Bernards Township & Bernardsville Honor Veterans and The Fallen

Bernards Township Honors our local veterans - Mr Local History

Post Views: 2,647 UPDATE: There is a Go Fund Me Campaign called “Buy A Veteran a Burger” that will feed vets on the Lyons VA campus this Memorial Day weekend. Each Memorial Day and Veterans Day Bernards Township and Bernardsville honors our military veterans with a banner salute around the Bernards Township Municipal building and in downtown Bernardsville area. The banners usually stay up between the two holidays and grace our townships with honor and sacrifice and a true sense of what these people mean to our community and our…

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Pitch Us – Remember we love ideas that include historic twists!

Post Views: 186 Want to volunteer an idea? Share a story on something local? Maybe you have a great idea that you’d like the Mr. Local History Project to sponsor? Some of our best event ideas and fundraisers have come from our loyal fans. The Mr. Local History Project wants to hear from you. Just complete the form below and send it back to us. We’ll be in touch.

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Art and History – Looking for Artists Who Love History

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Post Views: 2,832 The Mr. Local History Project is launching a new program to preserve our local history. We are also looking for art teachers to consider a program where an entire art class works to create their own collection. Take a look and if you’re interested, drop us a line and we can connect to discuss. Sign Up to Volunteer and Participate Contact Us

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Program Pilot: Local History Games/Puzzles

Mr Local History Puzzles and Games

Post Views: 539 What better way to share New Jersey’s local history then with games. In an effort to create a fun and entertaining teaching method, the Mr. Local History Project presents a number of interactive puzzles and games for kids and adults. Look for different kinds of puzzles, from crossword puzzles to word searches, memory games and more! We’re testing public interest with our first pilot of 2022. If you like the idea of growing our games catalog as part of our education program, please let us know. Feel…

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Widow White’s Tavern in Basking Ridge was more than a Grog Stop

Capture at Widown Whites Tavern - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 14,099 Basking Ridge, New Jersey’s Most Famous Incident At about noon time on December 13,1776, General Charles Lee (1731-1782), was alarmed by Major Wilkinson while he was writing a letter to General Gates about George Washington in an upstairs bedroom of the Widow White’s Tavern. Widow White’s Tavern, named after Ebenezer White’s wife Mary Brown White, became the centerpiece of Revolutionary War history on that day, because It was on this most unfortunate day for General Lee that General Lee became a prisoner of the British Army, leaving…

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Pari Mandalapu Chosen 2021 Ridge High School Mr Local History Scholarship Winner

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Post Views: 1,132 Ridge High School senior Pari Mandalapu is the recipient of the 2021 Mr. Local History Project Scholarship for Community Service in local history. Pari has lived in Basking Ridge most of his life, and has been involved in local history projects for all 4 of his high school years. In addition to being a club swimmer—and member of the Ridge High School varsity swim team—for many years, he also describes himself as an “avid fanatic” of “anything history.” During his time volunteering—he has amassed over 250 hours…

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Why List a Historic District on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places?

Bernards Township Historic Districts - Liberty Corner and Franklin Corners

Post Views: 822 The New Jersey Register of Historic Places is the official list of New Jersey’s historic resources of local, state, and national interest. Created by the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act of 1970 (N.J.S.A. 13:1B-15.128 et seq.) The New Jersey Register is closely modeled after the National Register program. Both Registers have the same criteria for eligibility, nomination forms, and review process. Nearly every municipality in New Jersey has properties significant in architecture, history, archaeology, engineering and/or culture that are eligible for the New Jersey and…

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The Lost Charters of Bernards Township & Bedminster

Post Views: 5,443 UPDATE: While we wrote this piece years ago, the Bedminster Charter came back in the news on October 21, 2019 when it was announced that the Forbes family was donating the charter back to Bedminster Township. The story continues! This is a tale of three Charters in New Jersey that make for a great “what happened” story. Let’s first talk about what a Charter is. A Charter is a document, typically signed by the King of England granting rights to a particular area of land to a prospective…

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Scholarship Donation – Our Gift

Beers 1873 Map Mr Local History Free Map Offer

Post Views: 1,414 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 Ridge and Bernards High Scholarship Funds 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…

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Filmmaker Scott Morris Honors Saving the Great Swamp- The Fight to Defeat the Jetport

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Post Views: 1,513 JOIN US THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 for a VIRTUAL EVENT from 7-8pm. DID YOU KNOW BASKING RIDGE AND OTHER TOWNS WERE ALMOST LOST TO A SUPER REGIONAL AIRPORT IN THE 1960S? Taped: December 3, 2020 Background 61 years ago this December, On Dec. 3, 1959, the Newark Evening News published a story, “Jetport plan unveiled” revealing the Port of New York Authority’s intent to claim 10,000 acres of The Great Swamp in Morris County to build the world’s largest regional airport. Join the Mr. Local History Project as…

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MLH Honors Back to School with Historic School Images From the Somerset Hills

Liberty Corner School in Bernards Township was founded in 1905. Liberty Corner School, located in the Liberty Corner Section of Bernards Township was built in 1905 for a farming community. It is a nationally recognized landmark registered with the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest school in the district.

Post Views: 1,542 Schools in the Somerset Hills area of northern Somerset County have been a mainstay back to the mid-1700s. We honor the history of these memorable facilities in images from various sources now in our digital research archives. For the 2020-2021 school children in the area are finally going back to school in with unique guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But have faith, this look back at our history tells us we will survive, and our children will thrive once again. NOTE:As with all Mr. Local History…

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Education Programs

Educators - Let Mr Local History create a program for your students

Post Views: 1,786 The Mr. Local History Project helps local educators to promote local history in the classroom. From 3rd grade to High School and College, let Mr. Local History work with you to share a history with your students with a fun and social twist. Let Miss Meg, Trustee and our education program lead, work with you to create a program for your audience. We are a small organization so booking in advance is key. Promoting local history to our various audiences is one of our primary mission statements.…

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Congratulations to Annie Kleinle, the 2020 MLH Project High School Student of the Year.

Write Annie a message of good luck.

Post Views: 1,543 Congratulations to our 2020 Ridge High School senior and MLH History Student of the Year – Annie Kleinle. A history volunteer since the MLH was founded, Annie Kleinle has been involved with local history. In addition to her school work and being in the History Maker program, Annie also was an avid athlete participating in soccer, field hockey – North Jersey Section 1 Group 4 championships, and the track and field team on the 100, 200, and 4×400 relay teams. “I really enjoy working with Annie,” said…

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Every Month is Mr. Local History Scholarship Program Giving Month

Mr Local History Scholarship Fund

Post Views: 2,542 Every month is our Scholarship Community Fundraising Giving Month and we need your help! HELP MAKE OUR $1200 GOAL Mr. Local History, a local non-profit organization which celebrates the history of the Somerset Hills, encourages everyone who supports our mission to take part in our scholarship program that is given annually to a worthy Somerset Hills student that’s passionate about preserving and promoting OUR local history. This year has been a particularly tough year with the Covid-19 virus and our non-profit has not had the chance to…

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