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October 8, 2013

Hoboken Museum to Launch New Exhibit on Hurricane Sandy October 26th; Anniversary Program on October 29th

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Coming soon will be the first anniversary of the worst storm to ever hit Hoboken. The Hoboken Museum has an exhibit as well as a commemoration event on October 29th. Read below for details….

“Hoboken: One Year After Sandy, Lessons Learned about Preparedness, Resiliency and Community” –

New Exhibit Opening Saturday, Oct. 26, Examines the Community’s Response to the Storm

Hoboken Museum and United Way of Hudson County Launch Sandy

Community Outreach Program to Help People Recover and Prepare

Hoboken Historical Museum Joins with Stevens Institute of Technology to Host Sandy Anniversary Programs on Oct. 29:

  • 10 am – 12 pm: Commemoration and exhibition viewing – at the Museum
  • 1 pm – 3 pm: Panel discussion – “After Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned for Bolstering Resilience” – at Babbio Center Auditorium
  • 7 – 8:30 pm: Community Program – Hoboken: One Year After Sandy – DeBaun Auditorium

One year after Superstorm Sandy hit, Hoboken still bears the traces—some visible, some invisible. Many flooded homes have been repaired; others have not. The storm disrupted all our lives in one way or another, and the Hoboken Historical Museum has been collecting the stories and images of its impact on our community—and lessons we’ve learned—for our next exhibit.

Lackawanna Plaza Flooded Hurricane Sandy 10-29-2012 9-30am #1

New Exhibit on Hurricane Snady opens October 26th: On the eve of the first anniversary of the storm, through the generous support from individuals, corporate donors and community organizations and state agencies, the Museum is opening a new exhibit, “Hoboken: One Year After Sandy, Lessons Learned about Preparedness, Resiliency, and Community,” on Saturday, Oct. 26, with a free reception from 5 – 8 p.m. On the anniversary, Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Museum will team up with Stevens Institute of Technology for a full day of programs (see next page for details). The exhibit will be on view through July 6, 2014.

The exhibit incorporates a range of content—oral histories, images, videos, historic images and drainage plans, animated maps and the latest scientific and engineering analysis—to help explain how Hoboken responded and learned new lessons about coping with disasters. The exhibit explores Hoboken’s past history with flooding, the community’s experience during the storm and over the past year of recovery efforts, and looks to the future with displays on proposals for improving the city’s resiliency. It also offers visitors an opportunity to add their own stories to the archives, to learn about personal emergency preparedness, and a special area to sit and reflect on their experience.

In conjunction with the exhibit, through the auspices of the United Way of Hudson County and support from the Robin Hood Foundation, the Museum will host a Sandy Community Outreach Program (details, below) for residents affected by the storm. The program starts Oct. 17 and continues for the next six months.

Sandy Community Outreach Program:

Licensed Disaster Relief Crisis Counselor Dawn Donnelly will be available by appointment in the Hoboken Historical Museum to help Hudson County residents determine what services they may need to help with their recovery from the storm and direct them to the appropriate resources to help resolve ongoing issues. Donnelly will offer group and individual sessions in the late afternoon/early evenings.

She will also lead parent group meetings that will focus on topics such as “How to speak to children about disasters,” and are scheduled for every other Thursday, except for Halloween. The first parent session is Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the (South) Independence Conference Room in the Shipyard, 12th St. at Shipyard Ln., and is open to parents, grandparents, teachers, school administrators and counselors, and other guardians. In addition, the counselor will offer sessions to help children express their feelings and to help teens learn greater self-control.

The program is designed for anyone who may have kids who are still having anxiety or behavior issues; or experiencing financial or housing issues; or anyone concerned about being prepared for the next storm or disaster.

For more details, people can email sandyoutreach@hobokenmuseum.org, or leave a message for Dawn Donnelly at the Museum, 201-656-2240, with simply a name and contact number.

Sinatra Park Hurricance Sandy 10-29-2012 9-30am 3

Anniversary Commemoration Events, Oct. 29:

On the anniversary of the storm, Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Museum is pleased to partner with the Stevens Institute of Technology and the United Way of Hudson County on a series of special programs. The event will open with a special commemorative event at the Museum from 10 a.m. to noon, where people can view the exhibit and learn more about the Sandy Community Outreach Program.

Then, at 1 p.m. at the Babbio Center Auditorium, at Sixth & River Sts., the public is invited to a panel discussion, “After Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned for Bolstering Infrastructure Resilience,” featuring Stevens professors Dr. Alan Blumberg and Dr. Michael Bruno, and representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, and the U.S. Coast Guard, among other experts. Click here for more information.

In the evening, at 7 p.m., at DeBaun Auditorium, Fifth St. between Hudson and River Streets, the Museum and Stevens will host “Sandy in Hoboken: Reflections on Our Community’s Experience,” a community program featuring personal stories of storm survivors and volunteers, plus information on services from United Way Counseling Services, Stevens Student Volunteer offerings, and Stevens Technical Assistance for homeowners. Dessert and coffee will follow the program.

The Sandy exhibit will also feature a lecture series involving speakers from Stevens Institute, Rutgers Graduate School, and Hoboken’s Community Emergency Response Team, among others. All talks are free and open to the public. On Sunday, Nov. 10, at 4 pm, Stevens professors Dr. Alan Blumberg and Dr. Michael Bruno will speak on the school’s research into reinforcing the city’s infrastructure resilience. On Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4 pm, the Hoboken CERT team will give a presentation on developing personal preparedness plans for sheltering in place or evacuating in emergency situations. On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 4 pm, Stevens professor Dr. Lee Vinsel will discuss social innovations that arise in disasters from a technological and social perspective.

The exhibit is made possible through funding from Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, the New Jersey Historical Commission, United Way of Hudson County, Robin Hood Foundation, Applied Companies, Bijou Properties, John Wiley & Sons, Rockefeller Development Group, and Stevens Institute of Technology. A generous outpouring of support from members and friends of the Museum also made this exhibit possible. Their names will be displayed on a donor board by the Museum entrance.

About the Hoboken Historical Museum:

Founded in 1986, the Museum’s mission is to educate the public about Hoboken’s history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks. In 2001, the Museum moved into one of the oldest buildings on the waterfront, in the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard, at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, where it maintains a series of rotating exhibits. The Museum is open six days a week, 2 – 7 pm on Tues. – Thurs., 1 – 5 pm on Fridays, and noon – 5 pm on weekends. It offers special exhibits, tours, events and lectures, as well as educational programs for adults and children on a weekly basis. An updated schedule of events and an online catalog of many items in its collections are available at www.hobokenmuseum.org. The Museum is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)3 entity.

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June 19, 2013

Hoboken Museum 4th of July Fireworks Tickets Still Available

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You can watch the 4th of July Fireworks this year in Hoboken for free along the waterfront or you can get an exclusive view literally right on top of the fireworks and support the Hoboken Museum as well. The Macy’s fireworks show for the 4th of July is once again on the Hudson River.

Fourth of July BBQ on the Pier

with the Hoboken Museum July 4 2013

Enjoy a front-row seat to Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks at a barbecue organized by the Hoboken Historical Museum on the 14th Street Pier. Please bring a side dish or dessert, and a lawn chair, and we’ll supply burgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers, plus sodas and water. It’s a good time for a good cause!

Space is limited, and the event filled up quickly last year! Click below to secure your spot. Tickets are $65 for adults and $10 for kids.

4th of July Fireworks Hoboken

Date and Time: Thursday July 4, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

Location: 14th Street Pier, Hoboken 14th St. and Frank Sinatra Drive North Hoboken, NJ 07030

Contact:  Bob Foster Hoboken Historical Museum at 201-656-2240 or email development@hobokenmuseum.org

Link to buy Tickets: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7ms3dsufc2bded0&llr=pmackzhab

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May 21, 2013

Hoboken Historical Museum’s 16th Annual Secret Garden Tour June 2, 2013

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Here is the latest installment of The Hoboken Museum’s Secret Garden Tour where Hobokenites and visitors can keep up with the Joneses by touring some of Hoboken’s finest private garden spaces…

 Hoboken Historical Museum’s 16th Annual

Secret Garden Tour, June 2, 2013

 Behind Hoboken’s brownstones and former factory façades is a world of lush gardens and unusual courtyard spaces, as diverse as the city’s residents. Gardeners and non-gardeners alike are invited to indulge their curiosity and pick up urban gardening ideas on the Hoboken Historical Museum’s 16th Annual Secret Garden Tour, Sunday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain date: June 9).

9th and Park-wide view - Secret Garden Tour Hoboken June 2013

This year, a total of 8 residential gardens (plus four bonus not-so-secret garden spaces) will welcome tour goers to support the Museum’s fundraising efforts. It’s the public’s chance to peek behind Hoboken’s late-19th and early-20th century row houses to see how gardeners’ creativity and landscapers’ skill can integrate nature into an urban setting.

Guided tours will start from the Museum every half-hour, and last about two to two and a half hours. At peak hours in the late morning, tours may leave every 15 minutes. Tour groups are limited in size and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Comfortable shoes and sun protection are advised. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of tour. The tour is sponsored by Hufnagel Landscape Design and Construction Group, with support from other local gardening centers and business, and assistance from the Hoboken Garden Club.

The Secret Garden Tour includes a wide range of garden designs by both dedicated amateur gardening enthusiasts and professional designers, with clever solutions to such challenging issues as shallow soil and deep shade. A number of gardens are the result of years of trial and experimentation by devoted gardeners to overcome these challenges to coax an amazing array of unusual plants and old favorites to profusion. Others emphasize openness and entertaining spaces. This year, one garden shows off the skills of a transplanted Englishman, and another features a custom-made New Orleans-style cast-iron balcony. As a special treat, one of the most amazing gardens from previous tours is making an encore appearance; it features faux-gothic church ruins, a deep soaking pool and a low waterfall amid lush greenery.

12th  and Garden - Secret Garden Tour June 2013

To purchase tickets in advance and save $5 versus the day of the tour, visit our website, www.hobokenmuseum.org, for a link to buy tickets. Or stop by the Museum at 1301 Hudson St., or call 201-656-2240 to order tickets by phone. Tickets will also be available at several retail locations around town. On the day of the tour, tickets are $25, or $20 for Hoboken Historical Museum members and Hoboken Garden Club members. Children under the age of 13 may accompany a parent or guardian for free.

Volunteers are also needed; call the Museum at 201-656-2240 for more information, or email volunteer@hobokenmuseum.org.

Gardening in Hoboken has a rich tradition, as Colonel John Stevens (1749 – 1838), who founded Hoboken, was a garden enthusiast, importing and cultivating new plants from all around the world. He’s credited with introducing to America the Chrysanthemum and the Camellia. His gardens were highly regarded as some of the most elaborate and scientifically cultivated of the day.

NOLA in Hoboken -Secret Garden Tour June 2013

About the Hoboken Historical Museum

Founded 1986, the Museum’s mission is to educate the public about Hoboken’s history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks. In 2001, the Museum moved into one of the oldest buildings on the waterfront, in the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard, at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, where it maintains a series of rotating exhibits. The Museum is open six days a week, 2 – 7 pm on Tues. – Thurs., 1 – 5 pm on Fridays, and noon – 5 pm on weekends. It offers special exhibits, tours, events and lectures, as well as educational programs for adults and children on a weekly basis. An updated schedule of events and an online catalog of many items in its collections are available at www.hobokenmuseum.org. The Museum is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)3 entity.


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May 2, 2013

TEDx Hoboken Salon Event – A Night at the Museum May 17, 2013 7-9pm

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TEDx Hoboken at Museum 5-17-2013

Hoboken residents are  invited to hear live talks from Chris Cirkus, Patricia Moreno and Joe Mindak who will introduce to your mind with innovative new ways of thinking. Plus, watch TEDtalks with them followed by interactive and empowering discussions.

The TEDx Pre-Event Adventure: Head on over to Maxwell Park between 6pm and 6:30pm and join in the pre-event TEDx Adventure. They won’t tell you what it is yet, but find the red balloons and there will be notes to get you engaged. All TEDx adventure participants are entered to win a prize!

Below are the event details:

Date and Time: Friday May 17th 7pm – 9m – Start at 7pm sharp!
Location: Hoboken Historical Museum
Address: 1301 Hudson St. Hoboken, NJ
Price: Event is free. Note: Sweets and drinks will be provided.

Pre-Event TEDx Adventure: From 6pm – 6:30pm, all event attendees are asked to find the red balloons at Maxwell park to join them on an event adventure before the Museum party begins.
Reserve your place by May 15th at www.TEDxHobokenMuseumParty.eventbrite.com


Chris Cirkus- Future Eaters of America

Chris Cirkus teaches preschool children why it matters what they eat as well as supports local food by managing the West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market.

Patricia Moreno – Positive Discipline

Patricia Moreno is called the mind/body maven, the creator of The IntenSati Method and the author of 7 secret principles to thinner peace. She helps others find the courage to make lasting change.

Joe Mindak- What’s Your Net Worth?

Joe Mindak is President of Tisha Creative and Publisher of hMAG, a lifestyle magazine for the Hoboken Community. He spends much of his time as an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and Hoboken Rotary. His most enjoyable time is spent with his wife and two kids.

To attend RSVP here: www.TEDxHobokenMuseumParty.eventbrite.com


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April 16, 2013

The Hoboken Museum Hoedown Fundraiser a Success on Saturday April 13

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Hoboken Museum Hoedown 4-13-2013

The Hoboken Historical Museum held their annual fundraiser on Saturday April 13,2013 at the Hoboken Elks Club from 7-11pm. The lively and well attended event was well attended and featured a County and Western theme this year. Food was provided by Anthony David catering. Activities included square dancing, a photo booth, Live DJ, dinner, an auction led by Hoboken restauranteur Eugene Flinn assisted by Miss Western Australia (pictured below),  and a pie contest. The Museum has one event a year to help raise funds for their operations. This event was originally scheduled for last November but was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.

For more information on the Hoboken Museum go to: www.hobokenmuseum.org/

Hoboken Historical Museum

Address: 1301 Hudson St Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201) 656-2240

Hoboken Museum Hoedown 4-13-2013 - Eugene Flinn

Hoboken Museum Hoedown 4-13-2013 - Miss Western Australia

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March 24, 2013

Reminder: Hoboken Museum Map Talk Today at 4pm on Sybil’s Cave

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Hey Hoboken history buffs, check out today’s talk on the history of Sybil’s Cave…..

Map Talk: Lauren Cook on Sybil’s Cave

March 24, 2013 at 4pm

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum
Address: 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201.656.2240
Email: info@hobokenmuseum.org

Hoboken Museum - Sybil's Cave 3-24-2013

Join the Hoboken Histroical Museum today March 24th at 4pm for a historical look at one of Hoboken’s earliest tourist attractions, Sybil’s Cave. As a prominent stop along Hoboken’s renowned “River Walk” just south of the Elysian Fields, Sybil’s cave attracted thousands of visitors, mostly from Manhattan, who took a ferry across the Hudson to escape their urban environment in the mid-1800s.

The research was performed by Lauren Cook, a registered professional archaeologist, under a grant from the New Jersey Cultural Trust in 2010-2011. The event is free!

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February 23, 2013

On the Waterfront New DVD Boxed Set Release Party February 24, 2013 at 4pm at Hoboken Museum

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For fans of the movie “On the Water Front” there will be a new DVD/Blu-ray Boxed set party at the Hoboken Museum tomorrow Sunday FEbruary 4th at 4pm at the Hoboken Museum. Details are below……

On the Waterfront Blu Ray Release Party 2-24-2013

On the Waterfront New DVD Boxed Set Release Party

February 24, 2013 at  4pm

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

Fans of the movie On the Waterfront, which was filmed almost entirely on location in Hoboken some 60 years ago, won’t want to miss a special event at the Museum: a launch party for a new DVD/Blu-Ray boxed set with special features. The Criterion Collection is releasing a newly restored version of the movie, packaged with new extras, such as interviews with Hollywood legends, film critics and scholars, and people involved in the filming, including local boy Tom Hanley.

Tom Hanley, who grew up to become a longshoreman, and Dr. James Fisher, Fordham professor and author of the book On the Irish Waterfront, will join us at this special DVD launch party. Hanley played the young kid, Tommy, who idolizes Marlon Brando’s boxer-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy, at least until Malloy testifies against the longshoreman’s union for the waterfront corruption commission. Early in the film, he wears the insignia of Malloy’s old gang and learns how to tend homing pigeons from him, but when he learns of his hero’s betrayal of the long-standing code against squealing, his line, “a pigeon for a pigeon,” stings Malloy. Hanley himself grew up to become a longshoreman in real life, rising in the union ranks to the position of shop steward.

The movie, directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg, swept eight Oscars in 1954, including best picture, director, actor, supporting actress, cinematography and screenplay. The story was inspired by journalistic accounts of the waterfront commission investigating corruption in the unions that controlled the entire New York port system.

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February 10, 2013

Hoboken Museum Artist Talk – Thomas Yezerski “Meadowlands” Today Sunday February 10th at 4pm

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Here is the latest artist talk at the Hoboken Museum today at 4pm…

Artist Talk: Thomas Yezerski to Discuss the Artwork and

Process of Creating Children’s Book, “Meadowlands”

Sunday, Feb. 10, 4 pm - free

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

Meadowlands- Hoboken Museum 2-10-2013

Artist and author Thomas Yezerski interprets the fascinating and inspiring history of the rehabilitation of the Meadowlands swamp in an engaging children’s book, Meadowlands, A Wetlands Survival Story, (2011, Farrar, Straus &Giroux). The Museum is pleased to present an exhibit of the original watercolor-and-ink paintings that comprise the book, which opened Jan. 27, and will be on view in the Upper Gallery until March 10.

Today, Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 pm, he returns to discuss the 10 year process from concept to publication of his popular book. He meticulously researched the history of the place, and also sketched hundreds of images of the biodiversity of the species that once teemed in the tidal marshlands and are now returning, after a concerted effort by federal, state, and local authorities and environmental activist groups. The artist shows the landscape from startling points of view, sure to change your own view of the natural treasure at the edge of our county!

The exhibit is made possible through funding from the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Additional support for this exhibit and programming comes from Applied Companies, John Wiley & Sons, and the Rockefeller Development Group.

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January 23, 2013

Hoboken Museum Hoedown Saloon Party and Gala – Saturday April 13th 7pm

Shine up your best cowboy boots: The Hoboken Historical Museum is planning its annual fall gala (postponed due to Hurricane Sandy) with a country theme this year: A Hoboken Hoedown! Join them for their rescheduled time on Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. for the party of the season.

Hoboken Hoedown New Date April 13 2013

New Date: Hoboken Museum Hoedown Party of the Season – April 13

Where: Hoboken Elks Lodge #74 1005 Washington St. Hoboken, NJ 07030

When: Saturday April 13, 2013, from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Tickets are on Sale Now! Go to event page below to register…


Tickets are just $125, which includes:

  • Open “saloon” with signature drinks
  • Delicious food by Anthony David Catering
  • Desserts by Giorgio’s Pasticceria
  • Dance music spanning the decades and genres
  • Spotlight line dancing and square dancing with a live square dance caller
  • Pie bake-off! Have a secret family recipe for a to-die-for pie? Enter the contest! (form on website)
  • Wall of Wine: For $25, buy a mystery bottle of wine, including several superb bottles

Best of all, don’t miss the Museum’s popular live auction, with its unique selection of packages such as dining, travel and only-in-Hoboken experiences.
If you enjoyed the GalaPalooza25 last year, this year’s shindig promises the same fun, with a more casual vibe. Good fellowship, good food, and good drink for a good cause.

Click on over to the Museum website, www.hobokenmuseum.org, if you’d like more information, or call them up at 201-656-2240.

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January 3, 2013

Hoboken Museum Reopens Sunday, Jan 27 2013 with New Main Gallery Exhibit 2-5pm

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Here are some upcoming shows/art exhibits at the Hoboken Museum for early 2013….

Hoboken Museum Reopens Sunday, Jan 27, with New Main Gallery Exhibit,

Mapping the Territory: Hudson County in Maps, 1840 – 2013

Upper Gallery Also Reopens with Meadowlands,

A Wetlands Survival Story: Paintings by Thomas Yezerski

Most of us use maps to learn how to get to where we need to go, but maps can also tell us a lot about where we have been and how we arrived at our destination. Maps can convey as much about a region as any unearthed artifact. For instance, an 1860 map of Hoboken shows boardwalks crisscrossing the undeveloped “meadows” in the western half of the city, where roads still called by their traditional names, Paterson Plank and Hackensack Plank, now run.

Hudson County Map 1873 - Hoboken Museum

Maps are a form of universal communication, providing information not just about where people lived, but how they lived. In an exhibit titled Mapping the Territory: Hudson County in Maps, 1840 – 2013, the Hoboken Historical Museum uses maps to examine the development of the County from a group of small, agricultural townships to one of the most densely populated, as well as industrialized, counties in the state. The exhibit opens Sunday, Jan. 27, with a free public reception from 2 – 5 p.m.

The exhibit features maps of all varieties: topographical, infrastructure, transportation, sea-level and birds-eye views, from both the Museum’s own collections and borrowed from local libraries and historical organizations, including the Hudson County Archives in the Jersey City Public Library, along with digital versions. These maps show how the region evolved geographically from forests, marshes and towering granite cliffs populated by Native Americans; to farms, settlements and villages built and inhabited by the Dutch, followed by the British and the newly independent Americans; and ultimately into the diverse, vibrant communities we live in today.

At the time of Hudson County’s incorporation in 1840, it was primarily a sleepy agricultural area, thickly forested, with only a few settlements scattered around. The population totaled just over 9,000. In addition to farming, residents made their living from the bounty of the rivers and, in the case of enterprising Col. John Stevens, from developing his estate in Hoboken as a popular resort for New Yorkers, where clubs competed in cricket, boating and the loosely organized game of base ball, among other pursuits. Col. Stevens and his sons hastened the increasing industrialization of the area with their experiments and investments in railroads and steam-powered ferry services.

Following the Civil War, the County experienced a growth spurt. Each decade’s census from 1840 – 1870 would show that its population had more than doubled. Its original boundaries encompassed 46 square miles, which would grow by 75% before reaching present-day definitions in 1925. Its original borders stretched from the Hudson River on the east to the Passaic River on the west, down to the southern end of Constable Hook/Bergen Point to the northern border with Bergen County. Along the way, towns and cities within its borders would merge and separate as citizens voted to incorporate or join other jurisdictions.

Each of the 12 municipalities will be represented by maps in the exhibit, along with a brief background on the communities. A new computerized whiteboard will allow visitors to interact with digital versions of the maps on display, as well as view other maps and sketches too numerous to physically exhibit. Representatives from each of the municipalities will be invited to give talks about what makes their communities special, from the architecture, food, and cultural activities, to historic points of interest.

The schedule of talks will be announced by email and on the Museum website. The exhibit, which runs through Sunday, June 30, is made possible through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Applied Companies, and John Wiley & Sons.

Dragonfly Yez Hoboken Museum

“Dragonfly,” a watercolor and ink painting for the book “Meadowlands, A Wetlands Survival Story,”

(2011, Farrar Straus Giroux) by author and artist Thomas Yezerski.

Meadowlands: Thomas Yezerski

For Tom Yezerski, all roads seemed to lead to the Meadowlands. Literally.

As a recent transplant to New Jersey from Allentown, Pa., Yezerski moved to Rutherford 14 years ago seeking a reasonably affordable community close enough to New York City for him to pursue his dream of becoming an established children’s book artist and author. As so many newcomers discover, the dizzying array of the area’s highway signage conspired to lead him astray, and more often than not, he found himself driving into this vast wilderness with the reputation as the source of what made New Jersey the butt of many jokes in Pennsylvania.

A nature-lover, Yezerski found his curiosity piqued, so he did some research into the history of the Meadowlands and visited the nature center at the heart of it, and soon hatched a project that became his fourth work as a writer and artist of children’s books, Meadowlands, A Wetlands Survival Story, published in 2011 by Farrar Straus Giroux. The Museum is pleased to present an exhibit of the original watercolor and ink paintings that comprise the book, with an opening reception on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2 – 5 p.m. The show will be on view in the Upper Gallery until March 10, and the artist will visit the Museum on Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. to give a talk on Meadowlands ecology and getting the book published.

Ten years in the making, the book plunged Yezerski into research not only about the history of the place, but the biodiversity of the species that once teemed in the tidal marshlands and are now returning, after a concerted effort by federal, state, and local authorities and environmental activist groups. His book details in images and text—simple enough for elementary school readers but complex enough to suit the enormous scale—the fascinating story of the return to health of this natural treasure at the western edge of Hudson County.

Yezerski wrote Meadowlands and sketched the drawings while living in Rutherford, but painted the final art after moving to Hoboken. He currently lives in Hoboken on Garden Street, with his wife, and says they both enjoy hiking and canoeing through “the Meadows” and excursions with the Hackensack Riverkeepers organization.

Yezerski’s first work as a professional artist came in creating prints for children’s clothing. Eager to return to illustration, he started writing and illustrating his own book, about his Polish and Irish immigrant grandparents, a Romeo-and-Juliet love story set in the coal-mining country of eastern Pennsylvania. That story became his first published book, Together in Pinecone Patch, in 1998. Subsequent picture books Queen of the World and A Full Hand also depict family members as comic or historic characters. He has also illustrated 10 other books for other authors. The New York Times listed Meadowlands in its Notable Children’s Books of 2011, and the New York Public Library listed it among its Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011. It earned an inaugural Cook Prize Honor from Bankstreet College.

Yezerski took his first art lessons while in the third grade, riding his bike to an artist’s studio every Saturday morning to copy greeting cards in chalk pastel. During high school, he studied drawing and color theory at The Barnstone Studios, in Coplay, Pa. Yezerski earned his B.F.A. in Illustration in 1991, at Syracuse University.

The exhibit is supported by a block grant from the State/County Partnership program for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.


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