JERSEY CITY, NJ – Jersey City’s Journal Square could win another museum – this one containing pieces of the city’s history and in a building with a history of its own.
The Apple Tree House, located at 298 Academy Street, will be the new museum housing pieces of Jersey City history. The house has its own historic past, with a famous role in the War of Independence – the Apple Tree House is the reported site of a historic war reunion between General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette of France.
The city has already renovated and restored the house, moving the city offices into space. According to city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, the city is moving its offices from the building in July to make room for the museum process.
“The Apple Tree House will become a Jersey City historical museum with active temporary exhibits based on Jersey City’s rich history,” Wallace-Scalcione said. space on an ongoing basis.
Officials held a meeting last week with museum stakeholders including the New Jersey Room at the Jersey City Free Public Library, City Councilor Boggiano, Bergen Square Historical Society, Journal Square Community Association, among others.
The city hopes to have a framework in place for the council by Labor Day.
The announcement of the Apple Tree House Museum follows the announcement by the city of the arrival of the Center Pompidou. Jersey City will host the first North American museum outpost of the Center Pompidou in Paris.
Jersey City worked hard to market itself as an arts hub across the Hudson, promoting a street art festival that included national artists, pushing for the $ 72 million renovation of the Lowes Theater in Journal Square , supporting an arts incubator space on Morgan Street and supporting the new arts trust fund.