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The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is pleased to welcome Meg Wastie of Bernards Township, New Jersey to the Board of Trustees.

Meg Wastie

New THSSH Board Member Cynthia CrossonThe THSSH is pleased to introduce Meg Wastie to the Board of Trustees at The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. Meg has spent most of her life in New Jersey and loves the beauty and history of the state. She grew up in Westfield and currently lives in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township.

With an undergraduate degree from Monmouth University, Meg also has Masters Degrees from Kean University in Student Personal Services and Seton Hall University in Museum Professions. Meg was an English, speech & theatre teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood/South Orange for 32 years before retiring to start her new career in the museum field.

Meg is currently the Curator of Education at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison, New Jersey. Using her years of experience as an English teacher, Meg has re-vamped, re-organized and re-designed the METC Museum's existing school programs. She has also created a number of new and innovative history-based programs that are both entertaining as well as educational, and has adapted many of them for audiences of all ages, including young children and senior citizens. 

Beyond working at the METC, Meg offers ACT, SAT, and college essay help for students in high school. She is an adjunct professor at Drew University, supervising & observing student teachers, and taught Writing for Museums, a course she created for graduate students in the Museum Professions program at Seton Hall University. She also volunteers at Somerset Hills Adult Day Center and is an active member of the Seton Hall Choir.

Meg will be a member of the THSSH Education Committee as well as other community outreach volunteer efforts.

Welcome Meg!

Submitted: October 27, 2016


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.

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.



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