The Matawan Historical Society is a volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1969. Its goals are the preservation of and the education about local history. The Society members furnish and operate the Burrowes Mansion Museum, maintain the collections, and serve as tour guides at the museum.

The Society and its members undertake projects to make history available to the public. These have included indexing historical records, producing publications, and providing speakers for outside groups. The Society has two slide programs available for loan to organizations for showing at their meetings.


A copy of the Society’s most recent bylaws can be found at this link: MHSByLaws-March-07-2022


The Matawan Historical Society meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 pm from September through June. Meetings are held at the Burrowes Mansion Museum and visitors are always welcome – and encouraged – to attend.

Slide lectures and outside speakers are often a part of the monthly meeting. Topics range from armchair tours to historical preservation efforts. Members are allowed a first-hand opportunity to examine new donations of artifacts as they are presented at meetings.


The Society’s publications include:

  • Images of America: Around Matawan and Aberdeen by Helen Henderson
  • The Making of America Series: Matawan and Aberdeen, of Town and Field by Helen Henderson

The Society’s publications are available at the Burrowes Mansion Museum during operating hours and at special events.