The Bergen County Historical Society, a non-profit, volunteer, 501 (c)(3) organization. We promote preservation, study and appreciation of local history. There are over 4,000 objects in our museum collections. The collection was begun in 1902 when the organization was founded and was initially displayed at the Johnson Library in Hackensack. Public programs include educational events, museum exhibits, monthly lectures, placement of informative BCHS Blue markers, and an extensive library and rare document collection. BCHS owns and maintains approximately 7 acres of land at Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge, NJ. 


The Bergen County Historical Society is governed by the following officers, trustees, and past presidents. Each board member volunteers their time in different ways to lead the Society and follow in the footsteps of those that have gone before them since 1902.

7/2020 - 6/2021


President • Carol Restivo
First Vice-President • Kate Reilly
Second Vice-President • Denise Piccino
Secretary • Christine George
Treasurer • Anthony Parisi



Patricia Daurizio, Anita DiGuilio, Abi Duffany, John Eiel, Michael Ginch, Beverly Hashimoto, Linda Masullo, Cindy Piano, Carol Restivo and Steve Weigl, Lucy Kramer, Lucille Bertram and Scott Barone


Trustees Emeritus

Gerard O'Keefe, Manfred Wegner, Jack Goutsward, George Laurence


Trustees Emeritus In Memoriam

Gus and Jean Newman, Claire K. Tholl, David Whieldon


Past Presidents

Jim Smith  6/2017-6/2020

James E. Purcell  10/2016-6/2018
Kevin Wright  6/2016-10/2016
Jim Smith  6/2010-6/2016
MIke Trepicchio  6/2010-6/2013
Deborah Powell  6/2007-6/2010
Kevin Wright  6/2004-6/2007
Todd Braisted  2003-04
John Heffernan  2000-03
Robert Griffin  1997-00
Amy Adamo  1994-97
Timothy A driance  1991-94
Frank Lawrence  1989-91
Janet Odence  1986-89
John E. Spring  1983-86
Richard W. Lenk, Jr.  1980-83
Leo R. Halligan  1977-80
Marden R. Nystrom  1974-77
Albert B. Deardon  1971-74
Emorie Leiby  1968-7
T. Robert Kammer  1966-68
James M. Ransom  1963-66
Frederick W. Bogert  1961-63
Henry Dobson  1958-61
Albert T. Carpenter  1955-58


RESOLVED: That the Third Section of the Certificate of Incorporation of this Society made February 15, 1907 stating the purpose of the Society be, and it hereby is, amended to read as follows: “Third: The object of the Society shall be to collect and preserve data and objects having historical significance, and papers and documents incidental to the civil, political, military and general history of the United States of America, particularly of Bergen County and its adjoining areas; the collection of genealogical, biographical and topographical information; the dissemination of sound historical data; the encouragement of patriotic sentiment, and the production and distribution of historical materials for education, with emphasis on stimulating interest in the history of our region.”

BCHS Papers & Proceedings, 1920

Bergen County Historical Society
PO Box 55, River Edge, NJ 07661  •

BCHS Headquarters:

Historic New Bridge Landing
1201-1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661  •  Ph: 201-343-9492

The Bergen County Historical Society is a volunteer, membership, 501(c)(3) non profit organization that was founded in 1902.

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