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2022 History Luncheon-A.P. Smith

2022-04-13 Luncheon Image

The HSRC and NW Bergen History Coalition Invite You to the

2022 History Luncheon
The Legacy of
Alfred P. Smith

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 11 a.m.
Where: Ramsey Country Club, 105 Lakeside Drive, Ramsey, NJ (for directions, click here)
Price: $50 per person (cash bar)

Co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Rockland County and the Northwest Bergen History Coalition.

Many have heard of A. P. Smith, the African American publisher of
The Landscape, a four-page monthly that he wrote and printed in his home at the top of East Allendale Road on the corner of Chestnut Ridge Road in Saddle River. Smith wrote in later years that when he started his little paper in 1881, it was “the only newspaper in Bergen County north of Hackensack.” Smith also claimed to be descended from the same family in Rockland County as the noted abolitionist Garret Smith.

This year's special guest speaker, Arnold Brown, has been exploring the history of African Americans in Bergen County for many years, with a special focus on A. P. Smith. He has filled in the profile of this talented man. Come and hear what Mr. Brown has discovered,

About the speaker: Arnold Brown was the first African American elected to represent Bergen County in the New Jersey Legislature. He grew up in Englewood and graduated from Bowling Green University and Rutgers University Law School. As an adjunct to his research, he is the owner of DuBois Book Center in Englewood, which features books on African American history.

Valet parking will be available.


Tickets can also be purchased using a credit card by calling the Historical Society of Rockland County at (845) 634-9629 or by downloading the registration form below and returning it with payment by Friday, April 8, 2022, to:

U.S.R. Historical Society
245 Lake Street
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

Make checks payable to: U.S.R. Historical Society. 


Tickets are will call” only; your name will be on a list at the door. For additional information, contact Kay Yeomans, (201) 327-2236

2022 History Luncheon Reservation PDF


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