CHPS News And Events
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The Cranbury Museum exhibit, Stults Farm, Est. 1915: 100 Years of Family Farming, has been held over through Sunday, August 30, 2015.
The Museum is open most Sundays, 1-4PM.
Historic Cranbury Walking Tours on Sunday, May 24, June 21, July 12, July 26, August 9 and August 23 will begin at at Cranbury Museum at 2PM. For reservations, please call tour guide Richard Moody at 609-651-0693
For a self-guided walking tour, please pick up a copy of the Historic Cranbury Walking Tour booklet that is available in the pocket by the front door of the Cranbury History Center.
Memorial Day Ceremony, May 25, 10:30AM in Brainerd Cemetery and immediately following in Memorial Park will be presented by the New Jersey Civil War History Association.
Memorial Day Parade, May 25, 1PM. Please watch for the Society's float in the parade.
Concert at the Parsonage Barn, June 1, 7PM. Will feature music by the Brass of the First Presbyterian Church under the direction of Pat Bohrs. Please bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the evening of music at the barn on Cranbury Neck Road. near South Main St.
Gil & Bert's will host a fundraiser for CHPS on Wednesday, June 3, 6-8PM Society members will be at the window to serve you. Please come out and for a fun evening!
A special tour will begin on June 7 at 8:45AM at Cranbury History Center and continue with a visit to Monmouth Battlefield Park. For reservations, please call tour guide Richard Moody at 609-651-0693.
The Historic Cranbury House Tour will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10AM - 4PM
The Historic Cranbury Walking Tour DVD is available for $5.00 at the History Center, open Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present
Have you purchased the book, Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present? The hardcover book, with 272 pages and 50 illustrations, was written by Cranbury resident, Rutgers history professor and award winning author, John Chambers. The book, a project of Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., has been very well received since it was made available in May of 2012. It can be purchased for $29.95 at the Cranbury History Center, open Thursday 10:30AM - 1:30PM and at Cranbury Museum, open Sunday, 1-4PM. You may order the book by sending a check for $35.00, made payable to CHPS, to:
CHPS Book Order
6 South Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
Memorial Day 2014
Cranbury Author, John Chambers, wins 2013 Leadership in History Award of Merit
NASHVILLE, TN — June 2013 — The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that John Whiteclay Chambers II is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for his book, “Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present” (Rutgers University Press, 2012). The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement of outstanding state and local history.
A Rutgers history professor and Cranbury resident, Chambers wrote the book for Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., a local preservationist organization. While providing an in-depth history of Cranbury since 1697, he also placed the town’s development in the context of major trends in the history of New Jersey and the nation. In dealing with the town’s historic preservation and balanced economic growth in recent years, Chambers showed how local people influenced their community’s future through effective activity. The AASLH Award affirmed that the book was “an inspiring model for writing local history.”
Since its publication in the spring of 2012, the book has been enthusiastically received in the community, helping to generate a groundswell of interest in the town’s past and in local history. It was featured in several talks and newspaper and magazine articles. The Cranbury Museum sponsored a prize-winning float assembled by local students and the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society added new historic markers and is updated its Village Walking Tour.
Most extensively, with a grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Cranbury Public Library instituted a far-reaching program, “One Book, One Cranbury,” in 2012-2013 that included lectures, reading groups, exhibits, historic tours and even a scavenger hunt, all related to the town’s history.
This spring, Chambers and Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., deposited copies of a expanded “Reference Edition” of the book, an unabridged, bound, typescript containing additional text, plus 600 extensive endnotes and a bibliography of 400 sources, at the Cranbury’s public library, town hall, museum and history center, as well as at the Rutgers University Library, New Jersey Historical Society Library, and the New Jersey State Library and Archives.
The awards program of the AASLH, a national organization with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the AASLH to be held September 20, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Cranbury Township Flag
Cranbury Historical & Preservation Society designed a flag that was approved as the official flag of Cranbury Township. The 2' X 3' flag, on sale for $20.00, features the Cranbury Township seal on both sides against a cranberry background. If you would like to purchase a flag, please visit the Cranbury History Center on Thursday, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. or the Cranbury Museum on Sunday, 1-4 p.m. A limited number of flags are available, so don't wait too long to purchase yours.
Request for Photos
Please contact the History Center if you have photos of Cranbury's Second Presbyterian Church, Parsonage and the first Session House, early photos of the church before the steeple was added, interiors and of the ministers. The 2nd Presbyterian Church was demolished about 1935. The Session House was removed in 1869 and replaced with a chapel known as Westminster House.
Request for Information
The History Center is seeking military information on:
Major James Sutphin
died April 23, 1871 - age 82
His age at death suggests he may have served in the War of 1812 - His grave in the Presbyterian Church needs recognition of his service with a marker and flag.
He was possibly from Monroe Township, South Brunswick or Cranbury, NJ. Please contact the History Center with any information.
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