Next meeting is Thursday, Dec 12

7:00 p.m. at the South Orange Library

Meet South Orange’s Lamp Lighter

After three decades of maintaining and (yes) lighting the famous gas lamps of South Orange, Ray Kienzle has seen it all and is a great storyteller.  The iconic fixtures have been in the Village since the Civil War — and while Ray wasn’t lighting lamps then, he  knows the history.

Come with your questions.  What exactly does a lamplighter do in the 21st century?  What  can you do when a lamp on your street goes dim or dead?  Where do necessary parts come from?  Where in South Orange is a lamp with a duck sculpture?

We normally meet the second Thursday of each month September through June at 7:00 in the South Orange Library, lower level on the right past the drinking fountain.

About South Orange Historical and Preservation Society

Since its formation in 1986 through the present, SOHPS has supported historic preservation and education efforts.  We have big plans for 2019-2020!  If there’s a topic of particular interest that you’d like to hear about or present on, send a note to