The World Comes To Parsippany at the Livingston-Benedict House

Right on the heels of our first open house of the season at the Bowlsby-DeGelleke house, we’re happy to announce The World Comes To Parsippany at the Livingston-Benedict House!

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This event will highlight the immigration stories of Parsippany, how families and individuals chose to immigrate to the US and then migrate to Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Descendants of Irish, Italian, Eastern European and South Asian families make up the Parsippany population today, as well as families descended from Scandinavian, Dutch, French, Greek, German, Scots, British, Asian and Latin American ancestors. Come share your story, and learn about others.

Children are welcome. There will be costumed re-enactors, activities for kids, demonstrations, displays, performances, and a geneology information table.

The NJ Historic Trust holds an historic and conservation easement on this site, which is privately owned and receives no government support. The annual event living history event is presented for the community by the Peterson family with help from the Parsippany Historic and Preservation Society.

Be sure to check out more of the PHPS’ current and past events!

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April 2015 – Throwback Thursday

Every month, we’ll be posting all of the #TBT’s we post to our Facebook page in one convenient post!

April 9, 2015

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The Cory-A.J. Smith House, which was built in 1723, was originally owned by by David Cory, a Revolutionary War veteran, and later owned by Emily Smith Baldwin. After a fire in 1960, the oldest section was reconstructed.

April 16, 2015

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From last fall’s successful 2014 Pathways of History Museum Tour event, at the Bowlsby DeGelleke house, with members of the PHPS portraying Thunis Cobb, Sarah Bowlsby Cobb (Thunis’ “present” wife), and Maryanne Cole Cobb, (Thunis’ “future” wife), and also the future wife of Stephen Card!

Be sure to check out last month’s TBT’s, too!

April 2015 – Parsippany Facts

Every month, we’ll be posting all of our Parsippany Facts of the Day from the past month, as shared on our Facebook page!

April 15, 2015
Parsippany is located within the 11th Congressional District.

April 16, 2015
Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital used to be the town’s 13th zip code, before changes to zoning occurred in the year 2000.

April 23, 2015
The Women’s Theater Company was founded in Parsippany in 1993.

Be sure to check out last month’s facts, too!

Parsippany celebrates Arbor Day!!!

Everyone here at the PHPS is so excited to be a part of Parsippany’s Annual Arbor day celebrations!

At 11am today, Mayor Barberio, members of the town council, and other distinguished guests will be joined by students from Littleton and Mount Tabor elementary schools to share what Arbor Day means to them.

Following that, at 12:30pm, members of the Parsippany Historical & Preservation Society will be meeting with Mayor Barberio at the Smith-Baldwin House for a celebratory tree planting. Some of you may know that last fall, one of the trees on the property had to be cut down, so we’re thrilled that the town is replacing it with a beautiful new tree just in time for Arbor Day!

Be sure to come out and enjoy the festivities! We hope to see you there 🙂

The Parsippanong Phoenix – April 2015 Newsletter

A message from our president

Welcome Spring!!! This should prove to be a very busy season for The Society. The Museum at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House will be open on selected Sundays from 1-4pm. Please join us or even better volunteer a few hours to docent. We can always use the help.

May is Historic Preservation Month, and we are celebrating by having the Museum open, Saturday 5/16 and Sunday 5/17, from 1-4pm, with docents in period costume. That same weekend, the Livingston Benedict House will be open for visitation. Please sign-up at the April meeting if you are interested in helping with either of these events and/or if you want to serve on a committee. Our standing committees are the following: Collections, Historic Preservation, Public Relations, Program, Membership, and Special Projects. One special project this year, like last year, is The Pathways to History event. The Sub-Committee is comprised of Mary, Barbara, and yours truly. We will be planning this event at the April meeting. Last year’s involvement went very well and was very successful. Please join us again, and help us teach the history of Parsippany-Troy Hills. Our April agenda will also include: the Insurance Committee report on the completed purchase of liability insurance, induction of Officers and discussions of future fundraisers (Flea Market, High Tea at the Smith Baldwin House, and the Yankee candle sale).

The grant application to fun the Preservation Plan for the Smith Baldwin House has been submitted to the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust. It will go in front of the Review Board this June for consideration. The plan cost is approximately $50k.

Here’s hoping for good weather!
Randy Tortorello

2015 Calendar

Sunday, April 26 @ 1-4pm Open House at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House
Wednesday, May 13 @ 7pm – Public Meeting at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House
Saturday, May 16 @ 1-4pm Historic Preservation Month at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House & the Livingston Benedict House
Sunday,  May 17 @ 1-4pm – Historic Preservation Month at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House & the Livingston Benedict House
Saturday, October 10 @ 10am-4pm – Pathways of History Tour Weekend at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House
Sunday, October 11 @ 12-4pm – Pathways of History Tour Weekend at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House

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March 2015 – Throwback Thursday

Every month, we’ll be posting all of the #TBT’s we post to our Facebook page in one convenient post!

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The Benjamin F. Howell House, was built in 1793. Listed in both the state and federal historic ledgers, the property remained in the Howell family for six generations, until it was purchased in 1944 by former Parsippany Troy-Hills Schools superintendent John Sheehy.

Be sure to check out last month’s TBT’s, too!

March 2015 – Parsippany Facts

Every month, we’ll be posting all of our Parsippany Facts of the Day from the past month, as shared on our Facebook page!

March 17, 2015
9.4% of Parsippany residents claimed their Irish heritage on the last census!!!

March 22, 2015
Par-Troy Little League West was established in 1952, Par-Troy Hill Little League East Complex was established in 1962, both of which handle all of the town’s Little League Baseball play!

Be sure to check out last month’s facts, too!

February 2015 – Parsippany Facts

Every month, we’ll be posting all of our Parsippany Facts of the Day from the past month, as shared on our Facebook page!

February 10, 2015
The television show House M.D. shot scenes for multiple episodes at the Greystone Psychiatric Hospital.

Be sure to check out last month’s facts, too!

The Parsippanong Phoenix – February 2015 Newsletter

A message from our president

So we begin again. Hope everyone has a healthy and happy 2015. We are trying to make some changes this year within the Society.

If you’re reading a physical copy of the newsletter, you can see that it has changed somewhat. Our dear friend Lynn Brunskill will no longer produce The Phoenix that we have been accustomed to seeing. She has decided to take some much needed time for herself. That beautiful piece of art that she gave us will be cherished forever. So let’s now try to create a Phoenix that will make her proud. Until then, we’ll do our best 🙂

The Museum must be open at least 12 days a year as part of the agreement The Township has with The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust. We will be setting up a schedule soon for that to occur. Once again, I ask you to please volunteer if you are able. A good society can run on very few volunteers; that we have proved. To accomplish more and become a greater society and influence the community we need more volunteers. At our next meeting I want to discuss possible mandatory time for each able member to contribute to The Society. Time waits for no one and we have much to do for the history of Parsippany-Troy Hills to be heard!

Please think of joining us at many of our open meetings this year! In the meantime, please keep warm and make sure your neighbors do too!

Sincerely,
Randy Tortorello

2015 Calendar

Sunday, April 26 @ 1-4pm Open House at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House
Wednesday, May 13 @ 7pm – Public Meeting at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House
Saturday, May 16 @ 1-4pm Historic Preservation Month at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House & the Livingston Benedict House
Sunday,  May 17 @ 1-4pm – Historic Preservation Month at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House & the Livingston Benedict House
Saturday, October 10 @ 10am-4pm – Pathways of History Tour Weekend at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House
Sunday, October 11 @ 12-4pm – Pathways of History Tour Weekend at the Bowlsby DeGelleke House

Want to receive the full newsletter? Contact us and become a member!!!

January 2015 – Throwback Thursday

Every month, we’ll be posting all of the #TBT’s we post to our Facebook page in one convenient post!

January 22, 2015

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Swimmers enjoy Lake Parsippany during the summer of 1941.

Be sure to check out last month’s TBT’s, too!