Caldwell Public Library's Local History Collection

Browse Exhibits (6 total)

Block Parties

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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

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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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Caldwell University

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Caldwell University is 75 years old this year! To mark the occasion and celebrate their history, they are presenting an exhibit during the month of October at the Caldwell Public Library. We have put together this online exhibit of items from our Local History Collection to accompany that exhibit. We are grateful for the assistance of Caldwell Dominican archivist Sr. Patricia McKearney OP, Former Caldwell College President Sr. Vivien Jennings OP, and Collette Liddy and Rebecca Driscoll from Caldwell University.

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Sharing our Stories

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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.

Do you have a story you'd like to share or a suggestion of someone we should iinterview? Contact us at librarian@caldwellpl.org 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 onsite here or we can bring our mobile recording equipment and come to you. Thank you for your interest!

The Caldwell Trolley

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This spring is trolley season at the Caldwell Public Library in  celebration of Janet & Bob Markman's recent gift of a miniature Caldwell Trolley. You can admire it in the Gene and Kathryn Collerd Local History Resource Room.

Photographs and documents in this exhibit come from the library's Local History Collection.

To enlarge a picture, first click on it to take you to a page with information about that picture. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, find the picture and click on it again to enlarge it.

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Celebrating Herstory in the Caldwells

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Photographs  & documents by Gene Collerd, Lou Ginefra, Janet Markman  and others highlighting women's history in the Caldwells and surrounding towns.  

To enlarge a picture, first click on it to take you to a page with information about that picture. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, find the picture and click on it again to enlarge it.

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