World War I Centennial Bazaar May 20, 2017

World War I Centennial Bazaar

April 6th marked the 100th anniversary of the United States entrance into World War I.  For years history has glossed over the legacy of the Great War and New Jersey’s part in it.

On Saturday, May 20th the NW Bergen History Coalition will bring people back in time to 1917 with a World War I Bazaar on the beautiful grounds of the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus.

The entrance gates open at 10:30 AM and visitors will greet President Wilson, portrayed by Neill Hartley from the American Historical Theatre.  President Wilson will address the crowd from the Hermitage front porch and speak about his presidency and the decision to declare war on Germany.  Throughout the day guests will have time to visit with presenters, enjoy musical performances, have a hot dog with liberty cabbage (sauerkraut), and learn more about World War I while touring the exhibit hall filled with World War I era artifacts.  The day will end at 4:30 PM as visitors gather by the World War I 48-star flag to honor those soldiers from NW Bergen who gave their lives fighting for democracy. The Northwest Bergen History Coalition invites you to join us for a wonderful day of history and fun.

Admission is $10 for visitors 17 and over, free for those 16 and under.

For more information contact Sheila Brogan, 201-652-7354 or email

*Please note the Mahwah Museum and the DCMRR will be closed on this day so that we can assist with the Bazaar*

Highlights of the Day Include:

  • Arrival or President Woodrow Wilson at 11am in a Pierce Arrow, escorted by a Word War 1 Color Guard, to speak from the porch of the Hermitage.
  • Flag Raising & the National Anthem sung by Ridgewood High school’s acappella group.
  • Soldiers stopping by on their way to Camp Merrit to muster in.
  • Music performances by the Waldwick Concert Band, Ramapo College Canta Nova Corale and Ridgewood High School Senior Brass Quintet.
  • Girl Scouts showing how to make trench candles.
  • Ceremonial flag folding by Saving Hallowed Ground.
  • WWI Canteen serving coffee and donuts to raise your morale as they did the soldiers’.
  • Poetry reading by Joyce Kilmer Society
  • Suffragist Harriott Stanton Blatch.
  • Exhibit on Bergen County’s Camp Merritt, where one million men pass through during WWI.
  • WWI era dance demonstration- the very latest.
  • Children’s games, clowns, and a fortune teller.
  • WWI Draft Registration Table.
  • Displays of WWI era artifacts from the archives of the NW Bergen History museums.
  • Special WWI exhibit by the NJ National Guard Militia Museum.
  • Exhibit of favorite toys from the WWI era.
  • A War Garden, specially planted by the Hermitage gardeners. Learn about preserving foods.
  • WWI era food, including hot dogs served with liberty cabbage (sauerkraut).
  • Homemade ice cream sandwiches
  • Boy Scouts and Liberty Bonds


*Vintage cars*Rutherford WWI Centennial Committee Lace Making* WWI Knitting* Suffrage Movement* League of Women Voters


Displays by the coalition members of WWI artifacts from their archives, as well as by other groups.

Corporate Sponsors & Volunteers for the Day are Welcome:

We are soliciting Corporate Sponsors. Your names will be in a brochure to be handed out and on signage that day. Volunteers are also needed. To become a sponsor or a volunteer, please contact Sheila Brogan at 201-652-7354.


Please follow the below link for more information about how you, or your business can become a sponsor of this event:

Become a Sponsor of the NWBHC WWI Bazaar

Funding provided in part through grants from:

The Bergen County Department of Cultural and Historical Affairs

The New Jersey Historical Commission

Sponsors for the World War I Centennial Bazaar

Major Sponsors:

Boiling Springs Savings Bank

Atlantic Stewardship Bank

Dunkin Donuts of Franklin Lakes Ramsey, Wyckoff and Glen Rock

Park West Tavern



Inserra- ShopRite

Fairway Market

Kings in Ridgewood

  The Shannon Rose

We are also grateful for the generous donations and support provided by members of the Northwest Bergen History Coalition:

The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus;The Mahwah Museum, Mahwah; The John Fell House, Allendale; The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood; Waldwick Signal Tower, Waldwick;, Hopper-Goetschius House Museum, Upper Saddle River; The Museum at the Station, Glen Rock; The Zabriskie House, Wyckoff; Van Allen House, Oakland; Waldwick Museum of Local History, Waldwick; The Old Stone House, Ramsey.