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THSSH Introduces New "Collector Series"

THSSH is pleased to announce a program designed to feature local area visitors’ collections, with exhibits changing approximately every two months. Each collector can assist in arranging the exhibit, and may provide an “opening reception” and brief talk for friends and visitors.

Collecting has been defined as “the selecting, gathering, and keeping of objects of subjective value.” Most people have some sort of a collection. The urge to collect can almost be compared to the thrill of the hunt: an avid collector enjoys the challenge, and rejoices with each new find.

Collecting has a time-honored history. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Dutch and Flemish collectors sought to surround themselves with items representing their mental outlook, their thirst for self-discovery, and the world around them. The collections acquired by these seekers often achieved such proportions that they outfitted small rooms called “collector’s cabinets” or “cabinets of curiosities” which served both to house the collections and to provide suitable settings in which to entertain guests and show off their acquisitions. The thrill of acquisition of a new object continues to this day.

THSSH is pleased to announce a program designed to feature local area visitors’ collections, with exhibits changing approximately every two months. Each collector can assist in arranging the exhibit, and may provide an “opening reception” and brief talk for friends and visitors. Collectors who would like to display an exhibit at the Brick Academy in Basking Ridge are encouraged to contact THSSH Trustee Meg Wastie at kitmeg@verizon.net.

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Submitted: March 7, 2017


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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