My infatuation with Hoboken dates from the first time I stepped foot here, took a look at the cityscape and breathed the caffeinated air (Maxwell House was still roasting coffee in those days). But I lived here for close to a decade before I knew more than a handful of people.
Now I know hundreds of people from all over town, and can truly call Hoboken my hometown. It all started with a call from an acquaintance who was desperate for volunteers for the Museum’s Annual House Tour. I showed up for my four-hour shift, and got to know the other volunteers and the staff at the Museum. It was so much fun, I volunteered every time that friend called, and before long, found myself in charge of the Museum’s volunteer program!
Pretty soon, through the other volunteers I met at the Museum, I got involved in all kinds of interest groups around town – the Hoboken Dog Association, the Hoboken Garden Club, the Quality of Life Coalition, and more. Now I really feel like I belong…which happens to be the name of the exhibition the Museum is planning for the second half of the year. “I Belong” will be an exploration of the various social, fraternal, civic and sporting clubs that have been woven through Hoboken’s social fabric since the 18th century. It opens July 29.