OUR MISSION
The Historical Society of Elizabeth seeks to preserve and research Elizabeth, New Jersey’s rich history. We document the people, places and events that shape our past, exploring the social, political
and economic life of Elizabeth through the 20th century and beyond.

Our mission is two-fold:
1) Contribute new knowledge and ideas to Elizabeth’s government and leadership.
2) Share that knowledge with City residents and our region.

OUR GOALS
The Society’s long-term goals are to

Present the vital history of Elizabeth
Illuminate present issues facing our community
Foster a factual context for current and future policy decisions
Design a historical narrative that strengthens the common ground of the City’s diverse communities, including the African American and immigrant populations.
The Society also plans extensive outreach to and establishes working relationships with other organizations dedicated to a strong and diverse Elizabeth, NJ community.


The Society is a 501 C-3 nonprofit organization, incorporated in 1999 to provide an institutional presence for public history. Our first priority is to bring the African American, immigrant and historical voices of "common" men and women into the history of Elizabeth and the region. Our Board membership is reflective of the City’s Latin/ Hispanic immigrant and African American populations.




HISTORICAL SOCIETY CO-PRESIDENTS NIDA THOMAS and ORLANDO EDREIRA
inspect the deed for the Bonnell House on its porch, September 12, 2003.

PRESIDENT KENNETH G. WARD
Ken Ward is a long time advocate and historian on regional Elizabeth. For many years, he served as Secretary for the New Jersey Historical Society and as Secretary of the Elizabethtown Historical Foundation.

Ward

VICE-PRESIDENT CEIL MANTIA

Ceil Manta, is a native of the Peterstown section, is a lifelong resident of Elizabeth. She is a graduate of Douglas College and for many years served as a professional Social Worker in the Elizabeth Public School system as well as constructive voice in the city's teacher's Union .

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TREASURER MICHELLE DORAN-McBEAN
Michelle Doran-McBean, a graduate of Harvard University, has recently completed her M.Div at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is a member of the Plainfield Friends’ Meeting and a lifelong lover of History.
James SECRETARY JAMES GUERRA
James Guerra a noted Elizabeth architect, heads the firm of James Guerra Associates in Elizabeth. He is the architect of many distinguished projects like the Perth Amboy Waterfront, the Elizabeth Initiative (including marina and waterfront park) and the Newport Marina in Jersey City. Also in Elizabeth he redesigned the James Kirk Center in Peterstown and Woodruff Park among other projects .
TRUSTEE SILVIA ELIAS (on leave 2015-16)
Sylvia Elias, a native of Cuba, resided in Elizabeth from her early teens. She graduated from Rutgers University for both her BA, MSW and PsyD degrees. Her professional career concentrated on Special Services in the school systems of Elizabeth, Jersey City and West Orange.
 
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TRUSTEE DR. LINDA C. EPPS
Linda Epps grew up in Elizabeth NJ, went to its public schools and never lost her appreciation for the city. She took a PhD in History at Drew University and has served as CEO of the New Jersey Historical Society.
TRUSTEE DR. PAUL H. MATTINGLY
Paul H. Mattingly holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin and taught American history at New York University for nearly forty years. At NYU he directed the Program in Public History, which seeks to advance historical knowledge via engagement with institutions and groups often left out of textbook history. His published work includes Suburban Landscapes: Culture and Politics in a New York Metropolitan Community (John Hopkins University Press, 2001).
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Simon TRUSTEE MICHAEL T. SIMON
Michael is a native of Elizabeth, NJ, a history major at Fordham University (BA 2003), a graduate (JD 2008) of Widener University School of Law and presently a lawyer with the firm of Weismann DiGioia in Mountainside, NJ.
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L to R: (seated) Ken Ward, James Guerra, Silvia Elia and Ceil Mantie;
(standing) L to R:
Paul Mattingly, Michelle Doran-McBean

 

Belcher Ogden Mansion

On November 15, 2005 the Historical Society; Elizabeth NJ Inc formally accepted the deed to this historical property.
(click here to read more)

The Belcher-Ogden Mansion was once a station on the Underground Railroad http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/nj-stops-along-the-underground-railroad/

Elizabeth Historical Society 2010 Brochure (click)
   

Take a virtual tour of The Belcher Ogden Mansion !

 
reception room south fa west bedrooms east bedrooms
 
                                   
   



NJ Historical Commission

The Historical Society; Elizabeth NJ Inc has received Operating Grant support from the New Jersey Historical Commission (2003-2004 and 2004-2005), In part, this support helped produce our organizational brochure and many features of this website.

       
                                   
   

Service Forms
Request for usage of parking lot at Bonnell House (click here to download)
Bonnell House Ground Floor Meeting Suite Request for Use Form (click hereto download)