The Whitesbog Museum Archives acquires and preserves artifacts in a variety of formats that document the history of Whitesbog Village, the cranberry and blueberry industries of New Jersey, and the individuals who contributed to that history. The Archives’ volunteer staff is in the process of organizing, processing, and cataloging multiple collections to make them accessible to researchers.
Volunteer opportunities are available to assist with this major project. Physical objects and artifacts must be photographed, labeled, and described in preparation for entry into the catalog. Documents and photographs must be described in detail, labeled, and scanned prior to cataloging.
If you have prior experience or expertise in archival procedures and would like to volunteer, please call the office at (609) 893 4646 or arrange an appointment with the Archives’ staff at (609) 283 0255.
Research in the Whitesbog Archives is available on a limited basis by appointment only while the aforementioned process is in progress. Public access to the archives will increase as the collections are catalogued and arranged, and finding aids are designed.
The photo clipping on the left was taken from The Montclair Times, May 27, 1947 edition. While entering it into the catalog, I wondered if these gardens still existed. A quick hop to Google ensured that they are indeed still there and are well worth a visit. There’s only a narrow window to enjoy the beauty of the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair, as the irises typically bloom from mid-May to early June in an explosion of yellows, purples, and bright whites such as only nature can provide. The garden was founded in 1927, but some of the 10,000 flowers neatly arrayed in 36 beds can be traced back to the 16th century. Admission is free; donations are requested. Come early to avoid crowds. Bring your camera.