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myHistory Archive Project Trustee Pilot

June 8, 2016 - Motion was presented to the Board to move forward with the myHistory Pilot project.
As a THSSH Trustee , you're the first group to participate in the pilot myHistory Archive Project.

Pilot Objective:

The objective of the pilot is to test the feasibility of presenting a program hopefully to our membership, and then hopefully to the general public.

The pilot was approved at the June 2016 Board of Trustee Meeting. Each trustee has the option to Opt-In or Opt-Out. If you decide to Opt-In you can either request a printed set of documents in a folder, or pilot the effort using the online materials (your choice).

At each trustee meeting, we will discuss the pilot and list any questions, issues, recommendations, or actions that works to improve the program before expanding the progarm to our membership.

#myHistory Materials

  • 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

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myHistory Archive Project Overview

Over 200 family names and growing! The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) has folders on over 200 families already! No you can be part of the growing collection by adding your history to the growing archive.
Create a gift for future generations by documenting YOUR family history.

Who’s Eligible:
The myHistory Archive Project is open to all residents of the Somerset Hills area including Bedminster, Bernards Twp, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone. You can also be a former resident or also wish to represent your family if there are events that would warrant having a family folder in the local archive.

Why Participate?
You have a chance to leave your family legacy to future generations in the areas largest family archive.

Your Community:
What better way to be part of a community then be adding your families history to the regions largest family archive.

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

How the myHistory Archive Project works:

  • Each participant receives an envelope with single folder with their family name.
  • Inside each folder will be instructions and suggestions to add to the folder.
  • Take a week or two to add your content.
  • Consider a membership to THSSH - complete the membership form along with payment
  • Seal your envelope and return to THSSH via the mail slot.

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.




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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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