South Orange and Its Colorful History

A Symposium in Honor of the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey
Come & Celebrate the Fun & Fascination of South Orange History!
November 1, 2014 – 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
South Orange Middle School – 70 North Ridgewood Road, South Orange, New Jersey

Please join us on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the South Orange Middle School for a celebration of local history.  Our speakers will provide you with a look at the deep and colorful history of the Village of South Orange.  Please join us for an exciting afternoon of history and memorable tales about our town.  From the Lenni Lenape to Montrose Park to New Jersey’s Diners, this symposium will give you a glimpse of the history of South Orange and New Jersey.

This event will be held at the South Orange Middle School located on 70 Ridgewood Road in South Orange.  For more information, please contact Alan Delozier ( or (973) 275-2378.

Suggested donation of $5.00.

Schedule of Speakers

1:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
Alex Torpey, Village President
Melissa Kopecky, Director, South Orange Public Library
Karen Marlowe, President, SOHPS

1:20 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Lee Brodie
Video Project – Student History

1:40 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Amy Dahn and Naoma Welk
Montrose Park Historic District

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Abby Baker and Jared Loadholt
SOHPS Scholarship Winners

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Break – Refreshments will be served

2:45 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Michael Gabrielle
Manufacturing Roadside Landmarks: The History of Diners in New Jersey

3:05 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.
Ulysses Dietz, City to Suburb
How Newark Made South Orange Happen

3:25 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Joe Kika
South Orange then and now, and a little of then again

3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Dara Callender
Historic South Orange Train Station and the DL&W

4:20 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
John Kraft
Lenni Lenapes

4:40 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
John Overall
Special Topics on South Orange


About South Orange Historical and Preservation Society

Since its formation in 1986 through the present, SOHPS has supported historic preservation and education efforts.

Our current primary objectives

• Developing outreach programs to all the businesses, historical societies, churches, schools and universities within South Orange
and the surrounding areas.

• Developing educational programs of historic significance for our local communities, libraries
and school curricula and educational environments

• Preservation of significant historic structures, including the historic buildings and
districts on the National and State Historic Registers

• Increasing membership and membership participation in all events and SOHPS activities.