Public Programs

The Heritage Commission presents programs, workshops, and roundtables on a variety of history-and museum-related subjects throughout the year.

Recent topics have included “Historic Markers, Plaques, and Interpretive Signs,” “Grant Writing 101,” and “Collections Care for the Non-Conservator.”

Morris County Commemorates Centennial of the World War I Armistice — November 10, 2018

World War I decalOn Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, a special history program to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the World War I Armistice, entitled “The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month,” was held at the Morris County Library in Hanover Township.

Sponsored by the Morris County Heritage Commission, the program included unique exhibits and presentations throughout the day to remember and honor the men and women who served in the First World War.

The program ran from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Presentations on a variety of subjects relating to the Great War and the Armistice included:

  • The Versailles Treaty, by Mendham High School history teacher Steve Santucci;
  • The Role of Women in the War, by living history educator Vivian Davis;
  • Marching Home: Challenges Faced by Veterans of the Great War, by re-enactor John Torkos;
  • The Founding of the American Legion, by American Legion Morris County Commander Amery Vasso.

At 10:45 a.m., the Air Force Association presented a lithograph by renowned aviation artist and Morris County resident Keith Ferris to the Morris County Heritage Commission.  The lithograph, entitled “Old Number One,’’ depicts Captain Eddie Rickenbacker flying his bi-plane. It will be on permanent display at the Morris County Library.

Download the event program.

On view at the county library during November were three special exhibits:

  • World War I posters will be on display in the gallery;
  • Women’s service uniforms and artifacts from the personal collections of re-enactors John Torkos and Ron Northrup will be on view in the lobby;
  • The ambulance driver uniform worn by Morris County native Harriet Dixon during her service in France will be on view on the second floor (thank you to the Historical Society of Boonton Township).

The exhibits were co-hosted by the Morris County Library and the Morris County Heritage Commission.