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Friday, June 20, 2014

Historical Society annual meeting Sunday at Drake House

The Historical Society of Plainfield maintains and operates
the city's Drake House Museuam.

The annual meeting of the Historical Society of Plainfield, which manages the city's Drake House Museum, will take place at the Drake House Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:30 PM.

The Society, formed in the early 1920s to save the historic farmstead from being demolished, operates the Drake House Museum, which is owned by the city. In addition to maintaining the house museum, whose rooms recreate period settings from the 18th and 19th centuries, the Society presents a number of special exhibits and programs of interest throughout the year.

The museum and its activities are maintained by volunteers from the community. A fifteen-member Board sets policy and administers the property.

In a presentation to the Planning Board on the museum's capital projects needs Thursday evening, trustee Nancy Piwowar pointed out the rise in 'genealogical tourism', which is bringing more and more visitors to the Drake House -- including a recent bus tour from Manhattan.

The Society offers a variety of membership levels -- from the standard individual membership at $25 to Seniors/Students at $15 (see more here).

In addition to election of officers and its reorganization, refreshments will be served. Interested persons may join by paying their dues at the meeting.

The Drake House Museum at 602 West Front Street (at the foot of Plainfield Avenue) is open to the public Sunday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, and at other times by appointment. For more information, call (908) 755-5831 or visit the website at

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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