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Historical Society Celebrates Annual Open House

About 40 people joined the Hawthorne Historical Society’s 8th Annual Holiday Open House last night at the Louis Bay 2nd Library. The event featured homemade hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and a presentation by Walter Choroszewski called “Timeline New Jersey.”

The presentation traced the history of New Jersey from prehistoric times all the way to the present, including the origins of our land, rock formations and dinosaurs, all the way through our modern founding and Revolutionary War battles. Choroszewski also connected New Jersey with the historical figures on the various U.S. currencies, demonstrating the wealth of history in our Garden State.

In the spirit of the holidays, the Society collected canned goods for one of the local food pantries, which followed its successful participation in last weekend’s Toys for Tots event. Society President Jackie Walsh thanked member Margaret Abate for all her work in gathering and buying toys and transporting them to the event.

The Hawthorne Historical Society meets the second Monday of every month at 7p at the Louis Bay 2nd library and community center. All are welcome. For further information contact Jackie Walsh at 201-694-8664.

Stay Connected on the Hawthorne Historical Society Facebook Page

Did you Know? The Hawthorne Historical Society has a Facebook Page! If you click to “Like” us on Facebook, you can share your own thoughts, remembrances, and of course – photos! (Like this old postcard of Diamond Bridge Ave. from long ago.)


Hawthorne Historical Society Bus Tour and Luncheon

The Hawthorne Historical Society sponsored a bus tour of several historically significant locations in the borough, followed by an award dinner at Justin’s Restaurant, on Sunday, May 1, 2011.

The event was planned in honor of the late Victor Vanderzee, one of the society’s first members. Mr. Vanderzee is featured in the society’s first Oral History DVD, recounting his father’s part in the development of several neighborhoods in the borough.