FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2007

CONTACT: Wayne Avery, 908-527-4742
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

 

UNION COUNTY TO DISPLAY HISTORIC DOCUMENTS IN
COURTHOUSE ROTUNDA BEGINNING OCTOBER 29
‘From the Past to the Present’ exhibit highlights our county’s rich history

Union County Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski will host the opening of an exhibit entitled “From the Past to the Present: Preserving Union County’s Documents.” The event will take place Monday, October 29, at 3 p.m. in the Union County Courthouse first floor Rotunda located at 2 Board Street in Elizabeth.  Karl Niederer, Director, Division of Archives and Record Management, New Jersey State Archives will be the guest speaker and will discuss the items on display. Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi will also speak at the event.  The exhibit will be open to the public weekdays during business hours through November 21st.

“Throughout this celebration of Union County’s 150th anniversary, we have highlighted some of the exciting moments in our history,” said Chairwoman Kowalski. “This exhibit will allow residents and visitors to view treasured historic documents, artifacts and photographs from the past.”

The display will feature collections of items reflecting Union County’s rich cultural legacy. They will be on display inside glass cabinets for the public to view and enjoy.

Among the items on display will be a reproduction of three pages of the March 1857 Act establishing Union County.  There will also be documents from Freeholder meetings from the years 1870, 1901 and 1921.

Also included in the display will be items from the Union County Clerk’s Office which trace immigrant history in Union County.

Photographs from the Department of Parks will include the original headquarters for the Parks Commission in the early 1930s in Warinanco Park, professional golfer Babe Lichardus at the Galloping Hill toboggan run in 1948, and opening day at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in April 1928.

Photographs on loan from the Union County Historical Society include boys and girls exercising during a school day in Hillside in 1890, children in a Union Township classroom in 1911, and a Civil War veteran who received the Congressional Medal of Honor.