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Welcome to the online home of the Hawthorne Historical Society. We are a community of citizens in Hawthorne, New Jersey devoted to remembering and preserving the wonderful history of our borough.

The Historical Society meets the second Monday of each month to discuss the history of Hawthorne, to plan upcoming events and activities, and to meet new friends and neighbors. Our meetings are held at the Passaic County Arts Center at the John W. Rea House which is located at 675 Goffle Road in Hawthorne, NJ.

Due to the ongoing health crisis, we have postponed our monthly meetings until Monday, September 14th. We wish everyone to remain safe and healthy during this very difficult time, and hope to see you then.

The Hawthorne Historical Society is proud to announce that with grants from the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College, through a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, we were able to digitize back issues of the Hawthorne News Record newspaper. (The Hawthorne News Record, which is no longer in print, was started in 1922 by Albert A. Dodds. The paper went out of business in the early 1970’s.) Newspapers from 1923 thru 1944 have been transferred to a DVD format and are available at the Louis Bay 2nd Library. More funding is needed to digitize additional years and complete the project.

We welcome your ideas, your memories, your memorabilia, and your help in researching, identifying, and preserving notable historical aspects in Hawthorne – from its natural setting, to its historic architecture, to its proud heritage.

We would especially welcome your photos of historical points of interest, people and places to add to this site!
We also invite you to check out our Historic Image Gallery. It is full of classic images you can purchase as gifts or for yourself to enjoy. Just click on the photo to the right and start shopping! ->