The Museum’s Annual Spring Gala is Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Hoboken Elks Lodge, to Benefit the Collections Campaign

 Hoboken, N.J. – April 20, 2016 – In the mid-1800s, Hoboken was a leisure paradise, attracting visitors in droves for a stroll up the River Walk, a sip of water from Sybil’s Cave, or to watch a baseball or cricket game from the Colonnade overlooking the Elysian Fields. For its 30th anniversary, the Hoboken Historical Museum is reaching deep into its collections archive to decorate the Hoboken Elks Lodge in early Hoboken style for the annual spring fundraising gala: An Elysian Fields Escapade, on Saturday, May 14! 

At this Victorian romp, guests will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner from AD Catering, an open bar featuring a spiked punch worthy of the original Turtle Club, and an evening of dancing to tunes spanning the 20th century! The centerpiece of the evening will be our popular Live Auction, featuring leisure distractions for modern Hobokenites, including:

·       A summer pass to the Shipyard pool 

·       A year of indoor parking

·       An evening of whiskey-tasting for a party of 10

·       A two-week stay in Pompano Beach, Fla.

·       A vacation in Winter Park, Colo.

·       and so much more! 

A portion of the proceeds will help support the Museum’s Collections Campaign, with the goal of securing more space so we can accommodate the growing archives and make them more accessible as a research center. Tickets are $150 each, and are available online at; or

The event is made possible through the generous support of Gold sponsors CarePoint Health & the Schmalzbauer Family; and Silver sponsors Hufnagel Landscape Design & Construction Group, W Hotels Hoboken, BCB Community Bank, Strategic Insurance Partners, Maïk Irrigation, Hackensack UMC – Palisades, Halstead Property and Haven Savings Bank.  


“Miss Vicky” Spreads the Victorian Spirit Around Hoboken

Following a tradition that began with the decorated cowboy cutouts to promote the Hoboken Hoedown in 2013, Swingin’ Speakeasy flapper girls in 2014, and My Way gala Frank Sinatras in 2015, the Museum is sponsoring a competition to decorate “Miss Vicky,” a silhouette of a Victorian lady. A dozen local businesses and organizations have signed on to decorate Miss Vicky, vying to win a pair of tickets to the event. Little City Books’ Miss Vicky (100 Bloomfield St., pictured at right) has a literary flair, while the Hudson County Art Supply’s Miss Vicky (511 Willow Ave., pictured far right) appears to have arrived from a galaxy far, far away.


Other contestants include Hoboken Charter School, 713 Washington St.; 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt, 1185 Maxwell Ln.; Prime Real Estate Group, 98 Park Ave; Cornerstone Pets, 105 Ninth St.; Swift Morris Interiors, 1208 Washington St.; Amanda’s Restaurant, 908 Washington St.; Ricardo Roig Gallery, 252 First St.; City of Hoboken, 94 Washington St.; and Galatea Lingerie, 1224 Washington St. Hobokenites can tweet photos of their favorite “Miss Vicky” to @HobokenMuseum, using the hashtag #ElysianFieldsGala.


About the Hoboken Historical Museum

Founded 1986, the Museum’s mission is to educate the public about Hoboken’s history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks. In 2001, the Museum moved into one of the oldest buildings on the waterfront, in the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard, at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, where it maintains a series of rotating exhibits. The Museum is open six days a week, 2 – 7 pm on Tues. – Thurs., 1 – 5 pm on Fridays, and noon – 5 pm on weekends. It offers special exhibits, tours, events and lectures, as well as educational programs for adults and children on a weekly basis. An updated schedule of events and an online catalog of many items in its collections are available at The Museum is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)3 entity.