Events

Join our WWI Reading Group!

Next meeting is Sun., June 25, 4:00 pm,  Richard Striner's "Woodrow Wilson and WWI"

Click here to download the suggested reading list

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Calendar of Events

April

Storytime at the Fire Dept. Museum, Every Sunday at 12:30!

April 2, 2017 • 12:30pm

Location: Fire Department Museum, 213 Bloomfield

Thanks to the generous support of the Hoboken Family Alliance, the Museum host a weekly Storytime program at the Fire Department Museum, at 213 Bloomfield St. We invite children between the ages of 2 and 5 years to join us downtown on Sundays at 12:30 pm. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No reservation required, but it is recommended to arrive early to secure a good spot.

Free, (Donations appreciated)

 

“Developing Hoboken: Writers on the '80s, Inspired by the Photography of Michael Flanagan”

April 2, 2017 • 3 - 5 p.m.

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Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

Eleven writers, artists, musicians, poets who've been around awhile perform their works inspired by the photos of Michael Flanagan. Relive the Mile Square City of the 1980s with poets Paul Drexel, Jim Mastro, Sheilah Scully, Jim Ruggia, Roxanne Hoffman, Rosette Capotorto, Lynne Shapiro, Greg Ribot, Joel Lewis, Chris Burkhardt and the Museum's poet in residence, Danny Shot. The Museum’s previous poetry events have exceeded seating capacity; arrive early to secure a seat.

$5 suggested donation

 

 

Penny's Storytime at the Museum

April 6, 2017 • 10:30 am

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

Education Curator Maria Lara and other guest readers share stories with children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers every Thursday at 10:30 am. This program is supported by our family sponsor, Macy's. Registration required. See homepage for link, posted at 10 am on the day before each session.

Free, thanks to Family Sponsor, Macy's

 

Hoboken People & Places Film Series: "The Hoboken Chicken Emergency"

Friday April 7, 2017 • 7pm

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

Chicken Emergency-smallThe exhibition "Hoboken People & Places, 1976-1994" showcases the city during a period of dramatic change seen through lens of photographer Michael Flanagan. At the same time, several films were being produced here. We invite you to join us at the Hoboken Historical Museum, for a month-long film series showcasing films and documentaries produced right in our backyard.

In the film version of Daniel Pinkwater's book, "The Hoboken Chicken Emergency" (directed by Peter Baldwin, 1984), Henrietta is no turkey. When Arthur Bobowicz is sent out to bring home the family's Thanksgiving turkey, he returns instead with Henrietta -- a 266-pound chicken with a mind of her own. Thus begins the hilarious chain of events that has kept audiences in stitches since Henrietta first pecked her way onto the scene in 1977. A film for all ages.

Suggested donation $5

 

Storytime at the Fire Dept. Museum, Every Sunday at 12:30pm!

April 9, 2017 • 12:30 pm

Location: Fire Department Museum, 213 Bloomfield

Thanks to the generous support of the Hoboken Family Alliance, the Museum now hosts a weekly Storytime program at the Fire Department Museum, at 213 Bloomfield St. We invite children between the ages of 2 and 5 years to join us downtown on Sundays at 12:30 pm. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No reservation required, but it is recommended to arrive early to secure a good spot.

Free, (Donations appreciated!)

 

Penny's Storytime at the Museum

April 13, 2017 • 10:30 am

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

Education Curator Maria Lara and other guest readers share stories with children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers every Thursday at 10:30 am. This program is supported by our family sponsor, Macy's. Registration required. See homepage for link, posted at 10 am on the day before each session.

Free, thanks to Family Sponsor, Macy's

 

Hoboken People & Places Film Series: "Hoboken Home Views"

Friday April 14, 2017 • 7pm

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

The exhibition "Hoboken People & Places, 1976-1994" showcases the city during a period of dramatic change seen through lens of photographer Michael Flanagan. At the same time, several films were being produced here. We invite you to join us at the Hoboken Historical Museum, for a month-long film series showcasing films and documentaries produced right in our backyard.

Distinguished documentary filmmaker Nora Jacobson produced this collection of four short films about the people and city of Hoboken, filmed during 1982-1984. The four films are as titled: "Dom's Bakery," "MCR Fashion," "14th Street Fire," and "Portrait of a Young Professional." Recommended for adult audiences.

Suggested donation $5

 

Opening reception for “The Essence of Hoboken: Watercolors by Robert Nardolillo”

Saturday, April 15, 2017 • 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

The Museum is pleased to host an exhibit of dynamic and moody watercolor paintings by Robert Nardolillo, a Brooklyn-born artist who now lives in the suburbs, but who loves the urban energy of the Mile Square City. He discovered its unique beauty when his daughters moved here after college. Meet the artist at a free opening reception for his works on Saturday, Apr. 15 from 2 - 5 pm. His works will remain on view through Sunday, May 21. For a preview of his work, visit the artist's website.

Free.

 

Penny's Storytime at the Museum

April 20, 2017 • 10:30 am

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

Education Curator Maria Lara and other guest readers share stories with children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers every Thursday at 10:30 am. This program is supported by our family sponsor, Macy's. Registration required. See homepage for link, posted at 10 am on the day before each session.

Free, thanks to Family Sponsor, Macy's

 

Hoboken People & Places Film Series: "Delivered Vacant"

Friday April 21, 2017 • 7pm

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

displacement-smallThe exhibition "Hoboken People & Places, 1976-1994" showcases the city during a period of dramatic change seen through lens of photographer Michael Flanagan. At the same time, several films were being produced here. We invite you to join us at the Hoboken Historical Museum, for a month-long film series showcasing films and documentaries produced right in our backyard.

In late 1980s, a battle raged between longtime residents of Hoboken's and the developers who sought to convert their inexpensive housing into high-priced rental and condominium units. Filmmaker Nora Jacobson spent nearly a decade investigating the issue for her critically acclaimed documentary, "Delivered Vacant," released in 1992. She focuses her lens on the city's pro-affordable housing mayor, Tom Vezzetti, and a cast of locals ranging from elderly and immigrant residents being forced from their homes to aspiring artists who rely on the area's cheap rents. Recommended for adult audiences.

Suggested donation $5

 

Storytime at the Fire Dept. Museum, Every Sunday at 12:30pm!

April 23, 2017 • 12:30 pm

Location: Fire Department Museum, 213 Bloomfield

Thanks to the generous support of the Hoboken Family Alliance, the Museum now hosts a weekly Storytime program at the Fire Department Museum, at 213 Bloomfield St. We invite children between the ages of 2 and 5 years to join us downtown on Sundays at 12:30 pm. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No reservation required, but it is recommended to arrive early to secure a good spot.

Free, (Donations appreciated!)

 

WWI Author Talk: Steven H. Jaffe, “A Seaport at War with Itself: Germans, Irish, Jews, Italians and African Americans in Wartime Greater New York”

April 23, 2017 • 4pm

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

NY at War-cover-smallSteven H. Jaffe is a writer and historian specializing in the history of New York City. He is author of “New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham” (Basic Books, 2012). Jaffe has worked at the Center for Jewish History in New York City, the New-York Historical Society (where he served as Senior Project Historian), and the South Street Seaport Museum. Jaffe graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and obtained his doctoral degree in history from Harvard University. His work has been published in The New-York Journal of American History, Seaport: New York’s History Magazine, and in Kenneth T. Jackson’s (ed.) “Encyclopedia of New York City.” Jaffe is the author of “New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham” (Basic Books, 2012). Click here to learn more about the series.

Free

 

WWI Reading Discussion Group

April 23, 2017 • 5:30pm

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

The Hoboken Historical Museum is pleased to debut a new companion reading group to accompany our WWI lecture series, "Heaven, Hell or Hoboken." Anyone interested in reading books and essays about World War I and then discussing them with fellow readers is invited to join us on Sunday, April 23, at 5:30 pm, after the lecture by historian Steven Jaffe. The initial reading material is provided by one of the sponsors of the lecture series, World War I and America. Click here to learn more about the lecture series.

Free

 

WWI Centennial Commemoration

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 • 12pm

Location: World War I Memorial, Pier A Park, Sinatra Drive

wwi-monument-176pxOn Wednesday, April 26, at 12 pm, the public is invited to join Hudson County and Hoboken officials, along with Hoboken High School’s band and chorus and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Color Guard, for a ceremony commemorating the centennial of the United States’ declaration of war on Germany. The ceremony will take place on Pier A Park at Sinatra Drive by the WWI Memorial, which was dedicated in 1925 to the “valiant American Expeditionary Forces who embarked from this port to participate in the World War 1917 - 1918.” (Rain date, April 27)

Organized by the Hudson County Executive’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs, Hudson County History Advocates and the City of Hoboken, the ceremony will feature special guests Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken Historical Museum Director Bob Foster and veterans Jack O’Brien and Vinnie Wassman. O’Brien, a veteran of WWII and the son of a WWI veteran, will play patriotic tunes on a fife. Wassman, who served in both WWII and the Korean War, will recite John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields.” The Hoboken High School Band and Chorus will perform songs associated with “The Great War.”

On April 6, 1917, the U.S. Government officially declared war on Germany; among its first official acts was the seizure of Hoboken’s German-owned shipping piers, which were soon converted into the port of embarkation for the U.S. Expeditionary Forces. Between spring 1917 and fall 1918, two million American servicemen passed through Hoboken on their way to and from Europe. Nine months earlier, on July 30, 1916, Jersey City was rocked by one of the most audacious acts of foreign espionage on U.S. soil, the explosion of an arms depot at Black Tom Island, in the Hudson River. The blast shattered windows for miles around.

In May 1917, Congress passed the Selective Service Act, requiring American men ages 21 – 30 to register for the draft. By war’s end 24 million Americans had registered. Hoboken City Clerk James Farina will display Hoboken’s original 1917 Selective Service draft registration ledger. Click here to learn more about World War I and Hoboken.

Free

 

Penny's Storytime at the Museum

April 27, 2017 • 10:30 am

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

Education Curator Maria Lara and other guest readers share stories with children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers every Thursday at 10:30 am. This program is supported by our family sponsor, Macy's. Registration required. See homepage for link, posted at 10 am on the day before each session.

Free, thanks to Family Sponsor, Macy's

 

Hoboken People & Places Film Series: Q&A with "Delivered Vacant" Director, Nora Jacobson

Friday April 28, 2017 • 7pm

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

NoraJacobsonThe exhibition "Hoboken People & Places, 1976-1994" showcases the city during a period of dramatic change seen through lens of photographer Michael Flanagan. At the same time, several films were being produced here. We invite you to join us at the Hoboken Historical Museum, for a month-long film series showcasing films and documentaries produced right in our backyard.

"Delivered Vacant" showed the real-life impact of the rush to develop Hoboken's inexpensive rental properties into spiffed-up residences for the wave of young professionals seeking an alternative to higher-priced Manhattan. The story is as relevant today as it was in 1992, when the film was released. Come to the Hoboken Museum for a dialogue with filmmaker Nora Jacobson, illustrated with brief excerpts from the film.

Suggested donation $10 ($5 for members)

 

Storytime at the Fire Dept. Museum, Every Sunday at 12:30pm!

April 30, 2017 • 12:30 pm

Location: Fire Department Museum, 213 Bloomfield

Thanks to the generous support of the Hoboken Family Alliance, the Museum now hosts a weekly Storytime program at the Fire Department Museum, at 213 Bloomfield St. We invite children between the ages of 2 and 5 years to join us downtown on Sundays at 12:30 pm. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No reservation required, but it is recommended to arrive early to secure a good spot.

Free, (Donations appreciated!)

 

Hoboken People & Places Event: Helen Manogue

Saturday, April 29, 2017 • 4pm

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

Helen manogueThe exhibition "Hoboken People & Places, 1976-1994" showcases the city during a period of dramatic change seen through lens of photographer Michael Flanagan. One of his good friends and sometime photo subject is Helen Manogue, longtime community activist who founded the Hoboken Environment Committee and led dozens of successful campaigns to preserve Hoboken's signature historic features, reduce air pollution and establish the waterfront walkway.

On Saturday, April 29, at 4 pm, the "Legendary Local" herself, Helen Manogue, will give a talk about her decades as a community activist, including establishing the city's historic district and preservation commission, saving the Erie Lackawanna Terminal, initiating the River City Fair, the Hoboken House Tour, the Hoboken Environment Committee, the Quality of Life Coalition and the Hudson River Walkway Conservancy, campaigning against oil storage tanks on the waterfront, and organizing a housing forum in 1982 that defused a volatile public battle over housing. She also ran for City Council three times against long-time political machine candidates, missing the mark by one vote in a fifth-ward race in the late 1980s.

The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition will host a reception afterwards at the Museum.

Free

 

Oral History Chapbook #30: "They Were the Dregs of Society, but There Were a Lot of Good Men," Recollections of Tom Hanley

Sunday, April 30, 2017 • 4pm

Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

TomHanley-smallMeet Tom Hanley, longshoreman and movie star, whose hair-raising recollections of growing up on and later working within the rough-and-tumble waterfront featured in Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront" are presented in our latest oral history chapbook, the 30th in our history!

Hanley was chosen by the director to play the kid who idolizes Marlon Brando's Terry Malloy, until he gives evidence to the Waterfront Commission. The kid marks Terry's betrayal of the longshoremen's code with the immortal line, "A pigeon for a pigeon."

Hanley's own stories rival the Oscar-winning screenplay written by Budd Schulberg. Please come celebrate Hanley's amazing life, as well as the milestone 30th publication in the "Vanishing Hoboken" series.

Free

 

 
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"Penny's Storytime" at the Museum

Thursdays at 10:30 am; registration required. Click here to learn more.

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Main Gallery Exhibit: Hoboken People & Places 1976-1994

On view thru July 2, 2017. Click here to learn more.

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In the Upper Gallery: The Essence of Hoboken in Watercolor by Robert Nardolillo

Click here to learn more...