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See a slide show about our plans to create a community center in Midtown

Check out the story on the Seal of Union County, prepared by News12

Go to our Multimedia Page to see photos of the work in progress!

Read the article in the Star-Ledger detailing our progress!


The Academy seeks to serve the People of Elizabeth in four ways:

Historically
We will operate a museum dedicated to explaining the region’s vital role in American Revolution and how immigrants made and are making a difference today.

Artistically
We will use our 200-seat Auditorium to host Community Theatre, Concerts, and Lectures. We are especially interested in attracting new artists and performers who reflect the diverse and talented population of the city and surrounding area.

Educationally
The 2nd floor studio will be a haven for art students from a variety of disciplines. ESL and other training programs will help new immigrants and persons with special needs “fill the gaps” in their learning so they can find better jobs.

Community Service
There will be office space for government and social service organizations. The weekly Agape feeding program will serve the working poor. Other agencies will target immigrants, the  un- and under-employed, and women seeking a better life.

Quick Facts

Name: The Academy of Elizabethtown
Founded: October 27, 1664
Buildings: 1790 Church (3rd on site), 1917 Academy (4th on site)
Burial Grounds: 2000+ persons buried, 169 veterans
Noted Persons: Philip Carteret, 1st Colonial Governor; Rev. Jonathan Dickinson, Founder of Princeton University; Rev. James Caldwell, Pastor of First Pres. Church and Revolutionary War leader; Hannah Arnett, Led women in providing support for troops
Projects: Museum, Visitor’s Center, Cemetery, Community Theater, Arts Education, Social Services, Feeding program