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Free Walking Tours Through Historic Newark


Haven’t you ever wanted to see what it was like to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes? Or how about moccasins?

Starting with the original inhabitants - the Lenape - to the diverse immigrant population which once made it one of the most multicultural cities in the nation, downtown Newark represents centuries of magnificent architecture, culture, industry and art.

Relive Newark’s glorious past and marvel at its present renaissance during The New Jersey Historical Society’s Walking Tours:

“Culture and Commitment”
Tuesday, October 8, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Downtown Newark has seen several periods of growth since the founding of the city in 1666. This tour explores three centuries of the city’s architecture through discussion and comparison of the buildings along Washington and Military Parks.

“Grand Years: Newark in the Early 1900s”
Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Discover some of the glories of Newark’s past. Visit some of the architectural accomplishments of that era, including the recently renovated National Newark Building and the Bamberger’s building on Market and Washington Streets. Historic photos will add to your perspective of the city.

“Art for the Public Eye”
Tuesday, October 22, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 2, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy the Art Deco interior of the Verizon Building, spacious First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church, the colonial interior of Trinity Cathedral, and the Renaissance-inspired courtyard in The Newark Public Library to experience these spaces and their effect on the visitor.

“Downtown Gathering Places”
Tuesday, November 5, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Explore places where Newarkers, past and present, have met to relax, do business, and discuss the news of the day. Visit popular gathering sites such as Rutgers University, NJPAC, and the Robert Treat Hotel. Finish with a visit to McGovern’s Tavern, a pub that has been providing good times for locals for more than six decades.

“Washington Park: Reviving Traditions”
Saturday, November 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Architects for The Newark Public Library, the Veterans Administration Building, and American Insurance Building borrowed from classical designs to convey a sense of solidity and timelessness. Examine these buildings and trace the history of Washington Park.

No reservations or fees required for the above tours (for groups less than 8). Meet in the lobby at 52 Park Place. Tours run rain or shine.

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