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Oral Histories "Vanishing Hoboken"

Help Preserve Unique Hoboken Stories 

30thchaplargeposterfinal-small.jpgMembers of the Hoboken Historical Museum and the Friends of the Hoboken Public Library initiated the Hoboken Oral History Project in 2000. The initial focus of the Project was to capture, through the recollections of longtime residents, “Vanishing Hoboken”—the working-class identity and tradition of multi-ethnic living that has been disappearing as the city has gentrified over the past twenty years.

The program has now grown to 30 editions! Interviewees have told stories about mom-and-pop shops, working on the waterfront, the city’s many movie palaces, vaudeville performances, political campaigns, ethnic traditions, and factory jobs. Some transcripts were edited into short texts that were published (with images supplied by the Museum, the interviewees, and the Hoboken Public Library) into small booklets called “chapbooks.” All 30 are accessible on the Museum's website.

Won't you help us gather the next 30 stories? Click on one of the links below to help us raise funds to continue this invaluable program!


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