History & Genealogy

Many of our events are now in-person and require registration.  Registration opens for Mahwah cardholders four weeks before the date of the event. Those without a Mahwah Library card are welcome to register two weeks before the event.  Check the detailed event listings for more information.

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December 2022

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  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Christmas Lights of New York City with Mario Medici
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Photo slide lecture will begin at 59th and Lexington, and will meander through the streets of New York City viewing the holiday lights and window decorations, as only New York City can do it. Slides will include, among others, the UNICEF Snowflake, Radio City Music Hall, the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center, and a host of gaily decorated storefronts and hotels, including Saks, Trump Tower, and St. Patrick’s. Lecture will include some historical facts of the key sights, and works of art, making the experience much more enjoyable and entertaining. Presentation is the next best thing to being in New York City and guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. This program is offered both in person and via Zoom. If you want to join via Zoom, registration is necessary (don’t forget to give your email address). Registration will close 24 hours before the event and we’ll send you the Zoom meeting number, password, and URL meeting link at that time. You can join us in person or via Zoom.

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February 2023

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  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm George Washington, New Jersey, and The Revolutionary War with Joel Farkas
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Celebrate President’s Day with the man who began it all. George Washington was certainly central to The Revolutionary War. In many ways, so was New Jersey . This lecture looks at both George Washington’s military career starting in 1754 as a 21 year old major in the Virginia militia, and a history of the Revolutionary War including the military battles and winter encampments in New Jersey. This program is both in person in the library and live streaming via Zoom. Register is necessary on mahwahlibrary.org events calendar to receive the Zoom Link (Don’t forget to give us your email address).

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  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Building the Panama Canal: 1880-1914 with Mario Medici
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    The Spanish thought about it. The French drew plans for it. In the end though, it took a revolution, technology, money, determination and grit to complete the Panama Canal. On this unique journey, learn about the epic struggle to carve a nautical shortcut from one ocean to another. Learn about the canal’s construction and its impact on world history, commerce and medicine. Lecture will be supplemented with historical photos. This program is both in person in the library and live streaming via Zoom. Register is necessary on mahwahlibrary.org events calendar to receive the Zoom Link (Don’t forget to give us your email address).

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  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm The “Blues” – A History of the 20th Century’s Most Influential Folk Music with John Groom
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    When and how the Blues started is difficult to ascertain with precision as music recording happened only after the birth of the Blues. John Groom will follow the development of this music from its humble origins through the people that made it famous such the lady singers, W. C. Handy and Louis Armstrong and then discusses the music of the original blues troubadours such as Charlie Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Son” House and Robert Johnson. Finally how the Blues influence in the USA became the foundation of the many varieties of “Rock” that appeared and developed in the USA in the 1970’s and 80s. This is it’s story. This program is both in person in the library and live streaming via Zoom. Register is necessary on mahwahlibrary.org events calendar to receive the Zoom Link (Don’t forget to give us your email address).

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