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.
MONTH OF MARCH
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.