Community History Day: Our Newark Story

Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Main Library
5 Washington Street, Newark

Above: Art collage by Mansa K. Mussa.

Please plan to join us for a day of fun and free events for all ages.


Free portraits will be provided by the Aferro Mobile Portrait Studio and Newest Americans will be recording migration stories in the “arrivals booth.” Animodules, courtesy of the Barat Foundation, will be on display and children can create their own, smaller Animodules! Free parking will be available at the Essex County Parking Deck on Bridge Street, between McCarter Highway (NJ Route 21) and Broad Street.

Exhibits on view: Old School: Collections of the Newark Public Schools Historical Preservation Committee (3rd Floor); Newark: A Pictorial History (2nd Floor, on view May 7 – August 31)

For more information,  please call 973-733-7784. Please click here to download the flyer with the schedule.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (as of 5/11/18)

Events in orange denote programs for children


Time Program Location
10:00 – 10:30am Historypin Demonstration Technology Training Center, 3rd Floor
10:00 – 11:00am Children’s Crafts James Brown African American Room, 1st Floor
10:30 – 11:00am Demonstration of Our Digital Archive Technology Training Center, 3rd Floor
11:00 – 2:00pm Meet and greet our Community Partners:
Urban League of Essex County, Ironbound Community Corporation, ASPIRA, Jewish Historical Society, New Community Corporation, Newark History Society, Weequahic Alumni Association, First Presbyterian Church, Barbara Kukla, Center for Education and Juvenile Justice
Second Floor Gallery
11:00 – 11:30am African dance performance and tutorial by Kamate Traders. Through traditional African and contemporary dance and music, Kamate Traders connect the past and the present by means of the creative fusion of African traditions and American culture. Centennial Hall, 2nd Floor
11:30 – 12:00pm Guided Tour of Exhibit:
Old School: Collections of the Newark Public Schools Historical Preservation Committee
3rd Floor Gallery
11:45am Children’s Community Quilt Reveal Reference Room, Second Floor
12:00 – 12:30pm Story time for Children/tiempo cuento de los niños James Brown African American Room, 1st Floor
12:00 – 12:30pm Scavenger Hunt Begins in the Lobby
12:30 – 12:50pm Meet the Artist Mansa K. Mussa, distribution of activity booklets Lobby
1:00 – 1:30pm A Great Migration Family Story featuring Zaundria Mapson Little Second Floor Reading Room
1:00 – 1:30pm Children’s Stenciling Craft James Brown African American Room, 1st Floor
1:00 – 1:30pm Zumba with Miss New Jersey 2017
Centennial Hall
1:30 – 2:00pm A Talk about the Newark Eagles Second Floor Reading Room
1:30 – 2:00pm Let’s Make a Sankofa Bookmark James Brown African American Room, 1st Floor
2:00 – 2:30pm Peruvian Music & Dance. A festive performance of traditional Peruvian music and dance. Members of the Peruvian Arts & Folklore School perform the marinera, the national dance of Peru, and the Afro-Peruvian festejo. Centennial Hall, 2nd Floor
2:30 – 3:00pm A Talk by Junius Williams: The Making of the North website Second Floor Reading Room
2:30 – 3:00pm My Newark Garden activity Courtyard