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Heritage Commission Awards History Grants
The Morris County Historical Society was one of eight re-grant recipients in 2010. Additional conservation forms will be purchased to properly display and protect costumes from its collection.
he Morris County Heritage Commission (MCHC) History Re-Grant Program has awarded a total of $17,327 in re-grant funding to eight organizations in the county for General Operating Support (GOS) and history projects. Funding for the re-grant program was awarded to the Commission as a GOS grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission. The MCHC re-grants the funds to non-profit organizations based in Morris County with collections or programming relating to the history of the county or the state. The Heritage Commission has received funding for the re-grant program from the New Jersey Historical Commission since 2001. The Boonton Holmes Public Library received an award of $1,000 for a photograph archival project and the Chester Library received $2,500 for an Observer-Tribune newspaper digitization project. The Rockaway Borough Library was awarded $3,027 toward restoration and preservation of town founder Stephen J. Jackson’s portrait. The Heritage Commission also awarded the Morris County Historical Society $1,500 for textile exhibit materials and the Kinnelon Historical Society $1,500 to continue the conservation and preservation of the Scoville photograph collection. The Washington Township Historical Society was awarded $2,000 for archival storage
and collections inventory and management materials. The Township of Roxbury Historic Advisory Committee was awarded a grant of $4,500 for a consultant to prepare a historic district nomination to the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum was awarded $1,300 for ADA compliance equipment. More information about the regrant program or any of the other programs sponsored by the Morris County Heritage Commission may be obtained by calling the commission at (973) 829-8117, visiting our website at MorrisHeritage.org, or by e-mail at Heritage@co.morris.nj.us. v (see History Grants on page 2)
SAVE THE DATE: Practical Tips for the Care of Historical Documents Workshop
March 3, 2010 — Morris County Cultural Center — 6:30-8:30 p.m.
oes your organization need help with archival materials? The Morris County Heritage Commission and the Washington Township Historical Society will cosponsor a workshop, “Practical Tips for the Care of Historical Documents,” to help historical societies and other organizations and individuals care for (see Save the Date on page 2)
e live within one of the most important historical locations in our country: for two long winters, Morris County was the heart and soul of the American Revolution. Our towns and villages are studded with historic architectural and archaeological treasures that contribute to our unique quality of life. It was a recognition of these historical riches, and an acute awareness of the many threats to their preservation, that inspired the Board of Chosen Freeholders to create the Morris County Heritage Commission forty years ago. The Heritage Commission’s mission is to preserve and interpret Morris County’s past for the benefit of its residents. We believe that promoting awareness and public education are the best paths to saving our cultural treasures for future generations. The Commission has developed a wide range of resources to support this mission. First and foremost, the Commission collects, preserves, and maintains the historic archives that document our past – from slave records to saloon licenses. It also publishes a newsletter and historic tour guides, places markers at historic sites, presents educational programs, and offers grant opportunities for local historic organizations. Although budgets are tight at present, the Commission will do its share of belt-tightening, and its work will go on. We will continue to serve the people of Morris County through the dedication of our volunteer commissioners and the superlative work of County Archivist Peg Shultz. Larry Fast, Chairman
(from History Grants on page 1)
The Kinnelon Historical Commission re-grant award was used to conserve and preserve the Scoville photograph collection. The images depict social occasions, landscapes, and aerial views of Kinnelon in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
(from Save the Date on page 1) their historical documents. The program will be presented by certified archivist Joseph M. Ciccone, who has extensive experience managing both library and archival operations. He has conducted workshops for the Mid-Atlantic Region Archive Conference (MARAC) on both copyright law and oral history and served on the board of the New York Archivists Roundtable (NYART). Topics covered will include collection preservation, environment, storage, reformatting/digitization, collection access, arrangement and description, and funding opportunities for nonprofit archival collections. Anyone interested in caring for historical documents should attend. This includes historical societies, history groups, library staff and volunteers, keepers of family history materials, historians from houses of worship with collections, and genealogy groups. The program will be held Wednesday, March 3, 2010, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Morris County Cultural Center. Registration, refreshments, and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held at the same time and place on March 4. The Cultural Center is located on Mendham Road (old Route 24) west of Morristown and east of Mendham. For directions, visit the Morris County Heritage Commission website www.morrisheritage.org. There is no charge for the workshop. Registration is being handled by the Washington Township Historical Society and can be done by email, web, postal mail, or telephone. A registration form will be posted to the Heritage Commission website. Email: email@example.com; web: http:// www.wthsnj.org and click on “Events”; postal mail: WTHS, P.O. Box 189, Long Valley, NJ 07853; and telephone: (908) 876-9696. For email and mail provide your name, email, telephone, and organization/institution. The deadline for registration is March 1. Space is adequate but availability is first come, first served. v
housed, cataloged, and scanned by Princeton University and now all 16,000 sheets are available online. The project began in 2003 and was accelerated in 2009 with a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission. The Sanborn Map Company is the oldest mapping company in the United States. Founded in 1866, the company created detailed building maps of cities and towns all across the country, primarily for use by insurance companies. These maps also have been used extensively by local government agencies for over a century in conducting their daily operations efficiently. Approximately 12,000 American cities and towns are chronicled in the company’s collection of over one million maps. As a result of its history, the name “Sanborn” has become synonymous with this kind of map. Genealogists, local history buffs, city planners, architects, and countless others have been drawn to the quality of detail found in them. The maps are listed in alphabetical order by county, then by municipality, and then chronologically. All the Sanborn records are also available by searching Princeton University library’s online catalog. To view the Sanborn collection on line, go to http://library.princeton.edu/libraries/firestone/rbsc/aids/sanborn/sanborn-web.xls or to view Morris County maps, go to http://library.princeton.edu/libraries/firestone/rbsc/aids/sanborn/morris v
New Jersey History Resource Now New Jersey History Online Available Online he Sanborn Map Company fire insurance maps have been archivally Journal
he journal New Jersey History, founded as the Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society in 1845 and published under the direction of the New Jersey Historical Society until 2005, will be relaunched under the editorial direction of historians at the New Jersey Historical Commission, Kean University, and the New Jersey Historical Society. This peer-reviewed journal will be published online twice a year by the Rutgers University Library. New Jersey History is also supported by the New Jersey Digital Highway, which will provide an additional access point for the journal from its website and will preserve the digital version of the journal via the RU Core preservation platform at Rutgers University Library. Rutgers University Press will help market the new journal, enabling it to reach the broadest possible audience. The editorial staff invites scholars, students, and writers to submit scholarly articles aimed at a non-specialized audience for its forthcoming issues. Essays from all disciplines in the humanities such as law, literature, political science, anthropology, archaeology, material culture, cultural studies, and social and political history with a focus on any aspect of New Jersey’s history are welcome. The staff is also interested in documents, photographs, and other primary source material that could be published with annotations. For additional information about the journal please contact Peter Mickulas at the New Jersey Historical Commission via email at peter. firstname.lastname@example.org. v
1953 Morristown Sanborn Fire Insurance map from the collection at the Morris County Library
George Chamberlain House Placed on NJ Register of Historic Places
he George Chamberlain House in Jefferson Township has been placed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places in December 2009. The house is home to the Jefferson Township Historical Society, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road in Jefferson Township. Built sometime between 1878 and 1880, the house is a one-anda-half story second empire cottage with a mansard roof and is the only example of this architectural style in Jefferson Township. The Jefferson Township Historical Society will have a ceremony to recognize the placement of the George Chamberlain House on the State and National Registers of Historic Places at the Jefferson Township Museum at 4 p.m. on May 22, 2010. All are welcome. The house will be open for tours prior to the ceremony from 3 - 4 p.m. A reception will follow at Casa Bianca from 5 - 7 p.m. The museum is open on the first Sunday of each month from 1 - 4 p.m. and also by appointment. More information on the George Chamberlain House and the Jefferson Township Historical Society can be found on their website www.jthistoricalsociety.org. v
The George Chamberlain House is the only example of second empire architecture in Jefferson Township. It is now on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
NEW HISTORIC HIGHLIGHTS BROCHURES
he Morris County Heritage Commission has published three new Historic Highlights tour brochures featuring Harding Township, Rockaway Township and Victory Gardens/Mine Hill. Each contains a brief local history and photographs and descriptions of several historic sites. Historic Highlights of Harding Township includes historic structures ranging from the simple, late eighteenth century
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Tunis-Ellicks House to the majestic nineteenth century Glen Alpin mansion. Historic Highlights of Rockaway Township includes archeological sites, schools, and churches. The sites are linked to the township’s rich mining and recreational areas. Historic Highlights of Mine Hill and Victory Gardens combines the two municipalities that were once part of Randolph Township. Sites include churches, modest miners’ cottages and governmentbuilt housing. The brochures were prepared with the assistance of Mary Prendergast and Harding Township with the assistance of the Harding Township Historic Preservation Commission; the Historical Society of Rockaway Township; the Ferromonte Historical Society; and the Victory Gardens Borough Council. With the completion of these historic highlights brochures, the Heritage Commission has prepared a brochure for each of Morris County’s 39 municipalities. Free copies of Historic Highlights tour brochures are available through the Morris County Heritage Commission. Currently, Madison and Mendham Borough are out of stock.v
Quips and Quotes from Morris County’s Past
By Peg Shultz
recently had a question about what life was like in Morris County during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The researcher asked if homes were lit by candles and if quill pens were used. By 1910 Edison had perfected the light bulb and made improvements to the fluoroscope and x-ray tube, and the steel alkaline storage battery was a commercial success. Willis Carrier had invented air conditioning in 1902. Mary Willis had invented windshield wipers in 1903 and received a patent for her invention in 1905. The typewriter was in use in most businesses. William Baldwin’s process of making radiators of cast iron brought central heating into the homes of most Americans by the start of the twentieth century. The census was also making news in 1910. Then as now, it raised concerns about the information being collected in terms of how it would be used and by whom. Just as we have public service announcements on television to inform us about the 2010 census, newspapers were running similar information in 1910.
time when other telegraph offices are closed it can be sent from anywhere in the county. Details as to payment for telegrams so received, he says, have not yet been arranged, but he has instructions to receive them in the meantime, and to arrange with the sender for the payment. To give this “never closed” service Mr. Linder has put on an extra operator and three extra messenger boys. Beginning with the middle of the month, night messages of 50 words will be received at the price of ten words to be delivered by the letter carrier on his first morning delivery. These innovations are the result of the telephone-telegraph merger.
Daily Record, February 18, 1910
Applicants High Class, Would-be Census Takers in Morris Co. Few but Good It will take some 50 enumerators to take the census of Morris County which work begins on April 15th. When the examination was held on February 5th, but 29 took it, so that even if all pass it will take nearly as many more. Supervisor Hoagland, however, states that in the 5th congressional district, comprising Morris, Warren and Union Counties, over which he has charge, there have been in the neighborhood of 500 [that have taken] the examination, while but 175 will be needed, so that he thinks there will be plenty who will stand the required test, and they do not have to be assigned where they live to take the census. However, he has power to hold a special examination if necessary. While there were not many in this county to take the examination, they come in for high praise from the supervisor, who states: “The papers we have gone over so far from Morris County are very creditable, as we have some very good men who took the examination, including clergymen, doctors, lawyers, and quite a number of women.” All the enumerators of the district come directly under the supervision of supervisor Hoagland, who, however, will undoubtedly be authorized to appoint some special agents throughout the district to look after the enumerators.
Daily Record, March 5, 1910
Visitors To See Auto Chemical Engine The chief engineer of the Saratoga Springs fire department, accompanied by Mr. Keating of the American LaFrance Fire Engine Company, was in town yesterday and examined the automobile chemical engine. He was taken in the machine on a trip around town by Chiefs Runyon and Day of the local departments and was most favorably impressed with the machine. A committee from Danbury, Conn., is expected here in a few days to examine the machine.
Daily Record, March 1, 1910
Never To Be Closed: Morristown to Have Day and Night Telegraph Service A big step forward in the way of public accommodation is announced by Mr. Linder, manager of the local Western Union telegraph office. Beginning today the office will never be closed. It is to be open day and night, weekdays, Sundays, and holidays. This is a service hitherto only to be had in big cities. The service is of value to all Morris County. Mr. Linder states, as messages are now received by telephone without charge for telephone service, and if the message is sent at a
Daily Record, March 5, 1910
An Airship Destroyer An invention in connection with projectiles to be fired at balloons and airships has recently been made by Herr Wagner, landlord of the Railway Hotel at Eusdetten, near Munster, in Westphalia, Germany. The projectile is so constructed that when it leaves the cannon four knives in the casing open, thus giving the missile greater destructive power.
Daily Record, April 13, 1910
Help the Census Man Requests Director Durand Official Statement as To the Origin, (see Quips & Quotes on page 6)
(from Quips & Quotes on page 5) Purpose and Uses of the United States Census Taken For General Statistical Motives Only. Replies To Enumerators Held Strictly Confidential – The Inquiries Are Defined By Congress – Penalties For Failure To Answer Questions. The enumeration of the population during a census of the United States always presents numerous difficulties, chiefly the apprehension of a large element that their answers to the enumerators’ questions will cause inIt should furnish complete assurance to those concerned that information given the enumerators is held by the census bureau in the strictest confidence with reference to the identity of the informants, as required by the policy of the bureau and commanded by the law of the United States. It is therefore earnestly hoped that the clergymen, priests, physicians, schoolteachers, employers, and other public spirited citizens who come in contact with large numbers of people will co-operate with the census bureau 1910, the census of the United States begins. It occurs every ten years. It is the basis of the distribution among the states of representation in the national House of Representatives. It is also the means by which the United States government ascertains the increase in the population, agriculture, industries, and resources of the nation. It is required by the Constitution and by Act of Congress. Census for Statistical Purposes Only The information sought will be used solely for general statistical purposes. It will neither be published nor used in any other way to disclose facts regarding any individual or enterprise. The census is not, never has been, and cannot be employed to obtain information that can be used in any way in the assessment of property for purposes of taxation or the collection of taxes… . The Questions Regarding Persons The census law with reference to population requires that the enumerators questions shall for each inhabitant call for “the name, relationship to head of family, color, sex, age, conjugal condition, place of birth, place of birth of parents, number of years in the United States, citizenship, occupation, whether or not employer or employee and if employee whether or not employed at the date of enumeration (April 15, 1910) and the number of months unemployed during the preceding calendar year (1909), whether or not engaged in agriculture, school attendance, literacy, and tenure of home and whether or not a survivor of the Union or Confederate army or navy.” Census enumerators wearing badges with “U.S. Census 1910” stamped on them will go from house to house and farm to farm, beginning April 15. They are not to be regarded as spies, detectives, policemen, constables, tax assessors, or officers of any city, county, or state. v
Director of the 1910 Census, E. Dana Durand, holding the census schedule for 1900 with the schedule of 1790 resting between the sizeable pages.
creased taxation, legal entanglements, or injurious consequences to their persons and property. In order to quiet such unfounded fears, which would, unless removed, materially affect the coming census, April 15 next, the census bureau has prepared the subjoined brief statement relative to the decennial census, its origin, purpose, and uses.
by telling persons who are believed to entertain erroneous opinions of the census the real facts, urging them to give full replies to the enumerator. Teachers are particularly requested to speak of the census to the school children and ask them to tell their parents about it. On April 15 in the present year,
C A L E N D A R
Morristown National Historical Park Morris County Historical Society Roxbury Twp Historical Society & Roxbury Historic Trust Morristown National Historical Park Dover Area Historical Society Morristown National Historical Park Whippany Railway Museum Morristown National Historical Park Mt. Tabor Historical Society Montville Township Historical Society Morristown National Historical Park Boonton Historical Society Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum Mt. Tabor Historical Society
E V E N T S
Time and Place For More Information Contact
(973) 543-4030 (973) 539-2016 x 210 www.nps.gov/morr/ planyourvisit/events.htm (973) 267-3465 acornhall.org (973) 927-7603 roxburynewjersey.com (973) 543-4030 (973) 539-2016 x 210 www.nps.gov/morr/ planyourvisit/events.htm (973) 361-3525 doverhistoricalsociety.com (973) 543-4030 (973) 539-2016 x 210 www.nps.gov/morr/ planyourvisit/events.htm (973) 887-8177 whippanyrailwaymuseum.net (973) 543-4030 (973) 539-2016 x 210 www.nps.gov/morr/ planyourvisit/events.htm (973) 586-1564 www.mounttabornj.org (973) 334-3665 or (973) 394-0554 www.montvillenj.org (973) 543-4030 (973) 539-2016 x 210 www.nps.gov/morr/ planyourvisit/events.htm (973) 402-8840 Boontonhistory@yahoo.com (973) 398-2616 hopatcong.org/museum (973) 586-1564 www.mounttabornj.org
Program: Bound to Serve Program: Behind Closed Doors: Health, Hygiene and Sexuality Among the Victorians Open House: King Homestead, King Store and the Silas Riggs Saltbox House Program: Sons of Saint Patrick Program: Photo Collection From Marty Kane Program: Women’s Roles in the Eighteenth Century Easter Bunny Express
Washington’s Headquarters Museum 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Pequannock Twp Library 477 Newark Pompton Tpk Pompton Plains 2 p.m. Ledgewood Historic Park 209-213 Main Street 1 - 4 p.m. Washington’s Headquarters Museum 1 - 3 p.m. Museum House 55 W Blackwell St 7:30 p.m. Washington’s Headquarters Museum 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. 1 Railroad Plaza Rt. 10W & Whippany Rd 1– 4 p.m. Washington’s Headquarters Museum 1 - 4 p.m. The Bethel in Mount Tabor 7 p.m. Montville Township Senior House 356 Main Road 7 p.m. Washington’s Headquarters Museum 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Boonton Senior Center 126 North Main Street 7 p.m. The Arlington 450 Howard Blvd 6 p.m. The Bethel in Mount Tabor 7 p.m. Begin your visit at any of the nine historic sites Noon – 5 p.m. The Bethel in Mount Tabor 7 p.m.
March 20 March 27, 28 and April 3 April 3
Program: Spring at the Huts Program: An 18th-Century Tea Experience presented by Stacy Roth Program: Viewing of the 1914 film Trail of the Lonesome Pines filmed in Montville Program: Revolutionary Times Weekend Program: Boonton Architecture Program: Hopatcong’s Grand Hotels Program: The History of Parsippany presented by Nick Cerbo Be Our Guest: Acorn Hall, Morris Museum, Washington’s Headquarters, SchuylerHamilton House, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Historic Speedwell, and Craftsman Farms Program: Jewels At The Windows Stained Glass Tour and Demonstration presented by Beth Shaw and Mt. Tabor homeowners
(973) 267-3465 acornhall.org
Mt. Tabor Historical Society
(973) 586-1564 www.mounttabornj.org
Speak Up and Out To Preserve NJ History!
he New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office held meetings in February to allow constituents to express opinions about preserving New Jersey’s history in order to update New Jersey’s five-year Historic Preservation Plan. The Historic Preservation Plan will guide New Jersey in emphasizing what is important and in making decisions for expenditures and efforts to protect and preserve the state’s history. A large part of that history happened in Morris County. The Morris County Heritage Commission does its part to educate constituents about history through seminars, publications, exhibits, placing historic markers, and providing grants for local groups, while maintaining the county
archives. While funding is tight these days, a lot continues to be done with few resources in order to preserve local history. We know New Jersey history is important and we want to protect it. Please help by expressing your thoughts on where emphasis should be placed on historic preservation decisions in New Jersey. Your opinion is important and it matters. If you did not make it to a meeting to share your thoughts, please contact Sara Andre by phone at (609) 292-0062 or by email at sara.andre@ dep.state.nj.us For information about the current historic preservation plan: www.state.nj.us/dep/hpo/4sustain/ njhpp.htm v
What Is The CAPES Program and How Can It Help Your Organization?
APES is the Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service, which provides a professional assessment of historical collections (paper items) held by New Jersey archives, libraries, historical societies, and other agencies. The evaluation is conducted by consultants of the New Jersey Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. Your organization may apply for a CAPES grant through the New Jersey Historical Commission. There is no deadline; at your convenience, just submit the form, which is available on the commission’s website www.state. nj.us/state/divisions/historical/grants. You may contact the CAPES Coordinator, Elizabeth Shepard, at (973) 7440191 or email@example.com. v
Publication of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Gene F. Feyl, Director William J. Chegwidden, Deputy Director Douglas R. Cabana John J. Murphy James W. Murray Margaret Nordstrom Jack Schrier
Morris County Heritage Commission PO Box 900 Morristown, NJ 07963-0900 Phone: (973) 829-8117 Fax: (973) 631-5137 www.morrisheritage.org
Morris County Heritage Commission
Larry Fast, Chairman Henry Kafel, Vice Chairman Karen Ann Kurlander, Secretary Tracy Kinsel, Treasurer Dave Bogert Epsey Farrell Kathy Fisher Virginia Vogt James Woodruff Peg Shultz, Archivist
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