DOVER AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
PO Box 609
Dover, New Jersey 07802-0609
Press Release 10/02/03
[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE]
HOMELESS HISTORICAL SOCIETY GETS A NEW "LEASE" ON LIFE
SIGNING CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 21, 2003
DOVER- The Dover Area Historical Society will finally get a place to call
"home." It will finally be able to unpack all the artifacts and belongings
that have been stored away for the past 26 years.
On Tuesday, October 21 at 7pm, the historical society will sign a 25 year
lease with the First Presbyterian Church of Dover for use of a former
doctor's house as a museum and headquarters.
Historically known as the Dr. Arthur W. Condict house (c. 1900), the
building is located next to the church at 55 West Blackwell Street.
Following the signing ceremony, which will be held inside the church at
51 West Blackwell Street, there will be a reception along with tours of the
The house will remain the property of the church, however, the long-term
lease will be awarded to the historical society provided the necessary
repairs and improvements are made during an initial 10 year period.
After that, a review process will take place every five years for the
continuation of the lease.
The Dover Area Historical Society has been homeless since 1977, losing
its original museum site at the Bonnieview mansion near Hurd Park.
The society has since been holding its monthly meetings at various
locations around town.
The former doctor's house has three floors of space with twelve
individual rooms plus a large basement and attic.
The first floor will be used for displays and showcases with a small gift
The second will be used for meetings and classrooms for school children
to visit and learn of the town's history and conduct research.
The third floor will be used for offices and house the newly established
New Jersey Radio Museum (NJRM), a showcase of New Jersey radio stations,
featuring Dover's former WRAN and the current WMTR and WDHA.
The historical society will initially be looking for individuals and
organizations that will pledge to cover the cost of repairing and improving
one room in the house.
In return, that room will be named after that individual or group with a
plaque mounted on the wall. Several individuals may team up and pool their
resources to repair a room.
For more information, call 973-366-0629.
For further information please contact: George Laurie/Trustee/Chairman of
Museum Committee 973-361-6205