The Rutherford Historic Preservation Commission Presents its fourth Historic Commemorative - “William Carlos Williams House”
Rutherford, NJ / December 2005 – The Rutherford Historic Preservation Commission has released for sale it’s fourth historic collectable the “William Carlos Williams House.”
The collectable is on sale at Goffins, West End ShopRite, Rutherford Wine Shoppe, Elizabeth’s Garden, Brothers Hardware, the Rutherford Public Library, the Meadowlands Museum (91 Crane Ave), the Borough Clerks Office, at Rutherford’s Borough Hall and 55 Kip Center. More outlets may be added and all will be identified with the attached poster to signify an official point of purchase.
The RHPC chose the “William Carlos Williams House.” Because for 50 years it was the home and workplace of one of the nation’s most important literary figures. Nine Ridge Road was also a focal point for the writers, artists, actors and friends who visited William Carlos Williams and his hometown. In 1973 it was Rutherford’s first historic site to be listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
The 2005 commemorative contains a dimensional collectable that depicts the Williams’ house at Nine Ridge Road. Within the collectable is a frieze of Dr. Williams. This unique portrait is a reproduction of one of the most popular images of Williams and was originally created by artist and author Ferdinand Petrie.
The collectable is encased in an embossed blue display box, it has a decorative blue ribbon and is inscribed on the back as the “Rutherford Historic Preservation Commission 2005 Commemorative” The collectable is finished in 24-karat gold and comes with a four-page insert describing the history of the house, and it’s occupants, Dr. Williams and his wife Florence. The insert was compiled by Borough Historian Rod Leith and includes a Ron Bishow illustration of Nine Ridge Road used with permission through The Record. The insert also explains the mission of the RHPC and the purpose for the fundraiser. This years commemorative resembles the commission’s other collectibles issued in the past three years that include “The Rutherford Train Station”, “World War 1 Monument” and “Iviswold – The Castle”.
The commission developed the commemorative as a fundraiser and as a way to increase awareness of all of Rutherford’s historic assets. “William Carlos Williams House.” is the official collectable of the Borough of Rutherford’s Historic Preservation Commission and was struck as a limited first edition of 325 with an expected retail price of $15.00. The RHPC intends to continue to issue a series of historic commemoratives through a multi year program.
Additionally, some outlets will be selling the 2003 Historic Commemorative the World War 1 Memorial. at the original $15.00 price. However there will only be a limited amount available.
The mission of the Rutherford Historic Preservation Commission is to “actively protect and promote all of Rutherford’s historic resources through advocacy and education.”
The RHPC is an advisory commission and is part of the Borough of Rutherford. The commission’s volunteers are appointed by the Mayor and Council. Meetings are open to the public and are generally held at 8:00pm on the first Monday (excluding borough holidays) of each month in the council’s workroom, upstairs in Borough Hall. The 2003 officers are Borough Council Liaison: Richard Reyes, Chairman: William Neumann, Vice Chairman: John Moe, Secretary: Steve Savitsky and Treasurer: Lillian Murray.
For more information please contact the RHPC Chairman (Bill Neumann) directly at 201 939-0370 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org