For over 90 years, The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) has been collecting and storing family history archives with information gathered from newspapers, photo archives, documents, real estate transactions and more to preserve profiles of properties and families from the Somerset Hills community. THSSH currently has family folders on over 200 families! Now, THSSH members can be part of the this historic archive collection by adding your history to the growing archive called the "myHistory Folder Project." Create a gift for future generations by documenting YOUR family history.

"This is a great opportunity for our membership to make a mark and add to this great collection," says Brooks Betz, Program Chair at THSSH. "The intent is to build on some of the great family names that are already in our archive and give members a chance to participate and plant some roots in the area." Mr. Betz is talking about the family archives that are currently stored in the walk-in vault at the Brick Academy, home to the Historical Society. "Our lower level is a complete reference room, including books, files, photos, maps, and more. We also have a computer with internet and volunteer reference researchers that are available to help members with the myHistory folder project," stated Betz.

Who’s Eligible:
The myHistory folder Project is open to all members of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. You don't have to be a current resident of the area. If your family already has a folder in the archives, you can also participate.

Why Participate?
You have a chance to leave your family legacy to future generations in the area's largest family folder.

Your Community:
What better way to be part of a community than to add your family's history to the region's largest family folder.

Future Generations:
When someone is doing research on your family 50 years from now, your documentation will be part of the area’s largest surnamed folder.

Your information is secure in the THSSH vault (a real vault). Information will not be stored online

How the myHistory folder Project Works

  • myHistory Envelopes are available at THSSH's headquarters. You can also download all of the appropriate forms and create a folder that you can bring to THSSH.
  • Take a week or two to add your content.
  • If you are not a member, it's easy to become one and participate. Click Here
  • Seal your envelope and return to THSSH during any THSSH event or when the Brick Academy Museum is open (typically first Sunday of each month). Click Here

Annual Social

On a yearly basis, the THSSH will organize a social event to allow you to come and visit your folder. Add updates that Come back once a year by special invitation to add to your folder. Details will be provided to all participants probably a month before the event is scheduled.

#myHistory Materials

  • See if THSSH has a family history file for your reference (over 200 names on file) - Click Here
  • myHistory opening folder form to get started- Click Here
    • For a print version- Click Here -then manually fill in form and add to your folder.

Reference Materials:

  • 1. Wikipedia Writing a Personal History - Click Here
  • 2. Personal History Questions Worksheet - Click Here
  • 3. Personal History Interview Questions - Click Here
  • 4. Personal History Questions - Click Here
  • 5. PBS Hit Series Genealogy Roadshow - Click Here
  • 6. Bernards Twp Family History Interest Group - Click Here

Go to the Bernards Twp library and view for free!


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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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of the Somerset Hills
15 West Oak Street,
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 221-1770

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