Harrington Park Historical Society
   P.O. Box 105, Harrington Park, N.J. 07640       
201 768-2615       
www.harringtonparkhistoricalsociety.com       
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
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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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A Legacy Project  of the HPHS for the 350th Anniversary of the
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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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Old Burying Ground
Photo by Dr. Davis Ross


March 4, 2024 – General Meeting - 7:30 P.M.

Speaker: Pat Schuber, Historian, Author, Lecturer, Former Bergen County Executive
Topic: “U.S. Grant”

On Monday, March 4, 2024, the Harrington Park Historical Society is delighted to welcome back as their guest lecturer, former Bergen County Executive William “Pat” Schuber, Esq. presenting “U.S. Grant.”

There is no cost to attend the lecture starting at 7:30 P.M. in the Harrington Park Library located at 10 Herring Street in Harrington Park and everyone is invited to attend the program.

On April 27,1822, Ulysses S. Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio. Grant’s father, Jesse, was a tanner and an abolitionist. Grant received an education from several private schools and later attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating in the middle of his class, Grant was stationed in Missouri where he visited with his former classmate and friend, Fred Dent. During the visit, Grant met Fred’s sister, Julia, and fell in love with her. In 1848, they married and would go on to raise four children together.

At the onset of the Civil War, Governor John Wood appointed him commander of an unruly volunteer regiment. By September 1861, Grant had instilled order and discipline within the unit and was rewarded with a promotion to brigadier general of the volunteer force.

You’ll learn more of Grant’s military and political careers as he goes on to become general-in-chief and twice the President of the United States.

Immediately following Mr. Schuber’s presentation there will be a reception. All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information on the Society and its activities, please contact Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615, or visit the Society at www.harringtonparkhistoricalsociety.com or on Facebook.





PLEASE READ AND RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR JOIN US AS A NEW MEMBER

As part of our mission, we are continuing to maintain and preserve the two historic cemeteries in our care, the Old Burying Ground and the Perry Cemetery. Now, we are reaching out to you, our members and friends to help us continue to keep these cemeteries in pristine condition, and to conserve these historical assets. Whatever you can donate at this time to accomplish this work, we cannot adequately express our sincere gratitude. 

We hope you will continue to be as generous as you have been in the past when considering supplementing your annual dues this year. Those dues, which are fully tax deductible, are as follows: 

Family $25
Individual $20
Youth (under 18) $5

In addition to enjoying dual membership in the Arts Council of Harrington Park, HPHS members receive a discount on all Society events and activities (including fund raisers).

On behalf of the Harrington Park Historical Society, I look forward to welcoming you as returning (or brand new) members! Please call me (201-666-0566) or our President, Gerri Gibney (201-768-2615) if you have questions.

Sincerely,
Karen Goddard
Membership Secretary

Mail your check to P.O. Box 105, Harrington Park, New Jersey.  Please include your name(s), address, phone, and email.  Or, use the membership form noted above.  Thanks!

HARRINGTON PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
SAVE OUR HISTORY!

Recently several historic headstones were desecrated at the Old Burying Ground on Tappan Road in Harrington Park. 

Here is a short history of two of the broken headstones; Abraham Quackenbush (1768-1854) and his wife, Elizabeth Myers (1770-1807)) are part of the Abraham Myers family burial plot at the Old Burying Ground. In the middle of the 18th century, Abraham Myers received a royal charter from King George III to build a grist mill on the Hackensack River which his grandson John Bogert later operated and it thereby became known as “Bogert’s Mill.” The Myers family members interred in the plot are Abraham Myers, his wife Cathrena Nederman, daughter Cathrena, daughter Elizabeth and Abraham Quackenbush, son John Myers and wife Rebecca Durie. The markers are red sandstone.

As sole caretakers of this cemetery, the Harrington Park Historical Society will repair these monuments with your generous financial support.

If you would like to help the Society repair these stones, please send your donation to P.O. Box 105, Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640. Please make your check payable to the Harrington Park Historical Society. The Harrington Park Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation. 

After the stones are restored, the Society will host a Tour of the Old Burying Ground for the donors who made the restoration of the stones possible. The tour will be followed by a reception.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved in this effort, please contact Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615, visit their website, or on Facebook.

William "Pat" Schuber
Historian, Author, Lecturer, Former Bergen County Executive
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.

Mr. Schuber’s passion, knowledge, and keen interest of American history should make the lecture a standout for all history buffs.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!