Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Hike
10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
On this three mile hike, conducted by Rich Rockwell and Ron Rice, we'll explore the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield using historic maps and photos, then take a bus ride for an additional 2 miles stopping at the newly reclaimed section of the canal at Oak Tree Lane. Space is limited - reservations are required. $5.00 donation requested to cover the cost of the bus and 20-page handout with historic photos and color maps. To reserve a space, email MorrisCanal@gmail.com.
Sponsored by the Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Committee, Historical Society of Bloomfield, and the Bloomfield Recreation Department
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe.
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (rain or shine)
Historical Society Museum, 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ (Third Floor of Children’s Library)
FREE and open to the public
The Historical Society of Bloomfield will hold its second annual Ice Cream Social on June 10, 2017. There will be free ice cream for all adults and children who visit the HSOB Museum at 90 Broad Street (located on the third floor of the Children’s Library) between the hours of 11:00am and 2:00pm.
The HSOB Museum is dedicated to the culture, people and history of Bloomfield. The collection includes furniture, clothing & accessories, tools, household articles, paintings, toys, posters, memorabilia, dioramas, maps, newspapers, postcards, letters, deeds, documents, books and much more.
Parking is available on Broad Street and in the Library Parking Lot on State Street. More info: www.hsob.org, 973-743-8844, email@example.com.
The Story of the Morris Canal in Bloomfield: From its Heyday as Freight Transportation System to Modern Urban Greenway.
7:30 PM, Westminster Arts Center's historic Van Fossan Theatre, Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin Street.
Free and open to the public.
Presented by Rich Rockwell in collaboration with the Historical Society of Bloomfield, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee and the Bloomfield Recreation Department
The presentation tells the story of how Bloomfield went from a small village with river-powered mills to an industrial center employing thousands of people to a desirable urban transit center and how the Morris Canal played a role in that story. Additionally, the program will explore how, in our current urban environment, we are developing recreational trails connecting to the Statewide Morris Canal Greenway project.
The program was initially presented at the New Jersey Canals & Local History Symposium, sponsored by the Canal Society of New Jersey and the Morris County Heritage Commission. It has been supplemented with additional information relevant to Bloomfield residents.
Rockwell is the Chairman of the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee, Vice President of the Historical Society of Bloomfield and is the author of Bloomfield Through Time.
PARKING: You may NOT park in the bank parking lot directly across the street from the Van Fossan Theatre. This lot is privately owned and cars that are parked illegally will be booted.