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GSBC Meetings, Special Events, and Classes

GSBC Meetings + Presentations
GSBC Meetings are held every 4th Monday of the month (except holidays and December). General Meetings include a brief business meeting. Meetings start promptly at 7pm in the Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ. Phone (201) 670-5600 (see map, above), unless otherwise noted. Your membership dues directly supports this programming and allows us to host speakers on a wide variety of topics — thank you!

GSBC Seminar + Special Event
The GSBC holds several special events, including our day-long Seminar and late-night GSBC-Ridgewood Public Library Lock-In—where genealogists can attend talks on a variety of subjects, collaborate on problems, socialize over a light supper, and receive one-on-one research assistance. Additional event fee may apply. Discount for GSBC members.

GSBC Classes + Genealogy Courses at Bergen Community College
The Bolger Heritage Center at the Ridgewood Public Library holds events on local history and genealogy-focused computer classes. Ridgewood residents and GSBC members receive a discount on these events. Included in the calendar below are RPL classes of interest to genealogists and local researchers. Please check the full RPL calendar for class information, fees, registration, cancellations, and for classes on other topics. All registration is through the Ridgewood Public Library calendar or by calling (201) 670-5600.

Additionally, the GSBC holds in-depth courses, for those 55 and older, at Bergen Community College, Institute for Learning and Retirement (BCC-ILR). Please check our calendar for registration dates, visit the BCC-ILR website, or contact BCC-ILR at 201-447-7156.

Below is our complete calendar showing all Meetings, Events, Seminars. Library Programs and Classes. Use the Category filter below to hide the events in a specific category.


Railroads in the Civil War @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Monday, September 9th @ 7pm
Railroads in the Civil War

Historian John Clark will discuss how railroad leaders applied their management skills to contribute to victory and defeat on the battlefield.  With almost every major battle taking place near a railroad junction or port, the Civil War was truly a modern war.  All welcome, no registration required.

Author Event: Amy Stewart—Kopp Sisters on the March @ Ridgewood Public Library
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 7pm
Author Event: Amy Stewart—Kopp Sisters on the March

Join author Amy Stewart as she returns to the Ridgewood Public Library to talk about her newest installment in the Kopp sisters saga, Kopp Sisters on the March!

This is the fifth book on the Kopp sisters, based on the real-life experiences of Bergen's own Kopp sisters—who worked as private detectives in a time where women could not even vote!

Stewart became fascinated with the Kopp sisters after discovering a newspaper article about them. (Her books were based on research provided by GSBC's Trustee Emeritus, Ree Hopper.) From the publisher:

"In the fifth installment of Amy Stewart’s clever and original Kopp Sisters series, the sisters learn some military discipline—whether they’re ready or not—as the U.S. prepares to enter World War I.


It’s the spring of 1917 and change is in the air. American women have done something remarkable: they’ve banded together to create military-style training camps for women who want to serve. These so-called National Service Schools prove irresistible to the Kopp sisters, who leave their farm in New Jersey to join up.


When an accident befalls the matron, Constance reluctantly agrees to oversee the camp—much to the alarm of the Kopps’ tent-mate, the real-life Beulah Binford, who is seeking refuge from her own scandalous past under the cover of a false identity. Will she be denied a second chance? And after notoriety, can a woman’s life ever be her own again?


In Kopp Sisters on the March, the women of Camp Chevy Chase face down the skepticism of the War Department, the double standards of a scornful public, and the very real perils of war. Once again, Amy Stewart has brilliantly brought a little-known moment in history to light with her fearless and funny Kopp sisters novels."

Stewart's talks and book-readings are always a fun and interesting event—don't miss it!

Pre-order books for signing at Ridgewood's Bookends.

Author Visit with Julie Orringer @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, October 19th @ 2pm
Author Visit with Julie Orringer

Julie Orringer, author of The Flight Portfolio will discuss her 2019 book which is based on the true story of Ridgewood resident Varien Fry. In 1940-41 Fry volunteered to take on the Emergency Rescue Committee project to bring political and intellectual refugees out of Nazi-controlled France. Orringer’s story revolves around Fry, the struggles he faced, and the lives he effected.

Book sale and signing to follow talk. Registration required:

16th Annual Genealogy Lock-in—Save the date!  @ Ridgewood Public Library
Oct 26 @ 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Saturday October 26th from 5–11pm
16th Annual Genealogy Lock-in—Save the date! 

Get advice from an expert panel; attend various workshops such as Beginners Genealogy, DNA, Irish Genealogy, and more; or receive individual genealogy assistance.

Registration required: $10 per person, light supper included. registration details to come.

The Making of a Village: Ridgewood Grows Up @ Ridgewood Public Library
Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, November 16th @ 2pm
The Making of a Village: Ridgewood Grows Up
Co-sponsored with the Ridgewood Historical Society

In celebration of the incorporation of Ridgewood on November 26th, 1894, local historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki provide a slide lecture on the critical years between 1894-1905. Using documents, maps, and historic panoramic photos, Norris and Suplicki illustrate Ridgewood’s growth and transformation into a Village.

Light refreshments will be served, no registration required.