The List of Donors is Growing!

24 March 2022
The Historical Society of Scotch Plains/Fanwood wishes to thank all of its generous members and other donors who have contributed to our 2022 fundraising effort to have our museum listed on the Registry of Historic Places.
We especially wish to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions:

Museum Opening April 3rd With Craft Demonstrations

23 March 2022

Tinsmith George Pierson


The 18th century Osborn Cannonball House Museum, located at 1840 Front street in downtown Scotch Plains will be featuring a Colonial Crafts Day on April 3rd. There will be continuous demonstrations of crafts by Historical Society members. Tinsmith George Pierson will demonstrate tin piercing. Other demonstrations include Connie Klock making pomanders, Renate Maroney quilling, Darlene Palombo making butter, and Sam Wolf embroidering. Take a tour of the museum and learn the role Scotch Plains played in the Revolutionary War.

The Osborn Cannonball House Museum is located at 180 Front Street in Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076. It will be open from 2pm to 4pm on April 3rd. Admission is free but donations are always welcome. For further information email or call 908-322-6700 Extension 230.

Relics Of The Past… Revolutionary War Era Homes In Westfield

12 March 2022

Photograph of Robert WeldelThe dwindling collection of Westfield homes that stood during the time of the Revolutionary War will be the topic of a presentation by Robert Wendel at the next meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Tuesday evening March 22nd. Although there were no major battles in current day Westfield, there were several significant battles throughout what was once the greater West Fields of Elizabethtown, notably in present day Fanwood and Scotch Plains. Skirmishes often took place outside some of the homesteads that will be discussed at the March 22nd meeting. Mr. Wendel will discuss the history of these homes, their role during the Revolution and the importance of standing up for their preservation. Westfield, Fanwood, and Scotch Plains have seen the destruction of many of our Revolutionary homes in the past 30 years. Our historic fabric is unraveling with their demise as we lose the architectural and cultural history of our past.

Robert Wendel served for over 25 years in the insurance industry in a variety of positions ranging from Home Office Segmentation and Technology Enterprise Resource manager. He additionally worked at D & B as an information sales manager and subsequently in the Predictive Modeling Division of Deloitte Consulting as senior manager in Insurance Predictive Modeling Consultation. Since leaving the corporate world, Wendel is now the Chief Operation Officer of his family’s Financial Advising firm with clients worldwide. However, he also makes significant time for his love of history which started in college when he served as assistant manager for the Pabst Mansion, the beer baron’s home in Milwaukee.
Since moving to Westfield in 1991, Wendel has been integrally involved with the Westfield Historical Society as VP of Membership as well as past Curator of the Historical Society Archives and continues to serve on the Historical Society Board currently as the Society’s Archivist at the Miller Cory House Museum Board. He is a past member of the Historic Preservation Commission for the Town of Westfield and former Town Historian.
This upcoming meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood is free and all are welcome. It will begin at 7:30p.m. on Tuesday, March 22nd, at the Shady Rest Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Road (at the corner of Plainfield Avenue) in Scotch Plains.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow the presentation.  For further information, please contact Connie Klock at 908-232-9489. 


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