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New Jersey’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places – 2019

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TRENTON, NJ – In recognition of national Preservation Month, Preservation New Jersey, Inc. (PNJ) announced its annual list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey at a press conference in the courtyard of the State House Annex in Trenton, New Jersey at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 16, 2019. PNJ was joined by the advocates for this year’s endangered historic places at a rally to support New Jersey’s threatened cultural and architectural heritage.

The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost. The act of listing these resources acknowledges their importance to the heritage of New Jersey and draws attention to the predicaments that endanger their survival and the survival of historic resources statewide. The list, generated from nominations by the public, aims to attract new perspectives and ideas to sites in desperate need of creative solutions.

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Bergen County Historical Society Promotes Preservation in all 72 Communities in Bergen County

H Gelfand, Bergen County Historical Society Historic Preservation Committee

Replying to “Anonymous arm chair Monday morning quarterback , who promotes overdevelopment and high density housing”:

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Reader says we “need to be proactive rather than reactive ” in Historic Preservation

photo 11th of May 1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam

” Anyone who had $275k to purchase and was willing to shell out over $10k in taxes a year could have had this house. It’s been for sale for over a decade until a sheriff’s sale. Why didn’t the BCHS step in before it was falling apart? If they care about the historic homes, they need to be proactive rather than reactive and fight before the new, legal owner(s) buys one of these properties. “

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Historic Van Zile House on Midland Park / Wyckoff Border Leveled

May 11th, 1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam to replace Willem Kieft as Director-General of New Netherland, the Dutch colonial settlement in present-day New York City.

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Midland Park NJ, according the Bergen County Historical Society , stone houses of Bergen County, an endangered species with no protection? .

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The Birth of Ridgewood

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Ridgewood Nj, Co-sponsored with the Ridgewood Historical Society
In celebration of Ridgewood’s 125th anniversary, local historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki provide a slide lecture on the critical years between 1865 and 1876. Using documents, maps, and historic panoramic photos, Norris and Suplicki illustrate Ridgewood’s transformation from farm to suburb. All welcome, no registration required. Light refreshments will be served.

April 29th, 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Ridgewood Public Library
125 N Maple Ave, Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450

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Bergen County Historical Society Celebrates Pinkster

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New Bridge Crossing NJ, Experience history in one of the storied places where it was made!

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1 PM – 5 PM

Bergen County Historical Society 1201-5 Main St, River Edge, New Jersey 07661

Pinkster is celebrated with a Maypole Dance at 1:30 & 3:00 pm with a participation session during the country dances. Ridley and Anne Enslow are featured on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. In the outkitchen cooks will be naturally dyeing eggs for Pinkster and making oliebollen, Dutch Donuts. This event features fun children’s games. The 3 houses including the Steuben House a state-historic site and the barn are open for tours.

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The History of the Village of Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, In celebration of Ridgewood’s 125th Anniversary, local historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki will provide a lecture on the critical years between 1865 and 1876. Using maps, documents, and historic panoramic photos, Norris and Suplicki illustrate Ridgewood’s transformation from farm to suburb.

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Bergen County has 192 Sandstone Houses listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places

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New Bridge Landing NJ, Bergen County has 192 Sandstone Houses listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places as “Stone Houses of Bergen County, Thematic Resource.”

These houses really say “Bergen County”, this very distinctive building type is not known to be found anywhere else in the world. 
(Okay, there are examples in Rockland County)

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New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Sites approves the Zabriskie-Schedler house for the state and national registers

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Ridgewood NJ, Anyone can prepare a New Jersey and National Register application. Applications are typically prepared by individuals, cultural or historical organizations, government agencies, and professional consultants. Completed applications are submitted to the Historic Preservation Office where a staff member reviews and evaluates them for eligibility, technical completeness, and substantive sufficiency. Property owners and county and local officials are notified and given an opportunity to comment, and a public meeting is held for large historic districts.

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400th Anniversary Commemorating the First Documented Arrival of Africans in Colonial America

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New Bridge Landing NJ, August 2019 marks the 400-year anniversary of the documented arrival of the first Africans arriving in colonial English America. Dr. Evelyn McDowell and Camile Amadio will discuss one of the women captives, Angela, and lead into a presentation about women, quilting, and slavery. We will briefly review the history of early colonial quilting and discuss the significance of quilting in the African-American community. We will end our talk with a discussion of the 400-year Commemoration Quilt Project currently underway and sponsored by Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. We will leave time for a hands-on demonstration of the block used for the commemorative quilting project. The talk begins at 1:30 pm in the Steuben House. The whole museum site is open for tours.

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