Hoboken Historical Museum announces…

Play Ball!
The Museum will be fielding a team to play in a re-creation of the original first recorded “Base Ball” game in Hoboken, on Sat., June 18. If you’re interested in playing, call 201-656-2240.

Kids “R” Us!
• Check out some of the fun student and family programs developed by our Education Curator, Robin
 Westervelt. For more details, visit our home pageand click on “school & scouting.” 
Uptown Storytimecontinues on the first and third Thursdays: Apr. 7, 21, May 5, 19, and Jun. 2, 16. 
On June 12, for our Spring Family Fun day, Maricel Presilla, Mario Lepore and Nestor Lagman will show you how to make chocolate, yum-yum ice cream and clever fruit carvings.

    Baby Parade, May15
    Start planning your costumes and festooning your carriages…the Annual Baby Parade returns to the Hoboken waterfront on Sunday, May 15, starting at 1 pm. Trophies awarded for the cleverest and cutest costumes.

    Angus Gillespie's 1999 book.
    Angus Gillespie’s 1999 book.

    “Sweet” and “Open River” Talks
    This Sunday, don’t miss our next “Open River” talk, part of our series on Hoboken’s relationship with the Hudson River. More speakers are scheduled in April, including “The Candy Professor” and the author of a biography of Sir Thomas Lipton. Admission is free for Museum members; a $5 donation is suggested for nonmembers.
    “Remembering the Twin Towers”
    Sunday, Mar. 27, at 4 p.m.

    Rutgers University American Studies professor Angus Gillespie will discuss the World Trade Center towers and their role as a national symbol. A folklore researcher who has studied myths, legends, tales and ballads across the U.S., he published Twin Towers: The Life of New York City’s World Trade Center in 1999. He donated his research notes and primary materials to the Rutgers Library so that others can use them.

    “Tootsie Tales from Candy Land”
    Sunday, Apr. 10, at 4 p.m.

    Rutgers professor Samira Kawash has made a study of the history of candy in America. She’s working on a book about the origins and evolution of candy, and her blog,, is a fascinating read for candy fans. She visits the Museum on Sunday, April 10, at 4 p.m. to share insights from her research about Tootsie Rolls, Necco wafers, candy bars and more.

    A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton
    Saturday, Apr. 23, at 4 p.m.

    Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael D’Antonio will talk about the man who was the original entrepreneur/sportsman/philanthropist, Sir Thomas Lipton. A Full Cup, D’Antonio’s biography of the tea baron, tells the story of Lipton’s rise from poverty in Glasgow, Scotland, to his dazzling success building a chain of grocery stores and a tea empire, and his pursuit of the America’s Cup. 

    First Impressions: Photos by Don Sichler
    After taking a break from photography for 20 years, Don Sichler got the bug again when he bought new digital camera in 2005. An avid urban walker, he first visited Hoboken just two years ago on an expedition with his hiking group. Last year, 
    the Queens native moved to Hoboken from Manhattan with his wife and son, and he has spent hours exploring the city’s nooks and cranniesHe says he loves the city’s distinct character and its walkability. “I look for the beauty in ordinary things,” he explains.
    Sichler found himself inspired by color and light and taking somewhat abstract photos, which he crops and manipulates on his computer for hue, contrast, brightness and saturation. About 20 of them are on display in the Museum’s Upper Gallery in a show titled, “First Impressions, Photos by Don Sichler.” The photographer returns on Sunday, Apr. 17, at 4 pm for an artist’s talk.

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