Congratulations to our heritage partner, the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House, on a job well done!
The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House have earned a 2018 Somerset County Historic Preservation and History Award from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission (SCC&HC). The award recognizes the Friends’ “outstanding contributions to the enhancement of history education in Somerset County” through a popular School Group Tour Day held during the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum’s annual Colonial Christmas.
“We are truly proud to be recognized for our educational programming, and to receive this prestigious honor for the third time in a row is just tremendous,” commented Craig Sutherland, President of The Friends of The Jacobus Vanderveer House, who accepted the award, May 23, at the Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook.
The Friends earned History Awards from the SCC&HC in 2014 for its video “In Quarters Comfortable & Clever: The Continental Army at Pluckemin” and again in 2016 for its summer archaeology camp for children.
During the museum’s School Group Tour Day, between 300-400 school-aged children from public, private and homeschool groups learn about life during the Revolutionary War through interactive performances by actors and reenactors portraying historic figures such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Betsy Ross.
“We are grateful for financial support from the Anne L. and George H. Clapp Charitable and Educational Trust, which enables us to secure highly talented actors; Barker Bus Company, which donates transportation for school districts that cannot afford bussing; re-enactors from John Lambs Artillery Company for providing fascinating military demonstrations; Lady Ellen Ruck for her portrayals of domestic life during the Colonial period; and our museum coordinator, trustees, and volunteers who make this program possible,” observed Sutherland.
Based upon the program’s growing popularity among school groups, Sutherland says the Friends hope to add a second day of educational programming during this year’s Colonial Christmas.
About The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum
The Jacobus Vanderveer House served as headquarters for General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-79 and is the only surviving building associated with the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment, now recognized as America’s first military training academy and the precursor to The United States Military Academy at West Point. The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum interprets Dutch colonial life in America as well as the stay by General Knox and his family during the 1778-79 encampment. A National and New Jersey Historic Site, the Jacobus Vanderveer House is a true landmark that offers a vivid look into the history of our country and the lives of those who made it.
Operated by the nonprofit Friends of The Jacobus Vanderveer House (a 501(c)(3) organization) for the past 20 years, the museum is located at 3055 River Road and can be accessed via River Road Park. The Friends sponsor public events throughout the year; for directions and more information, visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.