Belleville Historical Society hosts its annual July 4th celebration

Belleville Historical Society hosts its annual July 4th celebration

BELLEVILLE, NJ — The Belleville Historical Society’s July 4th ceremony went off with a bang as Belleville residents gathered at 11 a.m. at the old Belleville Dutch Reformed Church cemetery at Main and Rutger Street for the annual event to watch Revolutionary War reenactors fire muskets and cannon at the historic site.  Participants in the […]

Belleville becomes a Purple Heart town

Belleville becomes a Purple Heart town

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Belleville is now officially a Purple Heart town, after the Belleville Town Council approved a resolution at its June 7 meeting. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 366 relocated from Clifton to Belleville and is headquartered at American Legion Post 105.  The Belleville Historical Society recently built and donated a […]

Belleville Historical Society remembers Medal of Honor soldiers buried locally

Belleville Historical Society remembers Medal of Honor soldiers buried locally

BELLEVILLE, NJ — In preparation for Memorial Day, the Belleville Historical Society made sure that American flags were in place at the graves of the Belleville young men killed in action and now buried in several local cemeteries.  As a member of the Medal of Honor Historical Society, the Belleville Historical Society also set additional […]

Belleville Historical Society holds commemoration at Chinese monument

Belleville Historical Society holds commemoration at Chinese monument

BELLEVILLE, NJ — A traditional Chinese festival, Qingming, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day in English, was commemorated at the Chinese monument in the cemetery of the former Belleville Dutch Reformed Church, now Iglesia La Senda Antigua, on Saturday, April 17.  Fifty guests from New Jersey and New York gathered under sunny skies to remember the […]

Belleville American Legion observes National Vietnam Veterans Day

Belleville American Legion observes National Vietnam Veterans Day

BELLEVILLE, NJ — American Legion Post No. 105 on Washington Avenue in Belleville held a ceremony for National Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29, at which the Belleville Historical Society made a presentation of flags that have flown over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Md., to the local veterans organizations.  “The Vietnam War is a story […]

Belleville Historical Society celebrates town’s past with Chinese community

Belleville Historical Society celebrates town’s past with Chinese community

BELLEVILLE, NJ — The Belleville Historical Society commemorated the 150th anniversary of the first Chinese Lunar New Year celebrated in Belleville in 1871 with a special exhibit during February at the Belleville Public Library, which included a rickshaw and dragon. Belleville was home to the first Chinese community on the East Coast of the United […]

Belleville honors its first Chinese residents from 150 years ago

Belleville honors its first Chinese residents from 150 years ago

BELLEVILLE, NJ — On Sept. 20, Margaret Lam and David Yen, chairpersons of the United Chinese American Association of New Jersey, quietly observed the 150-year anniversary of the arrival of the first Chinese immigrants in Belleville. Lam and Yen set a dozen red and a dozen yellow roses at the Chinese monument located in the […]

Revolutionary War soldier honored in Nutley and Belleville

Revolutionary War soldier honored in Nutley and Belleville

NUTLEY / BELLEVILLE, NJ — On the morning of July 4, Nutley High School junior Nicholas Russo was part of a Belleville Historical Society honor guard that paid a short visit to the old Belleville Dutch Reformed Church cemetery. The burial grounds are the final resting place of 68 Revolutionary War soldiers from what was […]