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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Trenton Museum Society

Thursday, October 19th, 2023
6:30 – 10:00 pm
Trenton Country Club
201 Sullivan Way, Trenton, New Jersey

When you enter the Trenton City Museum in 2023 ― whether to see a contemporary art exhibition, lose yourself among our collection of historic Trenton artifacts, volunteer with a children’s art workshop, or step up to our Freedom Friday open mic ― you share in a cultural and community resource that grows and thrives thanks to the dedicated people, past and present, of the Trenton Museum Society.

Join us October 19 to celebrate the Trenton Museum Society at 50 and honor the timeless contributions of

  • Rosalie Dietz*
  • David Goldberg*
  • Carol Hill
  • Betty Holland
  • Molly Merlino*
  • James Seibert*
  • Brenda Springsted
  • Carolyn Stetson
  • Mary Yess

* In Memoriam 

Learn more about our honorees, our history, and our celebration at



  • 6:30 – 10:00 pm
  • Delectable Small Plates, Hors d’oeuvres, and Dessert
  • Open Bar with a Signature Cocktail

  • Silent Auction, featuring works by iconic Trenton artists and more
  • Enjoy Music and Dancing with the Alex Otey Trio
  • Joe Gyurcsak, nationally known artist, will capture the scene in a painting on site, to be available for bid.
  • 8 pm
  • Welcome – Deniece Johnson, 50th Anniversary Chair
  • Special Guest MC – Brian Hill,
    former Director of the Trenton City Museum

  • “The Spirit of Ben Whitemire” – David Orban
  • Appreciation of Honorees – Joan Perkes, President, TMS

The Trenton Museum Society

Founded in 1973, the Trenton Museum Society oversees the only museum devoted to New Jersey’s capital city. The Museum Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that holds in trust, maintains and seeks to display and increase public access to its large and important collection of historical objects, works of art, books and other documents pertaining to the industrial, cultural, political and civic history of Trenton, from its founding to the present. Under an agreement with the City of Trenton, the Museum Society collection is housed in the grand Ellarslie Mansion, built in 1848 and located on the grounds of Trenton’s historic Cadwalader Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Ellarslie Mansion, also called the Trenton City Museum, is open to the public to view, which can view selections from the museum society’s peerless collection, including ceramics created by Trenton’s famous 19th and 20th century pottery industry, historical and cultural artifacts, and work by artists of the region.

2022-2023 Board of Trustees

  • President
    Joan Perkes
  • First Vice President
    Diane Ciccone
  • Second Vice President
    Patricia Allen
  • Treasurer
    Chuck Lorimer
  • Recording Secretary
    Jean Shaddow
  • Corresponding Secretary
    Karl Flesch
  • David Bosted
  • Kaye Collins
  • Deborah Gorczycki
  • Carol Hill
  • Deniece Johnson
  • Beverly Keese-Kelley
  • Linda McRae
  • Jane Malloy
  • Michael Newman
  • Deborah Oliver
  • Janis Purcell
  • Sarah Unger