History of the US Golf Association Headquarters and Museum

USGA Headquarters and Museum - Bernards Township NJ

Post Views: 3,766 UPDATE:OK, now the story is getting better! The administrative building and the golf museum here, known as Golf House, will remain intact, Janeen Driscoll, USGA director of brand communications, said. The USGA’s The CEO and the majority of its executive team are expected to remain in New Jersey, Driscoll said. The main change will be the closing of the site’s 36-year-old equipment testing center, where golf balls and clubs are tested for conformance to the rules of golf. About 50 full-time USGA employees, or 15 percent of…

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Annin History Book Donated to Bernards Library

Post Views: 92 It took a bit, but finally the book of the 175 year history of the Annin Flag Company has finally made it to the Bernards Library. And what more appropriate day to present the collectible book but on Flag Day, June 14. The book was given to Brooks Betz, who has been working on building a relationship with the Annin Flag Company who is also producing the official Bernards Township Flag for the Mr. Local History Project. But Betz felt that the book belongs to the town,…

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Retrospective: The Soap Box Derby and Ties to New Jersey

Retrospective: The Soap Box Derby in Somerset County NJ

Post Views: 1,178 As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our internet 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 UPDATE: The 2022 14th annual High Bridge Soap Box Derby was held Saturday, June 4, 2022. A beautiful day for a classic event! 2022 High Bridge Soap…

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The American Flag Means Annin in Liberty Corner

Annin Flag Day Banner Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 1,505 Flag Day is celebrated every June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Many don’t know Flag Day has direct ties to two small New Jersey hamlets in Liberty Corner and Middlebrook. Liberty Corner is an American town with an American story. UPDATE: Folding the Flag Annin’s Corner and the Liberty Pole The Mr. Local History Project looks back at one of Liberty Corner, New Jersey’s founding families who are known…

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The Knox Trophy – West Point’s Oldest Military Award

Post Views: 4,236 The Knox Trophy is an award that was established on October 8, 1910 and given annually by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York to the United States Military Academy cadet with the highest rating for military efficiency. Named in honor of the Revolutionary War General Henry Knox, first US Secretary of War. The original trophy, made by Tiffany & Company was originally kept on display in the office of the West Point Commandant and is the oldest continuously presented award at the US…

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Bernards Township Flag Honors Bernards Township’s History

Post Views: 835 For the First Time in 62 Years, Fundraiser Offers Exclusive Annin Flag Company Bernards Township Flag For the first time in 62 years, an original Bernards Township flag by the Annin Flag Company is available as a fundraiser where you can share your pride in the community. This fundraiser offers a large Bernards Township exclusive flag produced by the Annin Flag Company allowing residents to honor Bernards Township. Now is your chance own a piece of our history with the the flag designed by a Bernards Township…

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Retrospective: The Siblings of a 619 Year Oak Tree

Bernards Township Oak Tree Legacy - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 301 On the 5th anniversary of Basking Ridge, New Jersey losing its 619 year oak tree, the Mr. Local History Project has written a story of hope, commitment, honor, history, and township pride. Yes people, there are children of the mighty oak that Basking Ridge residents lost in 2017. As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, updates are made to this post when we learn additional information. We will continue to expand this post as information becomes available. Mr. Local History Research Team “As people of faith, we’re aware…

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Meet (Sir) Francis Bernard Esq. – New Jersey’s Royal Governor

New Jersey's Governor Francis Bernard 1758-1760 - Mr. Local History

Post Views: 336 Our curiousity started with a round table discussion: who is Francis Bernard and should there be a statue of Sir Francis Bernard to recognize his service to New Jersey? Read the story and tell us what you think at the end. It is almost as though the Francis Bernard who governed Massachusetts shortly before the Revolution and the well-liked Bernard who led New Jersey during the French and Indian War were different men. Bernard had arrived in New Jersey at the age of forty-five and had waged…

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

The Besties Mr Local History

Post Views: 7,527 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. Also check out the Facebook Group – Jersey’s Epic Comfort Food group discussion. Best Food Best Bread: Biagios’  (Stirling) Best Meat/Butcher: Green Village Packing Company (Green Village) Best Bagels: Tie: O’Bagel and Bagels 4 – U…

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Baseball’s Bobby Thomson’s 1951 ‘Shot Heard Round the World’ Had Ties to Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Post Views: 597 Many people know of the 1951 Shot Heard Round the World by a man named Bobby Thomson. No other play by play call in baseball history has ever come close to raising the hairs on the back of your neck then that call. But what many many don’t know is that Bobby Thomson, the Giant slugger that won the pennant with that single swing, also lived in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Articles over the years have stated that yes Thomson lived in Staten Island and in Watchung…

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Retrospective: Newark’s McGovern’s Tavern- History & Transformation

The history and transformation of a Newark Icon - McGovern's Tavern

Post Views: 645 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 expand this piece as information becomes available. The story WII be updated as we learn more about the family and the history. So please come back!!!! Mr. Local History Research Team – This is a DRAFT preview story (Work in Progress)Have a story or image to share? Post it in the comments section at the end of the post. Frank McGovern…

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Art and History – Looking for Artists Who Love History

Local art and local history project - Mr Local History

Post Views: 2,897 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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International Women’s Day Honors Women Trailblazers from the Somerset Hills

Post Views: 6,768 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, and Peapack & Gladstone. The official day is March 8, 2022 this year. Click any image below to start the slideshow. Then check out each bio. The…

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History Matters to Downtown Bernardsville

The Mr Local History Project joins Downtown Bernardsville Efforts

Post Views: 350 We are very happy to announce our partnership support to the Downtown Bernardsville revitalization effort in New Jersey and hope that everyone who lives in the area, read the story and then volunteer to support this fantastic local effort to preserve and promote Downtown Bernardsville. Mr. Local History Project If you talk about researching local history in Bernardsville you have to go directly to the Spinning History Room at the Bernardsville Library. When you talk about historic buildings in Bernardsville, you go to the Bernardsville Historic Preservation…

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1932 Krug’s Tavern – Wooden Collectible Honors Jersey’s BEST

Krug's Tavern Anniversary Wooden Keepsake

Post Views: 540 Krug’s Tavern, a shot and beer joint that’s survived thru WW2, the Riots, and gentrification, the four generations continue the family legacy with this legendary New Jersey tavern. Now Krug’s has reached its 90th anniversary and the non Profit Mr. Local History Project honors this monumental achievement introducing a new keepsake collectible of the tavern on wood to honor the 90 years serving New Jersey. 2022 – Krug’s Turns 90 – NJ’s Best Burger Stop Earns HonorsNow A Wooden Keepsake Souvenir Honors Krug’s History To honor the…

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