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Exhibit Honors the 275th Founding of the Township of Morris:
Our new exhibit is now on display in our second floor gallery, honoring the 275th founding of the Township of Morris. The anniversary exhibit focuses not only on Morris Township's agricultural past, but also its part in the American Revolution and its fame as home to Gilded Age, New York City millionaire mansions. The exhibition also examines the history of the Township's fire and police departments, The Seeing Eye, the College of Saint Elizabeth and other institutions as well as famous Township residents. Hosted by The Mayor and Township Committee, The Historic Preservation Commission of Morris Township and The Morristown and Morris Township Library. Please stop by and have a look.
Exhibit will be up until mid August.
Silas Ogden’s journal starts on December 11, 1812, with an entry noting the end of his nine-year apprenticeship in Morristown to Silas Mills as a tanner. During his training, Silas would only see his parents once, and Mr. Mills eventually regarded him as a member of his extended family. Nevertheless, Ogden managed to remain close with his parents and eleven siblings who he immediately set out to visit and assist with a number of business propositions. The journal recounts Ogden’s military training (during the War of 1812 he was a Fife Major in the First Regiment of the Morris Brigade), social engagements with several Morristown families, travels across the state on horseback and by foot, and other aspects of day to day life in early 1800s America. The Silas Ogden Journal was recently cataloged and is available to researchers in the reading room.
Search New Jersey Historical Newspapers (Newsbank) from home
(Morristown & Township Library Card needed for remote access. The database is free in the NJH&GC Reading Room.)
Search through the following historical New Jersey newspaper titles, in addition to many others.