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The Historical Society of Bloomfield to Present at Bloomfield College

Historical Society of Bloomfield

By Alicia Cook

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 the Historical Society of Bloomfield, in collaboration with Bloomfield College, Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee, and the Bloomfield Recreation Department, will present “The Story of the Morris Canal in Bloomfield: From its Heyday as Freight Transportation System to Modern Urban Greenway” on campus.

“I am pleased that the Morris Canal is making a relevant comeback,” said Carlos Pomares, Bloomfield Township’s Councilman At-large. “As our community grows, offering the Morris Canal Greenway is much in tune with the expectations with today's society.”

Pomares is also the liaison between Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield College.

“The Story of the Morris Canal in Bloomfield: From its Heyday as Freight Transportation System to Modern Urban Greenway” will be presented by Richard Rockwell,  the Chairman of the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee, Vice President of the Historical Society of Bloomfield, and author of Bloomfield Through Time. The presentation tells the story of how Bloomfield went from a small village with river-powered mills to an industrial center employing thousands of people to a desirable urban transit center and how the Morris Canal played a role in that story.

“I’m honored to be presenting this program at the Westminster Arts Center, one of the most beautiful historic buildings in Bloomfield,” said Rockwell. “I’m grateful to Bloomfield College for collaborating with us on this project.”

Additionally, the program will explore how, in our current urban environment, we are developing recreational trails connecting to the Statewide Morris Canal Greenway project. 

This program was initially presented at the New Jersey Canals & Local History Symposium, sponsored by the Canal Society of New Jersey and the Morris County Heritage Commission. It has been supplemented with additional information relevant to Bloomfield residents.

The event, which is free and open to the public, kicks off at 7;30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, in the Robert V. Van Fossan Theatre. For more information:, 973-743-8844,