This past August, the Duke Farms Foundation in Hillsborough, NJ donated a tremendous volume of archival supplies to the Somerset County Historical Society. Duke Farms is in the process of consolidating their on and offsite archives in order to make room for a new education center at Duke Farms in Hillsborough. The Society was contacted by Duke Farms Executive Director, Michael Catania and we quickly rallied our troops to visit Duke Farms to collect our newfound treasure. This donation is invaluable in our effort to properly house, arrange and describe the collections in our care. A special thank you also goes to Walter Lane of the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission who recommended that the materials be offered to the Society.
The Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey (SRNJ) has generously donated $1,000.00 to the Somerset County Historical Society. This donation has allowed us to have eight 18th century manuscripts assessed for conservation at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia. Special thanks go to Dr. Robert Olson of SRNJ who visited Van Veghten House in July and recommended the donation for our archival program. Much appreciation is also due Michael Alfano, SCHS trustee (and SRNJ member) who solicited the funds from SRNJ.