Historical Society Making History

LINDEN—Longtime collectors and preservers of historic photographs, old documents and artifacts of Linden and Union County, the Linden Historical Society has switched from studying history to making it. The society is opening a new museum and research library at the Linwood Inn on Saturday, June 14 and starting a history hall of fame at the same time.

“While our aim is to chronicle yesterday’s historic events, the society has determined that ordinary people are doing extraordinary things and should be recognized today and that is what the History Hall of Fame is all about,” reported Beatrice Bernzott, society founding president. She added, “The opening of the new museum is the perfect time to open the hall.”

According to Mary Kostiushko, the society’s living history chairperson, Tiffany Andrade, Miss New Jersey USA 2008 and runner-up for the Miss America contest, and Matilda Engel Catz, WAC, World War II, recipient of a medal from the French government were unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame. Future honorees will be selected from those nominated by Union County residents.

The honorees will be inducted into the hall of fame after the ribbon cutting by Andrade. The ceremonies at 9 a.m. will be in honor of Flag Day, the anniversary of Linden’s Unity Day and the city’s continued yellow ribbon campaign to support the troops. History exhibits will be on view indoors and outdoors with giveaways including history postcards.

Due to limited space, the opening is by invitation only. In the fall, a series of open houses are scheduled for the general public. In the interim, any researcher can make an appointment to visit the museum and research library or organizations wishing to book the history road show for a fall program, may call 908 862-2056.

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