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A Community's Journey:  Our Place in New Jersey's History

This exhibit is designed to create an awareness and understanding of our community’s past and present attitudes towards and acceptance of diversity, to celebrate innovations in the performing arts, and to honor those who fought for liberty.  Using the themes of diversity, innovation and liberty in relation to our community’s journey through the last three centuries, we join with historical societies across New Jersey to commemorate New Jersey’s 350th anniversary.

Designed by Sheila Brogan, Bari Falese,  Vicky Herbert, and Roberta Sonenfeld

Click here to see some pictures of our exhibit.

Read an article about our exhibit at the Ridgewood Patch Website and another at

We are grateful to our exhibit sponsors for their in-kind and  financial support.



Marquee Sponsors

Midland Park Self Storage

United Irish Appeal

Robert Carroll

Roberta Sonenfeld

Platinum  Sponsors

Jill Cooley

Feeney Funeral Home

Janis Fuhrman, Terrie O'Connor Realtors

Park West Tavern

Stephanie and Michael Stern

XenoPsi Media

Gold Sponsors

TD Bank

Phyllis Wickham

Silver Sponsons

Ridgewood Realty Co., John H. Rogers

Cipora O. Schwartz

LaLanterna Cafe & Grill

Doug and Jennie Smith Wilson

Friends of the Museum

Ridgewood Dentistry



Sunday, September 28, 20th Century Fashion presented by Vicky Herbert and Sheila Brogan.  Join us at the Ridgewood Public Library for a look at women’s fashions from the 1900s through the 1960s.  We travel through time looking at the major historical events of the period and the changing fashions.  A lovely collection of dresses and accessories from the Schoolhouse Museum will be showcased as we discuss hemlines and waistlines, purses, hats, bathing costumes, motoring clothes, and more.  Program will begin at 2:00 p.m.  Admission is free.  For more information email us.


Sunday, October 5, Historic Homes Walking Tour: Picturesque Architecture of the 1920s: A Walking Tour in the Heights.  On October 5, rain or shine, the Ridgewood Historical Society will sponsor its 5th Historic Homes Walking Tour.  Join us as we explore the whimsical architecture of the 1920s that gives Ridgewood’s Heights neighborhood its special character and charm.  The tour will spotlight 12 houses influenced by medieval European building traditions.  If you are a tudor fan, this is your tour! Elliot Dee, Ridgewood Historical Society member and Village resident, will lead the 90-minute walking tour.  Dee studied architectural history at Cornell and Harvard and has led our last four Historic Homes Walking Tours.  The tour will be limited to 35 people.  We will meet at the corner of West Ridgewood Avenue and Heights Road and the tour will start promptly at 2:00 p.m.  Reserve your $5 ticket by emailing us.


Saturday October 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Rain Date October 12 from 1:00–4:00 p.m.), Member Tag Sale

In an effort to raise funds to purchase the appropriate materials to store our wonderful collection of historic artifacts, we are planning a tag sale on October 11. We are asking our members to look through their attics and personal stored treasures to see if there is something they would like to sell at our tag sale.  There are two options. Members may donate items to the Society for us to sell (a receipt for tax purposes will be available) or bring and set up a sale table for their own items.

We will collect items from Sunday, October 5 through Friday, October 10 at the Schoolhouse Museum, from 1-4pm. If members want to reserve a space to sell their own items, they must register at the Schoolhouse Museum during open hours by Wednesday, October 8 for $25 or if they come on the day of the sale with their table and wares, the charge will be $30. We are looking forward to a small but high quality sale that will help raise money to fund our preservation efforts. Please join us in this endeavor.

We invite you to come and look over the sale items and perhaps find a treasure that is new to you.


Wednesday, October 29 Northwest Bergen History Coalition: Enjoy a fascinating lecture as Jim Wright of Allendale illuminates the history of the John Fell House and the Celery Farm at the Coalition’s annual luncheon.  Wright will explain the unsung John Fell’s heroic role in the Revolutionary War and discuss the house that bea name and the swamp that he owned – better known as the 107-acre Celery Farm. The luncheon will be at the Ramsey Country Club, 105 Lakeside Drive.  $40 per person.  Reservation deadline is October 21.  Reservation form attached.


Community Announcement:  On Sunday, September 28 Gold Star Mothers and Families will be honored from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Van Neste Park. Click here for more information.


For information on any of these events call 201 447-3242 or email us.



As we celebrate New Jersey's 350th anniversary in 2014 the Historical Commission in collaboration with  Kean University has produced a series of brief videos on important events and people.  To watch these videos, click here.  Enjoy!



The Northwest Bergen History Coalition's 5th Annual Luncheon Program

Enjoy a fascinating lecture as Jim Wright of Allendale illuminates the history of the John Fell House and the Celery Farm nature refuge at the annual luncheon sponsored by the Northwest Bergen History Coalition.  Wright will explain the unsung John Fell's heroic role in the Revolutionary War and discuss the house that bears his name and the swamp that he owned -better known today as the 107-acre Celery Farm.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 11:30 a.m.  Cash Bar - 12:00 Noon at Ramsey Country Club, 105 Lakeside Drive, $40 per person.   Click here to download a reservation form.





From September to July, The Schoolhouse Museum is open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00–3:00 p.m. and Sundays from 2:00–4:00 p.m.   We arrange group tours by appointment.   For more information call the museum at 201-447-3242 or send us an e-mail.

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