South Orange Historical and Preservation Society   

Since its formation in 1986 through the present, SOHPS has supported historic preservation and education efforts.

Our current primary objectives

• Developing outreach programs to all the businesses, historical societies, churches, schools and universities within South Orange
and the surrounding areas.

• Developing educational programs of historic significance for our local communities, libraries
and school curricula and educational environments

• Preservation of significant historic structures, including the historic buildings and
districts on the National and State Historic Registers

• Increasing membership and membership participation in all events and SOHPS activities.





The South Orange Historical and Preservation Society (SOHPS) is pleased to announce that we are offering a $1,000 scholarship.  The competition is open to all High School Juniors and Seniors residing in South Orange and Maplewood who will be entering an accredited institution of higher education upon graduation from High School.

The award is a one-time payment not to be considered a renewal and will be paid directly to the winner’s chosen institution of higher education.

TOPIC:          Many of the streets in South Orange are named after prominent citizens from South Orange history, many of whom were also important in the growth and governance of South Orange.  In this essay contest, students will first select a street name that has historical significance, research the landholder and their family, describe how the landholder(s) influenced the growth and/or governance of the Village, provide historical facts regarding the landholders and describe the street as it is today and include whether any of the original structures attributable to the land holder still exist.

SPECIFICATIONS:  Essays are submitted directly to the screening committee at  Essay must be between 1,000 and 1,200 words, in MS-Word or compatible format, 12 point type font, 1.5 line spacing, and one inch margins.  The essay must be accompanied by a bibliography.  Wikipedia is not an acceptable source.  A cover page must include the student’s name, address, telephone number, email address, current high school, and the College or University the student will be attending, if known.

DEADLINE:  Entries must be received by the screening committee no later than May 1, 2014.  The scholarship winner will be notified no later than June 1, 2014.

The South Orange Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. (SOHPS) supports the study of the history of the Township of South Orange Village and the preservation of its history and historical artifacts by providing a focus and center for these activities.  Our goal is to disseminate historical and preservation information through special programs and maintain a non-profit, non-sectarian and non-discriminatory association of members.

The winning essay will become the property of the South Orange Historical and Preservation Society and may, with proper attribution to the writer, be reproduced, distributed, and publicly displayed for the purposes of supporting the goals of SOHPS.
South Orange Historical and Preservation Society, Inc., is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes, within the classification of legal charities.