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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Arts Council
"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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Old Burying Ground
Photo by Dr. Davis Ross
John Zinn
"New Jersey Goes to War"

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.​

                                                    March 5, 2018 - Harrington Park Library, 7:30 P.M.​
                                                                        "New Jersey Goes to War"

The Harrington Park Historical Society is delighted to welcome back Mr. John Zinn as their guest lecturer on March 5, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street, Harrington Park, 7:30 P.M.

Mr. Zinn will discuss his book “New Jersey Goes to War,” which contains biographies of 150 New Jerseyans caught up in the struggle of the Civil War; including soldiers, civilians, men, women, heroes, scoundrels – and even a heroic horse.

This unique look at New Jersey’s Civil War history tells the stories of New Jersey’s wartime generation, both famous and obscure, whose lives were affected by the conflict and the events surrounding it. 

They are men and women of diverse races, religions and ethnic backgrounds. The selections include enlisted men, officers, nurses, politicians, diplomats, manufacturers, merchants, writers, poets and artists who were born in or immigrated to our state and lived here before, during or after the war.  

When faced with the most climatic event in American History, the people of New Jersey's Civil War generation became, whether they wished it or not, actors upon the historical stage rather than observers.  

Many of their lives were indisputably, in the oft-quoted words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, graphically "touched by fire," others less so, but all of them, for better or worse, would never be the same.

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.


The Harrington Park Historical Society will be mounting a special WW1 exhibit in commemoration of last year’s 100TH anniversary of the U.S. entering the war to end all wars at the Harrington Park Library located at 10 Herring Street. WW1 posters from the Society’s collection, along with newspapers of the time will also be shown.
New Jersey sent an estimated 130,000 to 150,000 New Jerseyans to serve in the armed forces, and of those who served we lost 3,836 to combat, accident and disease. Although the final resting place for many who died are in the St. Mihiel American Cemetery or the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, New Jersey itself is decorated with some 160 monuments and memorials marking The Great War and the individuals who bravely served in it. 
The Society’s principal archivist, Inge Nebel, has since the Society’s inception, put together fascinating and educational story boards of various themes depicting the history of Harrington Park, some of which included; business in the town, noted families, volunteer organizations, architecture and homes in the borough, and most recently the WW1 Exhibit which was shown at the Society’s annual History Day event this past April. For this Exhibit Mrs. Nebel was joined by Karen Goddard as archivist, who now, in addition to archivist, holds another position on the Board as Membership Chair.
The two archivists put together such a dynamic, informative Exhibit, the Society Board decided to extend its showing by exhibiting part of the presentation during the month of March 2018 in the Harrington Park Library.
Camp Merritt was an integral part of life in Harrington Park and the surrounding towns from 1917 to 1919. As fortune would have it the Harrington Park Historical Society was recently gifted a fabulous collection of early Camp Merritt and other local pictures and ephemera from the daughter of Meredith Parker Hallenbeck Newman. Meredith Hallenbeck's father was the first train station master in Harrington Park. The Camp Merritt photographs and artifacts of the collection will not be on display at the Library. However, if anyone is interested in viewing these artifacts, please contact the Society. Some of these artifacts will also be displayed at the March 5th general meeting of the Society held at the Library at 7:30 P.M. 

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