FAIRFIELD, NJ — Under the direction of Brianne Colombo, director of the Fairfield Free Public Library, and inspired by residents Marie Gilbert and Mary Lebeda, the Fairfield Historical Society has been formed. With more than 20 members, the organization has written a mission statement, set goals and devised a plan on how to organize the material on the township’s long history.

The first meeting of the initial group was in January, when the members gathered with a common interest in preserving the history of the township. Many who showed up were long-time Fairfield residents.

The official mission statement of the Fairfield Historical Society is as follows:

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“The Fairfield Historical Society aims to promote and raise public awareness of Fairfield's history through compiling, preserving, interpreting, sharing and making accessible historical material connected to the Township of Fairfield (Essex County, New Jersey).”

The society’s objectives and goals are to collect, preserve and develop the Fairfield Free Public Library's holdings in its local history collection, to engage all ages of the public in the Township of Fairfield's history through educational programming, exhibitions, online access, township tours and community outreach and to collaborate with historical, cultural and other community organizations, institutions and individuals.

It was decided that the subject categories for the local history collection will be: official township material; Fairfield schools; commerce, including businesses and transportation; population, including families, houses, farms, demographics, and census; houses of worship and cemeteries; Fairfield organizations and clubs; Fairfield Free Public Library, geology, including floods and weather; geography, including maps; and the military.

Colombo said she is inspired by the society’s “conversation, insight, assistance and excitement about preserving Fairfield's past.”

The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

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