History Scholarship

Historical society president Michael Houdart, right, receives a donation to be used for the Alice T. Teal Memorial History Scholarship from Harry Folger III, governor of the Jersey Cape Colony of Mayflower Descendants, and Suzanne Smith of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The scholarship will be given to an outstanding history student at the Upper Township Middle School.

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UPPER TOWNSHIP – A new scholarship will honor the memory of Alice Teal, a former resident of Marmora who worked as a public information officer for Upper Township and edited The Mayflower Quarterly magazine for more than 21 years.

Teal was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendents and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township. The magazine she edited for the Society of Mayflower Descendents was printed four times a year for around 30,000 readers.

Teal died in 2016 at the age of 88. She was a regular attendee at Upper Township Committee meetings over the years. When she moved to The Shores at Wesley Manor in Ocean City in 2014 and was no longer able to attend Township Committee meetings, committee members honored her with flowers and a plaque on the front row bench where she sat for every meeting.

According to a press release, the scholarship will be given to an outstanding history at Upper Township Middle School. Harry Folger III, governor of the Jersey Cape Colony of Mayflower Descendants, and Suzanne Smith of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently made a donation to fund the scholarship.

In an interview with The Gazette in 2014, Teal said she thought attending the meetings was a civic duty like voting. She said she voted in every election since she was able to vote, starting at the age of 21. The voting age was not set at 18 until the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1971.

Teal moved to Marmora in 1975 and worked for the township starting in 1985, first as a public relations director and later as a public information officer and editor of the township’s newsletter, The Bulletin. She was a member of the Upper Township Chamber of Commerce, a supporter of local Boy Scout troops, cheerleaders, and a member of the board of Historic Cold Spring Village in Lower Township.

Teal traced her family genealogy back to the pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, which landed in the New World in 1620. She said she was a descendant of John Howland, who almost drowned when he fell overboard during the Atlantic crossing. Luckily for his descendents, Howland was rescued, she said.

Teal also served as Colony Governor of the local Jersey Cape Colony of the New Jersey State Society of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. She was governor of the New Jersey State Society and was a member of the General Society Board of Assistants.

She was a member of the New York State Officers Club and for over 30 years served as the editor of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Empire State News. She was also a member of the Cape May Patriots Chapter and the General Lafayette Chapter, both local chapters of the New Jersey Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

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