Transforming Historical Societies and Museums

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 about Historical Societies…

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Growing Up at the Cranford Canoe Club

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 our family sold…

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Tour of Somerset Hills Proposed

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 ending in Bedminster.…

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50+ Chris Christie Beach Memes To Make You Laugh

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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 is on one…

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The Great Historic Tavern Pub Crawl & Tours

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 even sit and…

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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

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 that not only…

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Kids Event Planning: History Coloring Book

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 over 34 historic…

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The New Jersey Hills are Alive with Distilling

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 Governor Sir Francis…

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Social Media for Non-Profits and Historical Societies

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 work to promote…

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Finally – Tax Dollars that Do Something – Go NAVY

Major props go out to the Navy for this presentation that was posted to YouTube. With over 5,000,000 views, it’s no wonder why these young men are the best of the best. Navy Ceremonial Guard Silent Drill What more can you say? Outstanding. Click the read more to see the video. Please follow and like us: Related posts: Mapping the Best Burgers in America Krugs Tavern Newark – Burgers and Shrimp Transforming Historical Societies and Museums Kids Event Planning: History Coloring Book The History of Worship in Basking Ridge Tour…

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Michael Lewis – Characters of The Big Short

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 money from big…

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Origins of Cold as Balls and Cold as a Witches Tit

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 Witches 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 urban dictionary suggests…

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Krugs Tavern Newark – Burgers and Shrimp

Krugs Tavern, Newark NJ - Mr. Local History #mrlocalhistory

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. Order a 12…

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10 Best Florida Winter Destinations

The 2016 snowmagedden was enough to make anyone in the Eastern United States search out for warmer climates. So it’s time for our ten Best Florida winder destinations. In conjunction with T3 Real Estate, here are their 10 best Florida recommendations for a winter get away. If there’s an event, check the site to see what the best timing is to attend for the event, accommodations, and night life. Top 10 Florida Winter Destinations considerations range from climate, beach-life, night life, events. We’re going to be simple here – we have a…

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Cigars – Tips From the Humidor

How to prep a humidor and what to put in it…and other things you might not have known. So I’m sucking on a nice stogie the other night and this guy starts asking me questions like I’m some kind of expert. I actually felt like he was acting like a six year old pounding his father with questions while thinking “why don’t you just shut up and smoke that thing”! The questions did get me thinking. There’s actually a whole bunch of interesting info that you’ll need to know if…

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