Monday, July 30, 2012

Historical Organization of the Week: Roebling Museum & Historical Society

Every Monday, I will now highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey. 

This week, the Roebling Museum and Roebling Historical Society are being featured. The Roebling Museum   is dedicated to the preservation of the Roebling Steel mill industry and the town that was built around it.

The museum building, or the main gate, once served as the passage point for thousands of workers on their way to the steel mill each day. The building served as the hub of company activity. Offices processed payroll, time clocks, storage rooms, interview rooms, a jail house, phone operators, an infirmary and later an ambulance house. The building was built in 1907 to limit access to the factory grounds. Additions and alterations were made from 1919 through 1947.

The 7,000 square foot building was meticulously restored by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Superfund clean-up of the 240 acre Roebling mill site. The building was turned over to the Township of Florence and the Roebling Museum in June of 2009. The building now houses five galleries, the Roma Bank Media Room, offices, lobby gift shop and Ferdinand Roebling III Archives.

The Roebling Historical Society was organized in May of 1980 for the purpose of promoting the history of Roebling.

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