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Ridgefield Park History


Gregory Olsen Local History Room

The Gregory H. Olsen Local History Room is open to the public on a limited basis for use in researching Village of Ridgefield Park history. An ongoing project to catalogue the vast amount of photos, news articles, videos and books is underway. The collection includes a complete set of Ridgefield Park High School yearbooks dating back to 1919 which have recently been stored on DVDs. The room is staffed on Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm to provide assistance for those wishing to delve into the past.

  • Did you know that many of the streets in town had different names?

  • Were you aware of the  fact that the pilot of the Enola Gay-the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima-was from Ridgefield Park.?

  • Can you imagine people swimming in the Overpeck Creek?

  • Ever wonder how things looked in town 100 years ago?

Stop in and take a stroll through our village history with Donna Rose-McEntee. Inquiries may be sent to:



Images of America: Ridgefield Park

Long Time Villagers as well as newer residents will enjoy Donna Rose-McEntee’s pictorial history of Ridgefield Park. Published by Arcadia Publishing as a part of its “Images of America” series, Ridgefield Park is available for purchase for $19.99 at the Library. All of the profits from these sales are being donated to the library. Ridgefield Park is a wonderful keepsake for anyone who lives in or loves the Village and will make a great holiday gift.



Ridgefield Park 1685-1985 

Published for the Village’s tercentennial, this history of Ridgefield Park is now out of print, but the library has had it digitized and the rich history of Ridgefield Park is available to you from the comfort of home.

Depending upon your internet connection , this file may take as much as fifteen minutes to load. This file can also be accessed quickly via the public computers in the RP Library.

This history of the Village is searchable by word or phrase and the results will be shown in order of appearance in the history. To search for specific terms:

  1. Click on “search” (binoculars) key

  2. Type in word or phrase you would like to search for and click “search”

  3. Click on selected item in results box

  4. Item will be highlighted in document

  5. To perform another search, click on “new search”

  6. To return to full page document click on “hide”

Click here to load Ridgefield Park, 1685-1986, Part 1  (pages 1-95)

Click here to load Ridgefield Park, 1685-1986, Part 2 (pages 96-189)

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