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Trinity Church Celebrates 150 Years at Barron Art Center

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Trinity Episcopal Church of Woodbridge is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the consecration of the church rebuilt in 1861 after a fire destroyed the previous building. To celebrate the milestone, the church is holding an exhibit of historical artifacts at the equally historic Barron Arts Center.

The exhibit, which will contain important artifacts and photographs from the church’s history, will run May 12 – June 5, 2011. The exhibit marks the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the present church building by The Right Reverend William Henry Odenheimer, Bishop of New Jersey in 1861.

For more than three hundred years, Trinity Church has been a worshipping community in Woodbridge Township. After a fire destroyed the second church building, the present building was erected in 1860-61 and consecrated on May 20, 1861. Recently restored through a grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust, the current building reflects the Neo-gothic style of church building that was popular during the mid-1800s.

“The history of the parish is integral with the history of Woodbridge Township” said Father Robert L. Counselman, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church and Member of The Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission. “and although many parish records have been missing since before the present church was completed, important artifacts and pictures from the early days of the parish. . .will be exhibited.”

The Barron Arts Center is located at 582 Rahway Avenue in Woodbridge, NJ.  Gallery hours are Monday thru Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

The exhibition is sponsored by The Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission chaired by Dr. Dolores Capraro Gioffre with support from Mayor John E. McCormac.

About the Barron Arts Center – Woodbridge Township’s Center for the ArtsThe Barron Arts Center, listed on the national Register of Historic Places, recently celebrated its 130th Anniversary. With the support of the Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission and under the direction of Cynthia Knight, the Barron Arts Center offers programming to the public free of charge.

Donations are appreciated and are essential to the continuation of free quality arts programs and exhibits.

** Please become a “fan” of the “Barron Arts Center” on our Facebook page to get all of the latest information on upcoming programs and events. **  For more information or directions, please call (732) 634-0413.

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