Media Advisory
Union County’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Moves Indoors
at Union County College, May 19
150 anniversary

• Celebration Event (details)

• Union County's White Oak

• Celebration Begins at Union County College, Saturday Morning, May 19

• UCC Commons Layout for May 19th Event

The County of Union, New Jersey, is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year. A variety of public events, organized by the Union County 150th Anniversary Committee, are planned to mark the occasion.

Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the 150th Anniversary Committee is led by Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. The committee consists of more than 30 members, including elected officials, historians, educators, and individuals from a variety of cultural, civic, and veterans agencies.

“Union County is not only a great place to live – it has a fascinating history,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Kowalski. “On Saturday, May 19, we will celebrate our past and present. In the morning, beginning at 10 a.m., we’ll have educational talks and displays in The Commons at Union County College in Cranford. And in the afternoon, we’ll have a festival of games, music and lots of family activities in nearby Nomahegan Park. We hope to see you there!”

The indoor and outdoor activities planned for May 19 include: displays of historic photographs and books, a 19th century fashion show, concerts, an antique car show, exhibits by local historical societies, encampments by military re-enactors, a Teen Arts exhibit, vintage baseball games, a pie eating contest, old fashioned games, food vendors, crafts booths, and a beard-growing contest.

An official commemorative publication featuring vintage photographs and articles about Union County history, published by Laurinda Publications of Mountainside, will be available. Laurinda Publications is the home of the Union County Voice, a monthly magazine that has been providing lifestyle information for more than five years. “The staff of Laurinda Publications is honored to be selected to produce this historic publication,” said publisher Ralph Adinolfe.

The committee would like to hear from local musicians interested in performing during the anniversary celebration. Residents who would like to share their historic artifacts or photographs for display also are invited to participate. Please call committee member Tom Plante at 908-527-4746 during weekday working hours and leave your name and daytime phone number.

Present-day Union County was originally a portion of Essex County. The new County of Union was created by an act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1857. At that time, Union County consisted of seven municipalities: Elizabeth, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Springfield, Union, and Westfield. Union County was the last of New Jersey’s 21 counties to be created.

For more information about the 150th Anniversary Committee, contact Freeholder Chairwoman Kowalski’s office at 908-527-4100.