The Hoboken Historical Museum, founded in 1986, presents rotating exhibitions and activities related to the history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks of your city. And now, the museum, located half a mile from your Rivington apartment, has two more exhibits that highlight Hoboken’s rich past.
“Hoboken People and Places, 1976-1994″ features dozens of photographs by Michael Flanagan, who documented daily life in the city through black-and-white pictures in the 1970s and 1980s. At this exhibit, you’ll see how Hoboken transformed from a blue-collar city to the upscale, urban community that it is today. In the photos are depictions of neighborhood Mom-and-Pop shops, longtime Hoboken residents as well as newcomers looking to get a fresh start.
The other exhibit, “On the Waterfront: an Insider’s View” features photos by Donald “Red” Barrett and focuses on the working longshoremen. Barrett, who was a longshoreman for 34 years, worked on piers in Brooklyn, New York, as well as Hoboken.
‘Red,’ called so due to his red hair, carried a disposable camera and his bosses allowed him to document his life spent moving by hand countless bags, boxes, and barrels of goods and food from ship holds and freight terminals to waiting trucks or vice versa. From 1955 until 1970, when the shipping companies abandoned Hoboken, he documented the city’s working waterfront.
To find out about the history of your Hoboken neighborhood, check out these exhibits and others by visiting the museum located at 1301 Hudson Street. The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., so stop by!
Hoboken Historical Museum
1301 Hudson Street