Winter in Glen Ridge

We hope you are enjoying the snowy winter of 2021. Here are a few photos from Glen Ridge winters past. The first is a snowy day circa 1920 showing 96 Ridgewood Avenue (built circa 1865).  The house was ‘Colonialized’ in the 1950s.  A factory that manufactured chicle for chewing gum was behind the house. The second photo shows the toboggan run behind the Glen Ridge Country Club in the 1930s.  The run took sledders all the way down to Broad […]

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Happy Holidays 2020 from Glen Ridge Historical Society

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts that celebrate Glen Ridge, consider our brass ornaments, note cards, matching game, historic maps (north or south end circa 1906), bronze house plaques, and seasonal post cards – all available! For ornaments, please visit our Facebook page for order form and Venmo information. For other items, please email us at glenridgehs@gmail.com. You might also consider a membership for yourself or a neighbor.

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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, […]

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Happy Holidays from Glen Ridge Historical Society

Today, Glen Ridge has a number of annual holiday traditions including the Municipal Tree Lighting at Borough Hall and luminaries on Christmas Eve. However, during the Great Depression, Glen Ridge residents brought used toys to the firehouse for repair and distribution to the needy on Christmas. Bicycles, doll carriages, and pull toys were among the 300 toys firemen Charles Anderson, James Corcoran, and Fred Schmitz refurbished for children in Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, and Montclair. If you’re looking for Christmas gifts […]

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Annual Walking Tour – October 13

On October 13 the Glen Ridge Historical Society will be offering its annual Fall Walking Tour. This year’s theme is Stylish Glen Ridge. The tour will be centered on Highland Avenue, one of the oldest streets in Glen Ridge.  As the neighborhood grew, so did the variety of house styles. Join us to learn about the houses and the history that led to their diverse designs! Please gather at the grassy triangle at the corner of Highland and Glen Ridge Avenues […]

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New Exhibit!

Glen Ridge Then & Now — NOW on the Web! Fire • Fashion • Finances • Progress The Glen Ridge Historical Society welcomes you to a photography exhibition of over 80 lost Glen Ridge buildings and their current replacements. Click here to view the online slide show Glen Ridge Then & Now.  

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Blue Foundry Bank’s Community Alliance Program (CAP Program)

The Glen Ridge Historical Society is currently participating in the Blue Foundry Bank’s Community Alliance Program (CAP Program.) The CAP Program offers our organization an opportunity to earn money based on the number of our members who bank with Blue Foundry.

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