The Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center of the Westfield Historical Society is pleased to present an historical program about the First Presbyterian church of Elizabeth, New Jersey at 3:30 PM on Tuesday,  June 18, 2013 at the Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center, 314 Mountain Ave. in Westfield.  The historic preservation architects, architectural firm Connolly and Hickey will present an overview of the history and the recent restoration and rehabilitation of the church which dates to 1664. The church history includes such notables as John Caldwell and Hannah Arnett.  The Burial Grounds date back to 1679.  Famous people buried there include founders of New Jersey and its institutions as well as noted stone carver Ebenezer Price.

The Parish House, originally chartered as the Academy of Elizabethtown, saw such notable students as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Church Pastor Rev. Jonathan Dickenson founded today’s Princeton University in his home and subsequently on the church grounds.

Mr. Thomas Connolly, the principal architect at C&H is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture in Newark, New Jersey and of Union County College in Cranford. Mr. Connolly provides project management, coordination, and direct client contact.

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Ms. Margaret Hickey as Historic Preservation Specialist, is responsible for architectural design and restoration stabilization of historic buildings.  She is a member of the American Institute of Architects Society for industrial archaeology building and is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, in Newark as well as Colombia University, Graduate School of Architects Planning and Preservation in New York City.

Both Margaret and Tom have numerous experiences and continuing education in the field as well as having done major projects throughout New Jersey.

This lecture is one of many events scheduled at the newly restored headquarters of the Westfield Historical Society.  Founded in 1968, this non-profit organization continues its mission through educational efforts and community outreach programs. To make reservations to attend (and space is limited) please contact the Westfield Historical Society at 908 654 1794 or e- mail to  $10.00 suggested donation.  Refreshments will be served.