Monday, June 30, 2014

Organization of the Week: Bergen County Historical Society

Every Monday, I 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, I am featuring the Bergen County Historical Society. Founded in 1939, the Bergen County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization which promotes preservation, study and appreciation of civil, political, military, and the general history of the United States of America, particularly of Bergen County, New Jersey. Their museum collections are displayed at the Revolutionary War era Steuben House (a State Historic Site), the Campbell-Christine House, and the Demarest House.

The organization was instrumental in persuading elected officials from building a bypass in the 1950s that would have passed in front of the historic Steuben House. Among their other achievements was the preservation and relocation of the Demarest House in 1956, the Westervelt-Thomas Barn relocation project in 1958, and in cooperation with the County of Bergen, the Campbell-Christie House relocation in 1977. They erected a working replica Dutch Out-Kitchen in 1991 and an outhouse in 2009. The Society opens all three historic homes, including the State Historic Site, and the outbuildings for tours during special events throughout the year. The Society is in the midst of a fundraising project to build a permanent environmentally-controlled museum building on the property.

The Bergen County Historical Society relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by Bergen County Historical Society or to become a member or volunteer, please call 201-343-9492 or visit

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