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Welcome to the online home of the Hawthorne Historical Society. We are a community of citizens in Hawthorne, New Jersey devoted to remembering and preserving the wonderful history of our borough.

The Historical Society meets the second Monday of each month to discuss the history of Hawthorne, to plan upcoming events and activities, and to meet new friends and neighbors. Our meetings are held at the Louis Bay 2nd Library and Community Center, located on Lafayette Ave. in Hawthorne, NJ.

Our next meeting is on Monday, December 2nd at 7 PM at the library. There will be a presentation on the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) and artifacts from the trail by Bill Bogertman who traveled the entire length of the trail. (This is actually the November monthly meeting which had to be moved to December.) All are welcome to attend.

Looking ahead, on Wednesday, December 11th at 6 PM at the John Rea House in Goffle Brook Park. This special meeting is for the presentation of the John Rea oil painting by local artist Tina Stonefield Ishihara. This meeting will include a talk on the Rea House by Edward Smyk, the Passaic County Historian. Light refreshments of apple cider and donuts will be provided.

The Hawthorne Historical Society is proud to announce that with grants from the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College, through a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, we were able to digitize back issues of the Hawthorne News Record newspaper. (The Hawthorne News Record, which is no longer in print, was started in 1922 by Albert A. Dodds. The paper went out of business in the early 1970’s.) Newspapers from 1923 thru 1944 have been transferred to a DVD format and are available at the Louis Bay 2nd Library. More funding is needed to digitize additional years and complete the project.

We welcome your ideas, your memories, your memorabilia, and your help in researching, identifying, and preserving notable historical aspects in Hawthorne – from its natural setting, to its historic architecture, to its proud heritage.

We would especially welcome your photos of historical points of interest, people and places to add to this site!
We also invite you to check out our Historic Image Gallery. It is full of classic images you can purchase as gifts or for yourself to enjoy. Just click on the photo to the right and start shopping! ->