Education is an important part of the Society’s mission to protect and preserve the diverse cultural history of the Somerset Hills. The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) offers many programs for visitors of all ages to discover the people, places, and events that shaped and defined our past. We believe that constant references to common past experiences nurture and sustain a sense of community that links past, present, and future citizens.
Youth Education Programs
The education of youngsters is a cornerstone of THSSH’s mission. Our children’s programs ensure we offer the community learning opportunities for children of all ages. Our goal is to design creative, interactive programs that encourage children to discover history together.
Through programs aligned with the schools of the Somerset Hills, we aim to ensure that students and teachers enjoy meaningful educational experiences. With school curricula in mind, we have created programs for elementary level students that focus on the history of the Brick Academy and show students what life was like for students in the turn of the century (1900). Our goal is to have each student return to the classroom with a greater understanding of the history of our area.
Our children’s programs seek to help students:
- Develop historical thinking skills, including chronological thinking, and recognizing change over time.
- Use critical thinking skills to develop an understanding of the issues and trends of the historical period studied.
- Apply their understanding to examine such historical themes as human movement and interaction, and science and technology during this historical period.
- Recognize the continuing importance of historical thinking and historical knowledge in their own lives and in the world in which we live.
Early American Schoolhouse
Age: 3rd grade students in the Somerset Hills schools
Time: 45 minute classroom experience and an optional 45 minute hands-on educational activity
Teacher / Chaperone Information
The parking lot is adjacent to the Brick Academy. Additional street parking is available.
General Interest for All Ages
Basking Ridge Self-Guided Walking Tour
Rediscover 250 years of history in the village of “Baskenridge.” The village buildings span a variety of periods and styles with the earliest structures dating back to the 1700s. Enjoy human interest facts that include the first public library organized by the Barkalow sisters at their private residence; the vast estate of the Union Army’s Chief Surgeon Horatio G. Whitnall, and a fire that almost destroyed the fashionable Washington House Hotel.