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

Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 PM

A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone

Bloomfield Civic Center
84 Broad Street

Many Americans are familiar with Thomas Edison’s “invention factory” in Menlo Park, where he patented the phonograph, the light bulb and more than one thousand other items. Yet many other ideas have grown in the Garden State, too—New Jerseyans brought sound and music to movies and built the very first drive-in theater. In addition to the first cultivated blueberry, tasty treats like ice cream cones and M&Ms are also Jersey natives. Iconic aspects of American life, like the batting cage, catcher’s mask and even professional baseball itself, started in New Jersey. Life would be a lot harder without the vacuum cleaner, plastic and Band-Aids, and many important advances in medicine and surgery were also developed here. Join author and historian Linda Barth as she explores groundbreaking, useful, fun and even silly inventions and their New Jersey roots.

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

 

 

 

Saturday, April 21

Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Hike

10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

On this three mile hike, conducted by Bloomfield Councilman, 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 Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway 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.

 

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
973-743-8844
info@hsob.org

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Saturday September to June: 10:00am - 12:30pm
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Soldier and Sailors Monument
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