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.

To learn more, please click on the Arts Council Button
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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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Photo by Dr. Davis Ross

November 5, 2018, 7:30 P.M., Harrington Park Library – General Meeting 

Speaker: Dr. Alexander Magoun, Outreach Historian, Stevens Institutute of Technology

Topic: “RCA Labs and Six Inventions that Changed the World”  

The Harrington Park Historical Society is pleased to welcome Dr. Alexander B. Magoun as their next guest lecturer on Monday, November 5, 2018 beginning at 7:30 P.M. in the Harrington Park Library located at 10 Herring Street. Dr. Magoun’s presentation is “RCA Labs and Six Inventions that Changed the World.”

Computers, color television, video cameras, transistors, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), light emitting diodes (LEDs)—these technologies all shape how people live and communicate around the world. They also share a common origin, at the RCA Laboratories, David Sarnoff Research Center, on Route 1 in Princeton. Guided by Dr.
Alex Magoun, outreach historian at the IEEE History Center and author of the Arcadia Books “History of the Labs,” the audience will enjoy a richly illustrated tour of modern innovation, focusing on the people who shaped the inventions' development at a uniquely innovative New Jersey company with global impact.

“Three generations of engineers and scientists created a rich and unique history of world-changing innovations that runs right into the present,” says Dr. Magoun. "This talk skims the surface of a well of creativity matched only by Thomas Edison and his muckers in East Orange, and the much bigger Bell Labs in Berkeley Heights. Taken
together, it's clear that Silicon Valley had its origins in New Jersey.”
All lectures are free and open to the public, and the Society welcomes everyone to attend. After a Q & A, a light reception will follow. For more information about the Society’s activities, please contact Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615. Or visit the Society on Facebook or on their website; www.harringtonparkhistoricalsociety.com.

December 3, 2018 – Holiday Outing
7:00 P.M. - Docent Led Tour of Zabriskie House, Wyckoff, N. J, Followed by Reception
Fee – Registration Required

Dr. Magoun is the outreach historian for the IEEE History Center at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, where he designs and installs exhibits; edits the historical section of the IEEE’s flagship journal, “Proceedings of the IEEE;” writes articles and speaks on wireless telegraphy, David Sarnoff, RCA and its laboratories, and early computers; and teaches a course on engineering and the rise of the great powers. Prior to joining the History Center, Magoun developed and directed the David Sarnoff Library for ten years, at the end of which he successfully transferred its archival collections to the Hagley Library and its museum to The College of New Jersey, where it is open to visitors as the Sarnoff Collection. He is the author of two books and the davidsarnoff.org website, and received his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland at College Park. When Magoun is not engrossed in rush-hour reading of tech histories, he can be found running slower than he used to on the towpath of the Delaware & Raritan Canal.

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

Dr. Alexander Magoun