Current Exhibitions

Ebb and Flow: New Jersey and Its Rivers

The exhibit explores how activities, both historical and contemporary, along the Delaware, the Raritan, the Maurice and the Passaic – symbolize the importance of fresh waterways, and serve as a template for understanding rivers’ importance in shaping the human experience. Using these waterways as well as two related canals as examples, Ebb and Flow will specifically explore the topics of food supply, settlement, transportation and industry.

Send the Word: New Jersey During the Great War

The New Jersey Historical Society has marked U.S. entry into World War I with the exhibit “Send the Word: New Jersey During the Great War”.  NJHS’s artifacts, images and manuscripts from its museum and library collections create a stirring testament to the sacrifices and struggles of the state at war. Items from the Historical Society’s trove of wartime posters are displayed, along with soldiers’ uniforms and equipment, an artillery shell and gas mask, family correspondence and personal items illustrating a transformative period in New Jersey’s history. Also included are the sounds of World War I period songs coming from a 1916 Thomas Edison multiphone.

NEWARK: Revolution to Revival 1967 to 2017

Revolution: It was the summer of 1967 when years of racial division and neglect turned on the city of Newark and a rebellion resulted. This timeline and photographs illustrate the events of what occurred during the days of civil unrest.  In this relative short period of time Newark’s history would be forever stained.

Revival: In this current time the renaissance of the city of Newark is in full swing with the downtown realizing new investments in real estate, new businesses providing jobs, parks being renovated and new residences being built.  Learn about all the latest activity in this exhibit.

“Meet Me under Bamberger’s Clock”: A Celebration of the Life and Contributions of Louis Bamberger

The clock outside Newark’s L. Bamberger and Co. department store did not just tell the time: it was a downtown meeting place for generations of New Jerseyans.  The exhibit “Meet Me under Bamberger’s Clock” appears by special arrangement with the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey. It was designed to accompany the new biography by JHSNJ Executive Director Linda B. Forgosh. The fascinating story of Louis Bamberger (1855-1944), New Jersey’s foremost department store innovator and philanthropist comes to life in a new exhibit, now showing at The New Jersey Historical Society. Relive the days of Newark’s grand and glorious department store L. Bamberger and Co., and learn about its founder Louis Bamberger’s vital but mostly overlooked contributions to the cultural and civic life of New Jersey. The images, texts and artifacts that make up the exhibit “Meet Me under Bamberger’s Clock” are on view for all to enjoy!

Watercolor in the Park & Brick City Project

This exhibition features the work of New Jersey artist Malik Whitaker.  Malik was born and raised in Newark, NJ and the trials and tribulations of living in the inner city have helped to shape Malik’s passion and appreciation for life and art.  This exhibit shows his affection for Military Park, its beauty and history.  He is also famous for his “Brick City Project”, a collection of bricks with painted scenes of Newark, which he has displayed in many galleries and exhibitions throughout the tri-state area.

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