WARREN, NJ - Warren Township Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Matthew Mingle, will call for a district wide homework free weekend, Friday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct.14 in conjunction with Somerset County’s 13th annual Weekend Journey through the Past.

The event will offer free family fun including the opportunity to visit many historical sites and witness costumed reenactments, traditional blacksmithing, colonial crafts and open hearth cooking.  Warren Township boasts a rich cultural heritage, as three of the thirty significant sites featured along the journey are located in town: Codington Farmstead, Kirch-Ford-Terrill House and Mount Bethel Baptist Meeting House.  The Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission welcomes the public to come out and experience the sights and sounds of the centuries.


During the 2017-2018 school year, Warren Middle School (WMS) teachers, Mrs. Josephine Brasile, Mrs. Lynn Degen, Mrs. Traci Haise and Mr. Robert Hartshorn, were honored by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission for their excellent efforts in continuing the WMS Grade 8 Historical Tour of Warren Township, also known as Warren History Day.   Student docents prepare throughout the year by researching historical sites in Warren Township, creating and developing a presentation for their peers, and finally touring their peers through each of the six historical locations within their community.

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 Emmy award winning broadcast journalist, Ellen Kolodziej, and videographer and editor, Tim Stollery, from “Jersey Matters” a local news program, saw the perfect opportunity to highlight Warren Township Schools. On Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, host Larry Mendte from “Jersey Matters” aired a segment titled, “History Outside of the Classroom” showcasing exclusive interviews with Kolodziej and WMS grade 8 students and staff on their reactions to Warren History Day. The segment can be viewed at 


Warren Township Schools’ students and their families are encouraged to take advantage of a homework free weekend on Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, to experience a journey through the past and witness history first hand within Somerset County during this unique educational experience.  Please visit Somerset County’s website for additional details.



Photo 1: Tim Stollery, videographer and editor for “Jersey Matters”, Dr. Matthew Mingle, Superintendent of Warren Township Schools and Ellen Kolodziej, broadcast journalist from “Jersey Matters” outside of the Kirch-Ford-Terrill House.

Photo 2: Ellen Kolodziej and Tim Stollery in action outside of the Mt. Bethel Baptist Meeting House.

Photo 3: Mr. Robert Hartshorn, WMS teacher and Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission honoree being interviewed by Tim Stollery, at Angelo L. Tomaso School.