UNIOM COUNTY, NJ – The first “History Paint Night Social,” will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown, in midtown Elizabeth. The program is sponsored by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage and funded by the New Jersey Historical Commission.

Participants will be provided with painting materials, a pre-sketched canvas and artistic instruction on a historical scene from the Union County area. Individuals and groups are invited to attend.

“Our new History Paint Night Social is designed for beginners and practiced artists alike, to enjoy learning about Union County history in a relaxed, creative social setting,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “The historic Snyder Academy is a wonderful venue for the blending of history and art education.”

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The Snyder Academy is the former parish house of the First Presbyterian Church. Alexander Hamilton received his education there and many other historic figures are associated with the site. It recently underwent a multi-million dollar restoration as a center for the arts, education, history and social and economic development in midtown Elizabeth.

The instructor for History Paint Night Social will be Rafael Rodriguez, Artist in Residence at the Snyder Academy.

Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged due to limited space. The fee of $20.00 includes all materials. Participants may bring wine and snacks for their enjoyment.

To register or receive more information, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-436-2912, or email jprescott@ucnj.org.

For information on all Cultural and Heritage Affairs programs and events, visit online at ucnj.org.

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