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Bridgewater Council Considering Potential Historical Preservation Committee

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The idea of creating a historical preservation committee has again been broached by the Bridgewater Township Council.

Councilman Filipe Pedroso brought up the idea at a recent council meeting, and asked if the town had the right to establish such an entity.

Township attorney William Savo said it does.

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“There’s really no place in town to preserve its history, or donate artifacts,” Pedroso said. “There’s no official place to do that. We’re losing an opportunity to preserve history.”

Pedroso said he wants any committee that was established to be an official one, where individuals and groups could donate photographs, videos and other items. He said he is in the process of interviewing a 100-year-old Bridgewater resident, and recording that interview for posterity.

“There’s so many people like that,” said Pedroso, who added that he would donate his recording to the township.

Other council members said they would be interested in the idea, and a historical preservation committee is likely to be discussed again at a future date.

In December, the council tabled a pair of resolutions that would have potentially brought grant money to the township for the historic preservation of the Lane-Brokaw House on Milltown Road, a structure that dates back to the American Revolution. The project remains under further study and discussion.

The Somerset County Historical Society received a $24,000 grant from the county in November to be used for the Derrick Van Veghten House, on East Main Street in Bridgewater.

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