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Welcome to the Somerset Hills Branch of AAUW

AAUW (National) is the oldest women’s organization in the USA. The AAUW mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. The Somerset Hills AAUW branch has general meetings and various interest groups. Our major fundraiser is our annual used book sale.

All members, even new ones, are encouraged to participate as board members, group chairs, convention attendees, and book sale workers in order to get the most out of the AAUW experience.

Somerset Hills AAUW Branch News –

With great disappointment, the Somerset Hills Branch of AAUW will not be hosting its huge annual Book Sale in August due to the risks associated with Covid-19.

With gratitude, we want to thank our local community for years of donating your precious books and purchasing great new finds each year over the past 72 years. 

And with great optimism (and social distancing), we hope to see you in 2021.

 

đź—łA bit of “edutainment” suggested by Co-President Ginny Pasternak: Now online–a new exhibit – “When Women Vote” – Old Barracks Museum’s Online Exhibit Explores the Anti-Suffragist History of Founding Members –Trenton, NJ—The Old Barracks Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new online exhibit titled “When Women Vote: The Old Barracks and the Anti-Suffrage Movement.” View it at barracks.org/whenwomenvote.

This timely exhibit, which is being released during the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment, explores a conflicted aspect of history. The Old Barracks’ origin is rooted in the military struggles of the 18th century, but the building also has a unique history tied to a group of affluent Trentonian women. In 1902, The Old Barracks Association (OBA) was founded entirely by women living in the Trenton area with the goal of preserving the historic structure. These women were from well-connected families and as such, were expected to be involved in the local community and pursue philanthropic projects. Despite their personal stories not always fitting the early 20th century ideal of womanhood, many of the founding members of the OBA were staunchly opposed to the idea of women having the right to vote. This exhibit aims to explore their story and reasons for supporting the anti-suffrage movement.

The Old Barracks Museum invites everyone to visit barracks.org/whenwomenvote to learn more about the history of the anti-suffrage movement, the Old Barracks Association, and Trenton. The 19th Amendment is undoubtedly a success story in the history of America, but it is important to preserve and understand all sides of history, and this exhibit intends to provide another side to the story of women’s suffrage.