GCBMA welcomes three new trustees to it’s board

GCBMA welcomes three new trustees to it’s board.

Adele E. Meyer – Verona – retired.  Worked in QC for several companies and teacher

Evan Mc Laughlin – West Caldwell – history teacher James Caldwell High School

Louis L. Picone – Succasunna – Express Scripts & author of several books on presidents their birthplaces & deaths, final days,burials and beyond. (Books available at birthplace at “Grover’s Corner Gift Shop” – For gift shop hours click here)

2018 Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association’s Annual Conference

The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association

is sponsoring their annual conference on Saturday, March 17, 2018

at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell – corner of Roseland and Westville Avenues, Caldwell-

Featuring an Illustrated Lecture by Marta McDowell entitled “All The Presidents’ Gardens”


Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanic Garden. She was awarded the American Horticultural Society book award for her book All the Presidents’ Gardens. That book also made The New York Times best seller list. Ms. McDowell won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association for her book, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. She is now working on a revision of her first book, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens due out in a full color edition by Timber Press in 2019. A popular lecturer, she has been a featured speaker in locations ranging from the Chicago Botanic Gardens to the Smithsonian Institution.

Registration is at 9:30am followed by coffee, tea, and other refreshments.

The meeting begins at 10:00am. Following her lecture, Ms. McDowell will be available to sign her book and there will be a box lunch served.

The cost per person is $35 for the lecture and lunch.

Make reservations via e-mail or phone.

Email gibsonalice30@gmail.com or call 973-747-2794

– Payment at the door –

Lunch will 12:00am-1:00pm

Teacher’s Workshop will start at 1:00pm

After lunch, there will be a teacher’s workshop from Grades 3-12 to introduce materials from the “Traveling Trunks” program available from the Grover Cleveland Website, opportunities for school trips, and to introduce educational outreach plans and possibilities with the upcoming building of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Visitor’s Center. The GCBMA offers a Traveling Trunks Program for educational institutions,service organizations, and other groups interested in keeping the legacy of Grover Cleveland alive, as well as getting to feel the historical past of how people of three different periods lived and were influenced by the historical events of their day. There are three Traveling Trunks, representing the 1830’s, 1860’s (Civil War) and1880-90’s. The Trunks are portable history lessons that can travel to schools, scouts,home schooling parents, nursing homes, and other organizations. Participants at the workshop will examine the contents of the trunks and be introduced to ways the artifacts can be used in the classroom. Professional Development certificates will be offered for the entire day. This part of the workshop will last approximately one hour.

To download a copy of the event flyer:  Click Here

Holiday Hours and Happenings at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace

President Grover Cleveland’s Birthplace and Childhood Home. Photograph by Akiko Axe

(a) December 29th-31st. “Homecoming Open House”  Extended hours allow residents and their out-of-town house guests to visit the museum and gift shop: All out of town guests will receive a treat or souvenir to take home. Friday, Saturday and Sunday prior to New Year’s Day. Visit the museum and gift shop 10-4 Friday, 10-4 Saturday and 1-4 on Sunday.

First Day Hike – Cancelled due to extreme cold weather
(b) Monday, January 1st: “First Day Hike.” Begin 2018 by taking a short guided group hike throughout Caldwell. Gathering and open house at the Birthplace 11am-12noon. Hike commences at noon. Call 973-226-0001 to register.

(c) Sunday, January 7th. Last day to view holiday decorations. Open 1-4pm.

Remaining December Schedule:

Sat 12/16 10-12 & 1-4

Sun 12/17 1-4

Mon 12/18 closed

Tues 12/19 closed

Wed 12/20 10-12 & 1-4

Thurs 12/21 10-12 & 1-4

Fri 12/22 10-12 & 1-4

Sat 12/23 10-12 & 1-4

Sun 12/24 1-4

Mon 12/25 closed

Tues 12/26 closed

Wed 12/27 10-12 & 1-4

Thurs 12/28 10-12 & 1-4

Fri 12/29 10-4 Open House

Sat 12/30 10-4 Open House

Sun 12/31 1-4  Open House


Mon 1/1 “First Day Hike” 11am Open House, 12 noon hikeCANCELLED – due to extreme cold weather!

Tues 1/2 closed

Wed Jan 3rd Open 10-12 & 1-4

Thurs Jan 4th  Open 10-12 & 1-4

Fri Jan 5th Open 10-12 & 1-4

Sat Jan 6th Open 10-12 & 1-4

Sunday Jan 7th Open 1-4. Last day to view holiday decorations

GCBMA -Annual Meeting – Reverend James Caldwell visits Caldwell


The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on November 27 at the First Presbyterian Church at 7:30. The meeting is open to all members and other members of the community interested in history.

  • The highlight of the evening will be a presentation by Reverend Richard Sommers and Ray Lipak. They will re-enact a visit from Reverend James Caldwell to the church he founded and its minister of today.
  • Dr David Cowell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees will give a brief overview of the activities of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association this past year.
  • There will be an election of the slate of board members.
    Candidates for the upcoming election of trustees at the annual meeting are as follows:



There is  one vacancy on this panel.
Nominations from the floor will be accepted.  Personal information should be available about any nominees from the floor.

  • Following the election refreshments will be served in the Education building adjacent to the church.
  • Grover’s Corner gift shop will be set up in the sanctuary before and after the meeting. Be sure to check out the wonderful items.

Labor Day

Photo Credit : National Archives and Records Administration


Submitted by Sharon Farrell

Happy Labor Day! The original Act of Congress pictured here, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, shows that Monday, September 3, 1894 would become our nation’s first federally observed Labor Day. The Act was passed by Congress seventy days earlier, on June 26th, and received President Cleveland’s signature on June 28th.

Since 2013 or so, several sources have been casting Cleveland’s signing of the bill as an attempt by him for a re-election bid, saying it was “election year politicking.”  Doubtful, since the next election year was 1896, not 1894. In addition, Cleveland was serving his second term, and had no intention of running for a third.

Some have reported that he signed it as an apology for “blood spilled” by strikers during the Pullman Strike of 1894. While it is true that blood was spilled, Cleveland would have to be psychic to know this when the bill was signed by him ten days prior to his order to send troops into Chicago.

At times too much credit has been given to Cleveland for enacting Labor Day. Prior to 2013 Labor Day had sometimes been credited as  the sole idea of Cleveland as a sort of executive order. In truth, multiple labor leaders, citizens, senators  and members of congress had  tried unsuccessfully for close to a dozen years to achieve the passage of a federal Labor Day Holiday bill.  It had been discussed, rehashed, crafted, and sponsored by numerous legislators over time. This successful 1894 version was introduced by Illinois Congressman, Lawrence McGann.

Cleveland may not have crafted the bill, but I think he heartily agreed that Americans deserved a “Labor’s Holiday” fully endorsed not just by Congress,  but by the President as well. It would be a proper tribute to the spirit of the original legislation to remember the day with thanks and best wishes to the American labor force this Labor Day.

Historic Caldwell Day

Author Louis L. Picone with his books ” Where the Presidents were born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces” and “The President is Dead”. Louis L. Picone will be speaking at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association’s annual conference on Sept. 23, 2017. Photo by: Janet Markman

Historic Caldwell Day

Saturday, September 23, 2017
9:30 – 4:00 pm

Presented by
Caldwell Merchants Association and the Historical Society of West Caldwell
in conjunction with
the Annual Conference of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association

First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell
Roseland and Westville Avenues, Caldwell 07006

9:30 Registration and Coffee time – Room 201
9:45 Welcome -Dr. David Cowell, President, Board of Trustees
10:00 Speaker: Louis L. Picone – author
“Where the Presidents Were Born”
10:45 Questions and answers
11:15 Book Signing in the Heritage Room
12:00 Lunch – Chicken Salad from Dave’s Delicious Deli
Fee for conference including Lunch : $25 per person
Check Made out to GCBMA and
sent to: Alice Gibson, 14 Kramer Avenue , West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: 973-747-2794

Other activities included in Caldwell History Day
Tour: West Caldwell Historical Society’ s Crane House
Tour: Grover Cleveland Birthplace – NJ State Museum
Walking Tours: Parsonage Hill Area, Bloomfield Avenue History Tour
Old Burying Grounds, and Podcast: Museum on the Avenue
Tours of Historic Churches on Bloomfield Avenue
West Caldwell Public Library – Women of Achievement
Caldwell Public Library – Photos by William Hasler
More to be announced

Complete free programs of the day will be available at the local libraries and The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell prior to the History Day and on the day of the events