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

May 1, 2007

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

150 anniversary  

CRANFORD, NJ – The County of Union will kick-off its 150th Anniversary Celebration with ceremonies, speakers and exhibits at the Cranford campus of Union County College on Saturday morning, May 19, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Commons at Union County College, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford, will be the site of welcoming remarks by Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski; the flag salute led by Sheriff Ralph Froehlich and Union County Sheriff, Prosecutor and Corrections Officers; and Bill Lee singing The Star Spangled Banner.

Speakers will include Dr. Thomas Brown, President of Union County College; Dr. Marc Mappen, Executive Director of the New Jersey Historical Commission; and Linda Epps, Executive Director and CEO of the New Jersey Historical Society.

Dr. Mappen will discuss the political situation in the State of New Jersey during the 1850’s. Linda Epps will focus on how the new County of Union was formed in 1857.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The Commons also will be the site of the 2007 Union County Teen Arts Exhibit, presented by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, as well as an exhibit of vintage clothing presented by the Cranford Historical Society.

At noon, the afternoon festival featuring music and games will begin in Nomahegan Park, opposite the entrance to Union County College, continuing until 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the 150th Anniversary Celebration,
please visit the Union County website at or
call the Freeholder office at 908-527-4100.