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Grover Cleveland Birthplace Association to participate in National Night Out

“For a third year, Gelotti’s of Caldwell will be hosting Caldwell’s celebration of National Night Out on August 7th from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.  The event will be held at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace where free ice cream will be provided.  Tours of the birthplace, old fashioned and modern lawn games, displays of the birthplace traveling trunks, and a performance from the Dapper Dans will also take place.  The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Association is proud to help Gelotti’s with this event which is organized to give back to those who protect, serve, and make Caldwell great.  Displays of firetrucks and rescue vehicles are also planned for the night.  Please follow the Gelotti’s and Grover Cleveland Birthplace facebook sites for more informaiton.”

2018 July 4th Ice Cream Social

July 4th Ice Cream Social

Come One, come All to the Ice Cream Social at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace in historic Caldwell, N.J. for a fun filled celebration with free Ice Cream, good food, a street magician, Fideaux Flea Circus, free lemonade, popcorn, a DJ, house tours, and the traveling trunks displays.  Even free balloons and a balloon lady to make animals for the kids.  The opening ceremony and the reading of the Declaration of Independence begins at 1 pm.  Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy being outdoors from 1-4pm.  Sponsored by the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association, the Social is at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace, a New Jersey historic site at 207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, N.J. 07006.  Free parking is in the adjoining Saint Aloysius Church lot.  Ice Cream is provided by Gelotti’s Ice Cream; food is available from the Cloverleaf Tavern.  Rain site, Saint Aloysius gym next door.
For bakers, there is a cookie bakeoff with prizes.  This year’s cookie is the chocolate cookie–soft, hard or dropped but not brownies.  The rules are simple, each entry must be made using a recipe from the 19th century using ingredients available in that period and must be accompanied by two copies of the recipe.  The recipes are being gathered and will be published with the past winners recipes in a special Grover Cleveland Cookie Book.  2 dozen cookies are necessary for the judges to sample and cookies and entry forms must be presented before 1:30 on July 4th at the Birthplace.  Forms can be found at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace website or at the Birthplace during open hours.

For downloadable Cookie  bakeoff entry form 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 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.

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