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2013 Annual Holiday Open house at the Osborn Cannonball House Museum

30 November 2013

The Osborn Cannonball House Museum 1840 East Front Street in Scotch Plains, NJ will be open on Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 2-4pm.

Featured is our Victorian Christmas tree and1800’s winter clothing display. Join us for hot mulled cider and snacks.
Also see our recently acquired 1880’s Mason and Hamilin reed pump organ.  Costumed guides will conduct tours.

This will be the last open house of the Museum for 2013.  It will be closed for the winter and reopen the first Sunday in March 2014.


Meeting – September 24, 2013 – The Osborn Cannonball House Museum – Through the eyes of an Eagle Scout

12 September 2013

Phillip Tice and ActorsOur newest Eagle Scout achieved scouting’s highest award by choosing to venerate a local historic building, the Osborn Cannonball Museum. The scout, Phillip Tice, has always been a history buff particularly enamored of his township’s museum. For a couple of years he has been writing short film scripts, acting in the high school Repertory Theatre and filming. So instead of doing the usual Eagle Scout projects, he chose one that fits him and is most unusual: a documentary film. Researching the Revolunary War and the Osborn home, he wrote an extraordinary documentary and went on to produce the entire matter by casting the actors, filming the action & editing the final product called “Osborn Cannonball House: Pictures of History” video.

Needless to say, this documentary film was a winner. He received his Eagle Scout award from Troop 33 June 1, 2013. This remarkable young man was only a sophomore in high school when he produced this video. The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood New Jersey is proud and honored to have Phillip come to our opening meeting on September 24th. He will talk about making his documentary and show it as well. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend this meeting and meet this unique and spacial young man, Phillip Tice.

The meeting takes place at the Scotch Hills Country Club on Plainfield Avenue and Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains,  on Tuesday, September 24 at 8:00PM.  Fellowship and refreshments follow the meeting.  The meeting is free and open to everyone.

Contact Connie Klock at 908-232-9489 for further information or write to us.


Movie Night Featuring “A Place For Us” – Wednesday, August 21, 2013

17 August 2013
A photo of John Matthew Shippen, Jr.

John Matthew Shippen, Jr.

The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood New Jersey presents a free movie night Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:30pm At the Scotch Hills country club (aka “Shady Rest”).

We will be showing the movie “A Place For Us” The movie shows the past history of the Scotch Hills country club and its connection to the first American born golf professional, John Shippen
who was head golf pro at Scotch Hills from 1931 until 1960. He also was the first African – American to compete in the U.S. Open in 1896. Also included in the movie is it’s connection to jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and many other great musicians of the era.

Come join us at the very site which this movie depicts as we work toward preserving its rich history.

A photo of the front of the main building at Shady Rest Golf and Country Club

The Historic Shady Rest Golf and Country Club

Preserve the former Shady Rest Golf and Country Club, eligible for placement on the state and national register of historic places.

The Scotch Hills Country Club is located at 820 Jerusalem Rd., Scotch Plains , NJ 07076.  For more information, please contact us. Hope to see you there!

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