Bergen County Historical Society to Host Gala to Support Museum Project

The Bergen County Historical Society recently announced a new fundraising gala to support the organization’s new museum at the Historic New Bridge Landing site in River Edge. Titled the “Raise the Roof” gala, the proceeds will go towards the museum building project including construction, exhibits, and programming.

“We look forward to bringing a dynamic new museum to life on this historic site that is noted as a landmark of American History” commented building chairperson Deborah Powell. “The new museum will provide added space to accommodate educational programming for more people and expanded exhibit space for our collections of over 4,000 original artifacts, textiles and documents that tell the story of how Bergen County and how our country came to be.”

The gala will take place at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn in New Milford on October 19. The event will feature a cocktail hour, dinner, live music, dancing, and honorees. Tickets to the gala are $195 and include a 1-year membership to the Bergen County Historical Society. For already existing members of the society, tickets will be $175.

“The new museum will help us look back at where we have been but also look ahead to what’s on the horizon so that the future may learn from the past” added Fundraising Chair John Eiel.

The Historical Society aims for the new museum to be ready on July 4, 2026, which marks the nation’s 250th Anniversary. The museum would include a temperature-controlled exhibit space, a theater, an orientation gathering space, storage, and hands-on and digital exhibits.

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The Bergen County Historical Society is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1902 to collect and preserve data and objects of significance to the history of the United States and to Bergen County in particular.

The BCHS is the largest historical society in New Jersey and the largest landowner at Historic New Bridge Landing, a site that witnessed several Revolutionary War events. The BCHS also promotes historical awareness through its programming and publications, such as lectures, tours, reenactments, newsletters and books.

More information about the gala including sponsorship opportunities and tickets can be found here.

Tyler Iglesias is a production assistant and writer for Meadowlands Media. He is currently studying Journalism and Mass Communication at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.