The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House is a non – profit organization dedicated to the restoration and development of the Jacobus Vanderveer House as a cultural resource in Bedminster, New Jersey. The Vanderveer House is significant in American military history and was listed on both the National and New Jersey registers of historic places in 1995. Located in River Road Park in Bedminster, the Vanderveer House has been at the center of Bedminster’s rich and colorful history for over two centuries. Local legend has it that General Henry Knox and his family lived in the Jacobus Vanderveer House during the winter of 1778-1779 while the general commandeered the Continental Artillery that was encamped in nearby Pluckemin. Plans for the restored house call for establishing a museum for exhibiting artifacts from the Pluckemin encampment and featuring programs related to the history of the Revolution. Interpretive exhibits will be designed for the site.
To qualify as a student intern at the Vanderveer House, one must have a background or major course work in American History and have good research and writing capabilities. Responsibilities would include doing research of the Revolutionary War period through, though not limited to, such resources as local newspapers of the area at the time, searching for references in articles and advertisements to the Vanderveer family, General Henry Knox and the Pluckemin Encampment and American Colonial life in Bedminster.
The Friends have conducted several research projects in the past, including a recent document for museum interpretation of contexts and themes for exhibits and displays. The student intern’s work would be to add to the existing body of material already on file.
The Vanderveer House has won several design awards for its restoration and the Board of Trustees has worked with a prominent and well respected team of architects, archaeologists, historians and researchers including Holt, Morgan, Russell, architects in Princeton, archaeologists Hunter Research, Inc. in Trenton and Linda B. McTeague, preservation planner. The student would report to the Board of Trustees which is comprised of 24 members and is responsible for raising funds to restore the house and for promoting increased visibility of the Vanderveer project as a whole.
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