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Happy Birthday, Kilmer House!

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By Margaret Gurowitz
Jul 17, 2009

This July marks the third anniversary of the Kilmer House blog.  The first post went up on July 12, 2006 – the first-ever blog post on the first-ever blog for Johnson & Johnson.  And now, three years later, to celebrate that milestone, I thought I’d take you on a behind the scenes tour of some Johnson & Johnson history that’s hidden in plain sight…if you know where to look.  So in honor of three years of Kilmer House, here’s my first video post:

I also want to say a huge thank you to the Kilmer House community – all of you worldwide who read the blog, and everyone who has written in with comments, questions and shared their stories from their own and from Johnson & Johnson history.  I hope you keep reading!

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Lais Mazzola
JULY 17, 2009 12:10 PM

Margaret, congratulations for the anniversary of the Kilmer House blog. I'd like you to know that the blog is our source for many communications materials we've been developing at J&J Brazil. Thanks for sharing the history of Johnson & Johnson with us.
All the best,
Lais and the J&J communications brazilian team (Leslie, Dani, Juliana and Ewerton)

Linda Brueckman
JULY 20, 2009 08:05 AM

Margaret - Great job! I thoroughly enjoyed the video. I hope you do more video blogs to supplement the written ones. Kilmer House is very well done.

JULY 20, 2009 08:12 AM

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! I enjoy the blog immesely and this video was super. Keep it up!!!

David Meskers
JULY 20, 2009 09:10 AM

Margaret, I have always been an avid reader of your blog that improves with age. You continue to raise the bar and I hope this video will not be the last. It was great to get a peek inside the museum again as I am no longer based in New Brunswick and used to schedule visits with Elisabeth King. David

Michael Heinley
JULY 20, 2009 03:28 PM

This was a fascinating video, and I really appreciated learning more about the history of J&J. I have shared this with my team in Asia-Pacific, Japan and Latin America. Thanks Margaret!

Noel Fairbanks
JULY 20, 2009 06:43 PM

It's great to learn more about Johnson & Johnson's early years. I worked at Corporate for many years, and never knew I was walking by living history. Thanks for continuing to share interesting and unique facts with us!

John R. Linton
JULY 21, 2009 07:09 AM

More of the same thing please. Would be interrested in any info on the product name LINTON as in LINTON Moist Gauze

kind regards
John R. Linton

Lynn Tsuzuki
JULY 21, 2009 07:56 AM

I loved learning about the history and landmarks you spoke of in this video. Although I've walked past these landmarks many times, I look forward to taking a stroll past them again now that they have a whole new meaning. Looking forward to many more of your wonderful blog entries.

Don Logan
JULY 21, 2009 10:39 AM

You never cease to amaze me Margaret, wonderful video, first time i have seen in Kilmer Museam, can I ask? is the Generals secret room still in there ?

JULY 21, 2009 10:54 AM

Thanks, everyone, for your kind words! Don, the General's Room is still in the Museum. Right now, it's where the archives are kept.

Conrad Person
JULY 21, 2009 01:22 PM

Thank you Margaret for a lively and informative tour. I am told that there was a copper mine on the property in colonial times. Is there any remnant of it?

JULY 21, 2009 02:47 PM


There were copper mines on the property in colonial times. I've heard that when some of the older buildings were removed years ago, remnants of the mine tunnels were found underneath some of them. There's also a water filtration tunnel on the property, that Johnson & Johnson had built about 100 years ago to provide water from the Raritan River for cotton manufacturing. The water was purified in an on-site water filtration system. That water tunnel still exists, too.


Gary Gorran
JULY 21, 2009 05:09 PM

fantastic blog, enjoy reading and tuning in all the time...sure hope that the musseum is back to its old shape under your guidance..and that a lot of the historical stuff i had over the years, that i gave to elizabeth king, are still secure under your very watchfull eye..keep up the good work, i enjoyed your anniversary tour...gary gorran,...retired 2004

Marcia Marcal Persiano
JULY 21, 2009 07:06 PM

Margaret, EXCELLENT PRESENTATION AND CAMPUS TOUR!!! I always look forward to visiting the KILMER BLOG, every time it appears in the Highlight News - Global ENN. I have learned so much about our company's history, and I look forward to continuing my education in your very knowledgeable and capable hands. I'm with J & J 36 years, so I greatly appreciate this wonderful source of my company's history. Thanks, Marcia Marcal Persiano

JULY 24, 2009 01:13 PM

Great job, Margaret!
This is the first time I've read the KILMER BLOG and I am very impressed with your work. I have certainly learned a great deal from this report. I am definitely planning on making the KILMER BLOG a regular read. Marie

Julie Pedelini
AUGUST 13, 2009 12:10 PM

Hi Margaret
You did a great job on this video - i very much enjoyed it. I have enjoyed this blog for some time, and have incorporated some of your wonderful information in a training kit I worked on for Procurement, entitled Our Credo Based Sourcing.
Keep up the great work !!

AUGUST 14, 2009 08:54 AM

Great video, I have lived in the area for frty years,and did not know much of what you presented.I had read that the carnegie's had a B&B in new brunswick.You should include a little on Ruth Crockett and the castle and park if you do another one.