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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:

The annual Student Awards meeting of the Union County Historical Society was held on Sunday, May 15 and was a most informative and enjoyable afternoon. It was a pleasure to meet and learn a little about the outstanding young people who were selected from a record number of highly qualified applicants from high schools throughout Union County. A challenging task, indeed, for our Awards Committee!

Receiving awards were: Regina Arias, Upper Academy, Elizabeth High School; Steven Medina, Union High School; Sara Schatz, Bruriah High School (JEC), Elizabeth; and Frankanthony Guerriero, Westfield High School.

We congratulate those fine students, and wish them well in their future endeavors!

Many thanks also to Awards Committee Chairman, Michael Yesenko and committee members Richard Esperon and Barbara Sokol for a job well done.

Following the Awards ceremony, the large turn-out of members, students, and guests enjoyed and excellent presentation by Marybeth Lapham, Director of the Old First Historic Trust of the First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth – the site where the State of New Jersey began. She presented a most interesting background and update, via power-point, of the exciting developments regarding the church restoration project and the progress of the Snyder Academy as an important civic, cultural, educational, artistic, and historical center in Elizabeth.

Among upcoming events will be a special celebration of Alexander Hamilton, who attended school at that site. The “Young Immigrant Hamilton Tour” will take place on July 7 & 8 in Elizabeth, sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (www.the-aha-society.com). For further information check also: www.snyderacademy.org and www.goelizabethnj.com.

I wish to thank our Trustees, members, and friends for a very successful year of informative meetings, special programs, and enjoyable social events. Your support made it all possible! In the meantime, have a great summer and we’ll see you at our September picnic.

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