Please join us on Sunday, November 26 at 4 pm to celebrate the publication of a new HHM chapbook, Palumbo’s Tavern. Ann Palumbo Monaco recalls her grandparents’ Monroe Street tavern, where neighbors gathered to relax, gossip, celebrate, and to enjoy Anna Palumbo’s fabulous pasta “fazool.”
This event is free and all attendees receive a copy of “Palumbo’s Tavern.”
On Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 pm, the Museum is proud to welcome back Hudson County’s own Black Maria Film Festival for the second of a four-part monthly series of award-winning hour-long documentaries. Program 3 features “A Bastard Child” by Knutte Wester. His grandmother grew up in shelters and orphanages in Sweden in the early 1900’s, unwanted, rejected by society. Wester brings her memories to life through his own exquisite hand-painted animated images and has us witness someone being rejected in order to unite others.
Black Maria Executive Director Jane Steuerwald will host the custom-curated programs, and lead a discussion with the audience. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the films will screen at 7 pm, each lasting about an hour. Admission is a suggested $5 donation, which includes light refreshments.
Through December, a different award-winning one-hour documentary film from the Black Maria’s Global Insights collection will be presented, thanks to the support of the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and Tourism. The second program is Wednesday, Oct. 18, the third is Wed., Nov. 29, and the final session is Wed., Dec. 13.
Now in its 36th consecutive year, the Black Maria Film Festival focuses on diverse short films – narrative, experimental, animation, and documentary – including those, which address issues and struggles within contemporary society such as the environment, public health, race and class, family, sustainability, and more.
Kids Night at the Museum is a chance for kids ages 5 and up to leave their parents at home and have their own night of fun! Kids can spend the evening at the Hoboken Historical Museum and enjoy games, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, pizza and popcorn, and a movie!
The third Kids Night is Friday, Dec. 1st, from 6 – 9 pm, featuring the 1971 children’s classic movie, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder as Roald Dahl’s eccentric candy maker and the competition for the chocolate bar with the Golden Ticket.
The cost is $25 per child, $20 for members’ children (members, please call or email Education Curator Maria Lara at 201-656-2240 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the code).
As part of the Museum’s World War I Centennial Lecture Series, on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 pm, Monmouth University Professor Melissa Ziobro will share the fascinating history of Fort Monmouth, which went from a “Jungle of Weeds” to war readiness in a matter of a few months, and then contributed to significant advances in field communications and technology during WWI.
Named for the brave Revolutionary War soldiers who gave their lives just a few miles away at the Battle of Monmouth Court House in 1778, Fort Monmouth was the site of some of the most significant communications and electronics breakthroughs in military history. From its inception during WWI through its closure in 2011, Fort Monmouth’s soldiers and civilians, with the support of the local communities, worked tirelessly to develop technologies and field equipment to protect U.S. forces and enable their victories.
During WWI, the Army charged Signal Corps Soldiers trained at the base with establishing communications on the front lines of Europe. At the same time, those back on post in NJ made significant strides in the areas of aviation, combat photography, pigeon training, meteorology, and radio intelligence.
The neighboring communities took an active role in sustaining these men. For example, on June 6, 1917, the Red Bank Register reported local farmers gearing up to supply large quantities of “straw, hay, oats, and cordwood” to the initial cadre of soldiers descending upon the site. On June 26, 1918, the post newspaper, the Dots and Dashes, shared, “Among the first women workers in the camp (at the “Y” pictured above) were Mrs. John H. Parker, of Long Branch, and Mrs. J.B. Greenhut, and others associated with them. They did much to relieve the unpleasantness of camp life under such hard conditions.” Many of these servicemen would travel through Hoboken en route to the front.
Melissa Ziobro is currently the Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, teaching courses including “Introduction to Public History, Oral History, and Museums and Archives Management.” Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program. She serves on the Executive Board of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for “New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal,” a joint venture of the NJ Historical Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University.
Ziobro has worked with public history organizations such as the Monmouth County Park System, InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum, Monmouth County Historical Association, Monmouth County Historical Commission, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, National Guard Militia Museum of NJ, and more. She worked as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2011. Publications include her most recent article, on Colonel William Blair, father of American Aircraft Detection Radar, in “On Point: The Journal of Army History.”
Due to popular demand for our previous lecture series, advance reservations are strongly advised. Sign up by clicking the button below. Admission will be collected at the door, lectures are $10 ($5 for members); bus tours are $20 ($10 for members).
The lecture series is funded by a special project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission.