The Hunterdon County Historical Society recently received a grant award for $5,000 from the Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation of Annandale, NJ to complete a project called the Hunterdon County Historical Society Online Collection Catalog. The Foundation is a private grant-making organization with priorities derived from involvement in the local community which includes funding diverse educational programs. The funds will be used to purchase museum software and to hire part-time staff that will enable the Society to create and maintain a digital database of specific collections that will be searchable by the public on the Society’s current website. The project will allow unprecedented 24/7 public access to a portion of the Society’s cataloged collections for education and research.
The Hunterdon County Historical Society has been incorporated and collecting since 1885. The result is an amazing collection of Hunterdon County’s rich history reflected in manuscripts, books, photographs, Native American artifacts, paintings, maps, newspapers, ephemera, art pottery and antiques. The Society plans to release a portion of its growing collections through the online catalog to include photographs, manuscripts, and decorative arts over the summer of 2016. To learn more about the Society, visit: www.hunterdonhistory.org. To learn more about the Astle-Alpaugh Foundation visit: www.taaff.org.