Historical Society Spring 2024 Luncheon 

Many Florham Park residents and neighbors enjoy the four annual free and interesting presentations offed to the general public by the Historical Society of Florham Park.  Additionally, the Historical Society also schedules 2-3 enjoyable events annually which are Members-only.


On Friday, May 10, members attended the Historical Society’s Spring Luncheon at the Florham Park Diner.  As is the custom, two local residents were invited to share the spotlight to reminisce about their enjoyment of living in Florham Park.  Annemarie Naughright Landishman and Stephanie Dalena Akers were the Spring Luncheon honored guests.


Seated facing the 30 members in the back meeting room of the Florham Park Diner, each shared memories of good times and laughter, and even a bit of melancholy as they recalled favorite businesses that were no longer there.  Annemarie has been in the same home since 1959 and Stephanie moved into town in 1960, took a small break from 1983-1992 and returned.  Both went to Holy Family Catholic School and then Bayley Ellard High School.  Annemarie’s favorite spots included the Florham Park pool and the Center, which included the bowling alley.  Stephanie also enjoyed hanging out at the Center, and at Ridgedale School, and of course, at everyone’s favorite – Stan Beck’s on Ridgedale Avenue.


At the Florham Park Diner, in addition to a choice of five tasty menu options, each attendee also received an Independence Day Mug, each filled with chocolates such as Twix, Almond Joy, M&Ms, and Snickers bars.  This extra something was in acknowledgement of Florham Park’s 125th Anniversary this year. 


The luncheon kicked off with Peter Nicolas, a Historical Society vp, welcoming Annemarie and Stephanie and acknowledging the two honored guests from last year who were in attendance – Dave Kramer and Mike Renahan.  He also acknowledged David Setzer as the new president of the Historical Society.  Nicolas then talked about the two highly successful Spring presentations held at the Florham Park Library and the healthy growth in membership in the past year. 


Board member Michele Newhouse presented Phyllis Botticelli with flowers from the Historical Society in appreciation of many years working as Hospitality Chair behind the scenes at the four annual presentations and many other events.  


Related to membership, the Board is asking readers to consider taking on a role on the Board or in a Committee.



Save the Date for the next two presentations sponsored by the Historical Society, both scheduled at the Florham Park Library:

  • October 8, 2024, 7pm – “Presidential Visits to the Garden State” to be presented by local favorite, Peter Zablocki 
  • November 12, 2024, 7pm – History of the Vanderbilt Family – a 125 Anniversary acknowledgement of Florence Vanderbilt Twombly and Hamilton Twombly, from which the borough received its name.


To learn more about The Historical Society of Florham Park contact Peter Nicolas at pnicolas@optimum.net or call his volunteer office landline at 973-520-8654.


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