Union County Historical Society
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The Union County Historical Society of New Jersey was incorporated by an Act of the 93rd Legislature of the State of New Jersey on April 1, 1869. The objective of this Society is the collection and preservation of all matter of historical relics, books, records, documents, and manuscripts, to stimulate and encourage historical research and the study of history pertaining to the territory originally embraced by Elizabethtown and the present Union County.

The Society exists through the help and generosity of its members. Membership is comprised of citizens who have a common interest in preserving the past. There is no paid staff. The Executive Board and Members perform all Society functions.
Hanson House

A word, or two, from your President:

I am happy to report that the Society’s Annual Luncheon on April 2 was a great success. A fine turnout of members and guests enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon that included good company, a most interesting and informative program, and, of course, delicious food.
Special thanks as well to our outstanding presenter, Dean Poulsen, for an excellent and informative program of music and song. Our talented audience also performed the “sing-alongs” in fine voice!

The Society’s Vice-President, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, presented an excellent talk on her latest book, which chronicles the struggles endured by the women in her family, and many women of that era, during the difficult years following the Civil War. The talk was most effective in focusing on a much neglected aspect of that terrible war.

Many thanks to Joanne and all who made it such a memorable event!

Please join us on Sunday May 21, at the Hanson House for our annual Student Awards Program. Once again, we will be recognizing outstanding history students from high schools throughout the County. It is always a pleasure to meet these fine young people and their families. Mark your calendars!

Thank you, and please know we appreciate your continued support!
Charles Shallcross

Our meetings are held at the Dr. Carl Hanson House, 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford and begin at 2:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

In Memoriam

Former Presidents and Trustees of the Union County Historical Society -
Robert Fridlington 1930-2015 and Richard T. Koles 1927-2015.
We are saddened by the loss of these two friends, and will
always remember their great contributions to our Society and to local history.

Union County Historical Society
38 Springfield Avenue Cranford NJ