Englewood historical celebration at Mackay Park
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Englewood historical celebration at Mackay Park

The Englewood Historical Society celebrates its third Mackay Park Event Day on Sunday, October 15, from 1 to 5 p.m., with an exhibition the “100 Year Commemoration of the U.S. Entry Into World War I and the First 25 years of the 20th Century in Englewood.” It is funded in part by a grant from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs

Isidore Katz (Photo provided)
Isidore Katz (Photo provided)

The exhibition, complete with photos, memorabilia, life-size blow ups, historical documents, artifacts, music, and videos, shows how events in Englewood were a microcosm of that period in Bergen County, and nationally.

Among the World War I memorabilia are pages from Congregation Ahavath Torah’s Oral History Project, where members speak about their lives and experiences in Englewood during the 1920s. Isadore Katz, who came to Englewood in 1909, gave an account of people and places of the period; his words are featured in the exhibition, which is in the historic Mackay Park gatehouse. Isadore Katz’s grandson, Ken Katz, is the Mackay Park Ice Rink’s manager and program director.

Other events include the ice arena’s season opening, from 2 to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of John T. Wright Arena and the Englewood Recreation Department, featuring the NJ Devils mascot and refreshments.

Everything that day is free, except for skating. Mackay Park is at 130 West Englewood Ave. For information, call (201) 871- 6551 or email irmarinac@yahoo.com.

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