CRANFORD, N.J.  07016


Saturday         10/21               Four Centuries in a Weekend @ Crane-Phillips House 10 am-5 pm

Sunday            10/22               Four Centuries in a Weekend @ Crane-Phillips House 12pm-5 pm

Sunday            10/29               Halloween Story & Crafts @ Crane-Phillips House 2-4 pm                                          


Sunday            11/5                 Votes for Women @ Crane-Phillips House 2-4 pm

Sunday            11/19               Museum Tours @ Crane-Phillips House  2-4 pm                                               

                                                HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE/GARAGE SALE—11/11/17-11/12/17

                                               @ Hanson House Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm        


Sunday            12/3                 A Homemade Holiday (Make Your Own Holiday Gifts and

             Decorations) @ Crane-Phillips House 2-4 pm

Sunday            12/17               Museum Tours @ Crane-Phillips House 2-4 pm                                                            



Museum Display: “Cranford Historical Society 90th Anniversary Celebration”

Museum closed for the holidays from December  24, 2017 to January 6, 2018  

Programs are subject to change.  These programs are made possible by an operating

support grant from the NJ Historical Commission in addition to a HEART Grant from the

Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


The Cranford Historical Society presents

“Four Centuries in a Weekend”             

Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00am-5:00pm


Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 12:00-5:00pm

at  The Crane-Phillips House Museum, 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford

The Cranford Historical Society’s Crane-Phillips House Museum will once again participate in Union County’s

annual program, “Four Centuries in a Weekend.”  As well as viewing Cranford’s historic “little house’, Crane-Phillips,

visit us to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Cranford Historical Society.  For 90 years, the Society has worked

to “preserve and perpetuate” the history of our town.  View many of the historic archives, photographs and

memorabilia which the Society has collected and preserved throughout the years.   During the weekend long

celebration, the Society will be handing out 90th Anniversary Celebration stickers for the Four Centuries

Passbook.  In addition, visitors will receive 90th Anniversary pencils.ADMISSION IS FREE. Founded in 1927,

the Cranford Historical Society’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate the history of Cranford. 

This program is made possible by a Union County HEART Grant.


Votes for Women

 November 5, 2017

Learn about Cranford’s early suffragettes who labored to give women the vote. 

Did you know that ANTI-suffragettes outnumbered suffragettes 5 to 1 in the early 1900’s. 

Most New Jerseyans thought that voting women would topple the democracy!  It took great courage

to disagree with the vast majority of their contemporaries and these Cranford women had it! 

Read their words, see their photographs and look at the dresses they wore to combat prejudice against women.


All welcome.  Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. 

If you have any questions, call the Historical Society’s office at 908-276-0082 or email us at


Holiday Boutique/Garage Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, November 11 & Sunday, November 12

The Society will have our Holiday Boutique/Garage Sale Fundraiser at the Hanson House, 38 Springfield Avenue.

 Hours are: Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12, 2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Anyone wishing to donate new or slightly used items (no electrical items), please drop them

off at the Hanson House on Monday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 8 from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

and Tuesday, November 7 only from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.


Annual Holiday Party

Sunday, December 17th

4:00 pm-6:00pm

The President and Board of Trustees of the Cranford Historical Society cordially invite members to the annual

Pot Luck Society’s Holiday Party at the Hanson House on December 17, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

This year, we will have a variety of food and desserts to celebrate the Holidays and the coming New Year! 

All members and their guests are welcome to attend.  RSVP by December 9, 2017 and

let us know what you will be bringing.


A Homemade Holiday: Make Your Own Holiday Gifts and Decorations

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Before internet shopping, department stores and malls, holiday gifts and decorations were homemade

from ordinary materials.  Come see examples of early homemade gifts and decorations. 

Create your own simple gifts and décor.  Purchase some of the handmade items available to help

make your holiday simpler!

All welcome.  Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. 

If you have any questions, call the Historical Society’s office at 908-276-0082 or email us at


Cranford Historical Society Receives Grant from Wells Fargo

Cranford, N.J.-The Cranford Historical Society was awarded a $1,000 grant on Oct. 12 by Wells Fargo Foundation to

support the organization’s mission of to preserve and perpetuate Cranford’s history.  The community event was hosted by

Wells Fargo’s newly selected region bank presidents, Greg White and AZ Abdulghani, at the East Hanover Marriott in Whippany.


“We truly appreciate Wells Fargo’s support,” said Margaret Gerlach, President of the Cranford Historical Society. 

“We will use this grant for our Cranford Historical Society History Award Scholarship Fund given each year to a

Cranford High School Senior.”


The Cranford Historical Society was founded in 1927 by a small group of Cranford citizens interested in preserving

the town’s unique history.  Celebrating its 90th Anniversary in this year, the Society continues to be dedicated to the

preservation and perpetuation of Cranford’s history.  Our collection today includes photographs, scrapbooks, glass

negatives, furniture, tools, kitchen and farm implements, costumes, books, letters and numerous other artifacts related to

Cranford and its citizens.  They continue to collect and document Cranford’s history for future generations.  The Cranford

Historical Society serves the people of Cranford, Union County and Central New Jersey and are the caretakers of two

historic homes, Hanson House and Crane-Phillips House Museum


“We host this annual breakfast to celebrate, recognize and say thank you to community heroes such as The Cranford

Historical Society for all of their invaluable contributions and dedicated service to empower northern New Jersey

neighborhoods over the past year,” said Greg White, Wells Fargo’s Northern New Jersey region bank president. 


The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers

the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo to a nonprofit of their choice. 


Wells Fargo branches distributed a total of $130,000 in grants to support nonprofit groups serving the northern New Jersey area.


“Each nonprofit grant recipient was identified by our local branches,” said AZ Abdulghani, Wells Fargo’s Gateway

region bank president. “They see which nonprofits are out in the community making a difference in the areas where

many team members and customers are proud to live and work.”


The annual Community Connections program offers Wells Fargo branch managers the opportunity to provide additional

grants to local nonprofits of their choice in New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania.

“Many of our Wells Fargo team members also volunteer or are impacted by The Cranford Historical Society in some

way, Mascie Ghahremani,  Wells Fargo Branch Manager. “We’re proud to help the nonprofits serve our communities

wherever we can.” 

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion

in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded

in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and

consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and

mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global

economy. With approximately 271,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News,

insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.



The Cranford Historical Society is selling the following items:

Scenic Note Cards of Cranford—a pack of 12 for $5.00. 

Images of Cranford Books, Volume I and Volume II--$20 each. 

Pictures of the Crane-Phillips House Museum painted by local artists which captures the museum

in all four seasons--$4.00 each.

Larry Fuhro's Map of Cranford--$10

All items can be purchased at the Hanson House, 38 Springfield Avenue from 330p-530pm,

Monday thru Thursday.







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