Harrington Park Historical Society
   P.O. Box 105, Harrington Park, N.J. 07640       
201 768-2615       
501(c)3 Corporation       

Recipient of the Bergen County 2011 Historic Preservation Commendation Award for the Old Burying Ground           
Photo of Old Burying Ground
by Dr. Davis Ross
Upcoming Lectures & Events

All Lectures Are Held at the Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street, Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640 7:30 P.M. - 2nd Floor
All are welcome!
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"The Art of Today - The History of Tomorrow!"
A Legacy Project  of the HPHS for the 350th Anniversary of the
State of New Jersey

To increase the interest of our community in the arts, to assist all who wish to make an artistic contribution, and to bring the artist and the community-at-large together in a mutually beneficial relationship. To develop, promote, and coordinate the arts at the community level as an expression of Harrington Park’s talents, needs, resources, and aspirations under the auspices of the Harrington Park Historical Society.

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Welcome to the Harrington Park Historical Society - we are glad you are visiting with us on our website!  Please browse around our website to learn more about us and what we do.

We hope you will join us for our ten lecture series on various history subjects that range from local to the far away on interesting historical topics. We meet the first Monday of every month, except July and August, in the Harrington Park Public Library, 2nd floor, at 7:30 P.M.

Typically our meetings include a top notch speaker, question and answer segment, followed by a reception where you can greet our guest and enjoy some refreshment.  Our lecture series is open to everyone and we do not charge a fee to attend.

In addition to our lectures the Society maintains and preserves two historic cemeteries in Harrington Park, namely; the Perry Cemetery, and the Old Burying Ground.  The Perry Cemetery is a small family burial ground located on what was the farm of David Perry (1809-1871). The Old Burying Ground cemetery is part of the land apportioned to Garret Huybertsen Blauvelt, son of one of the original sixteen grantees of the Tappan Patent approved by the Governor of New York in 1686. Although there are believed to be earlier ones, the first known burial was in 1722 and the last in 1905.
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September 12, 2016 - 7:30 P.M. - General Meeting at the Harrington Park Library
Mr. John Zinn - "Portrait of a Civil War Marriage"​

The Harrington Park Historical Society is delighted to welcome back Mr. John Zinn as their guest lecturer on September 12, 2016. The meeting will be held at the Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street, Harrington Park, 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Zinn will discuss the “Portrait of a Civil War Marriage.” The Civil War was the first time in American history when a large number of men served in the military. While being in the army presented challenges for all soldiers and their families, the experiences of married couples were unique both for the solider and his spouse left at home. Drawing on the letters of William Lloyd of the 33rd New Jersey to his wife Mary in New Jersey, the talk will illustrate these challenges including the differences between the Civil War experience and that of more modern wars.  
John Zinn is an independent historian with special interest in the history of baseball as well as the Civil War. He is the chairman of the board of the New Jersey Historical Society and was the chair of New Jersey's Committee on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. John is the author of three books including two about the Brooklyn Dodgers as well as numerous essays and articles. He also writes a blog on baseball history entitled A Manly Pastime. John holds BA and MBA degrees from Rutgers University and is a Vietnam veteran. John lives in Verona, NJ with his wife Carol. They are the parents of Paul Zinn and the grandparents of Sophie and Henry Zinn.

The presentation will be followed by a Q & A, and a reception to mix and mingle with the speaker. Everyone is invited to attended, there is no fee. For more information about the Society and its activities please call Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615, or visit the Society at www.harringtonparkhistoricalsociety.com and on Facebook.

Photo by Dr. Davis Ross
John Zinn
"Portrait of a Civil War Marriage"
Books by John Zinn