From the Morris County Historical Society:
Learned T. “Dag” Bulman recently celebrated his 95th birthday at what might well be his second home: Acorn Hall, the Morris County Historical Society headquarters in Morristown.
There, he was feted by folks who could be considered a second family. He has “lived” with his MCHS colleagues, dedicated to a common mission, since the late 1980s.
Others in attendance at the party included close associates from the Paper Mill Playhouse, with whom he has shared his passion for the theater, and from other community activities.
Today, Bulman – nicknamed “Dag” by his mother because of his twin good looks to Arthur Lake, who played Dagwood on the 1940s Blondie radio and film programs – is an Emeritus member of the MCHS Board of Directors.
In addition to his Board membership over the decades, he has worn many hats, including volunteer archivist, librarian, Board treasurer, benefactor and, as MCHS Executive Director Amy Curry referred to him while hosting the birthday celebration in Bulman’s honor, “a treasured friend.”
One of the hats he wore might be his most memorable. For those who visited MCHS and Acorn Hall, Bulman is pictured in his top hat and tails entertaining and educating guests in Acorn Hall’s library during annual Christmas festivities.
Bulman spent his career as a librarian, and contributed his related professional and organizational skills to MCHS. In recognition of this dedication, MCHS named its Research Library and Archives in his honor.
“We are eternally grateful to Dag for all his efforts on behalf of and lasting friendship to MCHS,” Curry said. “Dag’s generosity and his incredibly sage advice have afforded MCHS the ability to actively add to our historic collections and continue our stewardship and restoration of Acorn Hall.”