South Orange Hosts New Jersey’s Birthday Party

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The South Orange Historical and Preservation Society (SOHPS) and South Orange Public Library will co-sponsor “South Orange & Its Colorful History,” an afternoon of fun and scholarship that is open to the public, held at South Orange Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 1 at South Orange Middle School (SOMS).

Come celebrate local history, the state’s legacy, and South Orange’s young scholars at this symposium.

The day’s program considers the deep and colorful history of the Village of South Orange, from the Lenni Lenape to Montrose Park to New Jersey’s Diners. Local notables, including author Naoma Welk and Newark Museum Director Ulysses Grant Dietz, will speak. In addition, the two SOHPS scholarship winners, Columbia High School students Abigail Baker and Jared Loadholt, will share their award-winning essays.

The event is open to the public for some or all of the day. There is a suggested donation of $5.

Program Schedule

1:00-1:20 Welcome Alex Torpey, South Orange Village President
& Karen Marlowe, President, SOHPS
1:20-1:40 Speaker I Lee Brodie, Video Project – Student History
1:40-2:00 Speaker II Amy Dahn and Naoma Welk– Montrose Park Historic District
2:00-2:30 Speaker III Scholarship Winners – Abby Baker and Jared Loadholt
2:45-3:05 Speaker IV Michael Gabrielle, Diners
3:05-3:25 Speaker V Ulysses Dietz – How Newark made South Orange happen
3:25-3:45 Speaker VI Joe Kika, South Orange then and now, and a little of then again
4:00-4:20 Speaker VII Dara Callender – South Orange Train Station and the DL&W
4:20-4:40 Speaker VIII John Kraft, Lenni Lenape
4:40-5:00 Speaker IX John Overall – South Orange history expert

For more information, please contact Alan Delozier ( or (973) 275-2378.

South Orange Middle School Little Theatre is located at 70 N. Ridgewood Road, South Orange, NJ 07079

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