The Hoboken Historical Museum Revisits Hoboken’s Struggles with Gentrification and Displacement, February 1, 2
February is packed with special events: “Delivered Vacant,” “Hoboken is Burning” talk, Black History Month talk on Paul Robeson, 39th Annual Black Maria Film Festival, and more
The Hoboken Historical Museum sheds light this weekend on a dark chapter in Hoboken history with a pair of events on the topic of gentrification and displacement.
Nora Jacobson's award-winning documentary about Hoboken's struggles with gentrification and displacement in the late 1980s-early 1990s, "Delivered Vacant," will be screened Saturday, February 1, at 7 pm at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St. Admission is $10 per person ($5 for Museum members & students). Seating is limited, so early arrival is recommended. Learn more>
On Sunday, February 2, at 4 pm the Museum welcomes Dylan Gottlieb, a Princeton scholar, to give a talk titled, “Hoboken is Burning: Gentrification, Arson, and Displacement in the 1970s." Gottlieb is working on his PhD in history at Princeton, and has researched the rash of fires and other tactics that displaced tenants in urban areas so that developers could convert buildings to condos. Admission is $5 per person (free for Museum members & students). Learn more>
Other talks and events at the Museum:
On Sunday, February 9, at 4 pm, the Museum observes Black History month by presenting a multimedia event about the remarkable life New Jersey native Paul Robeson. Learn about the great American actor and activist from actor Grant Cooper and Stevens Institute of Technology professor and author, Dr. Lindsey Swindall. Learn more>
39th Annual Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival
The jury of the 39th Annual Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival has made its selections for 2020 and 11 of this year's award-winning short films will be screened at the Festival's Hudson County premiere on Saturday, February 15, starting at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 in advance, and $15 day of the event. (Note: this event often sells out in advance.) Link to tickets.
Festival Director Jane Steuerwald will present a mix of genres and subjects: "Medium Rare" by Luca Cioci of Pavia, Italy; "Faithy, hey" by Emily Hubley of East Orange, NJ; "Movement in Structure" by Shaun Clarke of Boston, MA; "Box of Memories" by Felicitas Yang of Heidelberg, Germany; "DONT KNOW WHAT" by Thomas Renoldner of Vienna, Austria; "Take Off Your Skin" by Luke Jaeger of Northampton, MA; "Code Ruth" by Caroline Voagen Nelson of Astoria, NY; "They Say I’m Your Teacher" by Catherine Murphy of Portola Valley, CA; "Freeze Frame" by Soetkin Verstegen of Brussels, Belgium; "Thin Places Iceland" by Michael Chaney of Savannah, GA; and "Cold Storage" by Thomas Freundlich of Helsinki, Finland.
Filmmakers will be present for Q&A, and light refreshments will be served. Up to 3 hours of free parking may be available with ticket validation at Littleman Parking-Independence Garage (Shipyard Lane, at 12th St).
Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
The Hoboken Museum is joining in the commemoration of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, passed in 1920, which granted women nationwide the right to vote. A lecture series by distinguished authors and historians will highlight the achievements of several famous New Jersey women. Kicking off the series will be a talk by Carmela Karnoutsos, historian and professor emerita of NJCU, on Sunday, February 23, at 4 pm. Admission is $5, free for Museum members & students.
Karnoutsos’ presentation, titled “Women's Suffrage, 1920: New Jersey Women Regain the Right to Vote,” will feature prominent New Jersey women including Lucy Stone, Mary Philbrook, Alice Paul (pictured) and Caroline Stevens Wittpenn, among others.
Postcard Exhibition on view at the Hoboken Museum
“Greetings from Hudson County: A Postcard History Then and Now” comprises over 700 historic postcards from all 12 cities and towns of Hudson County. Most of the postcards date from the Golden Age of postcards, the 1900s – 1920s, showing parks, street scenes, scenic views and important municipal buildings, churches, schools and factories, when they were brand new and the pride of Hudson County. Bringing the exhibit into the present is an augmented reality (AR) app that will enable visitors to compare current views to the historic images. A companion lecture series has featured historians from the various municipalities. Visit the website to learn about upcoming talks and walking tours.
About the Hoboken Historical Museum
Founded 1986, the Museum’s mission is to educate the public about Hoboken’s history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks. In 2001, the Museum moved into one of the oldest buildings on the waterfront, in the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard, at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, where it maintains a series of rotating exhibits. The Museum is open six days a week, 2 – 7 pm on Tues. – Thurs., 1 – 5 pm on Fridays, and noon – 5 pm on weekends. It offers special exhibits, tours, events and lectures, as well as educational programs for adults and children on a weekly basis. An updated schedule of events and an online catalog of many items in its collections are available at www.hobokenmuseum.org. The Museum is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)3 entity.