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

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

Post Views: 123 So 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…

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2021: Honoring Far Hills, New Jersey Centennial

Post Views: 120 NOTE: The Borough of Far Hills is planning for its 100th anniversary, with Council President Karner and the mayor’s wife, Janis Vallone, spearheading “what will be a great community event on May 15,2021 with a parade and picnic for Far Hills residents.” The festivities will begin with a parade starting at the Far Hills Train Station, continuing down to Peapack Road and ending at the monument in front of our municipal building. Mayor Vallone will read a Proclamation commemorating this great event. A time capsule will also…

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Three Most Historical Moments That Changed Basking Ridge & America

#3localhistoryeventchallenge - 3 Greatest Moments in Basking Ridge History

Post Views: 270 PREVIEW RELEASE – PUBLIC INPUT INVITED – While an editorial, this preview piece is a way to promote the three most important events in our towns history. Feel free to comment at the end of the story. On the internet, we’ve created the #3LOCALHISTORYEVENTCHALLENGE where you share your town’s three most historic events. As the historian for Bernards Township, representing Bernards Towns#hip and its four hamlets is a great honor and I’m always looking for ways to showcase local history to residents, neighbors, and friends that haven’t…

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Somerset Hills Historic Cat’s Meow Village Collection is Expanding Across New Jersey

Somerset Hills Historic Cat's Meow Village Wooden Collectibles exclusively at the Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 43 The MLH Project is proud to announce that the Somerset Hills Historic Village is Joining the New Jersey Historic Village Collection as part of the world famous Cat’s Meow Wooden Keepsake Collection The New Jersey Historic Village keepsake collection is a wood painted collectible series honoring historic iconic buildings, properties, and fixtures that are part of the historic fabric of New Jersey’s history. Each keepsake was selected based on community feedback and a voting process. Brooks Betz stated, “we’re really excited to see how the public reacts…

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Retrospective: Why Bernardsville was Called Vealtown

Vealtown also known as Bernardsville on 1814 Map

Post Views: 172 It’s an age old question. And the internet didn’t know the answer. So the Mr. Local History Project went digging. Why was Bernardsville once called Vealtown? Our research started with a post on social media because yes there are a lot of smart people out there. Next, we started digging into our vast archive of data, maps, stories, articles and reference material, knowing we’ve seen the term “Veal Town” before. Maps are always a great place to start. But why “VEAL”? What is veal anyway. First –…

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Vote for Bedminster’s Most Historic Icons

Post Views: 112 Hey Bedminster, we’d love your opinion. We’re looking to hear what the public think’s is the most historic icon in Bedminster. Vote in the Series:Know Bernardsville? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bernards Township? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bedminster? Vote for their most historic Click Here Loading…

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Retrospective: Snowstorms and Sledding in The Somerset Hills

Snowstorm History - Somerset Hills

Post Views: 305 Snow is an interesting thing. Some love it. Some hate it. But when there’s a major storm in the area there’s the battle between getting a snow day, and whether to play in it or dread dread removing it. The Mr. Local History Project went digging (figuratively) to shovel thru past records to see when the area experienced heavy snowfall in our local history. Then we added the most historic sledding spots. One of the interesting things we learned about recording snowfall totals is that it’s a…

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Vote for Bernards Township’s Most Historic Icons

What are Bernards Township's Most Historic Icons - Mr Local History Survey

Post Views: 198 Hey Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Lyons and West Millington, we’d love your opinion. What are Bernards Township’s most historic icons? We’d like to hear what you have to say. Curious what you think. Choose up to three. Vote in the Series:Know Bernardsville? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bernards Township? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bedminster? Vote for their most historic Click Here Loading…

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Vote for Bernardsville’s Most Historic Icons

What are Bernardsville's Most Historic Icons - Mr Local History Survey

Post Views: 236 Hey Bernardsville, we’d love your opinion. What are Bernardsville’s most historic icons? We’d like to hear what you have to say. Curious what you think. Choose up to three. Vote in the Series:Know Bernardsville? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bernards Township? Vote for their most historic Click HereKnow Bedminster? Vote for their most historic Click Here Loading…

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Holiday Cards for Veterans -#cardsforvets

Lyons VA - Mr Local History Project Card for Vets Project

Post Views: 126 In a year filled with challenge and heartache the Mr. Local History brought a little holiday cheer by presenting their #cardsforvets, a program that connected the community with local veterans. Cards for Veterans were presented at the Lyons VA on Monday to spread a little cheer in a difficult time. It seems like a lifetime ago but it was only a year ago when children and their parents gathered at the Washington House in Basking Ridge and wrote out holiday cards for our veterans. Those cards were…

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Reflection: Basking Ridge Christmas Eve Community Sing

Post Views: 6,537 The Basking Ridge Christmas Eve Sing went VIRTUAL for the first time in 97 years. The Annual Christmas Eve Community Caroling on the Village Green in Basking Ridge was produced and broadcast to the world virtually on December 24, 2020 for the first time due to the Corona virus public gathering restrictions. The History of the Christmas Eve Sing Every year on December 24th for 97 years starting promptly at 7pm on what’s known as “The Green”, residents, families, friends, and guests in Basking Ridge, New Jersey…

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Lost New Jersey Racetracks Project

Lost Racetracks of New Jersey - Mr. Local History Project

Post Views: 493 Boy this has turned into an obsession. We keep digging and we keep finding more and more racetracks that were once in New Jersey! Have one to share? The Mr. Local History Project is a non-profit organization that picks up on great local stories in New Jersey. The Lost New Jersey Racetrack-Racers Project is to shine the light on the great motorsports history in New Jersey. For example, did you know there was actually a 1.5 mile wooden oval built in New Jersey to rival the Indianapolis…

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Bring Auto Racing Back to Paterson New Jersey

Lost Raceways of New Jersey - Paterson's Hinchcliffe Stadium

Post Views: 374 The former mayor of Paterson, Joey Torres, had committed to seeing the restoration of the stadium by the end of his term in 2018. He left office in 2017 and accepted a plea deal in response to charges of corruption. Further improvements to the stadium may come with the efforts to upgrade the area around the Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park. Hinchliffe Stadium was named after Mayor John Hinchliffe, who made his fortune from Hinchliffe Brewing before it closed due to Prohibition. After the 1932 opening, for decades onward, the…

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Harry Robinson – A Look at His Wooden Sculptures around Somerset Hills

Harry Robinson Sculptor - Bernardsville Mr. Local History

Post Views: 256 Based at his home studio in Bernardsville, a structural engineer by profession sat Harry Robinson, an artist sculptor who changed the landscapes of outdoor spaces all across the county. A former zeppelin pilot in the Air Force and Maplewood, New Jersey transplant, Robinson had a gift, it just took him a while to recognize that sculpting would be his artistic legacy. We look back at his work and remember the history he left behind. Over 23 years Harry created over 50 statues and was the only artist…

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Come Make a Wish: Community Wish Tree for the Holiday Season

Basking Ridge Community Wish Tree - Mr Local History

Post Views: 279 COMMUNITY PROJECT – 2020 just keeps on giving. Our team was looking to create a great community tree for the 2020 Festival of Trees over at the Environmental Community Center in Basking Ridge – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID! We have an idea, but need your support. We would have used our artificial tree but it only is for indoor use. This has to go outdoors. So we promise to purchase one right across the street at Bishop Janes. We have chosen local business Gerald York Opticians to…

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