ELIZABETH, NJ - The Historical Society of Plainfield is the recipient of a $2,000.00 grant that will be used for administrative assistance and grounds upkeep, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced on Thursday

The grant is one of 16 awarded through the 2017 Union County History Grants Program, made possible from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

“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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Also receiving grant money are:

Historic Clark newspapers will be easier to access thanks to a $1,400 grant to the Clark Public Library. Funds will be used to digitize the historic documents.

Fanwood-Scotch Plains will use $1,000.00 for the development and design of print marketing materials for the Frazee House.

The Garwood Historical Committee will use $250.00 for digitization of a World War II newsletter “Gar-words.”

The Hillside Public Library will use $1,000.00 to transfer Hillside Times microfilm to web portal access.

The Historical Society of Elizabeth will use $2,000.00 for research and media production staffed by students from Kean University and NJIT.

Merchants and Drovers Tavern in Rahway will use $1,600.00 for staffing cost and to keep the facility up and running four days a week.

The Mountainside Historical Preservation Committee will use $1,000.00 for monthly costs, including phone, insurance, and cleaning artifacts.

The New Providence Historical Society will use $1,000.00 for a Community Lecture Series and workshops.

The Old First Historic Trust will use $2,000.00 to develop public tour programs.

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum of Summit will use $2,000.00 for operating costs, marketing and public outreach for programming.

The African-American Heritage and Learning Center in Rahway will use $1,250.00 for office furniture, a computer and a scanner.

The Fortnightly Club of Summit will use $500.00 for operating sevices.

The Union County Historical Society will use $1,000.00 for conservation and preservation of Military and Wedding clothing as well as Quilts.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, located in Summit will use $2,000.00 to produce a walking guild of the Watchung Reservation.

And the Westfield Historical Society will use $2,000.00 for administrative and operational costs.

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