Bergen County Historical Society’s inaugural gala celebrates New Jersey history makers and paves way for new museum

Bergen County Historical Society Raise the Roof Gala October 19th, 2023 Sanzari New Bridge Inn

The Bergen County Historical Society held an inaugural fundraising gala to support the building of a new 3,750-square-foot history museum at the 13-acre Historic New Bridge Landing site in River Edge on Oct. 19 at Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn.

The event paid tribute to New Jersey History Maker honorees that included retired state Sen. Loretta Weinberg; Jose Lozano, chief growth officer, Hackensack Meridian Health; Bill Hanson, president of NAI James E. Hanson; Tammy Molinelli, executive director of Bergen County workforce development board; and Anita Rivers, executive director of community relations at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The event recognized extraordinary honorees who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and shown dedication and commitment to preserving and honoring New Jersey history.

All proceeds raised at the event go toward the transformational museum building project that includes all facets of the project — the museum construction, planned exhibits and educational space build-out and programming. Plans call for the new museum to be visitor-ready in time for our nation’s 250th anniversary on July 4, 2026.

“We look forward to bringing a dynamic new museum to life on this historic site that is a noted landmark of American History,” Building Chairperson Deborah Powell said. “The new museum will provide added space to accommodate new 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 our country came to be.”

The Bergen County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; 100% of tax-deductible donations go to fulfilling its mission. For more information on supporting the new museum project, please click here.