Union County Historical Society
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The Union County Historical Society of New Jersey was incorporated by an Act of the 93rd Legislature of the State of New Jersey on April 1, 1869. The objective of this Society is the collection and preservation of all matter of historical relics, books, records, documents, and manuscripts, to stimulate and encourage historical research and the study of history pertaining to the territory originally embraced by Elizabethtown and the present Union County.

The Society exists through the help and generosity of its members. Membership is comprised of citizens who have a common interest in preserving the past. There is no paid staff. The Executive Board and Members perform all Society functions.
Hanson House

A Special Message from the President:

As an organization dedicated to preserving, collecting, sharing and encouraging historical research, we are all too familiar with our sad and often brutal history of race relations in America. Recent events, including the tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arberty and others, demonstrate how racial injustice tears at the very fabric of our American conscience and belief in the equality of men. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all who work for justice.

We must be united in our efforts to end racism and resolve to celebrate all that we share together. I recall the words of Abraham Lincoln when, on the brink of civil war, he spoke of healing the nation:

“We are not enemies, but friends. Though passion may have strained it, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of this Union, when again touched as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” (Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, 1861).

May God bless our country and ALL her citizens. We are one!

Joanne Rajoppi

Our meetings are held at the Dr. Carl Hanson House, 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford and begin at 2:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

In Memoriam

Former Presidents and Trustees of the Union County Historical Society -
Robert Fridlington 1930-2015 and Richard T. Koles 1927-2015.
We are saddened by the loss of these two friends, and will
always remember their great contributions to our Society and to local history.

Union County Historical Society
38 Springfield Avenue Cranford NJ