Planning begins for Brielle Centennial celebration

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Preliminary plans are being developed for the celebration of Brielle’s centennial on June 1. PHOTO BY ALLISON PERRINE

BRIELLE — Plans are being developed for the Brielle Centennial Celebration in June.

According to Union Landing Historical Society of Brielle President Jim Ham, plans for Brielle’s 100th birthday may include a series of maps, key events, exhibits and interviews.

These preliminary plans will include a series of maps exhibited at the Curtis House, displaying the evolution of Brielle over its past 100 years. Potential time periods may include earlier years dating back to 1851 showing the farmland, to 1923 around when the railroads came in, to around 1962 after the Garden State Parkway was created, to present day and more.

Mr. Ham said the goal is to have this display show “how the town grew from being a little village on a river, basically farmers and people in boats going out and fishing, and how it gradually grew over time to be what we are today,” he said, which he described as “vibrant residential community on the Jersey Shore.”

At the same time, he would like the map display to be visually pleasing. Because of this, Mr. Ham said he would like to surround maps with key photos and highlights from that time period.

Planned to also be on display are exhibits for specific key departments including police, fire, first aid, the historical society, church, school, public works, etc.

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