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Union County Offers an Evening of Local History and Painting Instruction on March 28


ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County residents can exercise their artistic talents while combining an interest in history at Union County’s first “History Paint Night Social” event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, at the historic Snyder Academy in Elizabeth.

Participants will be provided with materials and artistic instruction for painting a historical scene from the Union County area, which they will be able to bring home. No experience is necessary. Admission to the History Paint Night Social is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.  A of $20.00 per participant includes all materials. Participants may bring wine and snacks for their enjoyment.

The instructor for the evening event will be Rafael Rodriguez, the Artist in Residence at the Snyder Academy, which is where one America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, attended school.

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"This event offers a chance for people to learn about Union County history and basic painting techniques in an enjoyable social setting," said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. "Snyder Academy is a great place for both art and history, and I know the participants will learn a lot and have fun in the process."

To register or to receive more information, call the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-436-2912, or email

History Paint Night Social is sponsored by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Department of Parks and Recreation. Funding for this program is made available through the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

For all Union County programs and services visit, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email or use the online Contact Form.

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