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Hopper-Goetschius House Participating In 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

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. -- The Hopper-Goetschius House is one of the 10 museums and other historic sites participating in the Northwest Bergen History Coalition’s annual History Day, on Saturday, May 14.

The day's theme is "Spreading the News: Mail, Rail and the Press in Days Gone By" and there will be special exhibits related to this history, including antique telephones and telegraph equipment, railroad station apparatus, handwritten letters, old newspapers, and vintage postcards.

The Hopper-Goetschius House will have a telegraph machine set up, and kids can get a copy of the Morse code of their messages, which they can decode.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and the one ticket gets you into all the sites that day. Kids 15 and under are free, and all kids will get a "Fun History" ticket, which will be stamped at each site.

It's not too late to still get advance tickets. The Hermitage, at 335 N. Franklin Turnpike, in Ho-Ho-Kus, will be open on Thursday and Friday from 1-4 p.m. And the Schoolhouse Museum, at 650 E. Glen Ave., in Ridgewood, will be open on Thursday from 1-3 p.m.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See this April Daily Voice article for a list of all the sites.

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