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Beers 1873 Map Mr Local History Free Map Offer

Post Views: 423 Make a Tax Deductible Donation – Get a Frameable Map Finding New Ways to Share Local History.We call it “Maps for a Cause” supporting Our Annual Scholarship Fund The Mr. Local History Project continues its mission to get history in the hands, and on the walls, of our local residents. So we have an offer for everyone. You send us a tax deductible donation, and we’ll send you a custom created historic rendering of an iconic 1873 map. While we had hoped to do this in person…

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Did You Work at the Cranford Canoe Club (Or any of the Cranford Boat Businesses)?

Cranford Canoe Club 1990 (1)

Post Views: 501 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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Retrospective: The Cranford Hotel

The Cranford Hotel Sketch Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 855 As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project If you’ve ever been to Cranford, New Jersey, there are two places you have to go to: the Cranford Canoe Club as it epitomizes what is known as…

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Comparing The Basking Ridge Oak to the Worlds Oldest Trees

So what happened while the Basking Ridge Oak Tree was growing up - Mr Local History

Post Views: 6,952 On April 24-26, 2017 the New Jersey town of Basking Ridge lost its oldest resident, the Basking Ridge historic white oak tree.  What was estimated to be over 600 years old, no one ever imagined that the tree would die during their lifetime and it came as quite a shock to the entire community. Are there other stories stories out there? We started to think; how does the loss of the Basking Ridge Oak tree rank against the worlds oldest trees. Here’s what we found. The 600 Year…

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International Women’s Day Honors 25 Women Trailblazers from the Somerset Hills

Women of Somerset Hills

Post Views: 4,769 In honor of International Women’s Day, we thought it’d be fun to share some of the inspirational trailblazing women from our area that have made a difference. Each of these women either grew up or lived in the Somerset Hills. The Somerset Hills is the region of northern Somerset County, New Jersey that includes Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack & Gladstone. The list below is in alphabetical order so to not take away from any of these women’s accomplishments. Brooke Astor – She married her…

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New Keepsakes: Preserving Cranford’s History

Cranford keepsakes v2 Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 486 The Mr. Local History Project (MLH) has been preserving and promoting local history since our non-profit organization was established in 2019. The all volunteer group started a wooden miniature keepsake program to share history, artwork, in partnership with the world famous Cat’s Meow Village Company of Ohio to support New Jersey’s local history and grow the New Jersey Historic Village Collection. Congratulations Cranford – 2021 Marks 150th Anniversary Supporting Cranford’s history via our MLH keepsake project is in its early stages and we hope interest in Cranford’s…

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Fundraiser Keepsakes: Preserving Westfield NJ History

Preserving Westfield NJ History Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 499 The Mr. Local History Project (MLH) has been preserving and promoting local history since our non-profit organization was established in 2019. The all volunteer group started a wooden miniature keepsake program to share history, artwork, in partnership with the world famous Cat’s Meow Village Company of Ohio to support New Jersey’s local history and grow the New Jersey Historic Village Collection. You may not know this but two of our trustees grew up and lived in Westfield. Supporting Westfield’s history via our MLH keepsake project is in…

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Preserving Bernardsville’s History

Post Views: 387 The Mr. Local History Project (MLH) non-profit volunteer organization has been preserving and promoting local history in the Somerset Hills since the organization was established in 2019. The all volunteer group started a wooden miniature keepsake program to share history, artwork, that now has become part of New Jersey’s local history and help Somertset Hills historic icons grow as part of the statewide New Jersey Historic Village Collection. Supporting Bernardsville’s history via our MLH keepsake project is growing as we honor Bernardsville’s local history. Here’s your chance…

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Cataloging Sears Roebuck & Kit Homes in the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 497 The Mr. Local History Project received a request and we love the idea. We’re going to try to find as many Sears Roebuck houses we can in Basking Ridge and the surrounding area. Don’t know what a Sears Roebuck house is? Well let’s set the stage. Join us as we begin cataloging Sears Roebuck houses, also known as “kit homes” in the Somerset Hills (Get it? We made a funny). Get on the map! If you have a Sears kit house or think you do, get on…

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Historic New Jersey Theaters Honored in Miniature Wooden Keepsake Collection

Rialto Artwork Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 337 Remembering classic movie theaters that not only showed first rate films, but anchored our towns and kept us full of memories. Three of the last remaining old-time, downtown movie theaters in New Jersey, each with over a century of service, the Mr. Local HIstory Project 501c non-profit honors the Cranford Theater, the Rialto Theater in Westfield, and the Bernardsville Cinema with three new wooden miniature keepsakes coming to the New Jersey Historic Village Collection this Spring 2021. The Mr. Local History Project celebrates three iconic New Jersey…

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Far Hills Race Meeting 100th Anniversary Collectible

Far Hills Race Meeting Mr Local History Keepsake - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 188 Celebrate the 100th running of the Hunt with this beautiful wooden hand painted collectible as part of the New Jersey Historic Village Cat’s Meow collection. Beautifully handcrafted wood, hand painted edges, and a beautifully hand painted rendering of the Far Hills Race scenery. The back side includes the history of the iconic event that began as the Farmers Race and became the Far Hills Race Meeting. Honor the 100th running with this limited edition keepsake. Our Historic Collectibles Sell Out Quickly – Check Availability How do I…

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Aviation Tragedy: Lieutenant Guy Kendrix Rudd

Post Views: 337 The Somerset Hills have seen its share of aviation accidents, minor and spectacular, over the years.  Fortunately, most have involved light aircraft with injuries rather than casualties as the result.  The early crashes, prior to WWII, tended to be military aircraft as private flying was not as common as it would become after the war.  One such accident, with an unusual local connection, occurred in the ‘Mountain Colony’ between Bernardsville and Mendham in the late morning of Sunday, December 11, 1932. Training Mission Gone Bad The New…

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Honoring Black History Month in the Somerset Hills

Celebrating Black History Month in Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and Gladstone in the Somerset HIlls - Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 323 NOTE: As with many Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our community. We will continue to expand this piece as information becomes available. Mr. Local History Project The Mr. Local History Project is often asked to dig into particular historic events, historic properties, and historic people. Every February the nation celebrates black history month so we wanted to do some digging, and crowdsource to the local communities to build on honoring the month with stories…

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The Annin’s of Liberty Corner: Patriots, Flag Company and a Middle School

William Annin - Annins Corner, Liberty Corner, William Annin Middle School Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 876 William Annin has a prominent place in the history of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Liberty Corner, and yes the William Annin Middle School. The Mr. Local History Project looks back at one of Liberty Corner’s founding families known worldwide for their manufacturing of “old glory” that have been placed around the world and even on the moon! The Patriots:John Johnston, known as John Annin from Annin’s Corner (Liberty Corner) John Johnston was born in Annandale, a district in southeastern Scotland named for the river Annan. The area…

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Nominate Your Top 5 To the American HO Greatest Slot Cars of All Time List

Finding the Top 100 slot cars in America - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 545 What are your #TOP 5 greatest slot cars in your collection?Is it speed, collectibility, car you owned? Maybe it’s your fastest car. Maybe it’s the your most collectible. Maybe it’s just the replica of the car you had when you were young. We’re on a mission to have provide the first ever internet gathering of information on the love of slot cars. There are no wrong submissions! What’s your favorite car? Can’t have just one…..give us your top 5. We’ll gather everyone’s submission to vote on the…

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