About Us

Elaine Buck, Co-Founder of Friday Truehart Consultants, is also a founder of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and serves as a member of the Advisory Board.  Elaine is also a 30-year Trustee of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association, which is a historic cemetery for people of African descent located in the Sourland Mountains in Hopewell, New Jersey.  Along with her research partner, Beverly Mills, Elaine has co-authored a book entitled, If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain, and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey, which is based on over a decade’s worth of research on the lives and contributions of African Americans who lived in the Sourland Mountain region and surrounding area. 

For many years Elaine, along with fellow trustees of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association, has presented at various schools, historic sites and community groups. In her capacity as a researcher and speaker, Elaine has partnered with the William Trent House, 1804 Consultants, the Grounds For Sculpture and the National Assessment of Educational Progress for the State of New Jersey. She is part of the Sankofa Collaborative, which hosts symposiums designed to explore African American history in New Jersey, how to interpret African American history at historic sites and museums, and how to present and discuss difficult topics in African American history.

Elaine has been married to John Buck for over 40 years and is the mother of two adult sons, Aaron and Jason.  She is the third generation to live in her home in Hopewell Borough, NJ. For numerous years Elaine has also served as the Church Clerk for the Second Calvary Baptist Church in Hopewell, New Jersey.

Beverly Mills, Co-Founder, is retired as the Director for the Workforce Development Board in Mercer County, New Jersey. Beverly is a founder of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and serves as a member of the Advisory Board. She is also a 35-year Trustee of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association. Along with her research partner, Elaine Buck, Beverly co-authored the book, If These Stones Could Talk: African American Presence in the Hopewell Valley, Sourland Mountain, and Surrounding Regions of New Jersey, based on over a decade of research on the lives and contributions of the African American population who lived in the Sourland Mountain and surrounding region. It was through this research that Beverly was able to trace her ancestry to African Americans who were enslaved in the Hopewell Township, New Jersey area prior to the Revolutionary War.

For many years Beverly, along with fellow trustees of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association, has presented at various schools, historic sites and community groups. In her capacity as a researcher and speaker, Elaine has partnered with the William Trent House, 1804 Consultants, the Grounds For Sculpture and the National Assessment of Educational Progress for the State of New Jersey. She is part of the Sankofa Collaborative, which hosts symposiums designed to explore African American history in New Jersey, how to interpret African American history at historic sites and museums, and how to present and discuss difficult topics in African American history.

Beverly is the first African American woman to hold the elected position of Councilwoman in Pennington Borough, New Jersey. Her past affiliations include Trustee on the board of Ellarslie, (The Trenton City Museum), a Trustee of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, a member of the Friends of the Trenton Public Library, and Chairperson of the Trustee Board of the First Baptist Church of Pennington. Beverly currently lives in her ancestral home in Pennington, New Jersey (which has been in her family since 1911) with her husband Robert Mills, to whom she has been married for 30 years. She is also the mother of two adult sons, Jason and Drew, and the grandmother of five. 

Kate McGuire was born in Trenton, New Jersey and has spent most of her life in the Hopewell Valley area. Since earning her Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University in 2006, she has been very involved in family and local history research as well as archival processing.  

Before her retirement from the State of New Jersey’s Office of Information Technology, Kate served as an Advisory Committee Member during the creation of the New Jersey Digital Highway and is currently on the board of the Trenton Historical Society. Kate also volunteers in the Trentoniana Collection of the Trenton Public Library, processing collections donated to the library.  Kate’s primary passion is research, especially when it concerns helping others find answers to questions about their family’s history, so that their stories can be told.