Westfield Historical Society

Where Yesterday and Today Meet the Future

Westfield Historical Society Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center

314 Mountain Avenue Westfield, NJ 07090

Tel: (908) 654-1794

Archive located at:

302 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ

Board of Education Building - 3rd Floor


Tuesday 10am-12 pm 

Thursday 9:15-11:15 am

Reeve House Tours by Appointment or first two Sundays of the month

1pm - 3 pm

The Society seeks to:

- preserve and share the rich heritage of the Westfield Area for future generations,

-to give voice to under-represented groups and tell the story of the common person;

-to build and support a community of people interested in history and culture;

-and provide tools for historical research and publication.

To donate or become a member, check out our membership page. You make it all happen! Help us share Westfield's history with the next generation.

                 2013-14  Lecture/Speaker Programs

Date Topic
Speaker Location
April 2 2014 The Hyksos and the Exodus 12:00 PM Sam Mahmoud Echo Lake CC

Next Luncheon:

The Hyksos and the Exodus

Spring Assembly - April 8th, 2014 - 7:30 PM

"Sugar, Oysters and War"

Westfield Presbyterian Church

The Exodus and the Hyksos will be the topic of Hassan”Sam” Mahmoud at the first Wednesday Luncheon of the Westfield Historicasl Society on April 2, luncheon. It will begin at noon at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue in Westfield. The Bible calls it the Exodus. The recorded Egyptian history calls it the expulsion of the invading Hyksos. Half way through the seven thousands years of Egypt’s history, in about 1680 years BC, some Asiatic Tribes, called the Hyksos, invaded Egypt and stayed there for about 100 years. They plundered the country, subjugated the population, destroyed many temples and humiliated the local princes. Eventually the Egyptians revolted and kicked them out. They fled through the Sinai Desert. Coincidently, the bible put the date of the Exodus around the same date of that expulsion.

About the Speaker:

Mr. Mahmoud will explore the two versions of that epoch and the conflict between the historians and the Bible writers. This is the twelfth lecture given by Mr. Mahmoud to the Society. He is a member, trustee, and the program’s co- director of the Westfield Historical Society. A 22 years resident of Westfield, he has been a World traveler, author, lecturer and a student of history and culture of many countries. He has published numerous articles about history and politics in the major state newspapers. He was a monthly columnist for the Home News Tribune and the Courier News.

All those wishing to attend the Luncheon are asked to make a reservation by calling (908)233-2930 by noon on Monday, March 31.The cost of the Luncheon is $25.00 for the members and $30.00 for the nonmember.


“Sugar, Oysters and War”

Elizabeth 1664-1776

By Ken Ward


Raising cane was not only what most of the American patriots did during the Revolutionary War but  was one of the most profitable concerns that the British/American Colonists could be involved in back in the late 17th century.  A couple of early Elizabethtown inhabitants learned to blend politics and finances to help fund our fight for freedom from the British. Learn more about the sugar and slave economy and the part Westfield played in the world economy.  Ken Ward will also discuss a few of the remaining structures from these times that still grace present day Elizabeth, NJ.

About the speaker:

Ken Ward's association with the history of Elizabeth and Union County began in the early 1970s when he worked with Mrs. Mary Alice Kean on the inventory of Liberty Hall in Union New Jersey. Shortly thereafter he became the Secretary of the Elizabethtown Historical Foundation which maintained the Belcher-Ogden Mansion, Bonnell House and St. John's Parsonage, all historic buildings in Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

In 1999 the Historical Society Elizabeth NJ Inc. was founded. As Trustee and Vice President of the new organization, Ken accepted the responsibility for the care and use of Bonnell House and the Belcher-Ogden Mansion from the Elizabeth Historical Foundation, positions he retains today. With Future City Inc., the Historical Society has restored both buildings and made use of them for high school and college students, for regional stakeholders working on environmental and cultural projects, and for in-depth historical studies of individual community sections of the City of Elizabeth. The properties are a model for urban adaptive reuse and an ecological oasis in midtown Elizabeth.

Outside Elizabeth, Ken has been a Governor of the New Jersey Historical Society and Secretary of that organization in Newark, and in Westfield he has been a four term warden of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Donations are always appreciated to any of the 5 Historical Organizations at the Spring Assembly.