2021 Year In Review – Our Top 10 Stories for the Year

The Mr Local History Project Trustees and Volunteers 2021

Post Views: 95 For your consideration…… Late December and early January are great times to reflect on the year passed and stories that presented themselves. The Mr. Local History Project looks back at the top 10 stories uncovered for 2021 based on reviews made by the editorial board. Don’t get us wrong, we love all of the stories that were researched or recommended by our readership. 2021 was also a growing year for the Mr. Local History Project as our trustees expanded along with our coverage. This year marked a…

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The Holiday History Boutique is Open

Shop Mr Local History NJ HIstory

Post Views: 340 The 2021 edition of the Mr Local History Holiday Boutique is OPEN. Give the gift of locally made limited edition keepsakes and collectibles to give or to decorate your home. Your purchases go towards funding our annual scholarship fund and to support the great programs we provide to the community each year. As always – Support local! Shop Local. Support the Mr. Local History non-profit efforts with a gift of “Local.” All the items below are limited edition and when they sell out they are gone!’ Click…

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Retrospective: Winter as a Kid on Cranford’s Rahway River

Post Views: 411 Childhood Winters in Cranford, New Jersey Or as I like to say “Memories from the Frozen Venice of New Jersey.” Retrospective: As a writer for New Jersey’s Mr. Local History Project I recently wrote about skating on a pond in Westfield. But what I didn’t tell those readers is that I was really a closet Cranford resident as the son of the owner of the Cranford Canoe Club. That story led to my winter trips over to the Canoe Club to skate on the Rahway River. I…

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Did You Work at the Cranford Canoe Club (Or any of the Cranford Boat Businesses)?

Cranford Canoe Club 1990 (1)

Post Views: 2,367 When you’re a kid, often the most simple things in life end up be the ones you remember the most.  As one of three kids in my family growing up in nearby Westfield, New Jersey, the Cranford Boat and Canoe Company, also known as the Cranford Canoe Club brought life lessons and friendships that live with me almost every day.  With all the experiences, workers, friends, and family, the Cranford Canoe Club will never be forgotten. I started working at the Cranford Canoe Club in 1972 until…

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Retrospective: The Cranford Hotel

The Cranford Hotel Sketch Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 1,391 As with all Mr. Local History retrospectives, we often update the post when we learn stories and are sent photos from our community. We will continue to grow this piece as information becomes available. If you have a comment or photo, feel free to post at the bottom of this page or drop us a note. Mr. Local History Project If you’ve ever been to Cranford, New Jersey, there are two places you have to go to: the Cranford Canoe Club as it epitomizes what is known as…

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New Keepsakes: Preserving Cranford’s History

Cranford keepsakes v2 Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 1,097 The Mr. Local History Project (MLH) has been preserving and promoting local history since our non-profit organization was established in 2019. The all volunteer group started a wooden miniature keepsake program to share history, artwork, in partnership with the world famous Cat’s Meow Village Company of Ohio to support New Jersey’s local history and grow the New Jersey Historic Village Collection. Congratulations Cranford, New Jersey – 2021 Marks 150th Anniversary Supporting Cranford, New Jersey’s history via our MLH keepsake project is in its early stages and we…

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Keepsake Honors the Cranford Canoe Club – New Jersey’s Oldest Canoe Livery Operation

Grab one while you can. The Cranford Canoe Club Limited Edition keepsake - Mr Local History Project

Post Views: 1,156 The Number #1 gift to honor Cranford’s 150th anniversary this year. A New Miniature Wooden Keepsake to Honor the Cranford Canoe Club in Cranford, New Jersey Cranford Canoe Club History The Cranford Canoe Club is an iconic historic landmark  at on the corner of Springfield and Orange Avenue in Cranford, New Jersey.  Cranford is a middle class suburban town in Union County, New Jersey that happened to be built around the slow moving, winding Rahway River, a tributary that ends at the Arthur Kill Bay in Staten…

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Cranford Canoe Club – History

Growing up at the Cranford Canoe Club - Mr. Local History Archive #mrlocalhistory

Post Views: 4,138 UPDATE: The Mr. Local History Project is determining interest to nominate the Cranford Canoe Club to the New Jersey Historic Registry. If you believe this should be done, please consider signing our petition to let Cranford local officials that this should be done. Click Here. The Cranford Canoe Club is one of the oldest canoe clubs in the United States and a community landmark known as part of Cranford’s identity for over 100 years. The current canoe club, while not the first, is the Rahway River’s last surviving…

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Cranford Canoe Club Photos

Post Views: 3,044 Below are my collection of photos and research done while writing a feature article about my years growing up working at the Cranford Canoe Club from 1972-1993.  We’re always interested in adding to the collection so if you have any you’d like to share, just snap a photo with your phone and send to us. We’ll review it and add it if it meets a few minor standards. While the photos are not copyrighted, if you plan to share, please Mr. Local History. http://www.mrlocalhistory.org ). Enjoy

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Growing Up at the Cranford Canoe Club

The Cranford Canoe Club aka Cranford Boat and Canoe Company in Cranford New Jersey

Post Views: 10,996 2021 UPDATE: The Mr. Local History Project is determining interest to nominate the Cranford Canoe Club to the New Jersey Historic Registry. If you believe this should be done, please consider signing our petition to let Cranford local officials that this should be done. Click Here. When you’re a kid, often the most simple things in life end up be the ones you remember the most.  As one of three kids in my family growing up in nearby Westfield, New Jersey, the Cranford Boat and Canoe Company,…

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