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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.


POSTPONED—Phil Jaeger: Dining with History (onsite)
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

POSTPONED—Please note that this program has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. 

Any questions, please contact
Sarah Kiefer, Local History Librarian
Bolger Heritage Center
Ridgewood Public Library
201-670-5600 ext. 135

Dining with History (onsite)
Saturday, May 21 at 2pm

Guest speaker Phil Jaeger's talk will focus on many restaurants, mostly in New Jersey but several in neighboring states, that began life as long ago as the 1700s. In every case the building itself is an important part of New Jersey's heritage whether it originally was a stagecoach stop, railroad station, school, castle, private residence or other historic structure. The program includes not only the origins of many of New Jersey's notable dining establishments but also views of the restaurant as it appears today. Additionally, nearby attractions of interest are also highlighted. Program will be held in the Library Auditorium.

Due to space limitations, registration is required:

Twenty Years with William Bulkley: Author Talk with Peggy Norris (On-site)
Jun 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Twenty Years with William Bulkley: Author Talk with Peggy W. Norris (onsite)
Saturday, June 18 at 2pm [Updated Date!]
Program will be held on-site in the RPL Auditorium
Registration required:

William L. Bulkley 1861–1933: African American Educator and Reformer has been published by Peggy W. Norris after 20 years of research. She will share about the research and about Bulkley and his story. Books will be available for sale.

Peggy W. Norris, MS, MLIS, is a retired librarian who was integral in the formation of the Bolger Heritage Center for Genealogy and Local History at Ridgewood Public Library. She is a member of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and volunteers at the Bergen County Historical Society library and archives and is Ridgewood Co-Historian. She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group and Brownstone Quilters, and chair of the Bergen County Quilt and Coverlet Show.