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THE MISSION of the Historical Society of Plainfield is to promote interest in history and to maintain and develop the Drake House museum.  The Museum, through its permanent collection and various programs, brings many facets of our heritage to Plainfield and the surrounding communities. Through special exhibits, the Historical Society expands its documentation of Plainfield's more recent history beyond the Drake/Harberger eras.

The Historical Society of Plainfield was founded in 1921 to preserve Drake House as a local landmark.  Title was later transferred to the City of Plainfield, which assists the Historical Society in maintaining the house as a public museum.  Support from Society members, foundations, local organizations and individuals aids the ongoing cost of restoration and acquisitions to the collection.


PLAINFIELD'S HISTORICAL SOCIETY cordially invites you to join.  Membership fees support and help to expand our activities. Members receive our quarterly newsletter, and invitations to programs throughout the year.  Members are welcome to participate in the many volunteer opportunities available.

Yearly membership dues are:
Student/Senior Citizen   $10.00
Individual     $15.00
Family     $25.00
Contributing    $25.00
Historic District    $50.00
Corporate & Sustaining   $50.00 & over

Please make checks payable to:
The Historical Society of Plainfield
602 West Front Street
Plainfield, NJ  07060-1004

Membership fees are tax deductible

Volunteer Opportunities

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES are available for those with interests, talents and any available time to give to the Drake House Museum.  A large corps of volunteers work behind the scenes to bring the public a variety of exhibits and special programs and to enhance their knowledge about the history and culture of the area.

For those interested in serving as a Museum guide, we offer extensive training on the artifacts and furnishings of the Museum.  There is also a need for volunteers to help in areas such as research and development of exhibits, collection maintenance, assistance with genealogical requests, telephone and writing jobs, and the preparation and coordination of seasonal historical programs and fundraisers.  Please contact us if your are  interested in a fulfilling volunteer opportunity.

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