New Historic Cat’s Meow Collection Created for Somerset Hills Historic Brick Academy

Post Views: 1,053 Mr. Local History, in conjunction with T3 Consortium and the Cat’s Meow Village introduce the Inaugural Keepsake of the Historic Somerset Hills Village Collection, the 1809 Brick Academy in the Basking Ridge Village of Bernards Township, New Jersey. The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a new collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of our community. The inaugural keepsake, the historic Brick Academy, celebrates the iconic Basking Ridge Village building that is listed on both the…

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The Besties – The Best of the Best in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster

Mr Local History Archives - The Best of the Best food entertainment and tidbits in Bedminster, Bernardsville and Basking Ridge. #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 4,793 Bedminster, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone also known as The Somerset Hills. It’s time for a real discussion on where to get the best things based on what the LOCALS say! Don’t agree? Post what you think is is best. And if we couldn’t find local, we gave best option. The premise is simple…. if you were going to recommend to your best friend where to go, who to use, what would it be? If you have a better one, tell Mr. Local History!!!!! Best Food…

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Transforming Historical Societies and Museums

Post Views: 2,269 Change or Die! That’s the battle cry. This article came as a result of looking at why people are no longer signing up and supporting historical societies across America. It’s a dying institution. But they’re not alone. No one can deny that Amazon is changing the face of how consumers shop and purchase and the impact that it is having on towns across America. Towns that were once retail meccas, are now showing signs of the “Amazon effect” with storefront vacancies. So I got to thinking, what…

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Growing Up at the Cranford Canoe Club

Post Views: 4,614 When you’re a kid, often the most simple things in life end up be the ones you remember the most.  As one of three kids in my family growing up in nearby Westfield, New Jersey, the Cranford Boat and Canoe Company, also known as the Cranford Canoe Club brought life lessons and friendships that live with me almost every day.  With all the experiences, workers, friends, and family, the Cranford Canoe Club will never be forgotten. I started working at the Cranford Canoe Club in 1972 until…

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Tour of Somerset Hills Proposed

Post Views: 2,126 Tour of Somerset Hills – Competitive bicycle racing through the historic Somerset Hills region in New Jersey. While watching stages of the recent Tour de France the thought came up of how great would it be if there were a bike tour that showcased some of the most beautiful areas of New Jersey in the historic Somerset Hills area of northern Somerset County New Jersey. It’s The Tour of Somerset Hills, a high energy tour through the towns of Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Peapack, Gladstone, Far Hills and…

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50+ Chris Christie Beach Memes To Make You Laugh

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Post Views: 11,437 UPDATE: YOU KEEP SENDING… WE’LL KEEP POSTING! After shutting down the NJ government due to a budget impasse while a constitutional requirement was legit. But the photos of Christie caught on a closed public beach have turned his episode into a viral web phenomenon. The Christie Snub It all started when a photographer from the Newark Star Ledger rented an airplane on July 2, 2017 to take photos of the closed public park beaches. He had a hunch that maybe, just maybe, Christie, whose governor summer home…

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The Great Historic Tavern Pub Crawl & Tours

Post Views: 26,501 We like touring Morris and Somerset County since this is the “cockpit of the revolution” and most of the old taverns were meeting places of the resistance. Want to grab a pint where  General Washington drank (and maybe slept)? How about a cold one where Ben Franklin gathered his thoughts? Here’s where history meets the road….literally. In addition to churches, pubs and taverns served as the meeting places of the revolution. How fun now would it be to create a trip, learn some great stories, and maybe…

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Book Release: Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project

Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project is one of the most heartwarming books ever made to celebrate the life and history of the 619 year oak tree that was lost in 2017. A true collectible. Source: Mr local history

Post Views: 1,853 The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project Keepsake Book to be Released June 8, 2017 If you’ve been touched by the story of the Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree’s 600 year history, you have to see this new book entitled “The Historic Basking Ridge Oak Tree Project”. The fundraising project is a compilation of the areas children from Kindergarten through High School who have written or drawn pictures of the historic 600 year old Basking Ridge oak tree that was recently taken down. The keepsake book is a fundraiser…

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Kids Event Planning: History Coloring Book

Post Views: 2,017 Coloring History Opportunity for Kids T3 Consortium, a local company in the Somerset Hills, is proud to announce a new program for education programs to create a great program to make available for children while teaching them about some of the greatest historic people, places, and events in New Jersey’s Somerset Hills area including Bedminster, Bernards Twp, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. What better way to teach kids about local history than by having them color some of the greatest events in Somerset Hills history with…

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The New Jersey Hills are Alive with Distilling

Post Views: 3,636 Distilling in the Somerset Hills New Jersey has a deep history in distilling spirits that goes back to colonial times. The Somerset Hills is a area in central New Jersey’s Somerset County grouping six similar towns, villages, and hamlets into a cohesive geographical area. Those towns that comprise the Somerset Hills are: Bedminster, Bernards Township (Basking Ridge), Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. Being from Basking Ridge, New Jersey there are written accounts that even with the foundation of Bernards Township back in 1760 where commitments were made from the…

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Social Media for Non-Profits and Historical Societies

Post Views: 2,310 One of the greatest challenges to non-profits and historical societies is the ability to change their business models and become self sufficient. Funding is a great challenge and communicating to various groups, agencies, government officials is critical to their survival. Social media is a relatively new tool that non-profits need to leverage if they’re going to get their word out to the masses. The New Jersey Cultural and Heritage Commission recently held three statewide social media workshops. This workshop was created to introduce and share techniques that…

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Michael Lewis – Characters of The Big Short

Post Views: 34,336 UPDATE: February 29, 2016 Since the release of the best selling book The Big Short. the book is now is officially an Oscar winning movie. The film, five years in the making since Michael Lewis’s book was released, won the Best Screen Play Adaptation Oscar. We’ve added photos not only of the players in the book, but those now made famous in the film. Director and screenwriter Adam McKay stated in his acceptance speech, “If you don’t want big money to control government don’t vote for candidates that take…

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Origins of Cold as Balls and Cold as a Witch’s Tit

Post Views: 15,947 Someone asked the question “Where did the term cold as balls come from and why do they say it?” That got us to thinking about another saying, Cold as a Witch’s tit. We had our mission. Man It’s Cold as Balls! Cold as balls is an interesting term. My daughter even says it! You hear it all the time but most guys then respond with; “My balls aren’t cold, so what the heck does cold as balls mean?” Cold as balls as it’s referred to in the…

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Krugs Tavern Newark – Burgers and Shrimp

Krugs Tavern Newark - Mr Local History #1 pick

Post Views: 23,945 Krug’s Tavern Hits the Spot Down Neck Serving up great food and spirits with a friendly laid back attitude. Ready to take a step back in a time when life was simple and the neighborhood had a friendly active pulse. We’re heading to the Ironbound section of Newark, for a good ole fashioned neighborhood watering hole that’s also serving up some great food. Grab a chrome bar stool, stare at a Yankee repeat from the night before, and begin to hear and smell the meat sizzling on the flattop.…

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