“Killing the Poormaster,” at the Hoboken Historical Museum

1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, NJ  07030 | 201-656-2240  |
Open Tues.-Thurs. 2 – 7 pm; Fri. 1 – 5 pm; Sat.-Sun. 12 – 5 pm
Oct-Nov 2012
Coming up in the next few weeks at the Museum…
Oct. 21 Doubleheader: Fall Family Fun Day & Book Talk
Fall Family Fun Day: Come Join our “Club”!
Nautical Knot lessons from October 21 * 11 – 3pm
Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

Calling all families! The Museum is planning a fun-packed day of hands-on activities for kids and their parents in our fall annual celebration of families and our latest exhibit, “I Belong.” Participants can form “social clubs” of their own and create their own special badges like the ones on display. We’ll also offer a treasure hunt.

Starting at 11 am, Captain Knot, aka Frank Hanavan, will demonstrate nautical knot-tying techniques. And at 2 pm, our special guests Nappy’s Puppets will perform a “Spooky-Silly Sing-Along” show with shadow puppets. See the puppeteer’s website for more details. 

Book Talk & Signing: Killing the Poormaster, by Holly Metz
October 21, 2012 * 4pm
Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240

Reflecting on a sensational, Depression-era murder trial, author Holly Metz’s latest book, “Killing the Poormaster,” chronicles the events that led up to–and followed–the death of Harry Barck, a poormaster who determined who would and would not receive public aid in Hoboken, New Jersey. When unemployed mason Joe Scutellaro was arrested for stabbing Barck in the heart with a paper spike after the poormaster suggested that Scutellaro’s wife prostitute herself rather than ask the city for aid, the case became a symbol of larger social ills and the debate over public relief.

Grappling with issues that are still vital–massive unemployment, endemic poverty, and the inadequacy of public assistance–“Killing the Poormaster” offers insight into the ongoing debate over America’s social contract, relaying a gripping narrative that reads like today’s news. Click hereto learn more about the book.

Oct. 27: Hoboken Nine vintage base ball home game

The Hoboken Nine team

THE FINAL HOME STAND OF THE SEASON Don’t miss your last chance to see the Hoboken Nine vintage base ball team play before the season ends. The team has racked up an impressive winning record of 7 – 6 in their first official season in the Vintage Base Ball Association.

 Their final home doubleheader is on Saturday, Oct. 27, when the team plays again versus the NY Mutuals. Time and location to be confirmed, either Mama Johnson field in southwest Hoboken or Washington Park in Jersey City Heights (Paterson Plank & New York Ave).  Keep checking the team website for updates.

Oct. 28: Annual Hoboken House Tour Full of Surprises
2012 House Tour - kitchen
Kitchen envy…
Peek Inside Grand Old Victorian
Homes and the Latest Condos

Sunday, Oct. 28 * 10am – 4pm
Location: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., (201) 656-2240
See some of Hoboken’s finest–and most interesting–living spaces on this year’s Annual Hoboken House Tour, one of the Museum’s longest-running and most popular fundraisers. Among the 9 stops on the self-guided tour are an art-filled, lovingly restored Victorian on Hudson Street, a large Shipyard condo with sweeping views of Manhattan, and a special visit to the Yankee Ferry boat, full of surprising decorator touches by Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs. Bring your science fans: The Davidson Lab at Stevens Institute is on the tour, with views of the 320-foot tow tank that has helped design America’s Cup yachts and Navy ships.

All tours start from the Museum, where ticket-holders will receive a booklet with the map and brief descriptions of the homes’ most interesting features. Allow between 2 – 3 hours to visit all the homes. Tickets are $30 on the day of the tour; $25 for members.

 Save $5 and buy your tickets in advance, either online by clicking here or at one of six convenient locations around town: Sparrow’s Wines & Liquors (in the Shipyard retail complex and at 126 Washington St.), Amanda’s Restaurant (908 Washington St.), Fleet Feet Sports (604 Washington St.), Patricia’s Yarns (107 4th St.), and Coldwell Banker Real Estate (100 Washington St.). Tickets are also available at the Museum, in person or by phone.

We thank PNC Bank for their continued generous support. Volunteers are needed; please send an email with your contact information to for more details.

Davidson Lab tow tank
Get your geek on…Davidson Lab, Stevens Institute

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