LONG HILL TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY
MEETING DATES & PROGRAMS

Meetings are held at the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad building, 949 Valley Road, Gillette, between the Town Hall/Library complex and the Valley Mall; park behind the First Aid Squad building in the spaces away from the building, or in the Town Hall parking lot. Meetings and presentations start at 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public- Refreshments will be served.

(alternate location only by special announcement: at the restored Millington School House/Old Town Hall, 1802 Long Hill Road, Millington.)


2017 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE

  • Thursday Evening, February 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

    Our guest speaker will be Linda Barth, who will discuss the Delaware and Raritan Canal. Ms. Barth is active in the D&R Canal Watch, a group that helps to protect the historic Delaware & Raritan Canal in central New Jersey.

    Ms. Barth has combined her interest in canals with writing, and has produced travel articles and books. Two of her volumes for Arcadia Publishing are The Delaware and Raritan Canal and The Delaware and Raritan Canal at Work. She also wrote a children's book, Bridgetender's Boy, about the son of the canal worker, who moved the bridge out of he way so that boats could pass through. A few years ago Ms. Barth was asked to write some articles for the Encyclopedia of New Jersey.

    Ms. Barth is a retired fourth-grade teacher, formerly working in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District in Somerset County, New Jersey.

  • Thursday Evening, March 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

    NJ History from 1664 to Present by Michael Aaron Rockland Professor and Chair, Department of American Studies, Rutgers University.

    1664 is the date the term “New Jersey,” named for the English Isle of Jersey, began to be used—even though the Dutch had considered it part of New Netherlands earlier and, of course, Native Americans had been here for thousands of years. But there were two Jerseys, West and East, and it would be many years before New Jersey became a single colony. Those uncertain origins, aided by having New York and Philadelphia bracketing it, has been part of New Jersey’s uncertainty about itself right down to today.

    This lecture will also deal with the term “Garden State” as a misnomer and suggest an alternative nickname. It will also look into why New Jersey has been going through something of a renaissance in recent years.

    This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.in Somerset County, New Jersey.

  • Thursday Evening, April 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

    Everyone loves the Jersey Tomato! by food historian Judith Krall-Russo.

    Discover where the tomato originated and why it became one of New Jersey’s favorite crops. Find out when New Jersey was known for its tomato packing industry and what happened to it. Did you know that tomatoes were considered poisonous at one time and it was a New Jerseyean who decided to prove everyone wrong? Hear about heirloom varieties and modern hybrids and the folklore attached to this fruit..

    This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Thursday Evening, May 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

    Remember When? by Philip E. Jaeger.

    The program focusses on 20-plus historical events introduced by relevant popular songs. Events are memorable moments primarily in the areas of entertainment, sports, transportation, politics and business. Years covered range from the late 1930s through the end of that century. It is anticipated that audience participation will be an integral part of the program. 

    Philip E. Jaeger is a lifelong New Jerseyan. He was born and raised in Irvington. After graduating from Irvington High School, he received his undergraduate degree from Upsala College. He then served in Counterintelligence Corps in the U.S. Army, and subsequently earned a Master's degree in statistics from Rutgers University.
     
    After working in two historic buildings in New York City, first with Shell Oil at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and then with Lever Brothers at Lever House at 390 Park Avenue, in 1974 Phil began a second career as a mathematics and computer science teacher. He taught at Millburn High School for more than 20 years, retiring in 1994. As a testament to his teaching career, he still keeps in touch with many of his former students.
     
    Phil has lived in Cedar Grove with his wife of more than 45 years, Jean, since 1964. They currently live in the house in which Allen B. Du Mont made significant advances in the cathode ray tube, which was used in televisions and computer monitors until the early 21st century.
     
    Phil is currently a trustee of the Passaic County and Cedar Grove Historical Societies, and is a former member of the board of directors of the Canal Society of New Jersey. For more than 40 years he has also been a member of the Metropolitan Railroad Club. In addition to making presentations at historical societies, libraries, civic groups, and other organizations, he is frequently consulted on historical matters in northern New Jersey and for his large archive of postcards, maps, and New Jerseyana.


2016 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016 7:30 "PHONOGRAPHS AFTER EDISON"  speaker  Larry Fast (First Aid Squad)
  • Sunday, March 20, 2016  3 PM "COLONIAL NEW JERSEY FROM CONTACT TO REVOLUTION"  speaker  Jonathon Mercantini (Millington Schoolhouse) This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the NJ Council for the Humanities.
    The first part of his talk will explore the creation of New Jersey and the origins of the state's most distinctive features that remain today. We will hear of the state's growth as an agricultural center and a key transportation network. He will consider land ownership and taxation on the eve of revolution.
    Our speaker, Jonathan Mercnatini, Chair of the Department of History at Kean University, worked in 2014 with the NJ Historical Commission on plans for the 350th anniversary of New Jersey. He received Emmy nominations for his work on "It Happened Here--New Jersey," weekly series on NJ topics featured on NJ Public TV and online.
  • Thursday, April 28, 2016  7:30 PM  "THE LENAPE OR DELAWARE INDIANS" speaker  John Kraft (at Millington Schoolhouse).

    John Kraft, director of Lenape Lifeways Educational Programs, Inc. is an archaeologist/educator who has presented thousands of programs on the Lenape or Delaware Indians of New Jersey. The program covers the region's 12,000 years of Native American history with a focus on the formation of the Lenape culture. There will also be clothing, masks, tools and musical instruments for all to see and handle.

    This program is free and open to the public. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the NJ Council for the Humanities.

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:30 PM   "STEP INTO THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVES" (Millington Schoolhouse) -spealkers Rene Phelan and Kelly Roshto. See some recent additions to the archives which have been donated to the society within the past year and discover the stories they tell. Also, meet the winner of our 2016 Historical Essay Contest.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:30 PM   "1933 JOURNAL BY MILLINGTON MAN"  speakers  Kelly Roshto and Guy Roshto (Millington Schoolhouse)

  • Thursday , Sept. 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Our September speaker will be Phil Jaeger.  He will speak about the Passaic River and its importance to our area.  We will follow the river from Mendham to Kearny at Newark Bay.

  • Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Our speaker is Guy Roshto.  Guy has found some old maps and aerial views of our town about the time our town was founded.

  • Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Our November speaker is Larry Gaulke. His topic is a "Tour of WW1 Battlefields".

  • No meetings in Decmber 2016 or January 2017

2015 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Meetings are held at the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad building, 949 Valley Road, Gillette (between the Town Hall/Library and Valley Mall). Meetings and presentations start at 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public- Refreshments will be served.

  • February 12, 2015 The History of the Long Hill Township Police Department. Sgt Ted Bremer, who has written a book on the subject, and Det. Gary Bauer will share their knowledge with stories and pictures.  Do you know how many policemen we had to start or where the police dept. was located?  Come and find out and more interesting facts.
  • March 12, 2015 Jim DelGiudice, a photo journalist and lifetime Morris County resident will tell stories of Morris Co. most famous and not so famous historical characters.  One a real-life Indiana Jones and another a ghost who just won't leave and many more.
  • April 9, 2015 Topic, "Long Hill in Past, Present and Future" by Guy Roshto. The talk will focus on local events that have had a lasting effect on our township history.  Events like farming, road building, business. education and government.
  • May 14, 2015 Meet the young people who won the contest of writing what they like about Long Hill Township that is old and new. Extra parking at the library.
  • June 11, 2015 Thanks to Gus Schmidt we have a 60 Yr. old map of Passaic Twp. with a Chamber of Commerce Directory. Dennis Sandow will talk about changes to the map and town over 60 yrs.  View the map and everyone is invited to add what they remember. You may be surprised how things changed.

No meetings during July and August 2015

  • September 10, 2015 Joe Macasek, President of the Canal Society of NJ, President of the Roebling Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology and Director of Communications for the Friends of Historic Speedwell will present our September program. Mr. Macasek will speak about the Morris Canal.
  • October 22, 2015 PART 2: "What Ever Happened To..." Thanks to Gus Schmidt we have a 60 Yr. old map of Passaic Twp. with a Chamber of Commerce Directory. Dennis Sandow will talk about changes to the map and town over 60 yrs.  View the map and everyone is invited to add what they remember. You may be surprised how things changed.
  • November 12, 2015 War Reminiscences (tentative)

No meetings in December 2015 or January 2016


2014 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Meetings are held at the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad building, 949 Valley Road, Gillette (between the Town Hall/Library and Valley Mall). Meetings and presentations start at 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public- Refreshments will be served.

  • March 13, 2014 "New Brunswick and the Civil War" by Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi
  • April 10, 2014 "Postage Stamps as Tools in Telling American History" by Peter Cerrato. Come and bring your stamp collector friends.
  • May 8, 2014 **THIS MONTH ONLY AT THE LONG HILL TOWNSHIP LIBRARY** Our speakers will be Jane Hecht and Ming Hsu.  They will tell us about the work of Professor Hsu, local Chinese American Artist. We will see some of his works and he will join us if health permits.
  • June 12, 2014 Our speaker is Israel Sierra, Jr.  His topic is INVENTORS AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND THEM

No meetings during July and August

  • September 11, 2014 Our speakers are Robert Brandt and Guy Roshto. Topic:  MASON DIXON LINE
    Did you know it's original purpose was to settle a family feud?
  • October 9, 2014 Our speaker will be Walter Choroszewski, a well known photographer and speaker.  His topic will be "Timeline New Jersey" which received an award of recognition from the NJ Historical Commission in 2011.
  • November 13, 2014 Larry Gaulke will be our speaker. His topic is the Iron Division in the Muese-Argonne, WW1. He will take us on a walk thru the woods where PA. dough boys fought.  With words and pictures he will tell us what PA did in battle.
  • December 11, 2014 Ted Bremer, Gary Bauer: History of the Long Hill Police Department

2013 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Meetings are held at the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad building, 949 Valley Road, Gillette (between the Town Hall/Library and Valley Mall). Meetings and presentations start at 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public- Refreshments will be served.

  • February 14, 2013 Mr. Nicolas Platt, Deputy Mayor of Harding Township (descendant of Hartley Family) will bring photographs and stories of the Marcellus Hartley Dodge and Geraldine Rockefeller family to our February meeting.  Come and bring a friend.  He will cover the years 1870-1970, touch on the end of the Gilded Age and conclude with the threat of the Jet Port, which would have changed the landscape of Morris County and Long Hill Twp.
  • March 14, 2013 Brigadier General William Alexander: Lord Stirling" by George Helmke
  • April 11, 2013 Larry Fast will present a video at the April 11, 2013 meeting. "A 1986 Drive Down Valley Road" was shot 27 years ago. See what has changed and what hasn't from the Berkeley Heights to Bernards Twp. borders plus some bonus scenes. The recent past becomes history.
  • May 9, 2013 Tom Behr will speak of Long Hill's historical roots and our town's charm and appeal. His photos illustrate how early architectural styles have created the character of Long Hill Twp.
  • June 13, 2013 Bob Brandt & Guy Roshto: Formation of the County System

    summer vacation

  • September 12, 2013 Sarah W. Stanley: "An Overview of F.E. & F.O. Stanley: The Inventors of the Stanley Steam Car and A Local Connection to NJ" by Sarah W. Stanley - Great granddaughter of FE Stanley.

    Overview of F.E. Stanley & F.O. Stanley: Inventors of the Stanley Steam Car + A Stanley Family Connection to Chatham, NJ in the 1800's. Francis Edgar Stanley & Freelan Oscar Stanley, twin inventors of the Stanley Steam Car. There will be an overview of the inventors lives, family & accomplishments, including the development of the Stanley Steam Car and of The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. Lecture also includes a Stanley family connection to Chatham, NJ in the 1800's.

  • October 10, 2013 Chuck Whitmore: "Changes in Land Use in the Great Swamp"

  • November 14, 2013 Siobhan Fitzpatrick: "Old Taverns of Morris County"

  • December 12, 2013 Sgt. Ted Bremer and and Det. Gary Bauer will discuss the history of the LHT Police Dept.

    2012 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE

    Meetings are held at the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad building, 949 Valley Road, Gillette (between the Town Hall/Library and Valley Mall). Meetings and presentations start at 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public- Refreshments will be served.

    • February 9, 2012 "Pictures of the Swamp" by Jane Kendall. Jane will show images of Harding and the Swamp.
    • March 8, 2012 "Liberty" by Kevin Woyce. He will discuss the Statue of Liberty with us.
    • April 12, 2012 "A Visit From The Past", a time capsule by Helena Tielman
    • May 10, 2012 "From Hells Gate to the Golden Gate" by Laurie Gaulke
    • June 14, 2012 "History of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Cemetery" by George Fricke

    summer vacation

    • September 13, 2012 "Morristown History Through Old Postcards" by Bonnie Lynn Nadzika
    • October 11, 2012 "History of the Stirling Fire Company" by Frank Reilly. The Stirling Volunteer Fire Company, along with the Millington Volunteer Fire Company, will celebrate jointly the 100th anniversary of both companies on Saturday, June 15 with day-long activities, including a parade up Main Avenue, a festival on the grounds in back of grades 6-8 Central Avenue School, and fireworks at night.
    • November 8, 2012 "Maps" by Guy Roshto
    • December 13, 2012 "A U.S. Soldier Behind The Iron Curtain" by Frank Reilly

    2011 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE

    Meetings are held at the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad building, 949 Valley Road, Gillette (between the Town Hall/Library and Valley Mall). Meetings and presentations start at 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public- Refreshments will be served.

    • February 10, 2011 "Maritime Museums and Boat Shows at the Jersey Shore" by Chet Ehrman a Basking Ridge resident, who summers at the shore and is involved in activities there..
    • March 10, 2011 "Encountering the Suffragists" by Laurie Gaulke. Celebrating the struggle for women's rights presented by Laurie Gaulke, actress, storyteller and a resident of Long Hill Township,
    • April 14, 2011 "Washington's Campaign of 1781" by Michael Yesenko, a teacher and Supervisor of Social Studies at Union High School. He has been Union Township's Historian for over 30 years. He has written five books on Washington's campaigns in New Jersey.
    • May 12, 2011 "New Jersey Proprietors from 1664" by Bob Brandt a resident of Stirling and a member of the Historical Society who has presented other interesting subjects. Bob will help us learn of the function and importance of the Proprietors in the development of New Jersey as a colony.
    • June 9, 2011 "History in Motion" by David Welch, a resident and major past politician of Long Hill Township, has a unique hobby of restoring antique military vehicles. His presentation will give us a look into his hobby at the June meeting.

    summer vacation

    • September 8, 2011 "I've Been Working on the Railroad---50 Years Ago" by Frank Reilly a resident of Stirling and member of the Long Hill Historical Society who has presented other interesting programs from his career in railroading.
    • October 13, 2011 "Old Millington Schoolhouse Renovation Update" by Guy Roshto, a resident of Millington and member of the Long Hill Historical Society. Guy is knowledgeable about the plans and actions of the renovation of the Millington Schoolhouse (the old Town Hall).
    • November 10, 2011 "East and West Jersey Incorporation" by Bob Brandt
    • December 8, 2011 "Wild About Harriet" by Laurie Gaulke. Take to the skies with America's true "First Lady of the Air." Harriet Quimby was the first licensed woman American pilot, only 8 years after the Wright brother's historic flight, and was the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel in 1912. Learn about her at the December meeting.

    2010 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE

    • February 11, 2010 "Stoneware of the 18th to 20th Centuries" by David Breslauer
    • March 11, 2010 "Women's Suffrage"
    • April 8, 2010 "Hannah Caldwell & The Battle of Connecticut Farms" by Barbara Grillo
    • May 13, 2010 " A Visit to Paul Vickery's Collection of Antique Vehicles" at the former Clancy Farm, Millington; Antique Vehicles in a classic old towship barn.
    • June 10, 2010 "The Old Mine Road" by Bob Brandt (Many historians believe that the Old Mine Road is the oldest continuously used road in the nation. It is 104 miles long running from Kingston, N.Y. to the Delaware Water Gap.)

    summer vacation

    • September 9, 2010 "New Jersey Country Houses: The Somerset Hills" by W. Barry Thomson, Introduced by Walter S. Carell
    • October 14, 2010 "Millionaires, Mansions and Maids: The Gilded Age in Morris County" Presented by the staff of the Morris County Historical Society.
    • November 11, 2010 "The War Man--The True Story of a Citizen Soldier Who Fought from Quebec to Yorktown" by Robert Mayers. This fascinating story will be presented by a direct descendent of the Revolutionary soldier, Corporal John Allison is the subject of this presentation at the November meeting.
    • December 9, 2010 "Mrs. Fezziwig's Christmas" by Laurie Gaulke

    2009 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE
    • February 12, 2009 "Thomas Edison" by the Thomas A. Edison National Historic Site, West Orange, NJ.
    • March 12, 2009 "Back Roads of Morris County" by Jim DelGuidice
    • April 9, 2009 "Life in the Slow Lane" by Lois Hockenbury
    • May 14, 2009 "Morris County Canal" by David Phraner
    • June 11, 2009 "Tour Basking Ridge Presbyterian Cemetery" by George Fricke

    summer vacation

    • September 10, 2009 "Riding The Rails on the Gladstone Branch" byFrank Reilly
    • October 8, 2009 "George Washington-Retreat to Victory" by Alf Walton
    • November 12, 2009 "Walnut Grove-Cyrus McCormick's Homestead" by Walter Carell
    • December 10, 2009 "Christmas Program" "Christmas of Olde" Bring an item to show or tell of an event (or both) from a past Christmas at the December meeting.

    2008 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE
    • February 14, 2008 "The Silk Mills of Stirling" by Rene Phelan
    • March 13, 2008 "Mary Todd Lincoln" by Laurie Gaulke
    • April 10, 2008 "Buried Artifacts" by Rick Pressl
    • May 8, 2008 "Local Scouts Go to Philmont N.M. 1980" by Willy Paralari
    • June 12, 2008 "Jockey Hollow Soldier" by Tom Winslow

    summer vacation

    • September 11, 2008 "National Register of Historical Places" by Kathleen Galop
    • October 9, 2008 "Theodore Roosevelt-His Life and Times" by Charles McSorley
    • November 13, 2008 "1870's Agriculture in the Great Swamp" by Charles Whitmore
    • December 11, 2008 "The Story of Mary Hudspeth Benson" by Rev. Victoria Geer McGrath

    2007 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE
    • February 8, 2007 "The National Wildlife Refuge Right In Our Own Backyard" by Dorothy Smullen
    • March 8, 2007 "George Catlin - Painted the Wild West" by Alf Walton
    • April 12, 2007 "Basking Ridge Churchyard Update" by George Fricke
    • May 10, 2007 "The Jersey Devil" by Angus Kress Gillespie
    • June 14, 2007 "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About the Morris County Historic Trust" by Larry Fast
      • What is the Trust Fund, who is eligible, where does this year's $2 million come from, which historic sites have been helped?

    summer vacation

    • September 13, 2007 Do it Yourself "Antiques Road Show"
    • October 11, 2007 "Barns Are Noble" by Mark Pilipski
    • November 8, 2007 "Pictures of the Great Swamp" by Sherb Naulty
      • Sherb Naulty, a resident of Gillette, is a photographer of note who has turned his former occupation into a serious hobby. He has long had a passionate interest in The Great Swamp and will share that interest in pictures at the November meeting.
    • December 13, 2007: "A Kaleidoscope of Color for Christmas"
      • Peg Arnold, a member of the Long Hill Township Historical Society, will present the history of kaleidoscopes and have many from her collection to demonstrate the "colors" at the December meeting.

    2006 MEETING AND PROGRAM SCHEDULE


    Thursday, September 14, 2006 "Is it a Duck or a Weasel?" by David Welch (about rebuilding vintage military vehicles)


    October 12, 2006 - "The Return of George Washington" Alf Walton returns to a part of the life of our first president that we never knew existed.


    November 9, 2006 - "New Jersey Architecture" Suzanne Hand, an historic preservationist, will present a slide program of a chronological overview of the state’s architecture from the 18th through the 20th centuries, with a focus on residential, civic and institutional buildings. The talk will compare architectural styles and building types to broader issues in American culture. It will examine how technology, materials and taste have an impact on architecture, and how buildings change over time.
    The free program is offered through the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the N.J. Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities


    December 14, 2006 - Christmas Party


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