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Somerset County Historic Preservation and History Awards Winners To Be Honored, May 21

Press release provided by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

BOUND BROOK- Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission liaison, invites the public to attend the 18th Historic Preservation and History Awards program Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the historic Brook Theatre, located at 10 Hamilton St., Bound Brook, NJ 08805.

This awards program was established to increase public awareness of historic preservation, and to recognize and publicly commend individuals and organizations for their contributions in preserving the county’s history.

The evening will begin with a welcome by Freeholder Walsh, followed by a discussion by noted architectural historian Clifford Zink about his award-winning publication, “Natural Beauty Somerset County Parks.”

The achievements of the following honorees will be recognized in the following categories: 

 ~ Preservation/Restoration/Adaptive Use:  Friends of the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead in Basking Ridge for the adaptive re-use of an 18thcentury farmstead into a vibrant arts center.  The Center boasts an art gallery and teaching studios, as well as venues for small concerts, community arts events and theatrical productions.

 ~ Historic Preservation-Leadership:  Elizabeth Palius of Montgomery for her tireless efforts to preserve the Millstone Valley, especially her work to establish the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway and Donald N. Esposito of Bridgewater for 50 years of exemplary leadership for his role  in preserving and promoting historic preservation and history of Somerset County, including the restoration of the General John Frelinghuysen House (Raritan Library).

History PublicationFriends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House for its innovative and informative virtual reality video “In Quarters, Comfortable and Clever: the Continental Artillery at Pluckemin, New Jersey, 1778-1779,” on the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, which is considered to be America’s first West Point.  Also Clifford W. Zink and the Somerset County Park Foundation will be recognized for the beautifully illustrated book “Natural Beauty, Somerset County Parks,” which chronicles the 50-year history of the County Park Commission, including descriptions of each county park and its historic resources.

 A reception with light refreshments, as well as an opportunity to network with key leaders in the Somerset County historic preservation and history community, will follow the awards ceremony.

For more information, contact Historic Sites Coordinator Thomas D’Amico at 908-231-7106 or damico@co.somerset.nj.us.

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