WWI heroes: Two Morristown men won medals with Harlem Hellfighters, famed African American unit


African American soldiers served with distinction, hoping their patriotism would bring equality back home.

A Legacy of Building Independence and Self-Sufficiency: The Seeing Eye

Seeing Eye dog in training, ca.1935. Collection of the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center.

The Seeing Eye has worked to help the blind achieve independence and remain active members of the community since 1929.

Not a creature was stirring…

"Twas the Night Before Christmas..." by Thomas Nast.

Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year from the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center!

Inviting each and everyone to the table: Thomas Nast’s Thanksgiving

"Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Dinner", Harper's Weekly, November 20, 1869.

Post-Civil War America was a nation of contradictions and conflicts. Yet many people remained committed to the vision of inherent equality and the promise of our founding motto, E Pluribus Unum – Out of many, one.

Liberty , self-determination, and the ballot: Harper’s Weekly covers the fight for suffrage

"In Counting There is Strength," October 7, 1871. No need for fraud at the polls here, Thomas Nast depicts Boss Tweed as the master of both buying votes and counting them.

Harper’s Weekly and Morristown cartoonist Thomas Nast traced the path of Americans as they fought for the right to vote. The Morristown & Township Library has an extensive collection of this historic material.

A Nation at War: Harper’s Weekly reports from the front lines, at the Morristown & Township Library

"Reconstruction" by Thomas Nast, illustrates the Southern states being brought back into order with the North into the ancient symbol of collective power, the fasces, and the nation's motto: E Pluribus Unum -- "Out of Many, One".

Military conflict defined much of the 19-century American experience; Harper’s Weekly made sense of it for the public.

Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s scandalous Secretary of War


‘The only thing he wouldn’t steal is a red hot stove.’ Oh, and there was that red hot sex scandal…when he was 80.

Pushing the boundaries of the frontier while fighting for the spirit of a nation: Morristown library spotlights Harper’s

Whiskety Peddler on the Plains, 3.26.1870

Harper’s Weekly: A Window to the World for More than Half a Century

A Cornerstone of the Community, One Hundred Years Later

The Library and Lyceum, ca.1900.

Two years after a devastating fire, residents gathered to lay the cornerstone for their new Library.

Remembering the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, 110 years later

The burning of San Francisco on the morning of April 18. 1906.

A civil servant rises to save life and property during the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906.