To print a copy of the above Program – Click Here
To print a copy of the above Program – Click Here
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.
PANEL A – FOR 3 YEAR TERM ENDING IN 2020
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.
This Saturday September 23, 2017 is Historic Caldwell Day as well as the Grover Cleveland Memorial Association’s Annual Conference.
To download a copy of the Program below Click Here
To download a copy of the Annual Conference flyer – Click Here
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
Saturday, September 23, 2017
9:30 – 4:00 pm
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
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
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.
Ginger Cookie Bake-Off
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Fourth of July Ice Cream Social
Best Overall: Nancy Sellen
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
Best Soft Cookie Karen Ann Kurlander
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2017 Annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social
1-4 pm, July 4, 2017
Grover Cleveland Birthplace
207 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
For a Map of Ice Cream Social Venue – Click Here
Celebrate our Nation’s birthday at the birthplace of the only U.S. President born in New Jersey, President Grover Cleveland.
Spend the afternoon on the grounds of the birthplace where you can enjoy music, dancing, lemonade, traditional lawn games of the 1830’s, history demonstrations, tours of the Birthplace, and free ICE CREAM! Learn about the history of our 22nd and 24th President!
Guests are invited to bring chairs and blankets. In the event of inclement weather, check our website for update and alternate location.
This event is sponsored by the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association, in cooperation with St. Aloysius Church.