On May 27, the Westfield Historical Society will have its Annual Dinner at the Echo Lake Country Club. Starting at 5:30 p.m. is the general membership meeting followed by the social hour at 6 p.m. and the dinner at 7 p.m.

We are proud to announce the following President and Trustee Award Winners for 2015:

Joanne Rajoppi – Trustee Award

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Joanne Rajoppi is a former journalist and current trustee of the Union County Historical Society. She chairs the county’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit and has authored several pamphlets on regional history. She is the County Clerk of Union County and a former mayor of her hometown. She is also the author of “New Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion," a recollection of witness testimonies of the war through letters to their loved ones. This book provides insights into New Jersey during the war and their struggles to return to civilian life after the war.

Deborah Bailey – President’s Award

Deborah Bailey has been a volunteer at the Miller Cory House Museum since 1990, helping to bring alive Westfield's early history through house tours and outreach programs at area schools. She serves as the Miller Cory liaison to the Westfield Historical Society and its Assistant Treasurer. Debbie also volunteers at her church, Mobile Meals of Westfield and with the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library.

Another highlight of this special evening will be the presentation of our multi-media Oral History program, specifically of the presentation of former Westfield Mayor Garland “Bud” Boothe. Lou Francz, Robert Wendel and Aarie Vann, who together produced the presentation, will present “Bud Boothe’s Remembrances”, in his own words, of the struggles of Westfield before, during and after Bud’s term in office. Bud recounts his early career in Westfield politics, the challenges of renovating the Westfield Train Station and the fight to save the Reeve House by the Westfield Historical Society. Please join us during this evening for the festivities and to learn more about the Westfield Historical Society’s on-going Oral History program. Stories from the past will help pave the way to understanding the future.

We invite all who are interested in attending (members and non-members) to please contact the Westfield Historical Society at 908-654-1794. For Echo Lake Country Club dress code, please see: http://www.echolakecc.org/.