Waldwick Community Alliance “Immigrant Experience” at Waldwick Railroad Station
 
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The latest Waldwick Community Alliance exhibit is currently on display at the restored Waldwick Railroad Station which houses the Waldwick Museum of Local History. The “Immigrant Experience, The Journey from Italy to Waldwick” is open for viewing on the following dates:

 

 

  • Sunday September 24th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday October 15th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
  • Saturday October 28th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Immigrants left their home lands and most of their possessions for many reasons. Some were fleeing war, disease, and famine, while others were drawn to the offers of opportunity, jobs, cheap land, and religious freedom. Immigrants of like nationality often settled in the same small area in the new land. Waldwick was no exception as it was home to an enclave of Italian immigrants. Often these immigrants were met with prejudice because of their "foreign" ways. The Italians of Waldwick were often faced with backlash in their new community. As they shared their culture, however, Waldwick's Italians became more and more integrated into the larger community.

Come and see how these immigrants overcame the trials and tribulations of immigration:

• The journey to the United States of America via steamship

• What they brought with them and what they were forced to leave behind

• The Ellis Island experience

• How the trades, mills and railroads benefitted from the immigration migration

• The Italian-America kitchen and what it meant to family and community

• The establishment of gardens to grow tomatoes, grapes and other produce

• The assimilation of their culture with the existing culture

It is fitting that the “Immigrant Experience” artifacts are displayed in the restored Waldwick Railroad Station which is, in this writer’s opinion, Waldwick’s greatest artifact. Bring your family and friends to reminisce about a personal history, or to just learn about immigration from the late 1800s to the mid-1950s.

The Waldwick Railroad Station is located at the intersection of Hewson Avenue and West Prospect Street, Waldwick, New Jersey.