Carteret, NJ – Mayor Dan Reiman and the Borough Council in partnership with the Carteret Historical Committee and Central Jersey Arts Council are pleased to announce the conservation of historical maps and paintings soon to be on display in May of 2016.
A historical map depicting the Canda Manufacturing properties and dating back to 1892 was conserved and restored. The map is one of two recently restored maps in the Carteret Historical Committee’s collection. Funding for the project was, in part, provided through a grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Both maps will be on display at the Blazing Star Cultural Arts Center during the month of May.
In addition to the two maps, the Committee also uncovered a large rolled painting on canvas, attributed to Joseph Limarzi, a 1930’s WPA painter. The painting, depicting General Cable, is in relatively good condition for its age. It has been professionally evaluated for conservation.
The Historical Committee recently completed a CAPES survey. A visit and written report by the Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service will assist the Committee in further organizing and caring for the collection.
“Our community has a diverse and rich history,” said Mayor Reiman. “Many memorable residents, businesses, and events have paved a foundation to make us the great town we are today. Our historical understanding and pride strengthens us as we work to make Carteret even better for future generations.”
Community members have expressed interest in several historical topics such as sports, family portraits and celebrations, and the town’s banking and post office memorabilia. The Historical Committee is actively working on each of these topics to present as full-scale exhibitions for the late 2016-2017 year.
This May the Committee will provide a preview into these future topics with small-scale displays and a related presentation. A request to the community for related items is being made in an effort to curate comprehensive displays.
“The displays will be richer with community input,” commented Susan Wentzel Committee Chairperson.
Topics for future displays include Carteret weddings (all eras and cultural traditions), families, banking and post office memorabilia, and sports (youth and adult).
The Carteret Historical Committee meets the first Wednesday each month (except July) at 7pm at Blazing Star Cultural Arts Center, 63 Carteret Avenue. Find them on Facebook at “Carteret Historical Committee” and contact them via email atCarteretHistoricalCommittee@carteret.net