HOBOKENHISTORICAL MUSEUM1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 • 201-656-2240 • hobokenmuseum.org NEWSLETTER WINTER 2013 On View January 27 – June 30 Mapping the Territory: Hudson County in Maps, 1840 – 2013 UPPER GALLERY January 27 – March 10 Meadowlands, A Wetlands Survival Story: Watercolor Illustrations by Thomas F. Yezerski March 17 – April 28 Photographs by Mac Hartshorn Mark your calendar for these winter events: Mapping the Territory: Hudson County in Maps, 1840 – 2013 Meadowlands: Watercolor Illustrations by Thomas F. Yezerski Opening Reception for both exhibits, Sun., Jan. 27 • 2 – 5 p.m. Photographs by Mac Hartshorn Opening Reception, Sun., Mar. 17 • 2 – 5 p.m. Hoboken Hoedown, Sat., Apr. 13 • 7 p.m.
followed by the British and the newly independent Ameri-cans; and ultimately into the diverse, vibrant communitieswe live in today. At the time of Hudson County’s incorporation in 1840,it was primarily a sleepy agricultural area, thickly forested,with only a few settlements scattered around. The popula-tion totaled just over 9,000. In addition to farming, residentsmade their living from the bounty of the rivers and, in thecase of enterprising Col. John Stevens, from developinghis estate in Hoboken as a popular resort for New Yorkers,where clubs competed in cricket, boating and the looselyorganized game of base ball, among other pursuits. Col.Stevens and his sons hastened the increasing industrializa-tion of the area with their experiments and investments inrailroads and steam-powered ferry services. Following the Civil War, the County experienced agrowth spurt. Each decade’s census from 1840 – 1870 wouldshow that its population had more than doubled. Its origi-nal boundaries encompassed 46 square miles, which wouldgrow by 75% before reaching present-day definitions in 1925.Its original borders stretched from the Hudson River on the New York and Environs map (detail). Hoboken Historical Museum Collections. east to the Passaic River on the west, down to the southern Hufnagel Landscape Design Group end of Constable Hook/Bergen Point to the northern border with Bergen County. Along the way, towns and cities within its borders would One Vision - One Company merge and separate as citizens voted to incorporate or join other jurisdictions. Jersey City, already the largest and most commercial settlement, grew by absorbing neighboring com- munities and villages, such as Van Vorst Township, Bergen City, Hudson City and Greenville Township. Each of the current 12 cities, towns and townships will be represented by maps in the exhibit, along with a brief background on the communities. A new computerized whiteboard will allow visitors to interact with digital ver- sions of the maps on display, as well as view other maps and Uncommon Urban Sanctuaries sketches too numerous to physically exhibit. Representa- tives from each of the municipalities will be invited to give talks about what makes their communities special, from the architecture, food, and cultural activities, to historic points of interest. The schedule of talks will be announced by email and on the Museum website. (See p. 19 for details of the first lecture.) The exhibit, which runs through Sunday, June 30, is made possible through funding from the the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Develop- From Concept to Completion & Beyond ment, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Additional support for this exhibit and 201-869-5680 • www.HufnagelLandscaping.com • Since 1945 programming comes from Applied Companies, John Wiley & NJ Lic. #13VH00552600 Sons, and the Rockefeller Development Group.4 5
getting it published on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. Ten years in the making, the book plunged Yezerski into research not only about the history of the place, but also the biodiversity of the species that once teemed in the tidal marshlands and are now returning, after a concerted effort by federal, state, and local authorities and environmental activist groups. His book details in images and text—simple enough for elementary school readers but complex enough to suit the enormous scale—the fascinating story of the return to health of this natural treasure. Yezerski wrote Meadowlands and sketched the draw- ings while living in Rutherford, but painted the final art after moving to Hoboken. He currently lives in Hoboken on Garden Street, with his wife, and says they both enjoy hiking and canoeing through “the Meadows.” Yezerski’s first work as a professional artist came in creating prints for children’s clothing. Eager to return to illustration, he started writing and illustrating his own book, about his Polish and Irish immigrant grandparents, aOriginal artwork (detail) by author and artist Tom Yezerski on display. Romeo-and-Juliet love story set in the coal-mining country of eastern Pennsylvania. That story became his first pub- Thomas F. Yezerski Brings Wide Open Spaces of lished book, Together in Pinecone Patch, in 1998. Subsequent the Meadowlands to the Upper Gallery picture books Queen of the World and A Full Hand also depict family members as comic or historic characters. He Sunday, January 27 • 2 – 5 p.m. has also illustrated 10 other books for other authors. The New York Times listed Meadowlands in its Notable Chil- For Tom Yezerski, all roads seemed to lead to the Mead- dren’s Books of 2011, and the New York Public Library listedowlands. Literally. it among its Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011. It earned an As a recent transplant to New Jersey from Allentown, inaugural Cook Prize Honor from Bankstreet College.Pa., Yezerski moved to Rutherford 14 years ago seeking a Yezerski took his first art lessons while in the thirdreasonably affordable community close enough to New York grade, riding his bike to an artist’s studio every SaturdayCity for him to pursue his dream of becoming an established morning to copy greeting cards in chalk pastel. During highchildren’s book artist and author. As so many newcomers school, he studied drawing and color theory at The Barn-discover, the dizzying array of the area’s highway signage stone Studios, in Coplay, Pa. Yezerski earned his B.F.A. inconspired to lead him astray, and more often than not, he Illustration in 1991, at Syracuse University.found himself driving into this vast wilderness with the This exhibition was made possible by a Block Grant fromreputation as the source of what made New Jersey the butt of the State/County Partnership program for the Arts admin-many jokes in Pennsylvania. istered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and A nature-lover, Yezerski found his curiosity piqued, so Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise,he did some research into the history of the Meadowlands County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.and visited the nature center at the heart of it, and soonhatched a project that became his fourth work as a writerand artist of children’s books, Meadowlands, A WetlandsSurvival Story, published in 2011 by Farrar Straus Giroux.The Museum is pleased to present an exhibit of the originalwatercolor and ink illustrations that comprise the book, withan opening reception on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2 – 5 p.m. Theshow will be on view in the Upper Gallery until March 10,and the artist will give a talk about creating the book and A crab’s-eye view of the Meadowlands, (detail) by Tom Yezerski.6 7
residents and visitors to document the storm’s immediate Volunteer Appreciation Party and ongoing impact on our community. Everyone’s story, no matter how great or small the storm’s impact, is a valu- Sunday, January 27 • 2 – 5 p.m. able part of our history. No need to be an expert storyteller. Digital images and video are welcome. The Hoboken Historical Museum relies on a small army We are inviting people to reach out to us to record theirof volunteers, who help manage our fundraising events, assist stories through a wide range of options.with administrative tasks and keep the Fire Department • dd your story to our blog, at hobokenmuseum.org/ AMuseum open on weekends. We would like to thank all the blog, by posting in the comments area.volunteers who have donated their time and talents through- • all 201-537-6778, enter 10#, and follow the instructions Cout the year, and welcome new volunteers to give it a try. to record a brief recollection of two to four minutes. We extend a very special invitation to all past and • end us an email with your story and digital images Spotential volunteers to join us for the Annual Volunteer to SandyStories@hobokenmuseum.org.Appreciation Celebration at the opening reception, Sunday, • ou may also mail us your written stories and storm- YJan. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Museum. It’s a great way to related photographs to PO Box 3296, Hoboken, NJ 07030,get to know more people in the community, while helping or drop them off at the Museum, 1301 Hudson St.sustain an important local institution. Selected stories may be added to the Museum’s collec- tions and used in our programs and presentations. Send Us Your Hoboken Sandy Stories! Black Maria Film Festival Returns with Latest Selections Monday, February 4 • 7 p.m. The Museum is proud once again to serve as one of the first host venues for New Jersey’s own Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, an international competition and award tour featuring A modern replica of Edison’s Black Maria studio cutting-edge works from independent film and video makers. Now in its 32nd year, the festival will bring a handful of works to the Museum on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, and seating is limited, so please call 201-656-2240 to reserve your place. Following a rigorous jurying process, the festival selects works from the annual collection of 40 – 60 award-winning films and sends them out on a national tour each Febru- ary. The event runs about 90 minutes, and is tailored to the host institution by a festival curator, who introduces the screenings and facilitates audience discussion. The tour will visit 65 or more diverse institutions in more than 20 states.A Superstorm Sandy evacuation. Photo by McKevin Shaughnessy. The Black Maria festival is recognized by The Academy of Superstorm Sandy was a historic event in Hoboken, and Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival forthe Hoboken Historical Museum is gathering stories from the short films (documentary, animation, and live action)8 9
Calendar of Events January – March HOBOKEN HISTORICAL MUSEUM’S Weekends Visit the Fire Dept. Museum, 213 Bloomfield St., 12 – 5 p.m. $2 for adults; kids are free. Sun., Jan. 27 Opening reception for Mapping the Territory: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hudson County in Maps, 1840-2013, main gallery, and Meadowlands, A Wetlands Survival Story: Watercolor Illustrations by Thomas F. Yezerski, in the Upper Gallery of the Museum. Free. A w ild s aloon p arty Sat. April 13, 7pm Thurs., Feb. 7 Uptown Storytime at the Museum, for 10 a.m. children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers. Free, thanks to funding from the Museum’s Family HOBOKEN Sponsor: Macy’s. ELKS CLUB Sun., Feb. 10 Artist talk by Thomas Yeserski on his Upper 1005 Washington Street 4 p.m. Gallery exhibit, Meadowlands, A Wetlands Survival Story, Free. Open Saloon Savory Southwestern Menu Thurs., Feb. 21 Uptown Storytime at the Museum. 10 a.m. See Feb. 7 entry. from Chef Anthony Pino Dancing Sun., Feb. 24 On the Waterfront Criterion Collection DVD 4 p.m. Release Party with special guests Tom Hanley 5-Card Stud and Dr. James Fisher, and screening of new features filmed exclusively for the boxed set. Free. Live Auction by Eugene Flinn Pie-Baking Contest Sun., Mar. 3 Mapping Monuments, Part I, an illustrated talk 4 p.m. by architectural historian John Gomez. Free. Thurs., Mar. 14 Uptown Storytime at the Museum. 10 a.m. See Feb. 7 entry. Sun., Mar. 17 Opening reception for Photographs by Mac 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hartshorn, in the Upper Gallery of the Museum. Mason Family Civic League Free. Thurs., Mar. 21 Uptown Storytime at the Museum. For party details tickets, 10 a.m. See Feb. 7 entry. visit: www.hobokenmuseum.org10 11
category and has earned several state awards. The festival is named for Thomas Edison’s Black Maria,the world’s first motion-picture studio, built in 1893 inWest Orange, N.J., which had a hinged roof and rotatedon a circular wooden track to follow the sun and illuminatethe stage. For more information, visit www.blackmariafilm-festival.org. Release Party for Criterion’s New Boxed Set of On the Waterfront on DVD and Blu-Ray, with Special Features Sunday, February 24 • 4 p.m. Fans of the movie On the Waterfront, which was filmedalmost entirely on location in Hoboken some 60 yearsago, won’t want to miss a special event at the Museum: alaunch party for a new DVD/Blu-Ray boxed set with specialfeatures. The Criterion Collection is releasing a newly re- Movie still of Eva Marie Saint and Marlon Brando standing in front of the fence atstored version of the movie packed with new extras, such as Elysian Park; from the Hoboken Historical Museum Collections.interviews with Hollywood legends, film critics and scholars,and people involved in the filming, including local boy TomHanley. Another interview features Fordham Universityprofessor Dr. James Fisher, author of the book On the IrishWaterfront, which examines the cultural context of the wa-terfront that contributed to the dramatic tension in the film. Both Hanley and Dr. Fisher will be present at the release Manhattan Savvy - New Jersey Expertiseparty at the Museum on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m.,and the new special features will be screened as part of theevent. Copies of the boxed set in both formats will be avail-able for sale. Hanley played the young kid, Tommy Collins, whoidolizes Marlon Brando’s boxer-turned-longshoreman TerryMalloy until he agrees to testify for the waterfront corrup-tion commission. Early in the film, he wears the insignia ofMalloy’s old gang and learns how to tend homing pigeonsfrom him, but when he learns of his hero’s betrayal of thelong-standing code against squealing, his line, “a pigeon fora pigeon,” stings Malloy. Hanley himself grew up to becomea longshoreman in real life, rising in the union ranks to theposition of shop steward. The movie, directed by Elia Kazan and written by BuddSchulberg, swept eight Oscars in 1954, including best picture,director, actor, supporting actress, cinematography andscreenplay. The story was inspired by journalistic accounts ofthe waterfront commission investigating corruption in theunions that controlled the entire New York port system. How Real Estate Gets Real12 13
Drop in for Uptown Storytime 1st and 3rd Thursdays • 10 a.m.Children’s librarian Penny Metsch entertains toddlers at Uptown Storytime. The Museum’s popular children’s story hour, UptownStorytime, resumes its regular schedule after the Museumreopens at the end of January. It will take place on the firstand third Thursdays, except in March: Feb. 7 and 21, andMar. 14 and 21, at 10 a.m. Children between the ages of twoand five are invited to bring a parent or caretaker with themto the Hoboken Historical Museum to hear stories—oldfavorites and new ones—read by Hoboken librarian PennyMetsch, who is also a Museum trustee. No registration is required. For more information, call201-656-2240 or email: email@example.com. Uptown Storytime is now free,thanks to funding from theMuseum’s Family Sponsor: Macy’s. Photo by Mac Hartshorn. Mac Hartshorn Celebrates the “Glory of Childhood” HT HUDSON TAVERN 51– 53 14th Street Sunday, March 17 • 2 – 5 p.m. Mac Hartshorn is a fine art photographer based in Hoboken, NJ 07030 Hoboken, New Jersey. Starting with fashion photography 201-798-1117 201-683-8316 fax www.hudsontavern.com about 30 years ago, he moved into the realm of family portraiture and began creating fine art. He calls his current collection of artwork an opportunity to “celebrate the Brunch Sunday 11:00–3:00 Lunch Thursday–Saturday 12:00–3:00 glory of childhood.” These images are a testament to the Dinner Monday–Sunday 5:00–11:00 many emotions of every child’s day and are easy for every Dining Rooms Available for Private Parties person—regardless of age—to connect with, he says. Reservations Appreciated Starting Sunday, March 17 with a free reception from 2 – 5 p.m., the Museum’s Upper Gallery will host an14 15
exhibit of several of Hartshorn’s photographs, printed by the Enjoy savory southern fare from Anthony David Cater-photographer, who is a master printer on both canvas and ing and our signature Texas Tornado cocktail, margaritaswatercolor paper with spectacular results. The exhibit will be and more at our saloon bar.on view through April 28. Got a hankering for great wine? Locked behind a bank Hartshorn runs a professional portrait photography teller window you’ll find wines just waiting to be bustedstudio in Hoboken’s Monroe Center for the Arts, 720 out—you can buy a $25 chance to win one of several trulyMonroe St. For more information on Hartshorn’s work, visit superb wines.his website, hartshornportraiture.com. Dance the night away with music that spans the decades, his exhibition was made possible by a Block Grant from while also getting the chance to step out of the ordinary andthe State/County Partnership program for the Arts adminis- try a little line- and square-dancing (no experience necessary).tered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Satisfy your sweet tooth with pastries from Giorgio’s andAffairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, County homemade pies. Enter our pie-making contest to win brag-Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. ging rights and great prizes from Copper Kettles. For fun, try your hand at five-card stud. We’ll even HOBOKEN HISTORICAL MUSEUM’S supply the chips! You’re WANTED! Your $125 ticket also includes access to our popular live auction, featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as In honor of the fact four coveted seats to the official viewing area of the Macy’sthat Buffalo Bill’s Wild Thanksgiving Day Parade.West traveling show A w ild s a loon p arty Tickets are on sale now at hobokenmuseum.org!stopped in Hoboken, Sat. April 13, 7pmthe Hoboken HistoricalMuseum is creating its own Wild West show—The Hoboken HOBOKEN We Have YouHoedown, A Wild Saloon ELKS CLUB Party. Grab a partner or a whole posse andStreet on down to 1005 Washington mosey COM PL E T E LY Coveredthe “Hoboken Hoedown,” featuring Western-style food, an Open Saloonopen saloon, dancing, and the Museum’s signature annual Savory Southwestern Menulive auction. The Western-themed party will be held at the from Chef Anthony Pinohistoric Elks Lodge, 1005 Washington St., on Saturday, Apr. Dancing13, at 7 p.m. 5-Card Stud Whether you want to dressAuction by Eugenethe legends of Live up as one of Flinnthe west like Jesse James, spice things up in dance hall girl Pie-Baking Contestattire, or mosey over in jeans, you’ll be stepping out at theparty of the year. Mason Family Civic League For party details tickets, visit: www.hobokenmuseum.org Saving You Money Since 1906 www.mul ler insurance.com 201-659-240316 17
Membership News Mapping Monuments: An Illustrated Lecture in Two Parts by Architectural Historian John Gomez The Museum welcomes the following new members and thanks renewing members Sunday, March 3 April 7 • 4 p.m.for their continued support (as of November 2012): Individual: Anton Antonowicz; Kathleen Bialek; Carol Bloch; Marco Brehm; JosephBroda; Betty Bruen; Anna May Cashin; Diana Davis; Chris DeFilippis; Mary Ellen Donovan; Take an experiential journey and architectural survey ofThomas Dunn; Stephen Earl; Pam Hanley; Sheera Glass; Julius Gottilla; Ann Lisa; Mildred Hudson County’s twelve historic municipalities across twoKilimet; Gladys Lu Kirkinis; Ruth Liang; Merle Lomrantz; Stephen Mahler; Karuna Mandal; centuries with noted architectural historian John GomezRegina Marchi; Barbara Mauriello; Mary McCarthy; Ann Monaco; Jack O’Brien; Tuula on Sunday, March 3, and Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m. GomezPasola-Alberino; Ian Same; JoAnn Serrano; Paul Soyka; George Tompkins, Jr.; Susi Tully; will share insights and images of some of the County’s mostLauren Watry; Jody Weitz; Christina Ziegler-McPherson; Jane Zeff. recognized—and sometimes hidden—built heritage. Family/Dual: Beth Feinstein Norma Berkley; Liza, Peter and James Brady; Ellen Given the scope of the subject, the talk will take place inJohn Columbus; Cheryl Phillip DeSautell; David Christine Edwards; Wendy Forman; two parts: Mapping Monuments (Part I), Sunday, March 3,Mary Tom Gillen; Elaine Lloyd Gold; Mr. Mrs. Michael Hanrahan; Vibeke Richard Hoboken, Jersey City, Union City, West New York,Koszeghy; Rebecca Kramnick Philip Cohen; Arline Lederman Edward Friedman; Weehawken, Guttenberg and North Bergen.Susan Mantel; Frances Vincent Mastandrea; Michelle James May; Phannee Noiplai Steven Sperber; Ellen Kartik Ramachandran; Ana Sanchez; Aimee Sostowski DominikZurakowski; Gary J. Thomas; Rebecca Updegraph Peter Marney; Alissa Ross Weil; Lisa The Hoboken Historical Museum has received a general operating support grant for 2012–2013 from the New Jersey Historical Benjamin Zablocki. Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State. Questions about membership? New address? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. THE HUDSON SCHOOL Grades 5—12 • Founded 1978 • Coeducational Day School ISE E ADMI S S I ONS TE S T JA N . 26 REGIST E R ONLINE • Highest Academic Ethical Standards • Small Classes • Dedicated Professional Faculty • International Student Body • Computer Technology Courses • Challenging College Ideal for the academically Preparatory Curriculum advanced child who wishes to learn in a caring and • AP Courses intellectually stimulating • Modern Classical environment. Languages • Community Service Required • Art, Drama, Instrumental Music, Choral Dance Instruction • Athletics Team Sports • Generous Financial Aid Available Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools 6 0 1 Pa r k Ave n u e • H o b o ke n , N J 07030 2 0 1 - 6 5 9 - 8 3 3 5 • www. th e h u d s o n s chool . or g18 19
Non-Profit OrganizationHOBOKEN U.S. Postage PaidHISTORICAL MUSEUM Permit No. 51721301 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 • 201-656-2240 • hobokenmuseum.org Hoboken, NJHours (beginning January 29)Tuesday – Thursday: 2 – 7 p.m.Friday: 1 – 5 p.m.Saturday Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.Opening Receptions:“Mapping the Territory”and “Meadowlands”Sunday, January 27 • 2 – 5 p.m.