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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"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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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.

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November 4, 2019 - 7:30 P.M. – General Meeting Speaker: William “Pat” Schuber, Historian, Lecturer, Author, Former Bergen County Executive
Topic: “The Fall of the Berlin Wall”

On Monday, November 4, 2019 the Harrington Park Historical Society is delighted to welcome back as their guest lecturer, former Bergen County Executive William “Pat” Schuber, Esq. presenting “The Fall of the Berlin Wall.”  Immediately following Mr. Schuber’s presentation there will be a reception.  

At the end of the Second World War, Germany was divided into four zones of occupation under the control of the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet Union. Berlin, although located within the Soviet zone, was also split among the four powers. The American, British and French sectors would form West Berlin and the Soviet sector became East Berlin. The division of Germany and the nature of its occupation had been confirmed by the Allied leaders at the Potsdam Conference, held between July 17 and August 2, 1945.

In 1961, rumors spread that measures would be introduced to strengthen the border and stop East Germans from leaving for the West. On August 12-13 a wire barrier was constructed around West Berlin.  

Established crossing points between the Western and Soviet sectors were closed, dividing neighborhoods and separating families overnight. From this barbed wire barricade, the Wall would eventually develop into a fortified concrete structure encircling West Berlin and isolating it from the surrounding East German territory. 

In 1989, political changes in Eastern Europe and civil unrest in Germany put pressure on the East German government to loosen some of its regulations on travel to West Germany. 

The fall of the Berlin Wall was the first step towards German reunification. The political, economic and social impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall further weakened the already unstable East German government. Germany reunited on October 3,1990, eleven months after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

December 2, 2019 – Holiday Outing 
Piermont RR Museum – Docent Led Tour – 7:00 P.M. Reception at Restaurant to Follow – Reservations required.

Pat Schuber
"The Fall of the Berlin Wall"