Browse Exhibits (4 total)

Agnes M. Peck Scrapbook


The Agnes M. Peck Scrapbook offers a unique perspective on life in Caldwell in the late 1890s. Included within the images of the scrapbook are photographs of the October 1897 fire in Caldwell, as well as (more commonly) photographs of Peck's friends and family and various places where they might have vacationed including Sentinel Hill in Connecticut and Pamlico in North Carolina.

Peck was born in Livingston in January 1884 to Dr. Edward E. Peck and Nellie L'Hommedieu (Williams) Peck. In 1893, Peck's mother passed away.  By 1895, the father and daughter had moved to Caldwell, where Dr. Peck became mayor from January 1917 until his death in November 1918. By 1916, Peck had married Jonathan S. Provost and in 1916 had a son, Edward E. Provost. Peck continued to live in Caldwell with her husband until her death in February 1945. She was laid to rest in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Caldwell. 

Click on the link to the left to see the pages of Caldwell history.

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Block Parties


Summer Block Parties are a wonderful local tradition, bringing together neighbors of all ages for fun, games and dancing in the street.  We have many photographs of local Block Parties and neighborhood celebrations taken over the years and would be very grateful if you could help us identify the people in these photographs, tell us where and when they were taken and pass on your memories of the celebrations.  Click the Contact Us tab above or stop in the Library and share your knowledge in person.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Monomonock Inn


The Monomonock Inn was an elegant resort that spanned the triangle between Bloomfield Avenue, Academy Road and Prospect Street at the beginning of the twentieth century. By far the largest of the many local hotels that catered to summer visitors in those days, the "Inn on the heights"  could accommodate 150 guests.  It had its own farm, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, formal gardens, a livery stable, garage, and extensive lawns.  The Inn was demolished in 1940 as the country was gearing up for World War II.  The Mary Ann Apartments that were eventually built on the  site housed many of the people who had moved to the area to work at the Curtiss-Wright aircraft plant which had expanded their production to support the war effort.

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Sharing our Stories


Caldwell Public Library received a 2014 MakerSpaces grant from LibraryLinkNJ and the NJ State Library to create a model for a local oral history project. Our project focuses on recording the recollections of area residents, businesses, and organizations. In 2014, the project gathered interviews at Marion Manor, Grover Cleveland Middle School and Congregation Agudath Israel's Hadassah. We also recorded a panel discussion reflecting on Caldwell University's 75 year history.

On March 19, 2014, Story Corps interviewer Elizabeth Perez and facilitator Christina Stanton from New York led an interactive workshop on the Story Corps interviewing approach for Sharing our Stories volunteers at Caldwell Public Library. Volunteers included representatives from the Caldwell Library staff, the Board of Trustees, the CPL Foundation, the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools, the Caldwell Historic Commission and grant partner Hadassah. For more information about the StoryCorps interview model, visit

Do you have a story you'd like to share or a suggestion of someone we should interview? Contact us at or 973-226-2837 for details about how you can add a 20-30 minute story to this website. Our trained volunteers will facilitate and record the interview either on-site here or we can bring our mobile recording equipment and come to you. Thank you for your interest!