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Oral History Project at the Library

(from the Hawthorne Press, June 14, 2007)

Longtime residents invited to record oral history

In an effort to create a documentary for cable television, the Hawthorne Historical Society invites current or former Hawthorne residents to be videotaped speaking about their long-time memories of the borough. Presenters are also invited to bring pictures and other memorabilia to enhance their presentation.

Filming will take place at the Louis Bay 2nd Library on Saturday, June 16, from 10 am to 5 pm. Anyone interested is urged to call Jayne Bosgra at 973-423-5982 and sign up for a time slot. Transportation can be provided upon request.

The Hawthorne Historical Society was newly formed last spring as a community-building and educational effort to bring together all people interested in the history of the borough.

“A town that cares about its history is a town that cares about itself,” says the group’s founder and Hawthorne resident Jeff Gardner. “Anyone interested in learning about, preserving, or sharing the borough’s history is invited to join. Long-time and new residents alike as well as residents of all ages are welcome.”

The group meets the second Monday of each month at the Louis Bay 2nd Library, at 7 pm. Meetings will not be held in July or August, but will resume on September 10. Current topics of discussion include the former geography of the town, historical buildings and residences and local memorabilia.

The assistance of any long-time residents with memories of the borough throughout the years; residents with Hawthorne memorabilia; or anyone interested in researching local history are greatly needed.

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 Jeff Gardner at 973-951-7081.