Thursday, March 14, 2013

Women and Historic Preservation: More regarding Women’s History Month

Preservation efforts undertaken by women’s clubs have not been limited exclusively to historic properties or the built environment.

The New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) was a key player in the fight to save the Palisades, the towering rocky cliff formation bordering the Hudson River in northern New Jersey that was, and, in fact, still is threatened by the ravages of quarrying and inevitable development.

In 1899 the NJSFWC secured passage of a bill that authorized the creation of a commission to study how the Palisades could be saved. They joined the successful fight to limit development in the Palisades and supported development of Palisades Interstate Park. The NJSFWC was also instrumental in helping to preserve the c. 1750 Blackledge- Kearney house in Alpine Borough which served as the headquarters of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission until 1928.

It was subsequently restored by the NJSFWC and opened as a museum in 1933. A two-story stone tower stands in Federation Park, Alpine Borough, erected as a memorial to the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and their efforts to preserve the natural beauty and integrity of the Palisades

TAKE ACTION TODAY: Help Protect the Palisades!

LG Electronics, the giant overseas maker of TVs and other products, is planning to build an enormous 143-foot office tower on the Hudson River Palisades that would rise high above the ridgeline and spoil the dramatic natural beauty of this iconic American landmark. See this New York Times article below for some background.

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