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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:

BHC Events/Programs:

  • Monday, January 11 at 7pm, The Genius of Les Paul (Virtual Program):  The genius and the achievements of Les Paul covers many areas. He is best known for the invention of the solid body electric guitar. Of course, he is also known as a very successful recording start with his wife Mary Ford. He and Mary sold more records between the years of 1949 and 1953 than the next three highest recording stars combined. They were also highly successful as radio and TV personalities, and called Mahwah NJ their home for nearly 60 years. These are the stories which will be presented in this program by Professor Charles Carreras. Please click here to register.

Genealogy Consultations:

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 gsbc.queries@gmail.com.  To see the areas of expertise, please click here.​

GSBC Meetings/Events​​​​​​​​​

  • Thursday, January 7 at 10:30am Virtual Class.  Jewish Genealogy.  What’s different about Jewish Genealogy?  This class will focus on Jewish naming patterns, how to find the elusive ancestral town, identifying if vital records for your ancestral town exist and where they can be located.  Many on-line resources including JewishGen.org will be covered.  Basic genealogical research methods will be covered briefly.  Please click here to register.

Did you know?

​Through the Ridgewood Public Library you have remote access to, Newspaper Archive, an online resource for historical and genealogical information. You'll have access to newspapers from 12 countries, including United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, China, more, 1607-present. Explore your family tree and discover your history at NewspaperARCHIVE.com.  Contact heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org for remote access details.

Storytellers @RPL Oral History Project


Objectives are:

· 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:
heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org or 201-670-5600 x135

Volunteer Genealogy Consultants from the Genealogical Society of Bergen County


For Reference Assistance or an Appointment contact Local History Librarian, Sarah Kiefer

heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org   --   201.670.5600, ext. 135


The Ridgewood Public Library is partially re-opened and we welcome you back. Please coontact Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer to schedule a visit at the

Bolger Heritage Center: skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org.

Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 9 pm

Friday, 9 am - 6 pm

Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday, 1 pm - 5 pm

Holiday or Special Hours


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: heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org




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.  As we are partially re-opened, you can also schedule a time to meet with Sarah.  

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday




Holiday Closings

9am - 9pm

9am - 6pm

9am - 5pm

1pm - 5pm

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