Borden steps down after 27 years

by Tyler Bass - Posted on Feb 12, 2020 - 05:03 PM

Photo: Benjamin Borden Jr., left, is presented with a resolution to commend his 27 years of dedicated service to the Gloucester County Historical Committee by Phillip Bazzani, chairman of the county board of supervisors. Photo by Tyler Bass

Benjamin Borden Jr., left, is presented with a resolution to commend his 27 years of dedicated service to the Gloucester County Historical Committee by Phillip Bazzani, chairman of the county board of supervisors. Photo by Tyler Bass

Benjamin Borden Jr. has served on Gloucester County’s Historical Committee since 1992. He was appointed by Supervisor W.E. “Noody” Belvin that year, and has stayed on as a dedicated and valued member of the committee.

However, after 27 years, Borden has decided to step down as an official member of the Historical Committee. On Feb. 4, Borden was thanked for his years of service, with county supervisors presenting him a resolution of thanks, commending him for his nearly three decades of service.

Borden, doesn’t consider himself a big history buff. He knows a lot because he’s seen a lot, and has done his best to be a good steward of that knowledge. According to Borden, when he was first appointed to the committee, he “found it to be very interesting and had a lot of super people to work with.” The work, and the people, made saying “yes” to staying on easy, and the years just began to fly by.

Borden has many fond memories from the last 27 years. Some of Borden’s favorite days, “would be the days spent at our museum we manage.” Borden would spend one day a month at the Gloucester Museum of History, and would speak to the locals and travelers alike about Gloucester’s history. He met people from across the country while at the museum. Borden recalls meeting a novelist from California, who was writing a fictional tale of a man from Ware Neck. Borden never knew who would walk into the museum, but he was always ready to welcome them.

Borden’s dedication has led to his being recognized by Gloucester County’s Board of Supervisors. Borden expressed how honored he was to receive the resolution after all of these years. He said that the plaque was something he would want his family to hand down, because of the significance it holds for Borden. It shows just how valuable his, and the Historical Committee’s work, has been. 

For Borden, these last 27 years have been a tremendous honor. He is honored, and thankful that he’s been able to be a part of the county’s growth through the years, and to see so much of Gloucester’s history be preserved by the committee. Though Borden is stepping down. and will no longer be a standing member on the Historical Committee, he will be available as an honorary member. This way he can still attend some meetings, and stay in the know, while enjoying his well-earned retirement.