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!
Proud Sponsor
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
Photo by Dr. Davis Ross

March 2, 2020 - 7:30 P.M. - General Meeting
"Mrs. Benedict Arnold: The Story of Peggy Shippen" - Lecture by Myrna Nahas

In 1920, the University of Michigan acquired the Clinton papers. Sir Henry Clinton was Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of British forces in North America during the War of Independence. Under his supervision, Major John Andre, now adjutant general, negotiated terms with Major General Benedict Arnold of the Continental American army to betray America and hand over West Point in return for a fee.

Up until the Clinton papers were released, Peggy Shippen’s role in her husband’s betrayal was uncertain. It was widely believed that she knew nothing of the plot and that she was simply another victim of Benedict Arnold, the sinister traitor. Now, it is understood that not only was she fully aware of the plot and participated in the planning, but it is entirely possible that it may have been her idea to begin with.

Arts Council Concert - March 29, 2020 - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Lynn Street, Harrington Park - 7:00 P.M.
"Tomas Rodriguez: Explorations on Solo Guitar" - Back by popular demand!  Mix and Mingle after concert.  $10.00 suggested donation.

Historical Society Fundraiser
Monday, April 27th - " High Tea & Auction" 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. 

Habitat for Humanity Bergen Restore, 121 Caver Avenue, Westwood, New Jersey.   $25.00 per person
Call Renëe Tringali 201-768-0648 for reservations.

Myrna Nahas
Myrna Nahas offers highly academic, informative historical lectures designed to be both educational and entertaining. Her presentations appeal to a wide range of audience, from the hobby historian to those unfamiliar with the topic. Each lecture is accompanied by a PowerPoint slide show, giving the audience a visual as well as a verbal presentation. She has lectured at numerous libraries and institutions throughout Bergen County, presenting historical lectures on early American history. Ms. Nahas also does a 6 week American civics class for US Citizenship and a 3 part series on the American Revolution.