History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream
Bloomfield Civic Center
84 Broad Street
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.
event is free and
open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Hike
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
Bridge over the Morris Canal and Second River (to the right).
Morris Canal Aqueduct over Second
the Second River footbridge from Newark Avenue to Walnut Street.
Former Erie Railroad Bridge over the
Canal. Near GSP southbound Exit 149.
Addition to our web site
addition to our web site is a set of photographs of the Building
of American LaFrance.
We are grateful
Peters McEntee and Sally Peters Janett for donating this collection of
Canal in Bloomfield
Presentation was March 22, 2017
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
on the Historic Green