Historical Society of
Township of Bloomfield, New Jersey, founded in 1812

Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 PM

Bloomfield 1914-1919: World War One & the Influenza Epidemic

Bloomfield Civic Center
84 Broad Street

The Historical Society of Bloomfield will present “Bloomfield 1914–1919: World War One & The Influenza Epidemic.” Lifetime Bloomfield resident Dean Cole will discuss World War One and the Spanish Influenza Epidemic as seen through the lens of Bloomfield and its people. In many ways, Bloomfield was a microcosm of what was going on in the country as a whole. Both pro- and anti-war sentiments were expressed and money was raised for allied as well as German causes.

Bloomfield was also home to one of the largest armaments factories on the east coast, along with other industries that supported the allied cause.

Like towns and cities all over the world, Bloomfield was overwhelmed by the influenza epidemic that followed on the heels of “The Great War”— killing somewhere between 20 and 40 million people globally—and its impact on our town was substantial.

Join us on October 24 as we return to the Bloomfield of 1914–1919.



Saturday, November 4

Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Hike

10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

On this three mile hike, conducted by Rich Rockwell and Ron Rice, we'll explore the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield using historic maps and photos, then take a bus ride for an additional 2 miles stopping at the newly reclaimed section of the canal at Oak Tree Lane. Space is limited - reservations are required. $5.00 donation requested to cover the cost of the bus and 20-page handout with historic photos and color maps. To reserve a space, email MorrisCanal@gmail.com.

Sponsored by the Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Committee, Historical Society of Bloomfield, and the Bloomfield Recreation Department


Looking north towards the Berkeley Avenue Bridge over the Morris Canal and Second River (to the right).

Morris Canal Aqueduct over Second River near the Second River footbridge from Newark Avenue to Walnut Street.

Former Erie Railroad Bridge over the Morris Canal. Near GSP southbound Exit 149.



New Addition to our web site

Our newest addition is a set of historic maps of Bloomfield from the 1906 Mueller Atlas of Essex County


Morris Canal in Bloomfield Presentation was March 22

If you missed the program but would like to learn about the Morris Canal in Bloomfield, you can watch the program on WBMA TV online: Morris Canal in Bloomfield

90 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Museum Hours
Wednesday: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturday September to June: 10:00am - 12:30pm
and by appointment

Soldier and Sailors Monument
on the Historic Green

Historical Society of Bloomfield Collection

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Web Design by Rich Rockwell