Monday, February 18, 2013

Organization of the Week: Friends of Jacobus Vanderveer House

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey.

This week, I am featuring the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House. Established in 1998, the mission of the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House is to restore, develop, and operate the Vanderveer House property, significant in United States military history, as a nationally important historic site and an educational and community resource. The Vanderveer House served as headquarters for General Henry Knox during the winter of 1778-1779, when the Continental Army artillery was located in the village of Pluckemin during the Revolutionary War's Second Middlebrook Encampment. The house is the only known building still standing that was associated with the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment. Plans for the restored house call for establishing a museum for exhibiting artifacts from the Pluckemin encampment and featuring programs related to the history of the American Revolution. Interpretive exhibits will be designed for the site. The Friends have conducted several research projects in the past, including a recent document for museum interpretation of contexts and themes for exhibits and displays.

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House or to become a member or volunteer, please visit or call 908-212-7000 ext. 611.

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