WWI Centennial Bazaar

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 commemorated the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into WWI by bringing people back in time to 1917 with a World War I Bazaar on the beautiful grounds of the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus.

This was a wonderful event full of many great activities and displays including:

  • Arrival of President Woodrow Wilson at 11 am to speak from the porch of the Hermitage.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Boy Scouts and Liberty Bonds.
  • World War I Exhibits with artifacts from the collections of the NW Bergen History Coalition member organizations.
  • Food Court serving hotdogs & liberty cabbage, ice cream sandwiches, iced tea, lemonade, water and treats from 1917.
  • Children’s games and clowns (from Caring Clowns of NJ), activities that were a part of the Bazaars held throughout the war years to raise funds to support the war effort.
  • A fortune telling traveling gypsy.


We are very thankful for our generous supporters of this event. We thank all of our wonderful performers and exhibitors for making this day so special.

For more information about the Northwest Bergen History Coalition and all of the wonderful museums and historical societies that help to make this day amazing please click here.

President Woodrow Wilson arriving to speak on the front porch of the Hermitage.

A ceremonial flag folding presented by Saving Hallowed Ground.

Some of the displays on the front lawn of the Hermitage.