The Madison Historical Society would like to remind local residents about the Historic House Plaque Project. This project, initiated through a generous grant from the Madison Elks Club, was originally announced last fall. Historical Society members identified over 250 homes built before 1900, making them eligible to display a plaque. The Society has been pleased with the initial public response as over 90 plaques have been purchased. The project continues with applications still being accepted despite the current lockdown.
As Society President Susan Simon stated, “The Historical Society believes that commemorating homes built between 1730 and 1900 will call attention to the rich historic character of Madison, give recognition to the community’s architectural origins, and encourage the appreciation and preservation of its unique heritage. The plaque recognizes the historic nature of the age of the house only. The recognition neither restricts future alterations of the building nor does it carry any legal protections.”
“The plaque, designed by the society, is an oval tablet made of cast aluminum with a rich bronze finish,” added Plaque Committee Chair Virginia Laughlin. “It displays the date of record for the home’s construction, a rose insignia to honor the Rose City and the name ‘Madison Historical Society.’ It is designed to be mounted by the homeowner on or near the front façade of the residence. Application letters to purchase a plaque were mailed to residents of homes that met the criteria last October. However, residents of Madison who did not receive a letter and believe their home to be eligible should also contact the Historical Society. The homeowner’s share of the cost of the plaque will be $50. The remainder of the cost will be assumed by the Society. For further information, homeowners should contact the Madison Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-377-0722 x 8.”
The Society is also interested in receiving archival materials (documents, photographs, small objects) that relate to Madison history. Although the office located at the Madison Public Library is closed, the volunteers can be reached either through the contact form on the website (madisonnjhistoricalsociety.org) or through email sent to email@example.com.