Fanwood Historic Preservation Commission

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FANWOOD – The Fanwood Historic Preservation Commission met June 5th at the historic Fanwood train station. The Commission was established in 1989 to assist the Borough in the identification of resources (properties, documents, and memorabilia) which are of historic significance, and to advice Borough agencies regarding goals and techniques for the preservation of Fanwood’s historic past. The commission recently spearheaded the development and publication of Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Buildings: Borough of Fanwood.

Currently the Commission is working with Dan Weiss and the Fanwood Memorial Library to develop a method to inventory and catalogue the museum contents. Eventually they hope to post the archives online thru the library site. As per Adam Kois, the president of the Historic Preservation Commission,  “We are trying to bring the Fanwood Museum up to the digital age.” One of the strongest collections the Commission has is maps of the area, which will be digitized and searchable. Other categories include objects, photos and documents.

The Commission will apply for a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission to assist in the costs, and is looking for volunteers to help catalogue the collections.

The next meeting of the Fanwood Historic Preservation Commission will be Thursday, September 5th at 7:30, at the Fanwood Train Station Museum. The website is fanwoodnj.org/departments/historic-preservation. The Museum is open October through June on the first Sunday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00. It may be opened by appointment to accommodate special guests, small groups and educational needs by calling (908) 322-8236.

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