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SCHEDULE OF PRESERVATION MONTH 2014 EVENTS IN JERSEY CITY

May 12-31

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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: info@embankment.org

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: charris@jclibrary.org

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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 info@embankment.org. When you make your reservation, we will send you the meeting place. A donation of $10 is suggested.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:00 pm: The 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: dgdoran91@comcast.net

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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, New Jersey City University librarian and author Patrick Shalhoub on this exclusive Preservation Month event celebrating the southeast section of the 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: PShalhoub@njcu.edu

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Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:00 - 9:00 pm: 2014 JCLC Preservation Awards Ceremony at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City. $35 per ticket, available via PayPal or at the lobby door; includes buffet, wine, coffee and dessert. Sponsored by JCLC and Friends of the Loew's. Join JCLC for its fourteenth year of recognizing local heroes of historic preservation - from bricks + mortar restoration to grass roots advocacy!

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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.

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  • 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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PAST PRESERVATION MONTH EVENTS IN JERSEY CITY

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This May JC Landmarks once again is offering the public program Preservation Month in Jersey City - our 14th year of celebrating this month-long period of historic preservation!

  • Follow the JC LANDMARKS TWITTER channel for breaking PMJC '13 news + special announcements. PMJC '13 logo design by Studio 365
  • Interested in sponsoring the 2013 JCLC Preservation Awards Ceremony? Contact JC Landmarks president John Hallanan: jclandmarks at gmail.com

MORE INFORMATION FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST

DOWNLOAD THE TRUST'S PRESERVATION MONTH 2013 FLYER

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Cemetery Clean-Up

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Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. THANKS TO ALL FOR COMING OUT ON SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO HELP PRESERVE A PIECE OF HISTORY!

Historic Parks: A Workshop with the Jersey City Parks Coalition

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Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at The New Jersey Room, Jersey City Free Public Library. DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL FLYER (PDF) for more information, complete details + to reserve a place.

The Boulevard Silk Stocking District: A Walking Tour with Historian Dennis Doran

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  • WHAT: Preservation Month in Jersey City 2013 presents The Boulevard Silk Stocking District: A Walking Tour with Historian Dennis Doran
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 12 noon. Heavy rain cancels; no alternative date available
  • WHERE: Meet at the Historic Jersey City Woman's Club, 375 Fairmount Avenue (between JFK Blvd. + West Side Ave.)
  • COST: $5 suggested donation; $3.00 for senior citizens + students
  • MORE INFO: Contact the tour guide directly at dgdoran91@comcast.net
  • DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL TOUR FLYER: (PDF)

Researching Home Histories: A Workshop with Historian Cynthia Harris & The NJ Room Staff

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Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at The New Jersey Room, Jersey City Free Public Library. DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL FLYER (PDF) for more information, complete details + top reserve a place.

 

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May - the seminal month of the year for historic preservation.

A profound period when the municipality's architectural monuments are opened wide to the populace, when archives almost always off-limits are brought forward - and when threatened landmarks largely overlooked and endangered are instead highlighted, acclaimed, defended.

Over three decades ago, the National Trust for Historic Preservation - a Washington, D.C.-based historic preservation organization that advocates for landmarks across the country - initiated National Preservation Week. The event, consisting of tours, lectures, workshops and festivals, evolved over the years into a month-long celebration - a profound reflection of preservation’s popularity and adoption as a practice, profession and philosophy.

Now in its thirteenth year of celebrating National Preservation Month, the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy - formed as a non-profit in 1999 by activists to answer threats facing Jersey City’s historic sites, objects and districts - will be partnering with local historians, scholars, educators, neighborhood groups and community organizers to create an extended preservation experience.

An exciting series of historical walking tours and events is scheduled for the entire month of May - and even leading into June as an added bonus. View the schedule posted below or DOWNLOAD IT TO YOUR SMARTPHONE + TABLET!

Read the Legends & Landmarks article in The Jersey Journal >

View the online Preservation Month 2012 photo gallery >

 
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Saturday, May 5, 2012: Kick-Off Preservation Month 2012 Event: Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery Clean-Up

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Place: Meet at the cemetery gates, 435 Newark Avenue between 7th Street and Waldo Avenue, Jersey City. Light rain or shine
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s)/Organizer(s): Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery, Village Neighborhood Association, Village Helpers, MS 4 and JC Landmarks
Information: Go to jerseycitycemetery.org or email Eileen Markenstein at markensteine@optonline.net

Tuesday, May 8, 2012: Researching Home Histories with Historian Cynthia Harris

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: The New Jersey Room, 3rd Floor, Main Branch, Jersey City Free Public Library
Cost: Free; however, reservation is required
Reservations: Contact Cynthia Harris at charris@jclibrary.org or (201) 547-4503
Sponsor(s)/Organizer(s): The New Jersey Room, Jersey City Free Public Library and JC Landmarks

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Above: John Beekman, left; Danny Klein, center; and Cynthia Harris, right, in The New Jersey Room, Jersey City Free Public Library. 2012 photo by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal.

Saturday, May 12, 2012: Washington Village Walking Tour with Historian Dennis Doran

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place: Meet at Riverview Park Gazebo on Ogden Avenue between Griffith & Bowers Streets, Jersey City Heights. Light rain or shine
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students with school identification
Information: Contact Dennis Doran at dgdoran91@comcast.net
Sponsor(s)/Organizer(s): JC Landmarks

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Above: Historian Dennis Doran standing in front of the circa-1740 Van Vorst House, Palisade Avenue, Jersey City Heights. 2012 photo by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal.

Saturday, May 19, 2012: Bergen Square Walking Tour with Historian Dennis Doran

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Light rain or shine
Place: Meet at MLK/Public School 11, corner of Bergen Avenue and Academy Street, Journal Square, Jersey City
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors & students with school identification
Information: dgdoran91@comcast.net
Sponsor(s)/Organizer(s): JC Landmarks

Monday, May 21, 2012: Robert W. Jackson's "Highway Under the Hudson: A History of the Holland Tunnel" Book Talk & Signing

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Place: The Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City
Cost: Free; however, reservation is recommended
Reservations: Contact info@embankment.org as seating is limited to 70
Sponsor(s)/Organizer(s): Embankment Preservation Coalition and Barrow Mansion Development Corporation with support from JC Landmarks

Tuesday, May 22, 2012: Researching Your Family History with Historian Danny Klein

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Place: The New Jersey Room, 3rd Floor, Main Branch, Jersey City Free Public Library, Jersey Avenue and Montgomery Street, Jersey City
Cost: Free; however, reservation is required
Information: Contact Mr. Klein at dklein@jclibrary.org or (201) 547-4503
Sponsor(s)/Organizer(s): The New Jersey Room, Jersey City Free Public Library and JC Landmarks

Saturday, May 26, 2012: Lafayette History Festival & Tour

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Light rain or shine
Place: Meet at Rev. Dr. Excel F. Webb Park, Lafayette & Van Horne Streets, Lafayette, Jersey City. Special dedication of the Glenn D. Cunningham History Trail at Webb Park and visit to JCLC's Lafayette Preservation Window at Communipaw Avenue & Pine Street
Cost: Free
Information: Rosalyn Browne at commblock@msn.com or (201) 432-6565
Sponsor(s)/Organizer(s): Communipaw Avenue Block Association, Monumental Baptist Church, Afro-American Historical Society Museum, City of Jersey City, JC Landmarks and historians Jenny Furlong, PhD and John Gomez, M.S. Historic Preservation

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Above: Jenny Furlong, PhD in front of the former Lafayette Dutch Reformed Church Annex on Communipaw Avenue. 2012 photo by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal.

Thursday, May 31, 2012: JCLC 12th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Presentation of awards starts at 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, Journal Square, Jersey City
Cost: $25 at the lobby door or by ordering from JCLC President John Hallanan at jclandmarks@gmail.com (click on the button below to order via email). Admission includes buffet, wine, coffee/ dessert, slide show of awardees, and a guided tour of the theatre by historian Colin Egan
Sponsor(s): Lord Abbett, Mack-Cali, Friends of the Loew's and JC Landmarks

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Sunday, June 3, 2012: Extended Preservation Month 2012 Event: The Italian Village Heritage Walking Tour with Preservationist Joshua Parkhurst

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Light rain or shine
Place: Meet at Madame Claude's at 4th & Brunswick Streets, The Village, Jersey City
Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for seniors & students with school identification
Information: Jim Ayers at jim.ayers@jcvillage.org
Sponsor(s)/Organizer(s): Village Neighborhood Association and JC Landmarks


All Preservation Month 2012 programming is organized by JCLC and listed co-sponsors. Events are rain or shine and subject to change or cancellation. Check this site and our Twitter channel @jclandmarks for updates, added tours/events and/or possible cancellations.

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FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION IN WASHINGTON, DC:

May is National Preservation Month and this year’s theme is “Discover America's Hidden Gems.” Communities from coast to coast are filled with unexplored historic treasures—and May’s the month to celebrate them!

Learn more about the Trust's 2012 Preservation Month theme "Discover America's Hidden Gems"


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