Van Anda book, “Legendary Locals of Rumson” launch and signing

RUMSON – Local historian and author Roberta H. Van Anda officially launches her new book, Legendary Locals of Rumson Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at the Junior League of Monmouth County Headquarters, 55 Center St (at the corner of Center Street in Ridge Road, just west of the intersection of Ridge Road and Center Street in Rumson).

     The presentation by Van Anda is part of the Historically Speaking Lecture Series sponsored by the Monmouth County Historical Association. Van Anda’s book tells a fascinating story in pictures as it contains more than 160 vintage images, many of them never before published.


     Rumson has been home to chefs, entertainers, sports stars, financiers, entrepreneurs, scientists, brewers, legislators, philanthropists and jurists, and all are highlighted in Van Anda’s book. Rumson was developed when river-to-river parcels were acquired and developed into farms and country estates for the elite of New York City. Notable residents of earlier eras included The Baking Powder King and the Calico King, as well as a Secretary of the Interior who declined an offer to run for vice-president of the United States. The vacancy was subsequently filled by Theodore Roosevelt who continued to make his own history throughout his lifetime.

    A resident of the borough since her childhood, Van Anda has been an active member of the community, serving in a number of different capacities, including editor of the Rumson Borough Bulletin, a member of the Rumson Community Appeal Board and public relations professional for Rumson Fair-Haven Regional High School. She is currently secretary of the Rumson Historic Preservation Commission.  She has also taught at Rumson-Fair Haven High School and Rumson Country Day School, as well as served on both local boards and the NJ State Board of Education.

  The lecture is free and open to the public. Van Anda will have books available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is being co-hosted by the Junior League of Monmouth County in its historic headquarters which was built in 1906 and which served as the original firehouse in Rumson.  The JLMC is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. 

   Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.  The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold, New Jersey.  Museum hours are: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.  The Historic Houses are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from May 1 through September 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  For further information about the Association, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit our web site at 

  Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

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