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

Caldwell Night Out -Tuesday August 1, 2017

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Come join us Tuesday August 1, 2017  from 7:00PM – 9:30PM

Article Contributed by Mike Guerriero

CALDWELL, N.J. – Gelotti Ice Cream of Caldwell and The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association invite all residents and neighbors to the second annual Caldwell Night Out, honoring our police, firefighters, and First Responders.

Guests are welcome to come down and meet, talk to, and thank the men and woman who serve this community.

The birthplace will be open for candlelit tours, there will be activities and prizes for kids, emergency vehicles including an antique fire truck to check out, as well as music and performances from local groups, and more to be announced.

Police, firefighters, and first responders will receive free ice cream courtesy of Gelotti to thank them for their service and making Caldwell a safe and great place to live and work. There will be tables and chairs set up on the Birthplace lawn with the Caldwell Police crossing guests back and forth to get ice cream and use the bathroom at Gelotti Caldwell.

Grover Cleveland Birthplace – July 4th – Ginger Cookie Bake-off Winners

Our esteemed Judges hard at work judging the 2017 Ginger Cookie Bake-Off. Photo by Janet Markman

Ginger Cookie Bake-Off

Grover Cleveland Birthplace Fourth of July Ice Cream Social

2017 Winners

Best Overall: Nancy Sellen
Roseland, NJ`

Most Attractive: Benjamin Lau
West Orange, NJ
(This was also a very delicious cookie)

Jr. Baker Prize: Sonoma, Sienna, & Scarlett Brasco
West Caldwell. NJ

Best Snap Cookie David Cowell
Caldwell, NJ

Best Soft Cookie Karen Ann Kurlander
Morristown, NJ