Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Milford Borough Historical Society

  • Milford, NJ
  • http://www.milfordnjhistory.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Milford Borough Historical Society is to preserve the historical resources of Milford, New Jersey and to educate the general public about our local history.

Main Programs

  1. Oral History Project
  2. Milford Borough Historic District
  3. History of Milford Publication

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Service Areas

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New Jersey

Milford, NJ 08848

ruling year

2010

President since 2013

Self-reported

Ms. Elisa Yager

Keywords

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historical society, museum, educational, local, history

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EIN

27-0361144

 Number

0852143116

Physical Address

40 Frenchtown Road

Milford, NJ 08848

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Over the past four years the organization has continued an ongoing community-wide oral history collection project. In June of 2011 we organized several living history activities to commemorate Milford's 100th anniversary. In 2012 we began work on a National Register of Historical Places nomination to establish a historic district in Milford. We also began research for a book covering all periods of Milford's history. In 2013 we began partnering with community organizations such as Milford Merchants Association to build and improve community events. Among the events that we participate in is Milford Alive, a cultural event that was attended by approximately 5,000 people in 2013. Hunterdon County's 300th anniversary celebration in 2014 has resulted in renewed local interest in history and historic preservation. As a result MBHS has increased its involvement in advocating for the preservation of local historic structures.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Oral History Project

The organization is recording interviews with local individuals to preserve their stories and memories. This will provide a research tool for the community to learn about our history with information not contained in published materials.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$500.00

Program 2

Milford Borough Historic District

Milford Borough Historical Society is working on a nomination to list Milford on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. This will help the community increase tourism and revitalize our local economy while promoting historic preservation.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 3

History of Milford Publication

Milford Borough Historical Society is publishing a book that will provide a comprehensive account of Milford's history from the earliest human settlement onward.

Category

Publishing

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Milford Borough Historical Society's ultimate goal is to be an educational and historic preservation leader in our community. To accomplish this goal we plan to address issues such as a lack of interest in local historic preservation, a decline in history education in our schools, and a lack of cultural institutions in our community. In the next three to five years, our organization will work with other community organization's to improve Milford's regional appeal in an effort to promote historic preservation as an economic asset. We will work with our local schools to improve the quality of history education for our students. We will also provide educational resources for our community in the forms of publications, collections, and public programs. In the next five to ten years we will establish a local history museum which will serve as a permanent cultural institution, expanding our outreach and our preservation capabilities. It is our vision that, through preservation and education, the borough of Milford, New Jersey will serve as a reminder of our past in an ever-changing world.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To accomplish our long-term goals we have been partnering with other community organizations since our founding in 2009. We believe that in a small community like Milford it is essential that all of our organizations work together toward a common goal. To accomplish our educational goals we partner with our local school district and provide in-school programs which enhance the quality of education for our students. To accomplish our preservation goals we work with our local businesses and merchants' association as well as our municipal government. In the future these partnerships will enable us to succeed in more substantial goals such as establishing our local history museum and a historic district for our community.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    As a young organization our partnerships with other organizations has been one of our greatest strengths thus far. We are a 100% volunteer organization so we have little overhead costs. At the same time, our volunteers, especially our board members, have provided the organization with priceless expertise and experience in all of the areas our organization needs. In the future after we establish our museum we will add educational programs professionals, curators, and other support staff to our team. These additional assets will enable the organization to reach wider audiences more effectively.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Milford Borough Historical Society regularly evaluates progress toward the organization's long-term goals. This progress is evaluated on a program by program basis: Oral History Program: The number of volunteers assisting with the program and the number of interviews completed is evaluated on a monthly basis at board meetings. School Programs: Program success is evaluated based on student interest and academic impact. Public Programs: The success of public programs and special events is evaluated based on community participation. We measure the number of participants, participant demographics, and times of peak attendance. The information obtained through the above evaluations is used to ensure that future programs are tailored to interests and needs of our community and current programs are modified to meet those needs. Publications: The success of our publications is measured by purchases and by feedback from readers.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our recent progress: In the recent past Milford Borough Historical Society has began work on a publication about Milford's history which will serve as an educational resource for our community, visitors, and students. In addition, we have hosted community-based living history events such as a reenactment camp and a 19th century baseball game in which community members were given an opportunity to experience history firsthand. In our local school district we assisted 7th and 8th grade students in conducting oral history interviews with local residents. All of these activities have made our organization more active in our community and schools and will enable us to increase our level of future activity while ensuring program success. What we have learned: Through our public programs and educational activities we have learned much about the historical interests of our community. This information will help us to tailor future programs and exhibits to meet those interests. An example of this use is that we learned that when our local students conducted oral history interviews they were able to best comprehend stories that were similar to those told by their own family members. That information could be used in future family history student projects. Publications which focus more on individuals rather than places or events will also be more appealing to the students for the same reason. Where are we going in the future? In the future, through our work, Milford will a history museum which will contain interactive exhibits and collections related to all of Milford's history from prehistoric times into the 21st century. When visitors leave that museum they will have a deeper understanding of not only our local history, but the evolution of America as well. Our outreach programs will include: the continuation of our oral history program in the community and in the classroom, living history events, a 19th century baseball traveling team, lecture series, publications, and scholarships for local students. What obstacles do we face? Our main obstacle is convincing our community members of the need for history programs and historic preservation in a harsh economic climate. However, we have demonstrated community interest in history and the role history can play in economic renewal through recent community events. We will continue to host similar events to boost interest in our cause.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Jersey

Milford, NJ 08848

Funding Needs

Funding is currently needed to support our programs, collections, and future plans. We need approximately $7000 per year for the oral history project to cover transcription fees and equipment costs. We have completed many interviews but we lack an adequate number of volunteers to transcript them into a format that can be easily made available to the public so transcription services must be utilized. We are in need of approximately $15,000 to complete our historic district project. In the future we will need funding to open and support our museum.

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Milford Borough Historical Society

Leadership

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President

Ms. Elisa Yager

BIO

Elisa Yager was one of the original founders of Milford Borough Historical Society in 2009. She has decades of experience in Human Resources and possess the Professional in Human Resources certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute. She has worked for a wide variety of companies in human resources and management capacities and she applies that experience toward improving the governance of Milford Borough Historical Society.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Elisa Yager

No Affiliation

Term: Sept 2011 - Sept 2013

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?