The Ridgewood Historical Society

The Ridgewood Historical Society The Ridgewood Historical Society is located in a one-room schoolhouse at 650 East Glen Ave. in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The Schoolhouse Museum, built in 1872, is a keeper of history, regularly exhibiting artifacts and ephemera of the Village of Ridgewood.
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Museum Hours: August 2020: Sundays Only 2-4pm After August: Thursdays 1:00--3:00 p.m. Saturdays 1:00--3:00 p.m. Sundays 2:00--4:00 p.m.

Operating as usual

Thursday, Oct. 15th.
10/14/2020

Thursday, Oct. 15th.

10/14/2020
A is for Artistry

Come to the Schoolhouse Museum Sunday. We're open from 2 to 4pm. See our new exhibit "A is for Artistry." Here is a sneak peak!

Thank you to all the Ridgewood historic house lovers who ordered maps for our fundraiser—it has been a success because o...
10/14/2020
Your Historic House Map - Ridgewood Historical Society

Thank you to all the Ridgewood historic house lovers who ordered maps for our fundraiser—it has been a success because of you! We have a lot of very happy customers and we are thrilled to announce an extension to accomodate orders for the holidays. Order your map before November 15th and it will be ready by December 15th (pick up at the Schoolhouse Museum). Not only does it make a great gift, it supports the Ridgewood Historical Society and helps to maintain the current exhibit at the Schoolhouse Museum.

Cheers to Connie and Michelle, the very first visitors to our new “A is for Artistry “ exhibit. Don’t be left out! Come ...
10/04/2020

Cheers to Connie and Michelle, the very first visitors to our new “A is for Artistry “ exhibit. Don’t be left out! Come see us too!!

10/03/2020
Schoolhouse Museum "A is for Artistry"

We are happy to announce the opening of the Schoolhouse Museum on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 2 to 4pm! We invite everyone to see our current exhibit "A Is For Artistry—Celebrating Centuries of Art, Artists & Creativity"
The Schoolhouse Museum at 650 E. Glen Ave. will be open every Sunday from 2-4 until further notice.
We will be taking all precautions for the safety of our visitors and our docents, so face coverings will be required by all visitors at all times.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you, in a safe, socially distant way—here's a peek at what's inside! (Turn up volume)

10/03/2020
Schoolhouse Museum "A is for Artistry"

We are happy to announce the opening of the Schoolhouse Museum on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 2 to 4pm! We invite everyone to see our current exhibit "A Is For Artistry—Celebrating Centuries of Art, Artists & Creativity"
The Schoolhouse Museum at 650 E. Glen Ave. will be open every Sunday from 2-4 until further notice.
We will be taking all precautions for the safety of our visitors and our docents, so face coverings will be required by all visitors at all times.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you, in a safe, socially distant way—here's a peek at what's inside! (Turn up volume)

With great sadness, we regret to inform you that we will not be holding our Halloween Cemetery Walks this year. There wa...
10/02/2020

With great sadness, we regret to inform you that we will not be holding our Halloween Cemetery Walks this year. There was no way to hold the event while keeping to social distancing rules, and at the same time maintaining the high quality standards this event has become known for. We'll miss you, but look forward to seeing you next year, bigger and better!

10/01/2020

“Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented — which is what fear and anxiety do to a person — into something whole.” Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010)

If you feel in need of a little restoration or repair in the midst of this trying year, come indulge in a little ART at the Schoolhouse. The Museum will be open and waiting for you every Sunday from 2-4, beginning on October 4.

We're baaaaaaack!!!! And looking forward to welcoming our masked and socially distanced visitors starting this Sunday, O...
09/30/2020

We're baaaaaaack!!!! And looking forward to welcoming our masked and socially distanced visitors starting this Sunday, October 4 from 2-4. Come see our new exhibit!

Hey you guys!! Only FIVE more days until the Schoolhouse Museum opens!!!!!
09/29/2020

Hey you guys!! Only FIVE more days until the Schoolhouse Museum opens!!!!!

You have to wait one more week for the Schoolhouse Museum to open, so why not use that time wisely and stop in to see ou...
09/28/2020

You have to wait one more week for the Schoolhouse Museum to open, so why not use that time wisely and stop in to see our friends at the Mahwah Museum to celebrate their reopening!!

The Museum will be featuring a new exhibit, Revealed: Women’s Fight for the Right to Vote, which is a revealing look at some of the toughest battles undertaken by women, several from New Jersey and New York, to win the right to vote.

2020 is the centennial year for the passage of the 19th Amendment. Suffragists, including New Jersey’s Alice Paul, who pushed the boundaries of political and cultural courage, persisted despite arrests, prison terms, hunger strikes and forced-feedings in order to reach their goal. They challenged presidents and statesmen in order to achieve the passage of the 19th Amendment. This new exhibit tells the real story of how the vote was won.
Exhibit Art, “1918” Lithograph by artist Amy Silberkleit

Opening day for the Mahwah Museum 2020-2021 season will be Saturday, September 26. Thereafter, the Museum, which is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, will be open to the public on Saturdays, from 1 -4 pm.

We are happy to announce the opening of the Schoolhouse Museum on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 2 to 4pm! We invite everyone to se...
09/28/2020

We are happy to announce the opening of the Schoolhouse Museum on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 2 to 4pm! We invite everyone to see our current exhibit "A Is For Artistry—Celebrating Centuries of Art, Artists & Creativity"
The Schoolhouse Museum at 650 E. Glen Ave. will be open every Sunday from 2-4 until further notice.
We will be taking all precautions for the safety of our visitors and our docents, so face coverings will be required by all visitors at all times.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you, in a safe, socially distant way!

“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”—Ruth Bader GinsburgThe...
09/25/2020

“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Historical Society pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in 2020.
Born: March 15, 1933, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Died: September 18, 2020, Washington, D.C.

(Academic Robe, 20th century; linen collar, 19th century; collection, Ridgewood Historical Society)

We’re very excited about this recent donation! The game ball from a 1945 football game in which Ridgewood was victorious...
09/24/2020

We’re very excited about this recent donation! The game ball from a 1945 football game in which Ridgewood was victorious over Pompton Plains.

Here’s Laurie, another happy historic map owner! We are accepting orders for customized maps for Ridgewood homes built p...
09/19/2020

Here’s Laurie, another happy historic map owner! We are accepting orders for customized maps for Ridgewood homes built prior to 1930. All proceeds go to the Ridgewood Historical Society. For more info, and to order a map, please visit ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org

09/19/2020

Happy New Year to all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah!

While you're waiting for the Schoolhouse Museum to reopen our doors (should be soon! stay tuned!), pay a visit to our fr...
09/15/2020

While you're waiting for the Schoolhouse Museum to reopen our doors (should be soon! stay tuned!), pay a visit to our friends at the Mahwah Museum!

The Museum will be featuring a new exhibit, Revealed: Women’s Fight for the Right to Vote, which is a revealing look at some of the toughest battles undertaken by women, several from New Jersey and New York, to win the right to vote.

2020 is the centennial year for the passage of the 19th Amendment. Suffragists, including New Jersey’s Alice Paul, who pushed the boundaries of political and cultural courage, persisted despite arrests, prison terms, hunger strikes and forced-feedings in order to reach their goal. They challenged presidents and statesmen in order to achieve the passage of the 19th Amendment. This new exhibit tells the real story of how the vote was won.
Exhibit Art, “1918” Lithograph by artist Amy Silberkleit

Opening day for the Mahwah Museum 2020-2021 season will be Saturday, September 26. Thereafter, the Museum, which is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, will be open to the public on Saturdays, from 1 -4 pm.

09/07/2020
Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library
09/02/2020

Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library

As Ridgewood Schools re-open, we know parents, and kids, are really, really busy--and stressed. Really, really stressed. But for the sake of history-- could you and/or yours take a moment to jot down a thought or take a photo reflecting what you're doing and feeling this week?

The Bolger Heritage Center is still archiving your "coronavirus" stories, and dealing with school days is a big one. Please send any sentence, paragraph, or photo to [email protected]. Your kids, grandkids, and great-great-great grandkids will be darn curious about our lives in September of 2020.

In New Jersey, today is the first day of school. Good luck to all parents, teachers and their students. #firstdayofschoo...
09/02/2020

In New Jersey, today is the first day of school. Good luck to all parents, teachers and their students.
#firstdayofschool

Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library
08/28/2020

Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library

New to the Bolger Heritage Center website--a walking tour of Ridgewood produced in 2009 by the Ridgewood Historic Preservation Commission. The video features Architectural Historian Art Wrubel and Village Historian Joe Suplicki. It's a century's worth of Ridgewood history in just about 35 minutes... and you don't have to take a step.

Follow this link to a page of the BHC website, and click on "A Walking Tour." There's also a booklet you can bring up that accompanies the tour.
https://www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/hc-ridgewood-history

Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library
08/26/2020

Bolger Heritage Center, Ridgewood Public Library

Newly-acquired photo from the Woman's Club of Ridgewood (thank you, Susan G!). The photo is undated, but the Club was founded in 1909, and clearly the photo was from the Club's early years.

In researching the Ridgewood suffrage movement last week, we contacted the Woman's Club, and they were able to find this picture, showing at least two women who were movers and shakers in Ridgewood suffrage-- Henrietta Hawes and Maria Knothe.

Standing, left to right, Henrietta Hawes, Maria Knothe, Lucy Dear, Adele Grimley, Bertha Robbins, and Charlotte Bauer. Sitting, left to right: Mary Stevens, Fannie Allen, Helen Purcell, Lillian Stockton, Josephine Eddy, and Alice Ferres.

The Hudson Street Parking Garage is partially open for parking in Ridgewood. That’s where you can find this beautifully ...
08/22/2020

The Hudson Street Parking Garage is partially open for parking in Ridgewood. That’s where you can find this beautifully sculpted depiction of Liberty and Prosperity, commissioned in 1911. It was rescued, restored and returned to the site of its original home.

1918 and 2020. Essential, always.
08/21/2020

1918 and 2020. Essential, always.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the day women were FINALLY "given" the right to vote. Make no mistake, this was no ...
08/18/2020

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the day women were FINALLY "given" the right to vote. Make no mistake, this was no gift. Over the course of nearly 72 years, from the first Women's Suffrage meeting in Seneca Falls NY in 1848, until August 18, 1920, a long, painful battle was fought to WIN the right to vote! We can't let these brave women go unforgotten. We owe it to them to exercise this hard won right and get out and VOTE this year!

Read this fascinating post from our friends at Bolger Heritage  Center. Suffrage history right here in Ridgewood! We nee...
08/17/2020

Read this fascinating post from our friends at Bolger Heritage Center. Suffrage history right here in Ridgewood! We need to teach all our young girls this story, so they know the importance of this struggle. And, just how important is is for them to utilize their RIGHT to VOTE.

Ridgewood suffrage history happened in this house on Cottage Place. It was the home of Frank and Maria Knothe (a rather unique home they called "The Bungalow"), and it was here in December of 1913 that the Ridgewood chapter of the Woman's Political Union was organized. Three years later, in 1916, that group became part of the Woman's Suffrage Association of New Jersey.

Maria Knothe was president of the Ridgewood branch for many years. It was a strong group of women, in every sense of the word. In October of 1914, many of Ridgewood's 115 members attended the State Suffrage Conference in Newark-- the Ridgewood Herald said it was the "largest number reported from a small suburban town." In January of 1917, the suffragettes held their First Annual Suffrage Ball at Wilsey Hall, and the crusade continued until New Jersey ratified the 19th Amendment--the women's suffrage amendment--in February of 1920.

More on the suffrage movement in Ridgewood later this week, as the U.S. celebrates the centennial of the passing of the 19th Amendment.

“Where is your mask?” Judge Mathew Brady asked offenders at the Hall of Justice, where sessions dragged into night. Some...
08/10/2020
The Mask Slackers of 1918

“Where is your mask?” Judge Mathew Brady asked offenders at the Hall of Justice, where sessions dragged into night. Some gave fake names, said they just wanted to light a cigar or that they hated following laws.

Jail terms of 8 hours to 10 days were given out. Those who could not pay $5 were jailed for 48 hours.

As the influenza pandemic swept across the United States in 1918 and 1919, masks took a role in political and cultural wars.

07/12/2020

OPEN TODAY! Come visit our new exhibit from 2-4pm today (Sunday). “A is For Artistry—Celebrating Centuries of Art, Artists & Creativity.” We are open every Sunday in August and are practicing safe measures! Please visit —kids welcome.

The Schoolhouse Museum is open today from 2-4! Stop by for some socially distant air conditioned fun!
07/12/2020

The Schoolhouse Museum is open today from 2-4! Stop by for some socially distant air conditioned fun!

The Ridgewood Historical Society congratulates the Class of 2020! Kudos to you all for showing bravery, poise and determ...
07/08/2020

The Ridgewood Historical Society congratulates the Class of 2020! Kudos to you all for showing bravery, poise and determination in the face of such unprecedented adversity. Wherever your future takes you beyond the Village, we are certain that only amazing things await you. Go make us even more proud of you than we already are!
Here is Doris Stone, with her yearbook and class ring from RHS class of 1935. The tradition continues!

07/06/2020

We are happy to welcome you back to the Schoolhouse Museum! Our new exhibit “A is for Artistry” will be open on Sundays from 2-4 through the end of August. We are also happy to arrange tours by appointment by calling 201-447-3242. See you soon!

Looking forward to seeing visitors today from 2-4! Come inside and beat the heat 😎
07/05/2020

Looking forward to seeing visitors today from 2-4! Come inside and beat the heat 😎

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650 E Glen Ave
Ridgewood, NJ
07450

Opening Hours

Thursday 13:00 - 15:00
Saturday 13:00 - 15:00
Sunday 14:00 - 16:00

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(201) 447-3242

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Preservation NJ is coming to Ridgewood ! The James Rose Center will be included as part of a National tour of Modern Homes of architectural value. The DOCOMOMO's 13th annual tour will stop on Oct 12th at 12:00pm
Find Your Family! GSBC Family History Discovery Day Saturday, 30 March, 10am–4pm Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ — FREE — Schedule just announced! Join the GSBC in Ridgewood, NJ, for a FREE day of genealogical fun, including five main-stage talks, research consultations, an archive tour, and more! Please join us—and share this event with your friends, family, and societies. Or, see the complete schedule here: https://www.njgsbc.org/event/find-your-family-gsbc-family-history-day/ Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1651635408315803/
Thank you Vicky Herbert for an informative and wonderful tour today.
Come chat about history at the RW Craft fair today. It is a beautiful day
AUTHOR OF NEW BOOK ON RIDGEWOOD TO SPEAK AT MUSEUM M. Earl Smith, writer of the newly published RIDGEWOOD, will speak about researching and writing the book on November 5 at 1:30 pm at the Schoolhouse Museum, 650 E. Glen Avenue. Books will be available for purchase and will be signed by the author. Ridgewood, the newest in the “Postcard History Series”, is a compilation of photographs from vintage postcards belonging to the Ridgewood Historical Society and from the author’s personal collection. The author, a graduate historian at the University of Pennsylvania, spent hours combing through the historical society’s collection and researching Ridgewood’s unique history. NOV 5 Interested Author Discussion and Signing: Postcard History, Ridgewood Sun 1:30 PM · The Ridgewood Historical Society · Ridgewood, NJ
Please plan on joining us for what will be a fun and interesting evening!
Have you sent in your membership renewal yet?! Or become a new member? The Historical Society and Schoolhouse Museum operate SOLELY on donations from caring people like you. We receive absolutely no aid from from the State or Village. It costs roughly $25,000 per year to keep our doors open. If you are able to help us, in any way, however large or small, we would be so very grateful! You will find a donation tab on our website, or stop in and see how wonderful we are while dropping off your donation in person ;-) Dear Ridgewood Resident, Those actively involved in the Historical Society and the Schoolhouse Museum keep saying we are the best-kept secret in Ridgewood. The museum is Ridgewood’s very own and only museum, and we are working hard to make it less of a secret and more a recognized institution in the village. To that end, we have been changing our exhibits each year, and we are trying to bring in more visitors with programs above and beyond the exhibits. If you haven’t visited our 2017 exhibit From the Revolutionary War to the Revolution of the of the 1960’s, please find time to visit. We also have three other small exhibits: A Tribute to the 19th Century Comedic Actor Joe Jefferson, 50 Small Things with Big Histories, and our permanent installation on farm tools. Last fall we were busy with our cemetery walks, our celebration of all things apple, and a series of demonstrations by craftswomen. This spring we have had three great speakers: Bob Bracken on the Titanic, Chris Stout on Ridgewood’s Heroes, and Patricia Hans and her students sharing their research and creative responses to the stories they uncovered. All of this, of course, is possible because of the participation and financial support of people like you who value the Ridgewood Historical Society’s efforts to preserve and share out local history. We want to keep the Schoolhouse Museum not only alive but flourishing, and hope you will join us as a supporter. Thank you for your commitment to the Ridgewood Historical Society. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I send our heartfelt appreciation for your support. We welcome you as a member of the society and look forward to seeing you at the museum soon! With Warm Regards, Candace Latham, Board President www .ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org
We found this gorgeous Art Nouveau ladies belt while straightening up the Schoolhouse attic this afternoon! Popular between 1890 and 1910, the movement was inspired by natural forms and patterns, in particular, the curved lines of plants and flowers. Come see us to see more of the treasures we have in the collection!
When the Ridgewood Historical Society and Schoolhouse Museum needed some heavy lifting, they called on local student entrepreneur, Joe Rahaim. We had bulky furniture and years of accumulated material in the attic we needed moved ," said Historical Society volunteer, Kelly Gioia. Since the non-profit organization didn't have regular volunteers with the strength, nor did they have a budget, Gioia called Joe's Odd Jobs. Joe was happy to volunteer his time and said he would reach out to get some of his student crew to help too. "When I put the text out to my regular workers, the response was amazing, everyone wanted to help even though it was going to be an unpaid project," said Joe Rahaim, "the Ridgewood community and it's word of mouth have been very good to me, my business, and my team so we were happy to give back to the Historical Society". Joe Rahaim, is a rising senior at Ridgewood High School and Owner and Founder of Joe's Odd Jobs, a local business he started his freshman year of high school. The business started out as a way to work given his busy sports schedule, but as word got out, he couldn't do all the jobs himself and had to enlist fellow students. The business has now grown to a 10- plus person operation. "I found a niche", said Rahaim, we do a lot of small projects like moves, clean-outs, minor landscaping, and small painting jobs. "It has been a great experience for me, I like hands-on projects and most of all, working with a great crew that knows how to have fun and work hard," said Rahaim.