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

Tuesday, May 22, 7:30 PM

The International Arms & Fuze Company

Bloomfield Civic Center
84 Broad Street

Presented by lifetime Bloomfield resident Dean Cole.   

Many of us can still remember the Charms candy factory at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Grove Street, but what is mostly forgotten today is that from the summer of 1915 to the end of 1918, the factory  was home to of one of the largest arms manufacturers in the United States—The International Arms & Fuze Company.

At its peak, it employed 10,000 workers, including over 4,000 women working night and day to produce millions of artillery shells and fuzes for the allied war effort against Germany in World War One.

The plant had its own railroad siding and water supply, as well as medical facilities, a laboratory and a cafeteria. The workers had their own band, baseball team, bowling league and women’s basketball team.

Initially, its presence in town aroused fears of explosions, fiery catastrophe and plummeting property values. In reality it brought tax revenue, employment, town improvements and the expansion of public transportation.

Join us on May 22 as we return to the Bloomfield of 1915–1918 and explore The International Arms & Fuze Company and Bloomfield’s contribution to the allied war effort during World War One.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Saturday, June 9, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Ice Cream Social

Historical Society Museum (Third Floor of Children’s Library)
90 Broad Street

We will be holding our third annual Ice Cream Social on June 9. There will be free ice cream for all adults and children who visit the HSOB Museum at 90 Broad Street (located on the third floor of the Children’s Library) between the hours of 11:00am and 2:00pm.

The event is open to the public and free of charge, so bring a friend! Parking is on Broad Street and in the Library Parking Lot on State Street.





Saturday, April 21

Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Hike

This hike is fully booked.  If you'd like to get on the list for the Fall hike, email MorrisCanal@gmail.com.

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.


Latest Addition to our web site

The newest addition to our web site is a set of photographs of the Building of American LaFrance.

We are grateful to Nancy Peters McEntee and Sally Peters Janett for donating this collection of photos.


Morris Canal in Bloomfield Presentation was March 22, 2017

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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