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GR-historic-C-224x300Welcome to the website of the Glen Ridge Historical Society!

Learn about the history of our town, browse our newsletter archives, enjoy our slide shows, and mark your calendar for upcoming events. Visit us on the second Saturday of the month from 9-12 at the Terry S. Webster Museum at 222 Ridgewood Avenue. And…join us as a member!

News & Events

Jon Russo’s Smidges – A Trivial History of Glen Ridge

February 27, 7:30PM

Come join us for a colorful slide talk called “Jon Russo’s Smidges – A Trivial History of Glen Ridge”, showcasing interesting and amusing moments in Glen Ridge history through the lens of the popular “Smidge of Glen Ridge” cartoons. The event, which is open to the public, will take place February 27 at 7:30 P.M. in the LGI Room at Glen Ridge High School.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

The Smidges were the creation of former Ridger, Jon Russo, and appeared weekly in the Glen Ridge Voice from 2008 to 2014. By turns fascinating, surprising, and funny, the always entertaining Smidges brought to life an event, person, mishap, or even an animal that made news at some point in our Borough’s history. Tracey Melhuish, who grew up in Glen Ridge and recently returned after many years out of state, came across the Smidges in the Local History Collection at the Glen Ridge Public Library, and was both charmed and curious about these tidbits illustrating Glen Ridge history.  She will present a hand-picked selection of Smidges, side by side with news headlines, photos, maps and other contemporaneous sources that document the events. As a special treat, Jon Russo is making the trip from his current home in Paris to be our honored guest for the evening! An exhibition of the Smidges and related photographs will open at the Terry S. Webster Museum immediately after the presentation.

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Mission

Mission

The purposes of the Glen Ridge Historical Society shall be to bring together people interested in the history of Glen Ridge, New Jersey and its environs; to provide facilities, materials, information, education, and activities to promote the advancement of local history; and to foster the preservation and restoration of local historical sites, documents, and artifacts.

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Membership Levels

$10 Senior

  • Basic membership benefits extended to two seniors

$20 Household

  • Basic membership benefits extended to 2 adults and family
  • Advanced notice of all children’s programs

$50 Patron

  • Basic membership benefits extended to 2 adults and family
  • Advanced notice of all children’s programs
  • Recognition in the September issue of The Gaslamp

$100 Sponsor

  • Basic membership benefits extended to 2 adults and family
  • 2 additional invitations to the annual Members Holiday Party
  • Advanced notice of all children’s programs
  • Recognition in the September issue of The Gaslamp
  • Recognition during Spring Annual Meeting

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