909 Caldwell Ave, Union, NJ 07083, USA



(908) 687-7977

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Please use the contact form below or call 908.687.7977 to schedule a private tour of the Caldwell Parsonage.


Tours are open to all at special events or by appointment.

Our Mission

The Union Township Historical Society's mission, with community support and involvement, is to preserve and promote the rich and diverse history of the Township of Union, Union County, New Jersey.


The collection and preservation of historical artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, published works, and other materials related to the history of the Township and its residents is fundamental to this mission, as is the preservation of the 1782 historic Caldwell Parsonage, which serves as the Society's museum and headquarters.


Also fundamental to the mission is encouraging the preservation and appreciation of historic sites and structures within the Township.  In support of this mission, the society displays its permanent collection, mount exhibits, develops and implements educational  programs, issues publications, and makes its resources and expertise available to the public.


Alice Paul: Champion of Women's Suffrage, 3/8




NJ Women Vote: The 19th Amendment at 100

The Suffrage Movement and the Work of Alice Paul

          The Union Township Historical Society will host author Linda Barth at Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, at 2 pm on Sunday, March 8, which is International Women's Day.  March is also Women's  History Month.

          This year marks the centennial of women's suffrage in the U. S.  Why did it take so long?  Discover the answer in Linda Barth's presentation, "Alice Paul: Champion of Women's Suffrage," based on her book of the same name. 

          Linda tells the story of the suffragists’ bringing the vote to American women.  NJ women were prime movers in that process—with marches, protests, and jail time.  NJ suffragist Alice Paul helped secure ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920.         

          Linda worked with the NJ state committee to plan events celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment.  A lifelong resident of the Garden State, she wrote two books on the D & R Canal, as well as three children’s picture books—Bridgetender’s Boy, Hidden New Jersey, and Alice Paul:  Champion of Women’s Suffrage.  Linda also authored A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone and New Jersey Originals.  With her husband, she published The Millstone Valley Through Time and Somerville Through Time.  Linda also contributed to the Encyclopedia of New Jersey.

          Linda spent 45 years in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District, teaching 4th grade, then substituting after retirement.  She’s executive director of the League of Historical Societies of NJ and president of D & R Canal Watch, a friends organization of the D & R Canal State Park.


          Reservations are not required.  Refreshments will be served during the book signing, following the presentation.  Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.  For more information, please call 908-591-4377.


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