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Chemerka to Trace 350 Years of New Jersey History at Madison Historical Society’s Annual Dinner Meeting

Bill Chemerka to Speak at Historical Society Annual Dinner Meeting Credits: Chemerka Publicity Photo

MADISON, NJ – The Madison Historical Society’s Annual Dinner Meeting will take place on Thursday May 15 at the Madison Hotel, at One Convent Road in Convent Station. The society’s guest speaker will be the very popular former Madison High School history and economics teacher Bill Chemerka, who will trace "350 Years of New Jersey History in 45 Minutes."

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available from 6:00 PM.  The dinner and meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.  The cost is $55 per person, and reservations can be made by calling the Society at 973-377-0722 Ext 8.  Callers are asked to leave a message, and a Society member will promptly return their call.

“To try to capture three hundred and fifty years of New Jersey history in forty-five minutes is a monumental challenge, but I am sure Bill Chemerka is up to it.  As always, his presentation will be both educational and very entertaining,” stated Society Vice President and Program Chairperson Cathie Coultas. 

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Bill Chemerka is an award-winning educator, writer, re-enactor, lecturer, and actor.  From 1973 to 2002 he taught American history and economics at Madison High School, where he earned nearly 20 teaching awards, including the DAR’s “Outstanding Teacher of American History in the State of New Jersey,” the “Governor’s Teaching Award” and four “Barret-Caprio Teaching Awards.”  He was also a multiple honoree of “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” and was the only teacher in 2001 to receive the New Jersey Historical Commission’s prestigious “Award of Recognition.” 

Chemerka has also had a thriving acting career with appearance in productions from The Happening, the Naked Gun series, Smell of Fear, Gods and Generals, The Last of the Mohicans, Glory, and The Soparnos.

He has been an on-camera consultant for numerous History Channel productions and was a writer for the Channel’s 2004 Emmy-nominated documentary, First Invasion: The war of 1812 and is the author a number of books, four of which – C. C. and the Alamo Cats, Juan Seguin, The Alamo from A to Z, and Fess Parker: TV’s Frontier Hero – were all published in 2011.  His most recent book, Joseph Warren Revere: The Gothic Saga of Paul Revere’s Grandson, traces the illustrious life of Revere, who lived in Morristown and who served in the US Navy, circumnavigated the globe, and fought in both the Mexican and American Civil Wars.

The Madison Historical Society’s role is to assemble, record, and preserve all matters of historical interest concerning Madison and its residents.  Formed in 1922 to preserve the old Bottle Hill Tavern, the Society has organized a significant collection of historic documents, maps and photographs over the intervening years. These are housed at the Local History Center at the Madison Public Library.  For more information about the Society or to inquire about membership, call 973-377-0722, ext 8 or visit the Society’s website at

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