In celebration of May being Preservation Month, the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy is hosting two events to give attendees a historic look at two Jersey City neighborhoods.
West Bergen-East Lincoln Historic District Walking Tour in Jersey City
Saturday, May 7th at Noon
The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy kicks off Preservation Month, May 2016, showcasing West Bergen–East Lincoln, the city’s newly designated historic district. On Saturday, May 7th at noon, Dennis Doran, Jersey City historian, will lead a tour of the Silk Stocking district–home to legendary “I am the law” Mayor Frank Hague.
From the late 19th Century through the early 20th Century the Bergen section of Jersey City along Hudson (now Kennedy Boulevard) was the wealthiest and most prestigious section of the city. Discover the landmark mansions, clubs, houses of worship and classic apartment dwellings of Jersey City’s elite and learn some of the fascinating stories of the city’s leading citizens in its Bon Ton days.
Tickets $10 at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2546477
Lafayette History Tour
Sunday, May 15th at 11am
The history of Lafayette is an untold history. While Washington Irving’s legendary visit to the Van Horne’s “House of the Four Chimneys” is immortalized in such classics as “A History of New York” and “Wolfert’s Roost,” Lafayette remains largely forgotten in the annals of history. How can a nearly 400-year-old neighborhood remain so overlooked by scholars? Somehow, as we walk through the streets of Lafayette under the shadows of landmarks past and present, its escaped origins emerge, revealing themselves in bricks and cornerstones, steeples and smokestacks. The voices of centuries-old generations ring true, reminding us about transatlantic voyages, Indian villages, ancient trails, Dutch settlements, African-American burial grounds, railroads, ferries, industries, local legends. Continuing onward, observing more, it is as if we ourselves become the historian, capturing what had come before, writing what had never been written.
Join Rebecca Shapiro, Jennifer Furlong and Kevin Berland on a tour and discussion of Lafayette’s rich history.
Free event: register at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2545544
Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy works to preserve, protect and promote the architectural, cultural, and environmental heritage of Jersey City. Learn more at jclandmarks.org