About the Commission

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Morris County Heritage Commission is an advisory body of the Morris County Board of County Commissioners.

On behalf of the Commissioners, the Morris County Heritage Commission facilitates understanding and preservation of Morris County’s diverse history by:

  • Promoting awareness of Morris County’s heritage and acknowledging our cultural diversity through education and appropriate communications such as publications, exhibits, and public programs.
  • Maintaining the Morris County Archives and ensuring their preservation and accessibility.
  • Providing advice and support to local historical and historic preservation groups in Morris County.

The Heritage Commission was created in 1970 pursuant to the state law authorizing county cultural and heritage commissions. Morris is one of two counties in New Jersey with a separate heritage commission. The official arts agency of the county is the private non-profit Arts Council of the Morris Area.

The Heritage Commission’s nine members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve without compensation for five-year terms.