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THSSH Colection Series

Basking Ridge Resident Shares Collection at THSSH

The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is proud to present a new program that shares some of the most interesting collections from our local friends and members.  Known as a “pop-up” concept, the collections are only available for a limited time while highlighting the owner, the collection, and a special gathering at the Brick Academy.

THSSH Collection Series with Terri Passarello

Currently on display is “The Mystery of Nancy Drew, Girl Sleuth,” a collection of Teri Passarello. Through a creative exhibit offering a series of “clues” to the history of Nancy Drew, Passarello’s exhibit offers insight into books known and loved by generations. “While I do not remember receiving my first Nancy Drew book as a preteen,” says Passarello, “I do remember proudly displaying all my ‘yellow cover’ books in my bookcase. Fast forward 40+ years, I now proudly display my collection of ‘vintage’ Nancy Drew mystery stories including the original 25-chapter versions, most with dust jackets. Reflecting back, I believe my interest centered on reading about an independent girl who was smart, decisive and took risks, who also dressed well, and drove a roadster.”

Stop by the Brick Academy on Sunday, May 6, from 2:00-4:00 PM, or on Charter Day, May 19, to see “The Mystery of Nancy Drew, Girl Sleuth.”

Residents of the Somerset Hills area are invited to display their collections through The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills at the Brick Academy in Basking Ridge. Interested collectors may contact THSSH trustee Meg Wastie to arrange an opportunity to mount their personal exhibits in the Brick Academy’s museum space.

Have a collection you’d like to share?

The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills will be continuing this program to feature local area visitors’ collections, with exhibits changing approximately every two months. Each collector can assist the THSSH staff in arranging the exhibit and may provide an “opening reception” and brief talk for friends and visitors to the new exhibit.
Upcoming exhibits planned include “Cruciverbalists,” an exhibit about crossword puzzles in June, “Little Golden Books” in the Fall, and an exhibit on World War I in November.

Collectors who would like to display their collections in the main room of the Brick Academy in Basking Ridge are encouraged to contact THSSH at


Submitted: April 25, 2018
Submitted by: Meg Wastie

About The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH)

THSSH logoFounded 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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