MCHS To Host Presentation On Book “Florham: An American Treasure”

The Morris County Historical Society announces a special presentation on Sun., March 12 at 2 p.m. at the Morristown and Morris Township Library featuring the book “Florham: An American Treasure.”

A pictorial history of the iconic Vanderbilt-Twombly estate, the book follows the property from “home” to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus.

Meet authors Carol Bere, Walter Cummins, and Arthur T. Vanderbilt II as they share their insight into Florham’s history, recreate the family’s amazing lifestyle there during the Gilded Age, and explain how Florham survived, when countless other local mansions and estates did not.

Enjoy viewing vintage photographs as well as new color images that were taken for the book by photographer Mark Hillringhouse. A program highlight will be the showing of a “lost” film recorded in the 1930s by Florence Vanderbilt Twombly’s chef, Joseph Donon. The MCHS is pleased to present this special program in collaboration with the Friends of Florham.

“Florham: An American Treasure” will be available for purchase at the presentation, and may also be purchased at the MCHS’s Gallery Gift Shop. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance; cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, and free for MCHS members.

Contact the MCHS at 973-267-3465 or MCHSAcornHall@gmail.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

This presentation is offered as part of MCHS’s Jeanne H. and William C. Watson Memorial Speakers Series, in honor of the MCHS’s first Executive Director, Jeanne Watson, 1980-1996.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1945, is a member supported 501 (c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the history of Morris County.

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