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North Jersey History & Genealogy Center

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The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center is a department within the Morristown & Morris Township Library, located in the building's lower level. We invite you to explore our exceptional collection of New Jersey and early American histories, genealogies, maps, historical newspapers, historic preservation materials, manuscripts, records, rare books, and fine art and prints. Our collection is open to all. You can discover more about our collections through our online catalog, our collections page, our digital images, and also by clicking Archival and Manuscript Collection Finding Aids in the column to the right.

Phone: 973-538-3473
For addition information please send an email to:
njhgc@jfpl.org
 

Upcoming Events in Recognition of the 275th Anniversary of Morris Township:


Caroline Foster, Fosterfields, and the MMT Library: A Life and Legacies, featuring museum educator Becky Hoskins

Sunday, June 14, 2015
2:00 pm (in the library's lower level meeting room)

Become acquainted with the remarkable life of former Morris Township resident, Caroline Foster, whose 102 years spanned the Victorian Age to the Space Age. 

Find out more about her legacies to Morristown and Morris Township. Hoskins will discuss Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, which is the first living historical farm in New Jersey and was donated by Foster to the Morris County Park Commission, and her contributions to the Morristown & Morris Township Library to preserve the history of Morris Township, Morristown, and many environs beyond.



Bio  

Becky Hoskins is a resident of Morris Township and former supervisor of education at Fosterfields. She knew Miss Caroline Foster through her mother, former Morristown & Morris Township Library local history librarian and Morris Township historian, Barbara Hoskins, who worked with Miss Foster on many projects. Becky continued her interest in Miss Foster and Fosterfields for 25 years working at the farm and researching into its history. She spent 40 years in the museum field and holds a Master’s Degree in American History.

Refreshments will be served.

This program is supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.

 

The Rockaway Valley Railroad, presented by Joe Macasek, President of the Canal Society of New Jersey

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
7:00 pm (in the library's lower level meeting room)

Joe Macasek's presentation will focus on the former Rockaway Valley Railroad, a shortline railway that provided a commercial link for Mendham, Brookside and Morris Township. Because of its poor construction, train cars often teetered from side to side and it became known as "The Rock-a-bye Baby". The old trackbed is used today as part of the Patriots Path recreational trail. 

 

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Exhibit Honors the 275th Founding of the Township of Morris: 
1740-2015 

Our new exhibit is now on display in our second floor gallery, honoring the 275th founding of the Township of Morris. The anniversary exhibit focuses not only on Morris Township's agricultural past, but also its part in the American Revolution and its fame as home to Gilded Age, New York City millionaire mansions. The exhibition also examines the history of the Township's fire and police departments, The Seeing Eye, the College of Saint Elizabeth and other institutions as well as famous Township residents. Hosted by The Mayor and Township Committee, The Historic Preservation Commission of Morris Township and The Morristown and Morris Township Library. Please stop by and have a look. 

Exhibit will be up until mid August.

 

 

 

Silas Ogden Journal Acquisition

Silas Ogden’s journal starts on December 11, 1812, with an entry noting the end of his nine-year apprenticeship in Morristown to Silas Mills as a tanner.  During his training, Silas would only see his parents once, and Mr. Mills eventually regarded him as a member of his extended family. Nevertheless, Ogden managed to remain close with his parents and eleven siblings who he immediately set out to visit and assist with a number of business propositions. The journal recounts Ogden’s military training (during the War of 1812 he was a Fife Major in the First Regiment of the Morris Brigade), social engagements with several Morristown families, travels across the state on horseback and by foot, and other aspects of day to day life in early 1800s America. The Silas Ogden Journal was recently cataloged and is available to researchers in the reading room.
 



Search New Jersey Historical Newspapers (Newsbank) from home
(Morristown & Township Library Card needed for remote access.  The database is free in the NJH&GC Reading Room.)

Search through the following historical New Jersey newspaper titles, in addition to many others.

Centinel Of Freedom (Newark) 1796 - 1876 
Genius of Liberty (Morristown) 1798 - 1811 
Jersey Journal (Jersey City) 1867 - 1962 
The Jersey Journal (Jersey City) 1999 - Current 
Jewish Chronicle (Newark) 1921-1943 
Jewish Journal (New Brunswick) 1956-1971 
Newark Star Ledger 1964 and 1984 
New-Jersey Journal (Elizabethtown) 1786 - 1818 
Palladium of Liberty (Morristown) 1808 - 1822 
The Star-Ledger (Newark) 1989 - Current 
The Times (Trenton) 1993 - Current 
Trenton Evening Times 1883 - 1993 
Trenton Federalist 1800 - 1824 
Trenton State Gazette 1847 - 1898 
True American (Trenton) 1801 - 1818

 

 



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