The FASH mission is to support the ongoing care and restoration of the house and its grounds, and to research and interpret the history of the property and its people.
The goal is to foster an understanding of this history and its relationship to the history of South Bound Brook, surrounding communities, the State of New Jersey and our Country.
To promote this understanding, the Friends develop and present public and educational programs, exhibits, publications and presentations in various media.
This mission began in 1999, when the Borough of South Bound Brook acquired the house and property from owner Walter Bielicky, with the help of a grant from Somerset County.
In 2000, the South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission was established to guide preservation efforts for the historic home and the surrounding community. In 2002, the Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., a non-proft group, was created to assist with outreach, programming, volunteer activities and planning centered on preservation of the home and its connection to the history of the town and area.
Work began immediately, on several fronts, including applications to the New Jersey State and National Registers of Historic Places, research on the architecture, use and history of the property in a guiding document called an Historic Structures Report,** outreach to the community in the form of programming and activities, grant seeking, creating a volunteer base, archeological studies, and much, much more.
This work has been in progress for nearly two decades, time in which the house and grounds have served as a community gathering place featuring a broad array of educational programs, events and activities centered on history and its importance in our lives today. Generous support through grant programs have ensured that the house and outbuildings have received the attention needed to repair, renovate and rejuvenate the physical structures as well as assisting with the planning efforts needed to ensure the continued operations of this historic property as a public museum.
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**A historic structure report is generally commissioned by a property owner for an individual building and its site that has been designated as historically or architecturally significant, particularly buildings open to the public, such as state capitols, city halls, courthouses, libraries, hotels, theaters, churches, and house museums. A historic structure report provides documentary, graphic, and physical information about a property’s history and existing condition. Broadly recognized as an effective part of preservation planning, a historic structure report also addresses management or owner goals for the use or re-use of the property. (From National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services)