ELIZABETH, NJ – The Historical Society of Elizabeth was one of 16 organizations to receive a 2017 Union County History Grant, made possible from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State and administered  by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation, Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. 

The Historical Society of Elizabeth will use $2,000.00 for research and media production staffed by students from Kean University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. A total of $22,000 was distributed to the recipients throughout the county.

“This grant program gives us the opportunity to help local non-profit groups develop and present important history programs or projects to a wide-ranging audience,’’ said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

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The other 2017 grant recipients:

The Clark Library

Fanwood-Scotch Plains for the Frazel House.

The Garwood Historical Committee

The Hillside Public Library

The Historical Society of Plainfield

Merchants and Drovers Tavern in Rahway

The Mountainside Historical Preservation Committee

The New Providence Historical Society

The Old First Historic Trust

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum of Summit

The African-American Heritage and Learning Center in Rahway

The Fortnightly Club of Summit

The Union County Historical Society

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

the Westfield Historical Society

Organizations interested in learning more about the History Grant Program or other programs and services should contact the Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl St., Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone: 908-558-2550.  Relay users dial 711. Or E-mail: