Double Your Donations Through Dec. 31!

This year, the Hoboken Historical Museum has more than doubled our activities and programs, organizing two series of 9 talks and lectures for our WWI exhibition, and another 6 programs for the January – June exhibit of Michael Flanagan photos of Hoboken in the 1970s and ’80s. Our Education Curator added more summer camp sessions and new programs, like “Kids Night at the Museum,” “Living History Day,” and “Storytime at the Fire Department Museum.” And our Collections Manager has cataloged hundreds of new donated and purchased materials, from WWI uniforms and a 1918 Victrola to a large cache of rare Hoboken and Hudson County postcards and other memorabilia.

To sustain this level of activity into the future, we are doubling our annual year-end fundraising goals. To boost our efforts, a group of generous former and current trustees, along with the director, have pledged up to $10,000 in matching funds.

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Thanks to our generous supporters, we have been able to reach more people than ever this year, as we:

  • Updated our Historic Hoboken Walking Tour Map, and made an easy-to-use digital version for mobile phones with an interactive Google map.
  • Expanded our education programs to accommodate more school groups visits this spring than ever before, new poetry workshops, and made our Storytime programs weekly at both the Museum and the Fire Department Museum, with help from the Hoboken Family Alliance, Party With Purpose and Macy’s. 
  • Added two more sessions of Summer Enrichment camp programs for a total of five – which are nearly fully booked (a few spots remain if you hurry)!
  • Drew new audiences to our 10-part World War I lecture series, which inspired a reading discussion group that meets monthly to discuss related books. 
  • Helped people understand how Hoboken has been transformed in the past 40 years through programs inspired by the exhibit of Michael Flanagan’s photographs, featuring films by Nora Jacobson, a talk by legendary activist Helen Manogue, a panel on the Hoboken Shelter, and a reunion of the 1988 Ambassadors baseball team that toured the USSR. 

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For the majority of our funding, the Museum relies on people just like you from across the Hoboken community. We are asking for your support for our next exhibit, World War I Centennial: Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken, extended through July 1, 2018. The exhibit focuses on the transformation of Hoboken and its residents after the U.S. entered World War I in April 2017 and converted the city into the main port of embarkation for the U.S Expeditionary Forces bound for Europe.

The exhibit evokes life in Hoboken during the Great War, with

  • Silent films of soldiers gathered at the Hoboken port
  • US government war posters (on loan from the Jersey City Free Public Library) designed to boost local draft registration, and urge those on the “home front” to purchase war bonds, conserve resources, and help with the war effort
  • Personal photographs, letters, uniforms, and commemorative items from individual Hobokenites, including Mrs. Frank R. Markey, who worked with the Red Cross assisting soldiers, and Peter G. Spinetto, a doughboy who sent postcards from the fields of war in France to his large family on the city’s west side.

Individual donations are the largest part of our annual budget. With your support we can continue to grow and innovate, keeping Hoboken’s stories alive for people to appreciate today and tomorrow. Click on the button below to make a donation 

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Museum!

Valerie Hufnagel
President, Board of Trustees

Robert Foster
Executive Director

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The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so your contribution is tax-deductible. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum!