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, at 11:00 AM.  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.

Parking can be accommodated at the Real Estate building parking lot up the street and on side streets nearby. Handicap parking is available on the north side of the Hermitage property. 

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 of President Woodrow Wilson at 11am in a Pierce Arrow car, escorted by a World 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 Merritt to muster in.
  • Musical performances by the Waldwick Concert Band, Ramapo College Canta Nova Chorale, 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 passed 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


World War I Exhibits with artifacts from the collections of the NW Bergen History Coalition member organizations

and a Special Exhibit by the National Guard Militia Museum of NJ


  • Meet Harriot Stanton Blatch, suffragist and director of Woman’s WWI Land Army (portrayed by Jerri Angermueller)
  • Hear about the Suffrage Movement and the 19th Amendment

(Ridgewood and Bergen County League of Women Voters)

  • Learn about Bergen County’s Camp Merritt, where one million troops assembled in 1918 on their way in Europe (presented by Joe Suplicki)
  • Visit a WWI Canteen for coffee and donuts, Canteens were run by the Red Cross, the YMCA, the Salvation Army and the Knights of Columbus to raise the morale of soldiers at the
  • Learn about the symbolism of red poppies (Nancy Nielsen of the Waldwick American Legion).
  • Poster display for Liberty Bonds and World War I Support Groups
  • “Knit Your Bit”– Learn about the important and vital skill of knitting for our soldiers (Nancy Cole from Knitapestry)
  • Demonstration of lacemaking (Mayra Petretti)
  • War Gardens on the Home Front (designed and planted by The Hermitage’s Master Gardeners)
  • Learn about Canning and Preserving Food from the gardens
  • Honoring World War I Soldiers from Rutherford, NJ (Rutherford WWI Centennial Committee)
  • Learn about Joyce Kilmer (Joyce Kilmer Society of Mahwah)
  • Learn to Make a Trench Candle: How the Girl Scouts Supported the War
  • Selling War Bonds: How the Boy Scouts Supported the War


  • Food Court serving hotdogs & liberty cabbage, ice cream sandwiches, iced tea, lemonade, water and treats from 1917
  • Enjoy children’s games and clowns (from Caring Clowns of NJ), activities that were a part of the Bazaars held throughout these. to raise funds to support the war effort.
  • Have your fortune told by a traveling gypsy

Funding provided in part through grants from:

The Bergen County Department of Cultural and Historic 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.