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Stephanie B. Stevens

STEPHANIE B. STEVENS is a retired special education teacher. She was appointed to the Commission in 1979 and, as Commission Chair, has instigated many projects. Mrs. Stevens is the official Historian for the County of Hunterdon, and for many years served in that capacity for the Township of Readington. She is a published author of numerous books concerning the history of Readington Township, local slaves, mills, the significant Polish settlement in Whitehouse Station, the History of Round Valley and other topics of local interest.

Mrs. Stevens served as a member of the New Jersey Historic Trust and is a trustee of the Advocates for New Jersey History. She founded the Readington Township Museums, and served as mayor of Readington Township. She is a former member of the Governor’s Task Force on New Jersey History. In 1999 the NJ Legislature recognized her as a “NJ Woman of Distinction.” Mrs. Stevens presides at Commission meetings, and represents the Commission at official functions.

Her current term expires 12/31/2014.

Frank Curcio

FRANK CURCIO is a resident of the Annandale section of Clinton Township. He served as President of the Clinton Township Historic Preservation Commission and as the township’s official Historian. Mr. Curcio is a retired schoolteacher who writes free-lance articles for several newspapers.

He became fascinated with lime kilns and lime burning, and penned an in-depth 132-page “working guide” published in 2006 as Hunterdon Countys Forgotten Lime Industry. Mr. Curcio has a special interest in historic roads, and his research on Hunterdon’s colonial roads will soon result in another published book on local history entitled: “The Roads of Home”.

His current term expires 12/31/2017.

James Davidson

JAMES DAVIDSON is a resident of East Amwell Township where he was appointed the local historian in 2008 and is an active member of the East Amwell Historical Society and the township’s Preservation Committee. A lifetime Hunterdon resident and avid local historian, he was a co-author of a book on East Amwell and writes a column for the township’s monthly newsletter.

He is an avid collector of Lindbergh memorabilia and has recently finished a book on The Lindbergh Kidnapping, a subject he often speaks on. A former history teacher, he is also a member of the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education.

His current term expires 12/31/2015.

Lora W. Jones

LORA W. JONES was appointed to the Commission in 2007. She earned a BA, Journalism with Honors at Louisiana Polytechnic University, and worked in public relations/promotion for “Fortune 500” companies in fields of pharmaceuticals, medical instruments, hydrocarbon research, engineering, heavy construction, public utility services, employee benefits and insurance.

She is the founding curator of The Squibb Gallery for Squibb Corporation in Princeton, NJ, where she established gallery policy and operating procedures. Mrs. Jones was responsible for 1325 exhibitions of work ranging across all media from the historical to the contemporary and drawn from the US and ten other countries. She also helped create The Squibb Museum and wrote all copy for the displays. She was independent consultant and curator of six exhibitions at other corporate sites and art centers.

Mrs. Jones is a Trustee of the Hunterdon County Historical Society and Historian of Franklin Township, where she edited the township newsletter for several years. She is a long-time member of Franklin’s Open Space Advisory Committee and of Rural Awareness, a non-profit group that promotes civic activity and projects that preserve Franklin’s rich historical heritage. She co-authored the township’s 1999 Open Space and Recreation Plan and was the curator of a Hunterdon Art Museum exhibition based on the Hunterdon Hackberry tree, the largest in the county, as a fundraiser to preserve land. She served as a member of the 1995 Franklin Township Sesquicentennial Committee and as editor and production manager for the book Facts and Fantasies of Franklin by J. Edward Stout. Along with Dan and Mary Campanelli, Mrs. Jones wrote Franklin Township, Hunterdon County for Rural Awareness as an addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. She is a former Trustee of the Hunterdon County YMCA,  Hunterdon Art Museum, and New Jersey State Teen Arts.

Her current term expires 12/31/2016.

John Kuhl

JOHN KUHL was appointed Commissioner in January 1999. Mr. Kuhl is a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County, who, for years, worked in the agricultural business. He graduated Penn State with dual majors of Naval Science and Poultry Science before being commissioned as Ensign in the Regular Navy.

For more than 25 years Mr. Kuhl has enjoyed membership in the Hunterdon County Historical Society and other historical organizations. He is an avid collector of Civil War, a long-time researcher in genealogy, Three Bridges history, and New Jersey’s participation in the Civil War. Mr. Kuhl has written magazine articles and book sections on the Civil War, has written local histories, and is a sought-after lecturer on these topics.

Mr. Kuhl’s latest book Hunterdon’s Civil War Soldiers is currently in print and available for purchase.

His current term expires 12/31/15.

Maeve Pambianchi

Ms. Pambianchi has won awards for her contributions to the youth of Hunterdon County and performing arts in general.  She worked professionally as an actor, singer and dancer, and was a long-time student of Obie Award and Drama Desk winning director and acting teacher Gene Frankel, who was one of the earliest members of the Actors' Studio. She lived and worked in Paris for six years, and upon returning to America founded the Lambertville Cultural Center. After working off-Broadway and touring with regional theatre companies she settled in Hunterdon County and founded Franklin Theatre Works.

Since founding the group in 2004, Ms. Pambianchi has directed hundreds of students
in over 45 full-scale dramas, comedies and musicals.

Her term expires 2018.

Elizabeth Rice

ELIZABETH M. RICE was appointed to the Commission in January 2010. She is a 1987 graduate of Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Rice has served in numerous volunteer capacities, including as a homeroom parent and coordinator of Gallery Time and the Scholastic Book Fair for the Clinton Township PTA, and as a driver for Meals on Wheels. She is a former Trustee of The 1759 Vought House, Inc. and of the Hunterdon County Historical Society, for which she is still actively involved with in the production of its Hunterdon Historical Newsletter.

As the mother of a nationally competitive high school cyclist, her many supportive roles include manager, massage therapist, mechanic, nutritionist and travel coordinator. 

Her current term expires 12/31/2016.

 

Financial support for the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission’s general operations and programs is made possible in part by grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs within the Department of State, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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