Leonia historian Carol Karels captures the creative and energetic spirit of the people who shaped Leonia from the late seventeenth century to today. With nearly two hundred rare images accompanied by lively and informative text, this visual history shows how Leonia made its transformation from a rural farming community to a cultural epicenter. It is a work that will be treasured for generations to come.
Leoniaby Carol Karels
Leonia was once a sleepy farming community on the western slope of the Palisades. Its proximity to New York City's major universities, performing centers, theaters, galleries, and art schools has contributed to making the town a home for many of the twentieth century's foremost artists, scientists, and academics. With hundreds of vintage photographs, Leonia offers the reader an overview of a town that has been called the English Neighborhood, West Fort Lee, and the Athens of New Jersey.
Leonia explores the fascinating town that was settled in 1668 by Dutch and English farmers. Leonia was a crossroads of the Revolution and a training ground for Civil War soldiers. The town remained a farming community until the late 1800s, when it experienced enormous economic and cultural growth. Prominent artists were first to arrive. Advances in transportation, such as the West Side subway, the ferries, and the trolley systems, made it possible for many to commute to the city. This pictorial history illustrates how Leonia soon became a haven for some of the nation's most creative minds, including five Nobel Prize winners.
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If you're interested in local history, you will enjoy this book. Carol Karels has provided information in such an interesting manner that I find myself coming back time after time to refer to the wonderful vintage pictures in this book!
I was truly blessed to be born and grow up in Leonia. Carol Karels catches the uniqueness and spirit of this fantastic town. She missed one important group, the Jr. Woman's Club of which I was Pres. 1955-57. I await the sequel.