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THSSH Young Historians

Since the home to the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills is a former school, it's only appropriate that there's a fun interactive learning experience for our areas youth. The 1809 Federal-style Brick Academy located in the center of Basking Ridge 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.

Programs Run By Students

While THSSH continues to expand the program, we are always looking for young historians that not only want to learn about history, but to actually run a young minded program. There have been walking tours, speaker series, and educational events designed, planned, and executed by our THSSH Student members. To get involved, simply drop us a note and someone from the Program Committee will be in touch.

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Volunteer Community Service Hours

THSSH is a great place to get your high school volunteer hourly credits. And you can do it all in one place for one organization and keep it simple.

For the younger crowd there are a number of coloring kits and program books designed for kids that are currently available from The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. Whether it's genealogy, American history, or architectural history, we'll continue to expand our collection of materials suitable for kids of all ages. Below are a few of the offerings.


New Campaign and a FREE THSSH Student Membership

The publisher of The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project is offering a one use coupon in its book that offers a free one year membership to THSSH, including the Young Historians program. It's a fantastic one time offer to students in the area that want to participate in a great program. Supported by the HSSH Education Committee, it's a great way to get involved.

The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project

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Young Historians Corner

  • Youth oriented programs
  • Teaching tools, programs and aids
  • Tours designed for kids
  • Scout and Brownie programs
  • Coloring kits and workbooks
  • History in a Box - Come borrow objects for your class. Lesson plan included (pending)
  • Crafts - Build your own Brick Academy ornament
  • Coloring Kits and Workbooks all available at THSSH

    Somerset Hills History Coloring Book
    Passport to Historic Bernards Township
    Researched, designed and planned as a Girl Scout Bronze Award project by Junior Girl Scout Troops 138 and 988. The Girl Scout Bronze award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn.

    Along with detailed descriptions of sites around the township, there is a place to provide 8 passport stickers to show that you've read and visited the sites. (A great learning guide for parents as well).

    Booklets are available at THSSH.


    Additional History Links for Kids


    New Jersey History - Fun
    Click Here

    Hangout New Jersey- History for Kids. Click Here

As the THSSH Young Historian program expands, please consider volunteering to work on this important effort.

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to volunteer, or to suggest a program for our kids.



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