History & Genealogy

The Library has returned to in-person programs.

Many of the Library’s programs and events returned to in-person! Check the detailed event listings for more information.

Many of our events 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.

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July 2022

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  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Founding Father: Thomas Jefferson with Tom DeStefano
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, was United States Minister to France, and the first Secretary of State under President George Washington. Elected the third President of the United States after a bitterly-fought campaign he organized the Louisiana Purchase and commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore the western territories. Join Tom DeStefano, teacher of History at Bergen Community College, as he explores this complex founding father.This program is both in person in the library and live streaming via Zoom. Registration is necessary on mahwahlibrary.org events calendar (Don’t forget to give us your email address). Registration will close 24 hours before the event. We will send everyone the Zoom meeting number, password, and URL meeting link at that time. You can join us in person or on Zoom.

Thursday July 7
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  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm George Washington and Morristown, NJ… Perfect Together with Joel Farkas
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    It’s a beautiful day! Let’s take a walk. Let’s take a ride. Let’s “virtually” explore the Revolutionary War, Morristown, NJ, and the George Washington connection. You’ve always meant to visit Morristown well now you can virtually and then in person. This program is both in person in the library and live streaming via Zoom. Register is necessary on mahwahlibrary.org events calendar (Don’t forget to give us your email address). Registration will close at 3PM on the day of the event. We will send everyone the Zoom meeting number, password, and URL meeting link at that time. You can join us in person or on Zoom.

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  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm The Jersey Shore with Mario Medici
    7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    The Jersey Shore has a great deal more to offer than soft sand, sun, and surf. Take the “plunge” and travel along with Mario Medici from Sandy Hook to Cape May and you’ll discover an array of fascinating towns and history to go with them. Lighthouses, beaches, forts, historic buildings, shipwrecks, among the discoveries, so be sure to bring your note pads, as you may wish to write down some interesting factoids. This Jersey Shore presentation is “Shore to Please.”This program is both in person in the library and live streaming via Zoom. Register is necessary on mahwahlibrary.org events calendar (Don’t forget to give us your email address). Registration will close at 3PM on the day of the event. We will send everyone the Zoom meeting number, password, and URL meeting link at that time. You can join us in person or on Zoom. We look forward to seeing people in person also.

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September 2022

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  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm The Lowell Mill Girls: Organized Labor and the First Strikes in America with Rick Feingold
    7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    They were fed up and wouldn’t take the factory working conditions anymore so the Lowell mill workers went on strike in 1834. The textile industry was the first to become mechanized and working condition were harsh. Young women recruited off the farms worked 70 hours and six days a week. When wages were cut the workers walked out. Join us as we learn about the Luddites — the machine-breakers who rejected the regimentation of the factory system and the working conditions of the early industrial era. Rick Feingold teaches American Business History at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.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).

Wednesday September 7
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  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Genealogy: Finding Records with Eric Migdal
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Finding records to aid in your research using the census, birth, death, marriage records. Also how to use Heritagequest, Family Search, Newspapers.com, Ancestry, and more.Eric Migdal is the owner ofIt’s All Relative – Family History Research and Genealogy.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).

Tuesday September 20
Wednesday September 21
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm The History of Area Canals (PA, NY, and NJ) with Mario Medici
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Historically canals were of immense importance to commerce and the development, growth and vitality of a civilization. Transportation routes built for commerce developed slowly in the northeast and it was not until after the American Revolution that some thought was given to building of local-area canals. This presentation will cover the history of area canals, e.g., Erie, Delaware and Lehigh (D&L), and Morris Canals, why they were built, how they affected the region, how they operated, and much more. Lecture will be supplemented with photos both historic and current as well as information where canals can be visited today.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).

Thursday September 22
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