Carteret, NJ – Mayor Dan Reiman was joined by Susan Wentzel, Chairwoman of the Carteret Historical Committee, to announce that the committee has received a $3,000 grant from the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission. The grant, awarded after a competitive application process, will allow the Borough to restore and digitize two historic maps of Carteret, dating from 1908 and 1927, respectively. The maps depict Carteret in its earliest formation.
“Knowing where we came from is equally as important as knowing where we are going,” said Reiman. “As our community continues to improve, adapt, and transform, this grant will enable us to preserve a key part of our history for future generations.”
The maps, which were donated to the Carteret Historical Committee, are in varying states of disrepair. As was common at the time, one of the maps was produced to depict the sale of property, specifically that of the Colwell estate.
“While these historic documents provide us with a snapshot of a time long since gone by, their current condition renders them unsuitable for public access,” added Wentzel. “Thanks to the Heritage Commission, we will soon be able to provide Carteret residents of all ages another look back in time at the foundations of our community.”
Once fully restored, the maps are expected to be displayed at the Borough’s Blazing Star Cultural Arts Center, as well as in digital form on the Borough’s website.