Cultural & Heritage Affairs

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs promotes and develops public interest and participation in the arts and local, county and state history, and ensures that all residents have the opportunity to share in and benefit from the rich multi-cultural arts, history and historic resources in Union County.

Activities enhance quality of life, economic development, community revitalization, growth of cultural-heritage tourism and enhanced educational experiences for residents of all ages.

Programs and services provided include publications, arts events, history events, and funding opportunities through three grant programs.


Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission

The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission was created to celebrate and commemorate the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Throughout 2020, the Commission will tell the story of women’s fight for the vote through signature projects, campaigns, and initiatives.

Learn about the women’s suffrage movement here.


The National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. The Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs was recognized with a 2020 NACo Award in the category of Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation, for the program “Engaging Children in Our History.” This program includes:


  • Postcards to send to friends & family 
  • Stereoscopes to view century-old 3D photos 
  • Battle of the Short Hills Foosball table
  • Instagram selfie frames
  • Selfie frames for posing with Alexander Hamilton or Margaret Bourke-White
  • Cycling routes to visit historic county sites
  • Audio tour of the Deserted Village
  • Audio tour of historic midtown Elizabeth (Elizabethtown)
  • Trading cards about historic sites