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Local History & Painting Instruction for Individuals & Groups, May 17

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces the first “History Paint Night Social” where participants will be provided with painting materials and artistic instruction on a particular historical scene from the Union County area. Participants will be able to take their art work home with them. The program is sponsored by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The History Paint Night Social will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at the historic Snyder Academy in Elizabeth, where one of our Country’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, attended school. The instructor for the evening event will be Rafael Rodriguez, the Artist in Residence at the Snyder Academy.

“The purpose of the History Paint Night Social is to encourage adults to learn about Union County history and basic painting techniques in a relaxed social setting,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “The historic Snyder Academy is a wonderful setting for the blending of history and art education.”

There is a cost of $20.00 for each participant. Please feel free to bring your own wine and snacks for your enjoyment.

Admission to the History Paint Night Social is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to register in advance. To confirm your attendance at the May 17th event or to receive more information, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth 07202. Telephone: 908-436-2912. Or send E-mail requests to

Funding for this program is made available through the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.