HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTS
The Pascack Historical Society’s annual two-day HOLIDAY JEWELRY& CURIO SALE will be held on Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m.-3p.m. and Sunday, December 4 11.a.m. -4 p.m. at their barrier-free museum, 19 Ridge Avenue Park Ridge. Admission is free.
The Society’s sale has become known for its unusual and one-of-a-kind items. PHS Trustees Jacqueline Martin and Kristin Beuscher, event co-chairs, advise that this year’s sale will find hundreds of pieces of vintage and costume jewelry, all donated to the Society by its members and friends. There will also be historical map reproductions, small antique items, china, silver and glassware, vintage record albums, holiday items, rare and collectible books and publications and many other things.
The Society’s award winning 176-page book, Pascack Valley Tales II,edited by Katharine P. Randall of Hillsdale, will be available for $20 a copy. This book highlights interesting and humorous stories of all eight towns in the Pascack Valley. The Society will gift-wrap and mail for you (U.S. only) for an additional $8.00.
Annual Individual ($25) and Family ($35) Society memberships can be purchased for friends and family. Recipients will receive a personalized letter, reflecting the occasion for the gift (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.). New members receive: four issues of the membership newsletter RELICS, free admission to Society events and lectures, free use of the research library and archives, reduced copy machine fees, special free private group tours and free consultations with Society researchers.
For further information call 201-573-0307.
CHRISTMAS 1942:TOYS BEFORE TECHNOLOGY
The Pascack Historical Society is presenting a rare snapshot into children’s leisure activities of long ago with a new display CHRISTMAS 1942: TOYS BEFORE TECHNOLOGY. The exhibit can be seen until January 8 at the society’s barrier free-museum, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge on Wednesdays 10 a.m. until noon and Sundays 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. Special group tours may be arranged on other dates by calling 201-573-0307 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Society’s new holiday toy display includes toys dating back to the late 1800s. Seen here are a baseball mitt, bat and ring toss game from the early 1900s. Almost 100 toys, dolls, books and antique Christmas decorations may be seen from now until January 8.
The exhibit, curated by PHS Trustees Marilyn A. Miller, M.D., Kristin Beuscher and Helen Whalen and other volunteers, shows a lucky World War II uniformed soldier returning home on leave during the Christmas season. Visitors will see PHS display cases filled with toys from the last two centuries: including, wooden toys, vintage dolls, a hundred-year-old doll house, pull toys, children’s books, tin toys, antique ornaments and a lit Christmas tree decorated with WW II ornaments. A life – size wooden horse and real sleigh can be seen and sat in by children. A menorah and the fascinating story of Hanukkah is part of the exhibit.
Toys, like play itself serve many purposes for both humans and animals. Last year’s global toy sales revenue topped $22 billion dollars. Surprisingly, parents in the United Kingdom spent the most per capita. Puzzles and games have the largest percentage of purchases. During World War II scientists trying to discover a new way to create much needed rubber accidentally invented Silly Putty. Another inventor in 1943 was working on a new spring design. One spring fell to the floor and the way it flopped around naturally helped him to create the Slinky toy.
People and youngsters attending this show will learn that there was a full and rich play life for children long before computers, cell phones and digital games.
For directions or further information about PHS and its activities call 201-573-0307.
DR. ANTHONY TRONCONE TO INTERPRET 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
The Pascack Historical Society (PHS) will put a historical spotlight on the results of the stormy 2016 presidential election on Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m., at its barrier-free museum, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge with – “PICKING UP THE PIECES: A RETROSPECTIVE ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION” –a talk by Anthony Troncone. Ph.D. Admission is free. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend when accompanied by an adult.Troncone will discuss how the nominees, Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R), were selected, the positions they took on a number of important issues, and the strengths and weaknesses of the two candidates. He will also discuss what the implications of the election are for the future of America and American politics.
A popular speaker at the museum, Dr. Troncone is chair of both the History Department at Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York and the PHS Historical Advisory Board of Trustees. He earned his B.A. at Kean University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Rutgers University. He founded and supervises the Dominican College/PHS Student Intern Program at the museum. This one-of-a- kind, program provides history students an opportunity to volunteer at the PHS museum, while they learn about the many aspects of museum studies and preservation.
A question and answer session will follow the talk. Complimentary coffee and cake served. For further information call 201-573-0307.
CHILDREN’S ENRICHMENT PROGRAM AT MUSEUM
Looking for some fun for your children to do during the upcoming teacher’s convention school holiday? Go no further than the Pascack Historical Society’s “HARVEST HAPPENINGS” – a free hands-on program designed for children K-5. This popular program is offered on two separate days- Thursday, November 10, 1-3 P.M. or Friday, November 11 from 10- noon. Seating is limited. Registration is required. Call PHS President George Sherman at 201-664-7924.
Youngsters will learn how early Pascack Valley farmers, and long before them the Lenape Indians, celebrated the harvesting of their crops. They will learn that storytelling among the Lenape was a significant part of their daily lives. Stories were fun to listen to but also served a serious purpose. Without a written language stories helped explain beliefs about nature, past events and social values and were an important part of a child’s upbringing. Children were expected to be good listeners and have good memories. The story of “Mother Corn” and the fall harvest is one of the most popular legends enjoyed by children. Attendees will practice their own storytelling techniques.
Youngsters will be taught a “special science trick”- the results of which produce good old-fashioned “slime”. They will be taught how to make their own kaleidoscopes, an optical instrument where you view patterns through light, which they will bring home to share with their families.
The goal of the program, presented by Pascack Adventures, the educational arm of the not-for-profit Society, is to expand children’s knowledge of the way people lived long ago in the Pascack Valley. Attendees and their families may enjoy complimentary apple cider and donuts at the end of the event.
Society Trustees Carol Riccardo, George Sherman, and Gioia Castiglione, all licensed New Jersey teachers, will teach and volunteer their time for this program.
THE GRAND FORAGE 1778:
BATTLEGROUND AROUND NEW YORK CITY
On Sunday, October 23, The Pascack Historical Society will recognize the 240th anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution (1776-1783) at 2:00 p.m.
when historian Todd W. Braisted speaks about “THE GRAND FORAGE: BATTLEGROUND AROUND NEW YORK CITY” in the Society’s barrier-free Ellen Berdais Hall at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge. Admission is free. Children welcome when accompanied by an adult.
After two years of defeats and reverses, 1778 became a year of success for George Washington and the Continental Army. The French entry into the war forced the British to completely alter their strategy, having to both put down a rebellion and engage their European traditional rival. The unenviable task of carrying out London’s strategy fell upon the new commander-in-chief in America, Sir Henry Clinton.
London born Sir Henry Clinton was 48-years old when he assumed command of the British forces in America in 1778. A veteran of Bunker Hill, his command was fraught with disaster and defeat. After the American Revolution he returned to Parliament, was appointed the Governor of Gibraltar, where he died in 1795.
Britain’s commander led his full army into the field one last time that autumn, gathering supplies, striking at Washington’s advanced posts, and perhaps hoping for one last big push at the full Continental Army itself. Mr. Braisted’s talk will examine the events surrounding this chaotic, yet little-studied period of the American revolution.
Guest Speaker Todd W. Braisted, a past president of the Bergen County Historical Society, is an author and independent researcher of Revolutionary War military studies. He has authored many journal articles and books. He has appeared as a guest historian on numerous television shows including: “History Detectives” (PBS) and “Who Do You Think You Are?” (CBC). His latest books, Bergen County Voices from the American Revolution and Grand Forage 1778: The Battleground Around New York City will be available for purchase.
Complimentary coffee and cake will be served. A question & answer period will follow Mr. Braisted’s presentation.
For further information or directions call 201-573-0307
FAMILY FUN CART POPULAR WITH YOUNGER SET
On Sunday, September 25, 4th grade student Isabel and pre-schooler Hanna visited PHS with their dad. After spending half an hour viewing exhibits in the museum, the girls spent another hour experiencing some family fun activities from years ago.
In the photos, PHS VP Jacqueline Martin demonstrated the workings of an 1893 player piano, Past-President Carol Riccardo showed the girls how to use a thaumatrope, an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century, and President George Sherman explained the use of a stereoscope while Isabel’s younger sister enjoyed its successor, a View-Master from the 1950’s.
Children and their parents are invited to experience the Family Fun Cart in Ellen Berdais Hall at the Historical Society any Wednesday from 10-12 or Sunday from 1-4.
THE JAZZ AGE: FASHIONS, FLAPPERS & FLASKS DISPLAY
Pascack Historical Society volunteers invite you to revisit a historical time when conservative American traditions and mores were pushed to the limit.
A new exhibit – THE JAZZ AGE: FASHIONS, FLAPPERS & FLASKS will open on Sunday, April 17, 1- 4 p.m. at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge. Admission is free, but donations are happily accepted at the door, to the barrier-free 1873 museum. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. The exhibit will run during regular visiting hours through August 28.
The Jazz Age , the time between the end of World War I (1918) and the Stock Market crash of 1929, was noted for increased nationwide prosperity, liberated social and sexual behaviors, Prohibition and the accompanying production of bootleg liquor, speakeasies, jazz and ragtime music.
A Flapper had to have her own flask to hold bootleg liquors, red lipstick, a cigarette holder, long beads and the latest perfumes from Paris.
Young carefree women drank liquor freely from decorative flasks and smoked cigarettes in public ,dangling from jeweled cigarette holders ,as they danced the Charleston and Blackbottom with wild abandon. Short skirts , plunging necklines and low backs on dresses put more of the female body parts on display than ever before. The female fashion silhouette presented a boyish figure with flattened breasts and very loose fitting clothes. Emancipation from traditional gender styles encouraged women to cut their long hair and free them from the complicated styles of the Edwardian Age. The short “bob” hairstyle needed to be cut more regularly and a plethora of beauty parlors opened nationwide according to exhibit PHS Trustees Helen Whalen and Grace Wohn, exhibit curators.
Flappers held hair out of their eyes while dancing with headbands decorated with embroidery, beads and feathers.
Visitors will see many day and dinner dresses, coats and accessories worn and used by the women of the Pascack Valley during this short and exciting time in American history.
A few of the dresses that will be on display at the Pascack Historical Society’s new exhibit
For further information, questions or directions call 201-573-0307.
REFLECTIONS ON D-DAY
The 72nd Anniversary of one of the most significant actions of World War II in Europe will be honored on Sunday, June 5 beginning at 2:00 as former Bergen County Executive William “Pat” Schuber, Esq. presents “REFLECTIONS ON D-DAY”. There is no cost to attend the lecture at the barrier-free museum located at 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge but seating is limited to the first 75 visitors. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.
Mr. Schuber is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Administrative Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He lectures frequently on government, law, military history, historical leadership, ethics, communication and conflict resolution. He has written many scholarly articles and co-authored books on topics of history, leadership and Homeland Security. A Captain in the US Army Reserve (Ret.), his extensive travels have given him a bird’s eye view of historical sites and situations all over the world.
On D- Day, June 6, 1944, Allied troops stormed the beaches of France’s Normandy coastline. The Pascack Historical Society will honor those D-Day troops on June 5, 2 p.m. at their museum 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge with a talk by historian William “Pat “ Schuber. There will be an exhibit highlighting the service of five Pascack Valley veterans who put their lives on the line during that famous battle.
On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of a heavily fortified French coastline to fight the German Nazis on the beaches of Normandy. Known as “Operation Overlord”, these Allied Amphibious landings would begin the downfall of the Nazi regime. Within 10 months Berlin would fall and Hitler would commit suicide. The sacrifices of young Americans on Omaha Beach and Port du Hoc have resonated down through the ages.
Schuber will talk about the planning and execution of the D-Day landings and focus not only on its leaders but the young soldiers who bore the brunt of the savage fighting. A display of artifacts once belonging to Pascack Valley D-Day veterans Reggie Duncan of Park Ridge and the late Richard F. Collier (USN), Angelo S. Pepe (USA), Roy E, Meyer (USN) and Arthur V. Turro ( USA), will accompany the talk. Visitors are encouraged to bring D-Day memorabilia to the museum that day to share with the audience.
Complimentary coffee and cake will be served. A question & answer period will follow Schuber’s presentation. For further information or directions call 201-573-0307.
MUSEUM’S SPRING CLEAN-OUT SALE!!!
Saturday, April 9 – 10:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M.
The Pascack Historical Society’s volunteers spent the winter months cleaning out their museum’s cellar and attic. The results can be seen and purchased at the SPRING CLEAN-OUT SALE being held in Berdais Hall SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 10-4 , 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge. Free admission.
Absolutely NO early birds.
This press backed oak rocking chair with a caned seat (1880-1920) is just one of many vintage items available for sale at the Pascack Historical Society’s Spring Cleanout Driveway Sale on Saturday, April 9, 10-4 p.m., 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge.
Shoppers will find many vintage items including: homemade baskets in assorted sizes, a pressed back oak rocking chair with caned seat (1890-1910), oak school desk, several vintage clocks, round piano swivel bench, paperweights, wooden barrels, an oak fruit press, a Singer sewing machine and cabinet, a cobbler’s bench, old tools, a beam borer (1880-1920), pottery,china, postcards, jewelry, arts & crafts items, reproduction maps, used history and art books, etc.
All proceeds go directly to the operating expenses of the Society, a 501 c 3 organization. Not a penny is removed for administrative expenses since the group has NEVER had a paid employee in its 74-year existence.
For further information about the sale, directions, volunteer opportunities, membership or general information about the Society call201-573-0307.
The United States and Cuba: A Troubled Relationship
by William “Pat” Schubert, Esq.
Sunday April 10th, 2 pm
Former County of Bergen Executive William “Pat” Schuber, Esq. will kick off the Pascack Historical Society’s 2016 lecture series with, “The United States and Cuba: A Troubled Relationship”, on Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m., 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge. Admission is free to the barrier-free museum. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.
Schuber, is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Administrative Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He lectures frequently on government, law, military history, historical leadership, ethics, communication and conflict resolution. He has written many scholarly articles and co-authored books on topics of history, leadership and Homeland Security. He is a Captain in the US Army Reserve (Retired). His extensive world travels have given him a bird’s eye view of historical sites and situations all over the world.
From the Spanish-American War, to the Missile Crisis to the recent reopening of relations between the United States and Cuba, Mr. Schuber will describe the history of this fragile relationship which has gone from the mutual love of baseball to the threat of nuclear war. Colorful personalities such as Teddy Roosevelt, William Randolph Hearst, Jose Marti, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara will be discussed. Schuber will speak of the future of Cuba and the long term relationship we may have with this island nation after Castro.
Complimentary coffee and cake will be served. A question & answer period will follow Schuber’s presentation. For further information or directions please call 201-573-0307.
Looking for that one special gift for 2016???
The Pascack Historical Society’s latest publication – Pascack Valley Tales II- edited by Katharine P. Randall of Hillsdale, is available for sale at their Museum at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon and Sundays from 1 until 4 p.m. The limited 176-page soft cover book is also available at Shaw’s Book Shop, 267 Center Avenue in Westwood.
The attractively bound book contains more than 70 entertaining and historic stories and photographs about the eight towns (Hillsdale, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, Emerson, Montvale, River Vale, Township of Washington, Park Ridge) that compromise the Pascack Valley. The text and content is suitable for all ages. Stories range from intriguing tales of local activities during the Revolutionary War to surprising events in the 20th century.
The book costs $20.00 a copy.
Have questions about the Pascack Valley? Ask the “Answer Girl”
To find out what the name “Pascack” means, who the area’s first physician was, or where in River Vale America’s first movie star, Florence Lawrence, lived, click on the “Answer Girl” tab at the top of our webpage. The answers to these and other questions relating to the history of the Pascack Valley have been researched and posted by the Pascack Historical Society’s Answer Girl.
To pose your own historical question about the Pascack Valley area to the Answer Girl, email email@example.com. Questions can also be submitted through our website, or mailed to: Answer Girl PHS, PO Box 85, Park Ridge, NJ 07656.
Inquiries about property searches, deeds and tax records however should be directed to the Bergen County Clerk’s office at 201-336-7000.