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Northwest Bergen History Coalition Holds Communications-Related History Day

Telegrams provided a major shift in communications. Come see exhibits that show the evolution of communications over the last few centuries during History Day.
Telegrams provided a major shift in communications. Come see exhibits that show the evolution of communications over the last few centuries during History Day. Photo Credit: Lewis Hine, via Wikimedia Commons

ALLENDALE, N.J. -- History Day 2016 -- "Spreading the News: Rail, Mail and the Press in Days Gone" -- sponsored by the Northwest Bergen History Coalition, will be held on Saturday, May 14.

Communication has changed dramatically over the last three centuries. The journey of communications in the region evolved from sporadic wagons which might carry mail or broadsides announcing current events, to railways and telegraphs.

On History Day, the public is invited to visit 11 participating sites, to see special exhibits related to this history, including antique telephones and telegraph equipment, railroad station apparatus, handwritten letters, old newspapers, and vintage postcards.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museums and historic homes on the tour include

  • John Fell House -- 475 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale
  • The Museum at the Station -- 176 Rock Rd., Glen Rock
  • The Hermitage -- 335 N. Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus
  • Mahwah Museum -- 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah
  • Old Station Museum -- 171 Old Station Lane, Mahwah
  • Van Allen House -- 3 Franklin Ave., Oakland
  • Old Stone House -- 538 Island Rd., Ramsey
  • Schoolhouse Museum -- 650 E. Glen Ave., Ridgewood
  • Hopper-Goetschius Museum -- 363 E. Saddle River Rd., Upper Saddle River
  • Waldwick Signal Tower -- 1 Bohnert Place, Waldwick
  • Zabriskie House -- 421 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff

Advance adult tickets are $10, beginning Friday, April 15. These "Fun History” tickets, which will be stamped at each site for children 12 and under. You can buy them by contacting the above sites, or at the Hermitage Wednesdays through Sundays, from 1-4, Mahwah Museum on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 1-4, or the Schoolhouse Museum on Thursdays and Saturdays, from 1-3 and Sundays 2-4.

You can also buy tickets by mail. Send a SASE and check to USR Historical Society, 245 Lake St., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458, before May 3. Same-day tickets will be on sale at each site, for $15 a person; children 12 and under are free. All proceeds will be equally divided among the Coalition's historical societies.

For more information, call Sheila Brogan at 201-652-7354, and visit the coalition's website.

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