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Innovative Jersey City Educational Program
Celebrates Successful Inaugural Campaign

HO-HO-KUS, NJ, May 20, 2015: Officials from United Water Jersey City and The Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus joined officials from the Jersey City Municipal Utility Authority and the Board of Education today to celebrate a successful first year of “Water, Mills and History at The Hermitage,” a new partnership allowing over 2,000 fourth grade students from Jersey City schools to tour the historic Hermitage Museum.

“Water, Mills and History at The Hermitage,” was developed by The Friends of the Hermitage, United Water, and the Jersey City School District and made possible through a $68,193 grant from United Water’s Foundation. The funds provide all materials and busing for the fourth grade students to visit the museum throughout the 2014-2015 school year. The program allow Jersey City students to gain a better understanding of the importance of water throughout history by learning how some local families lived and worked.

“This innovative program is based on current Jersey City curriculum with an emphasis on the importance of water and mills in the nineteenth century,” said Richard Brahs, Friends of the Hermitage Board of Trustees president. “We have enjoyed having the children here and, judging by their feedback, they are having a great time.”

“It’s an exciting approach to expanding history education while reaching a portion of the community that may not normally have the opportunity to visit the Hermitage grounds,” said Ed Wallace, Director of the United Water Foundation. “From United Water’s perspective, it ties into everything we’re trying to do for the communities we serve.”

2015 QuickStart Appeal

Our Mission
We preserve The Hermitage, its stories, and its collections as an educational resource to engage and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds in the exploration and understanding of their past.

To fulfill this mission and to continue our community and school programs, events, and exhibitions, we ask for your support to help reach our goal of $35,000 through our 2015 Quick Start Appeal.

You can mail your donation to: Friends of the Hermitage; QuickStart Appeal, 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 or click on the DONATE button on the top of this page.

Your Quick Start contribution will help us achieve our fund-raising goals through 2015 which includes financing two exciting exhibitions. “A Real American Girl: Celebrating Mary Elizabeth Rosencrantz’ 130th birthday and her legacy to preserve The Hermitage” will open in April in the Henry Bischoff Galleries. “Saving our Historic Stone Houses: The Legacy of Claire K. Tholl” will open in May in the Hermitage summer kitchen building. Coincidentally, restoration efforts will be underway soon for the Hermitage summer kitchen with a plan to utilize it for special events. Our exhibitions and Mary Elizabeth’s vision to preserve  her home as a museum lives on four decades later thanks, in part, to you, our individual supporters.

Your Quick Start contribution will help us build upon our 43-year foundation for future generations. Thank you again for your past generous support and for your continued support through 2015 and beyond.

TheHermitageMuseumMake Every Penny Count!

Friends of the Hermitage Inc. is a member of Boiling Springs Saving's Bank Community Alliance Program. This program gives FOH the opportunity to earn money based on the number of members who bank with Boiling Springs.

If you already have an account at Boiling Springs, contact the Bank to let them know that you would like to participate in the program. The Bank will make a quarterly donation to FOH based upon the balances of participants.

All supporter and organization account information is kept strictly confidential.

For information or to enroll, call acting Branch Manager Manager Lisa Omar at 201-445-7887 or visit one of your loal Ridgewood offices: 55 North Broad Street, 531 North Maple Avenue, or 1124 East Ridgewood Avenue.

FOH Receives Grant from United Water

TheHermitageMuseumHo-Ho-Kus, NJ. The Friends of the Hermitage was recently presented with a check from United Water, Harrington Park, NJ in the amount of $68,193.00 to benefit fourth grade Jersey City students. The check, presented by Executive Director of United Water Foundation, Ed Wallace, represents “Water, Mills and History at The Hermitage” – a program developed by The Friends of the Hermitage, United Water, and Jersey City School system, and provided by a grant from United Water.  The funds will provide all materials and busing for 2,000 fourth grade students to visit the historic landmark house during the 2014 and 2015 school year. Students will learn about the importance of water and the Hermitage cotton mill.

“This new program is based on current Jersey City curriculum with emphasis on the importance of water and mills in the nineteenth century,” said Richard Brahs, FOH Board of Trustees president. “We are grateful to receive this grant from United Water to expand local history education to students of Jersey City.”

Pictured in photo left to right are: Liz Iannitelli, Supervisor of Programs, Jersey City Board of Education; Chris Riat, Sr. Director Contract Operations, United Water; Sally Mederios, Jersey City Board of Education; Eileen McManus, FOH trustee; Aldo Sanchez-Abreu, Assistant Superintendent, Jersey City Schools; Ed Wallace, Richard Brahs, Diane Knispel, Hermitage Director of Education, Johanna Cairo, FOH trustee, and Richard Hennings, United Water Senior V.P. Communications.

The Hermitage MuseumWomen's Heritage Trail

In the summer of 2012, The Hermitage unveiled an outdoor historical marker/interpretive sign to recognize the 250-year-old National Historic Landmark as part of the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail. The Hermitage was first designated a significant site along the Women’s Heritage Trail in 2004. The trail uses historic places throughout the state to bring to life the vital role played by women in the state’s past and present by telling the stories of notable women who contributed to the agricultural, industrial, labor, and domestic history of New Jersey. The Hermitage received this special designation because of the Revolutionary War heroine Theodosia Bartow Prevost Burr (1746–94), who owned the modest red sandstone home at that time. The marker (above with past presidents Delight W. Dodyk and Carol W. Greene) has been installed on the walkway to the Hermitage Education & Conference Center. For information about other sites along the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail, visit the New Jersey Women's History project website at

Interactive Tablets at The Hermitage

The Hermitage MuseumTablets Enhance Orientation Gallery
Visitors to The Hermitage now have access to three interactive tablets installed in the Henry Bischoff Galleries, just off the Gift Shop. Before taking a docent-led tour, visitors can use the tablets to learn about the history of The Hermitage, Theodosia Prevost and George Washington, important members of the entrepreneurial Rosencrantz family, the cotton mill, recreation in the 1890s and the early-twentieth-century tea room. In addition to interpretive signage, the orientation gallery contains a special case displaying Theodosia Prevost's handwritten note inviting Washington to The Hermitage in July 1778; a model of what the original colonial Hermitage is believed to have looked like; and an audio installation interpreting workers from the Rosencrantz family's nineteenth-century cotton mill. The large exhibit case currently portrays a scene with Mary Elizabeth Rosencrantz's beloved doll carriage and late Victorian costumes. The tablets are also now in Spanish.

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