The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission is dedicated
to the education of our community about the value of its historical
heritage. It actively encourages heritage preservation, supports historic
research, and interprets and presents information and objects of historical
importance. The Cultural and Heritage Commission is responsible for
two restored historic sites in the County. The award winning Cornelius
Low House (Museum) presents original exhibits
about state and local history, with related school, outreach, and
public programs. The Village, with its collection
of 18th and 19th century structures, functions as an educational model
teaching history and traditions of the Raritan Valley and surrounding
encourages project applications and staffing initiatives from local
historical organizations and museums. The Commission supports programs
relating to New Jersey as presented by local groups and preservation
organizations and others incorporated as not-for-profit or part of a
municipal government, if they are based in Middlesex County. The
Commission is particularly interested in projects that are innovative,
represent non-traditional collaborations, or which include
interpretation of the roles played by women and diverse populations.
Further, projects that address underserved populations are of high
priority. History Grants are made possible by funding from the New
Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State, and the Middlesex
County Cultural and Heritage Commission/Board of Chosen Freeholders.
The Commission's full-time History
Services Coordinator is available to all grant recipients and
Middlesex County groups needing technical assistance. In addition,
technical workshops are offered with consultants and experts in areas
such as grants writing, historic preservation planning, ADA (Americans
with Disabilities Act), non-profit management, conservation and more.
And, our free distribution system can help "get the word
out" about your public history project.
The Commission is a leader in the dissemination of historical information. A countywide survey of historic properties and
sites potentially eligible for the State and National Registers is available for review and research, compiled and presented on a town by town basis. Our East
Jersey Olde Towne Village in Piscataway and the library of the Commission's main office on Jersey Avenue in New Brunswick, collectively house an archive and lending library of over 700 volumes.
These are carefully selected publications on New Jersey history, historic site development, non-profit governance and public museum management, among other topics. The Village also provides a free public access
computer, with connection to the Internet, and book marked with cultural sites for you to explore.
Directory is a listing of Middlesex County groups that provide
history and arts programming. To view a selection of groups outside
of Middlesex County, please visit our Links