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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of the
Harrington Park
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
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February 4, 2019 - General Meeting


The Harrington Park Historical Society is pleased to announce their February 4th guest lecturer is Michael C. Gabriele. Mr. Gabriele is a lifelong New Jersey resident and a graduate of Montclair State University. He is the author of “The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey,” which is his topic for the evening. 

He will present a complete history of cycling in northern New Jersey, featuring the Nutley Velodrome, the site of the final chapter of the golden age of cycling in the United States. The Nutley Velodrome bicycle racing track opened on June 4, 1933. And for a brief few years, it enjoyed a heyday, drawing thousands of noisy fans and world-class competitors. It was a major spectator sport, like going to a baseball game on Sunday afternoon; you went to a bicycle race. New Jersey was the world center of cycling in the early 1900s.

The book seeks to shed light on a lost history of professional cycling, which had been a major spectator sport during the early decades of the 20th century. It is, quite literally, where and when the golden age came to an end. As such, it examines the culture and noteworthy figures of this period in northern New Jersey. It is a lost history, which is why the story needs to be told.

The lecture will begin at 7:30 P.M. at the Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street, Harrington Park, and will be followed by a light reception. Everyone is invited to attend this free presentation.

For more information about the Society and its activities, please call Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615 or visit the Society web site; www.harringtonparkhistoricalsociety.com.

​Michael C. Gabriele

Dues Time Again!

Membership Information:  Membership is open to all who are interested in the aims of the Society.

Annual Dues:
Individual - $15.00
Family - $20.00
Youth - $5.00 (17 and under)

Mail to HPHS, P. O. Box 105, Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640

Please note members receive a discount on all Society Events and Activities

Any questions, please contact Karen Goddard, Membership Chair, at 201 666-0566 or email Karen at klgoddard@optonline.net

Mr. Gabriele is a lifelong New Jersey resident and a graduate of Montclair State University. He is the author of “The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey,” which is his topic for the evening. In addition, he has written books on diners in New Jersey and folk music of New Jersey, and has worked as a journalist for over 35 years. He is a member of the executive board of the Nutley Historical Society and is on the advisory board of the Clifton Arts Center. 
Cycling in New Jersey Began in the 1880s, when colleges and communities formed some of the nation's first cycling clubs, and the popularity of the sport quickly spread, with races held in Plainfield, Trenton and Asbury Park. The state was also home to cycling's golden era of velodromes, built in Newark and Nutley, and some of the world's most famous cyclists competed here, including Frank Kramer, Willie Honeman, Arthur A. Zimmerman and Alf Goullet. This heritage is still alive today, with the colorful annual Tour of Somerville. Historian and journalist Michael C. Gabriele traces 130 years of cycling history in the Garden State, illuminating the people and events that shaped the sport.