Author Event: Bloomfield Through Time

  • Crane House & Historic YWCA 110 Orange Road Montclair, NJ, 07042 United States

Author Event: Bloomfield Through Time

As Richard Rockwell researched his book Bloomfield through Time, he discovered rarely seen historic photographs on glass plate negatives in the Nathan Russell Collection archives at the Glen Ridge Public Library.  Rockwell carefully scanned,digitized and enhanced the photos making them available for web viewing and for print reproduction. Nathan Russell, a realtor from 1890-1917, took pictures of newly-built homes, documenting turn-of-the-19th-century residential architectural patterns, building and remodeling trends in Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, and Montclair. Throughout his talk, which includes 30 never-before-seen Nathan Russell Photos of houses in Montclair taken in the early 1900s, you’ll have an opportunity to challenge your historic sleuthing skills to see how many of the houses you can identify. His recently- published book, Bloomfield Through Time, was designated one of the top ten nonfiction paperbacks at Watchung Booksellers. Suggested donation $5. Books will also be available for purchase.

About the author: Rich has lived in Montclair and Bloomfield for the past 20 years.  He currently lives in Halcyon Park Historic District in Bloomfield and is Chair of Bloomfield’s Morris Canal Greenway Committee and regularly leads walking tours of the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield.  He is also on the Board of the newly-formed Bloomfield Historic Preservation Commission.