Nominations Open for 2024-2025 Society Year

17 June 2024

At the Annual Meeting on Friday, June 21st many positions in the Society are up for election.

Officers — One year term

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Corresponding Secretary
  • Recording Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Curator
  • Assistant Curator

Three Directors which will each serve a three year term.

Three Trustees which will each serve a two year term.

Two members of the Nominating Committee which will each serve a one year term.

Any member wishing to run or to nominate another member should contact the Nominating Committee Chairman, John Kozimbo, at




Osborn Cannonball House Museum Open June 2nd

29 May 2024

All are invited to attend the 2024 opening of the Osborn Cannonball House Museum on Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 from 2pm to 4pm.

The museum display will feature antique Edwardian clothing from the museum’s vast antique clothing collection.

Costumed docents will be available to give tours of the c.1750 house and will share with you the story of the Osborn Family, the two Revolutionary War Soldiers who grew up in the house, and other stories of this important, early Scotch Plains family. You will also hear how the house became known to the community as the “Cannonball House.”

The museum is located at 1840 Front Street, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.  Admission to the museum is free, but donations are always welcome.

For more information email or call 908-322-6700 Extension 230.

MAY 22 Ronald Murad Presents a Brief History of Freemasonry

21 May 2024
Freemasons at the Dedication Ceremony of Thomas W. Osborn Civil War memorial headstone

Freemasons at the Dedication Ceremony of Thomas W. Osborn Civil War memorial headstone

Ronald Murad is a lover of history and a local resident of Fanwood for 35 years. He is also a Freemason being a member of two Masonic Research societies and a member of the Grand Lodge of NJ’s ‘Speaker Bureau.’ His personal Masonic library is almost 200 books. Clearly he is perfect to educate us about Freemasonary, the world’s oldest fraternal organization.

Historical documentation can be traced back to the 900s AD, with the current “formal” version of it dating back to 1717 when 4 lodges in London merged to form the first “Grand Lodge” of England. Its principal tenets are brotherly love, relief and truth. It operated on a democratic system and how our new country operated was based on the democratic system of the lodges’ operation. Even the “separation of church and state” was a Masonic concept.

The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood is pleased to have Ron Murad educate us about Freemasonry at our upcoming meeting on Wednesday May 22nd. Come to this free, open to the public, meeting to learn how the Freemason’s phrases “The Brotherhood of Man Under the Fatherhood of God” and “To make good men better” illustrate the continuing work and influence of this influential national and international organization. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM and is held at the historic Shady Rest Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Road (at the corner of Plainfield Avenue) in Scotch Plains. Refreshments and fellowship follow the presentation. For questions, please email or call 908/322-6700 Extension 230.

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