What: Kearny 150th Kick-Off Event
When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m.
Where: Kearny Town Hall

This event will include a reenactment of the signing of the town charter in 1867 and a town crier in authentic period costume! A performance by a concert band will follow the reenactment.

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What: Bus Tour of Kearny’s Notable Historic Architecture
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ TBD
Where: TBD

This bus tour of Kearny’s notable historic buildings in the uplands, including the First Lutheran Church and Exempt Fire House, will be guided by Architectural Historian John Gomez. Light lunch and refreshments will be served.

What: Kearny’s Shipbuilding History Lecture & Tour
When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ TBD
Where: TBD

Learn about Kearny’s significant history as major shipbuilding center with Architectural Historian John Gomez. This event includes a tour of several shipbuilding facilities in South Kearny. Light lunch and refreshments will be served, and transportation to the event location will be provided.


What: Historical Lecture Series & Celebration of Major General Philip Kearny’s Birthday (June 1, 1815)
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 @ 7pm to 9pm
Where: Lincoln School

Join us for a riveting lecture by William Styple, who has extensively studied and written about Philip Kearny’s extraordinary life. Light food and refreshments will be served.


What: Poetry Reading by Barbara Krasner and Joshua Humphrey
When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Where: Poetry Center, Passaic County Community College in Paterson, The Prudent Building, 44 Church Street (corner of Church and Ellison Streets on opposite side of Ellison Street)

The “Celebrating 150 Years of Community with Poetry: Kearny, New Jersey’s Sesquicentennial” is part of the “Celebrating the Poetic Legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg” conference. This event will be Panel A-4 of the conference. Poetry will be read by two prominent Town of Kearny residents. Free parking is available at parking lot #3 located one block away on College Boulevard between Church Street and Memorial Drive.

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What: Civil War Encampment
When: Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017 @ TBD
Where: Veteran’s Field, located on Belgrove Drive near Bergen Avenue

Immerse yourself in the Town of Kearny’s past! Kearny used to be the location of the former Civil War Soldiers & Sailors Home, which is now the American Legion and VFW posts. Guests will witness Civil War reenactors camping on the grounds and learn about how more Confederate soldiers died at the Old Soldiers Home than during the Civil War! Light food and refreshments will be served.

NJ Hall of Fame Mobile Museum
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Garfield Avenue, between Kearny Avenue and Chestnut Street


What: Sesquicentennial Block Party
When:Saturday, October 1, 2017
Where: Veteran’s Field

Celebrate the noteworthy history and diverse culture of the Town of Kearny! This fun, free, and family-friendly event will feature entertainment, food, and presentations from several of Kearny’s civic and cultural organizations.

What: West Hudson Arts & Theatre Original Production of a Contemporary Musical based on the life of General Kearny
When: Thursday, October 19, Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m.
Where: TBD

Come watch Kearny’s own West Hudson Arts & Theatre put on an original musical, in the style of Hamilton, based on the extraordinary life of General Philip Kearny.

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Kearny: A True American Warrior

A New Musical presented by

West Hudson Arts & Theater Company (W.H.A.T.)

W.H.A.T. is creating an exciting new production, Kearny: A True American Warrior , as part of the 15oth Celebration! The musical dives into the heroic yet controversial life of General Phillip Kearny. To many he was a hero and to some a nuisance. This new contemporary musical tells his personal and professional Civil War story. From the tragic death of his son to finding true love and winning countless battles, Kearny’s story will melt your heart and make you proud to be an American.

More information coming soon!