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Monday, May 12, 2014, 7:30 pm: Jersey City: Soft Focus, a 40 min. film followed by Q&A. Sponsored by the Embankment Preservation Coalition and Harsimus Cove Association. Free and open to the public. Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie Street at 2nd Street (entrance on 2nd), Jersey City. “Jersey City: Soft Focus” was produced and directed by Vance Stevens, with Jersey City State College students and others, around the time of the nation's Bicentennial. The film tells the story of this area from the glaciers, to European settlement, through the 1970s. Using photos, film clips, animation, and inimitable Jersey City voices, the film covers the city's highs and post-industrial lows, its immigrant populations, its shaping by railroads, its ties to New York, and its colorful leaders. Prescient contributors call attention to the importance that individuals and organized citizens would have in the City's gradual reclamation over the next few decades. Almost thirty-five years after the film's completion, some of the people in it will be present at this showing to answer questions from the audience. More information:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 6:30 pm: Researching Home Histories with a Peek at Homes Here Over the Last 350 Years. Free; however, registration is required as seats are limited. Meet in The New Jersey Room, 3rd Floor, Jersey City Free Public Library. Sponsored by the Jersey City Free Public Library and JC Landmarks. This popular workshop is administered by Cynthia Harris, Manager, and NJ Room librarians John Beekman and Danny Klein. In addition to detailed instruction for determining a home's history, the NJ Room archivists will be showing photos of many of the city's early homes (DeMott, Armstrong, etc.) that have long since be demolished or, as in the case of the Sip Manor, still standing outside the city. Registration:

Saturday, May 17th, 11 am: A Walk Along the Embankment. The Embankment Preservation Coalition and Harsimus Cove Association invite you to learn about our Downtown's history, centered on the circa 1902 Harsimus Branch Embankment, and the role it can play in our city's future. Rick James, author of the Embankment's nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and Stephen Gucciardo, current president of the Coalition, will be your guides. Space on the tour is limited, so please send your reservation to When you make your reservation, we will send you the meeting place. A donation of $10 is suggested.

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:00 pm: The Jersey City Heights: A Walking Tour with Historian Dennis Doran. $5; $3 for seniors and students. Meet at the gazebo area at Riverview-Fisk Park fronting on Ogden Avenue between Griffith and Bowers, Jersey City Heights. Sponsored by the Riverview Neighborhood Association and JC Landmarks. Join local historian and JCLC board member Dennis Doran for a walk through the eastern edge of the Jersey City Heights, an ancient residential neighborhood strongly shaped and influenced by the city's once prominent Dutch and German immigrant populations. Highlights will include the site of the former Pathe Studios, the Van Vorst House, and the estate of the late architect, model maker and preservationist Theodore Conrad. More information:

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2 pm: Greenville: A Walking Tour with Historian Patrick Shalhoub. Meet at the Danforth Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station. $5; $3 for seniors and students. Join historian, librarian and author Patrick Shalhoub on this exclusive Preservation Month event celebrating the southeast section of city's historic Greenville district. Greenville landmarks will be highlighted, including the Greenville Reformed Church, Public School No. 20, Ferris Triangle, St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church and School, The Henry Lembeck Mansion/St. Ann's Home, and the Hudson & Lembeck Buildings & Greenville Bank, among other landmarks. More information:

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:00 - 9:00 pm: 15th Annual JCLC Preservation Awards Ceremony at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, 50 Journal Square, Jersey City. $35 per ticket, available via PayPal at or at the lobby door; includes buffet, wine, coffee and dessert. Sponsored by JCLC and Friends of the Loew's. Join JCLC for its fifteenth year of recognizing local heroes of historic preservation - from bricks-mortar restoration to grass roots advocacy. To order tickets via email, or for additional information, please contact JCLC:

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 1 pm: Lafayette: A Walking Tour with the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy. FREE. Meet at the Rev. Dr. Ercel F. Webb Park, Lafayette and Van Horne Streets. Join historians Dr. Jenny Furlong and Dr. Rebecca Shapiro for an exploration of Jersey City's oldest neighborhood, including stops at the Dr. Lena Edwards House, the Erminnie Smith House, The Provident Bank, American Type Foundry, and St. Mary's Greek Byzantine Rite Church, among many other historic sites.

  • The above events are subject to change and/or cancellation
  • This year's Preservation Month theme coming out of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage.To learn more about the Trust's efforts, visit the official Preservation Month 2014 site
  • The official Twitter hashtag for Preservation Month 2014 is #presmonth






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  • Visit Arcadia's official Legendary Locals of Jersey City web page
  • The first Jersey City book by architectural historian, preservationist + JC Landmarks founder John Gomez
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