Public Programs

We’re Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary!

The Morris County Heritage Commission is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a calendar of special programming to highlight many aspects of Morris County’s history.

Anniversary programs for 2020 will include a wide variety of topics that celebrate and acknowledge Morris County’s rich history. The topics were selected from featured articles published in the Commission’s newsletter The Heritage Review, previously known as the County Circular, since the first issue in 1977.

Currently scheduled 50th anniversary programs and events include:

Schedule of Events
Program Topic Speaker Date Location
The Founding of MCHC – Am. Rev/Bicentennial MCHC Staff
Jude Pfister, Morristown NHP
February 25, 3 – 6 pm Morris County Library
Picatinny Arsenal History and Archaeology Jason Huggan and Jeff Ranu, Picatinny/ARDEC April 30, 5 – 8 pm Morris County Library
Civil War in New Jersey Dr. David Martin, NJ Civil War Association May 13, 5 – 8 pm Morris County Library
Historic Preservation Janet Foster, Architectural Historian June 4, 5 – 8 pm Morris County Library
How To Make Sure You Are Researching The Correct Family Susan Simon, Morris Area Genealogy Society July 16, 3 – 6 pm Morris County Library
Technology Firsts in Morris County Paul Israel, Director Edison Papers, Rutgers Sept. 26, 12 – 4 pm Morris County Library

Also, a presentation on women’s suffrage is under development for later this year.

In addition to anniversary programming, the Commission will co-sponsor the 2020 Local History Symposium with the Canal Society of New Jersey at the Morris County Cultural Center in Mendham Township on April 25, present a Grant Writing Basics workshop on Aug. 19 at the Morris County Library in Hanover Township, and participate in the annual Morristown Fall Festival in September.

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.”