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News of THSSH’s involvement in the Somerset Hills.

The latest activity of THSSH and local historians in supporting history and historical thinking in the Somerset Hills.

Current News

NEW MUSEUM EXHIBIT at THE BRICK ACADEMY SLAVERY IN OUR OWN BACKYARD

November 27, 2022
The Brick Academy Museum is open to the public 2-4 PM the first Sunday of each month.

Most of us enjoy the beauty and history of the Somerset Hills without giving much thought to the enslaved African-Americans who were brought here by force. Many of us don’t even realize that slavery was a bulwark of New Jersey’s economy well into the 19 the century. In fact, New Jersey had more enslaved African-Americans than any other Northern State except New York.... Learn more

Past News

BARRY THOMSON CHRONICLES DORIS DUKE-“Duchess of Somerset County”

June 12, 2022
Location:  Clarence Dillon Public Library

The press labeled her at birth “The richest little girl in New Jersey.”  For sure she lived an extravagant, tumultuous tabloid life, her many husbands and homes included.  Less chronicled was her and her father’s – Tobacco King James Duke – public beneficence, especially our local treasure The Duke Gardens.  Who better to tell the whole story than  Barry?... Learn more

New Display in Museum

June 6, 2021
Plaster Models of Grotesques for George B. Post’s City College Campus, New York The museum at the Brick Academy will be open the first Sunday of each month beginning in June 2021. On display for the first time will be plaster maquettes of grotesques designed nearly 120 years ago by architectural firm George B. Post... Learn more

Festival of Trees at the Environental Education Center THSSH Tree: “You’ll Go Down in History”

December 1, 2019
December 1-28 (Closed December 24-25 in observance of the Christmas holiday) 9:00 am – 4:30 pm The Festival of Trees is an indoor exhibit of decorated trees by various community groups and individuals. We’re happy to say that the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH) will have their tree added to this exhibit. The... Learn more