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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:​​​​​​

  • Tuesday, February 7 at 7pm, Local Author Talk with Anthony Cavo (Virtual). Author Anthony Cavo will speak about his most recent publication "Love Immortal: Antique Photographs and Stories of Dogs and Their People". An artfully designed compendium of 200 antiquarian photographs, all published here for the first time—including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cartes de visite, and sepia and black-and-white images—culled from the private collection of longtime antiques collector, dealer, and appraiser Anthony Cavo, accompanied by an entertaining mix of historical anecdotes, true stories, excerpts from literature, letters, quotes, and fun facts. If you would like to purchase a signed copy of the book to be picked up at the Library, please contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.orgRegistration required, please click here.

  • Monday, March 20 at 7pm, A History Lovers Guide to Bergen County Book Talk (Onsite). Meet authors Bob Nesoff and Howard Joseph Cohn, as they talk about their recently published book "A History Lovers Guide to Bergen County". Travel through various historic sites dating back to pre-Revoluntionary times all the way up to the modern day with the Teterboro Air Museum and Hall of Fame. The authors will talk bout their favorite sites such as the Old '76 House (originally in Bergen County) which was a tavern, but also known for the location where British spy Benedict Arnold and co-conspiritor Major John Andre were held before their trial. Q&A to follow their talk, and you'll have an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book. Register encouraged, please click here.

 

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  • Monday February 13 at 2pm. Missing: Reward! Locating Widows, Spinsters and Bachelors (Virtual). Have some of the folks on your family tree disappeared? Pick up some new ideas on how to find widows and unmarried children and then watch these techniques in action in three short case studies. Registration required, please click here.

  • Monday February 27 at 7pm. Make Those Skeletons Dance: Exploring Your Family’s Dark Side (Onsite and Virtual). How well do you really know your ancestors? The horse thief, the philanderer, the murderer! Oh my! Genealogy is one of the most unpredictable activities you’ll undertake, and when you start digging into your family’s past, “You never know what you’re gonna get.” If you suspect a few black sheep lurking in your family tree, this session will show you, with examples, how to hunt them down, bust through the speculation, and tell the real stories. (Speaker will be virtual). No registration required for onsite attendance. Registration required for webinar, please click here.

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. 

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 skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org

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 open to the public.

Please contact Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer to schedule an appointment

to visit 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

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: heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.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.  

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