Mr. Local History Scholarship Program

Mr Local History Scholarship Fund

Mr. Local History, a local non-profit organization which celebrates the history of the Somerset Hills, encourages members and volunteers of all ages to take part in local history events. An important part of our mission, however, is to involve the youth of the area in local history. High school and college students can become MLH members and take part in the “History Makers” program, which provides opportunities for community service and college credits. History Makers assist MLH trustees with research projects such as the on-going research on Bernards Township’s Indian…

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Bernards Township Origins

Bernards Township Asian Community Research - Mr. Local History Project

Bernards Township has been a charted township going all the way back to 1760. With the early Dutch and Scottish settlers, the origin of the area belongs to the famed Lenni-Lenape Native American tribe.But what about the other cultures in the area. We’re on a mission to find out and would love to engage the community. Demographic Highlights Researching Diversity We are honoring those in our neighborhood who have identified themselves as Asian according to the census. Statistics have shown that the Asian American community (including India and Chinese) has…

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Historic Fires in the Somerset Hills

Historic Fires in the Somerset Hills of northern Somerset County, New Jersey - Mr. Local History

While you’d think that hurricanes and floods wreak the most havoc, there has been nothing more destructive to properties in the Somerset Hills more than fires. The Mr. Local History Project is gathering information regarding large fires in the Somerset Hills area. Looking back at history, we’ve started digging to let the public understand how severe fires have devastated our community. Bernardston Charter Destroyed in 1850 Fire Basking Ridge – All township records before 1850 were destroyed in a fire. “It is in fact unfortunate that these charters were kept…

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Bishop Edmund S. Janes – His Somerset Hills Story

Book: The Life of Bishop Edmund S. James

Before we get started: The Methodist Church in the United States is 94% white, 92% third generation American, 60% married, 69% believe in God absolutely, 42% attend church weekly, and 62% believe in hell. Several attempts were made in the twentieth century to reunite the Methodist Church with its founder’s own church – the Church of England. These were rejected by the Church of England’s General Synod in 1972. However, dialogue and informal relations continued. In 2003 a Covenant between the two churches was signed. This affirms each church as…

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“June in December” Tree Honors June Kennedy at Festival of Trees in Basking Ridge

June In December Holiday Tree Honors former Bernards Township Historian June Kennedy

The Mr. Local History Project honors the former Bernards Township’s historian June Kennedy showcasing our “June in December” tree honoring her dedication to community and local history. The Festival of Trees is an indoor exhibit of decorated Christmas trees by various community groups and individuals and runs from December 6 thru December 30th at the Environment Education Center on Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The Mr. Local History Project is proud to announce the newly created “community spirit tree” honoring all those who like to remember local history…

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Historic Sites in Somerset Hills

Historic Landmarks in the Somerset Hills

Do you know all of the historic sites on our state and national registers here in the Somerset Hills? Well you do now! And we threw in the rest of Somerset County as well, just for fun. Welcome to our google map of all of the historic sites covering Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. Want to visit one? Just click the icon, then click the directions and it’ll map it out for you.

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History Makers

History Makers High School Volunteers HISTORY MAKERS MAKE HISTORY “Today is tomorrow’s history, so make it a good one!” is the motto readers will always find on the Mr. Local History website. The motto is a reminder that each and every day, all of us “make history” through the actions we take or the decisions we make. To that end, Mr. Local History encourages teenagers to join our organization and think about how they can make history themselves. Local high school and college students are invited to become “History Makers”…

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Mr. Local History Releases its Latest Online Magazine – Vol 1 Issue 4

Our Holiday Issue Happy holidays. Tiz the Season! The Mr. Local History Project has been working hard to produce the next issue of our magazine that combines news, stories, and feature posts about the area’s local history in the Somerset Hills area of New Jersey. This month’s cover showcases the iconic Christmas Eve caroling on the green in the village of Basking Ridge. Volume 1 Issue 4 – Holiday Edition. Another word for history is “tradition” and this issue is full of holiday traditions in the Somerset Hills. Fill your…

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Founding Trustees – Mr. Local History

"The Founding Four" signers of the 501c3 non-profit founding Mr. Local History Project. In our signature caricature fashion we introduce Paula Axt, Brooks Betz, Jill Betz, and Meg Wastie. All residents of the Somerset Hills and on the mission to develop programs focused on education and local history.

The Mr. Local History project’s mission is to preserve and promote the local history in Somerset Hills, a area in northern Somerset County, New Jersey. An all volunteer organization, social and educational activities are paramount to engaging in fun new ways. Mr. Local History announced the incorporation of Mr. Local History as a formal non-profit organization. By incorporating, the effort is now recognized as a legal entity to conduct business, organize, and develop fundraising efforts to support programs geared specifically for the local communities of the Somerset Hills in the…

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Donations & Memberships – Make a Difference

Introducing the founding members of Mr. Local History Inc. a 501c3 non-profit organization

The Mr. Local History Project is a 501c3 all volunteer non-profit organization. We have two goals. One is to create an ongoing high school scholarship fund to present annually to a Senior High School recipient. The second is to promote local history. Your contribution goes fully to support those two efforts. Scholarship Fund Donation Each year the Mr. Local History Project works with the Ridge High School to make a unrestricted scholarship to a worthy senior. Please help us continue this annual program. Regular Mail For those who prefer traditional…

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Bernards Township Appoints Mr. Local History as Official Historian

As we’ve been focusing on preserving and promoting local history, out of left field comes one of my most humbling honors when the Bernards Township Committee on October 29, 2019 passed a resolution appointing me as the official historian for Bernards Township. The official historian position has had only one person, June Kennedy, as the previous appointee. June had worked tirelessly in that capacity and I got to be very good friends with her over the years. We partnered on a number of stories. She would drive for the facts…

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Widow White’s Tavern 7th Wooden Historic Village Keepsake

The infamous Widow White's Tavern in Basking Ridge changed the course of American history.

Be part of the Widow White’s Tavern inaugural run. Mr Local History is proud to announce the upcoming release of the 7th in the collectible series, the infamous 1776 Widow White’s Tavern in the village of Basking Ridge. Orders for this inaugural run are now being taken online. Only a limited number will be produced. The Historic Somerset Hills Village keepsake collection is a collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of our community. Keepsakes are selected based on community feedback…

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Mr. Local History Registers as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

The originating founders of the non-profit Mr. Local History Project

With great fanfare, the Mr. Local History announces that the Mr. Local History Project registered as a formal organization with 501(c)(3) non-profit status. While our mission hasn’t changed, the founding organizers have a few specific goals to share as we grow and increase our community involvement. First and foremost, the Mr. Local History (MLH) project will continue to preserve and promote local history. That goes without say. But now with non-profit status, we can venture into new frontiers including a new social society, a high school historian program, and partnerships…

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Top 10 Historic Businesses in the Somerset Hills, New Jersey

In 2009 - The Grain House was listed as one of the top 10 historic businesses in the Somerset Hills

Whether you’re a banker or a national political figure, a CEO or a farmer, the Somerset Hills has provided commercial opportunities for centuries. From C. Ledyard Blair and Jackie Kennedy, to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Charles Pfizer, the Somerset Hills business community has served up commerce in a classic fashion. (See the list of Somerset Hills Rich & Famous post). There’s no mistake that the Somerset Hills area is rich in long lasting commerce history. The Somerset Hills region of Bedminster, Bernards Twp, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack &…

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Mr. Local History Releases its Latest Online Magazine – Vol 1 Issue 3

Mr Local History Back to School Issue

We call this the “the Back to School Issue” The Mr. Local History project has been working hard to produce the next issue of our magazine that combines news, stories, and feature posts about the area’s local history in the Somerset Hills area of New Jersey. This month’s cover showcases what was known as the “one room classroom”. The Somerset Hills is full of the history of the one room classroom, as well as Academy’s that you may have never known about. Teachers rules from back in 1872 were fun…

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