Bloomfield Civic Center
84 Broad Street
Presented by lifetime Bloomfield resident Dean
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
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.
event is free and
open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ice Cream Social
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
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
Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Hike
hike is fully booked. If you'd like to get on the list
for the Fall hike, email MorrisCanal@gmail.com.