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Collecting COVID-19 Stories
The Bolger Heritage Center is collecting materials which document the response of our community to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
We are seeking stories from Village residents as you react to new policies and recommendations aimed to restrict the virus’ spread. One day this time will be considered history, and we wish to document and preserve the materials and stories that demonstrate how you are continuing to communicate, work, commute, learn, use the Library, teach, create, celebrate, mourn, and give aid to others.
To read and see the stories submitted so far, please click here.
Local History & Genealogy Events:
Bolger Heritage Center Meetings/Events:
Thursday, January 12 at 2pm, A Tour of the Hidden Archives (Onsite). Take a backstage tour of the Ridgewood Public Library's hidden gems with Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer. In this rare opportunity you'll get a glimpse at what the Bolger Heritage Center has to offer. Learn how to research your home, find information on your ancestors, and gain insight on the history of Ridgewood. In addition, you'll get a chance to view our restored Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, thanks to a grant funded by the Bergen County Cultural & Historic Preservation Committee. Registration required, please click here.
Monday, January 3 at 2pm, What the Heck Does That Say? The Challenge of Difficult Handwriting (Virtual). One of the biggest hurdles to overcome in genealogy is the seemingly illegible handwriting in our ancestors’ records. Whether you struggle to navigate colonial penmanship that doesn’t even look like English or wrestle with contemporary documents that are poorly written, a few good strategies can make all the difference. We’ll look at more than 20 techniques to help you figure out what the chicken scratches on the page say as well as what the style of writing might reveal about our ancestors. Registration required, please click here.
Have any genealogical brick walls you need help with? You can now email the Genealogical Society of Bergen County directly to set up an appointment. What’s more, you can make an appointment with a genealogy consultant, who has expertise in exactly what you’re researching: Bergen County, New York City, New Jersey, census records, archival newspapers, etc. And if you need help using a specific database, they can help with that as well, be it Ancestry Library Edition, familysearch.org, or just internet genealogy in general.
Appointments will be conducted through the “Zoom” platform, at any time convenient for both you and the genealogist.
To make an appointment, email the Society at email@example.com.
To see the areas of expertise, please click here.
Did you know?
The Ridgewood Public Library offers digital access to the Ridgewood News (1891-present day) through the database Newspapers.com. You can access Newspapers.com on our Premium Databases page. Any questions contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Storytellers @RPL Oral History Project
· To record residents’ life stories and significant memories.
· To identify and preserve the history of the community.
· To document Ridgewood family life, community organizations and record historical moments.
How do I participate?
If you are interested in being interviewed or you know someone who is,
please contact Librarian Sarah Kiefer in the Bolger Heritage Center:
email@example.com or 201-670-5600 x135
For Reference Assistance or an Appointment contact Local History Librarian, Sarah Kiefer
firstname.lastname@example.org -- 201.670.5600, ext. 135
The Ridgewood Public Library is open to the public.
Please contact Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer to schedule an appointment
to visit the Bolger Heritage Center: email@example.com.
Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 9 pm
Friday, 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, 1 pm - 5 pm
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A VISIT
Communicating with Heritage Center staff is always helpful before a visit. You know what to expect and we can prepare for your visit. Call: 201-670-5600, ext. 135 OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advance planning is required for MAPS, ARCHIVES, RIDGEWOOD HOUSE HISTORY RESEARCH.
No advance planning is required for use of genealogy databases (on your own), books, periodicals, and CDs in the Bolger Heritage Center, or for use of any of our resources on microfilm (newspapers, NJ State Census for Bergen County, Ridgewood city directiories).
Interested in a tour? Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer provided a virtual tour of the BHC and you can now watch the video here.