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Throughout the year, we'll offer regular programs, such as classes and lecture series, as well as special events such as performances and art shows.

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In Two Parts
Saturday, May 4 

10 AM - 1 PM

"Hague / Kenny / Whelan" charts the rise of Frank Hague from Jersey City’s Irish ghetto to his three-decade domination of state and local politics. We look at his invincible Democratic organization, his war with organized labor, and his success in avoiding prosecution despite his misuse of political office for personal gain. We then turn to Hague’s successor, John V. Kenny, who would direct Hudson County’s Democratic machine for more than two decades, despite virulent infighting and a changing urban landscape. We examine Kenny’s links to organized crime and his brash extortion of city and county contractors. We conclude with the federal conviction of Kenny and his protégé Jersey City Mayor Thomas Whelan on charges of racketeering and tax evasion.


Presenter: Peter Begans has worked as a journalist at the Hudson Dispatch and NJ Monthly magazine, a researcher for ABC News, and served as a speechwriter for Governor Tom Kean.

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February 19 at 1 PM at Apple Tree House

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Take in the work of local artist Nathalie Kalbach on display in the historic Apple Tree House October 13-15, 2023. For additional information, visit


Congratulations to everyone involved in Bergen Square Day. It was a great success. Thank you to all who participated in our offerings and to Speranza Theatre Company for their wonderful production on Nellie Bly.

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We hope you enjoyed the Historic Paulus Hook Association and the Museum of Jersey City History for the interactive, facilitated discussion that invited participants to share their thoughts and ideas on how to make local history more exciting and engaging for all Jersey City residents. Thank you to City Hall for hosting the event.


Each month, we welcome members of the community to spend an afternoon with us at The Apple Tree House!  Thanks to John Hallanan Jr. and everyone who participated in our recent open house.

PS 17 visits MJCH 

We had a nice event at the museum on Thursday, April 20. History students from PS 17, who are entered in a NJ history contest and who are doing a project on Bergen Square, came by the house for a lecture, tour, and lunch. They received copies of Bergen Square 360 and won Bergen Square Day 2022 t-shirts in a quiz.


The inaugural History Club members are:

Jomana Abo Shoueeb-Grade 7

 Liraine Torres-Grade 7

Xariyah Torres- Grade 7

Aya Zouhri- Grade 7 ( not pictured)

Kate Trillo- Grade 8 ( not pictured) 

Henry Miranda- Grade 8

Deborah Bartley-Carter- Grade 6- 8, ELA Middle School Teacher

Christopher Bolsius- Grade 2, Special Education Teacher 

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Jomana, Lorraine, Xariyah, Henry, and Kate won the regional competition in the junior group exhibit division for National History Day.   Their project on the Dutch History of Bergen Square was a team effort that resulted in a 25-page research paper and a presentation that captivated the judges. They competed against public, private, and charter schools in Hudson, Monmouth, and Ocean counties, and won a qualifying spot. The team will be moving on to the state level of the competition and competing against ALL the counties in the state of New Jersey.  If they win, they will be moving on to the National level competition in Maryland this summer. Wish them luck! 

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