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Encore: History of Essex County Overbrook Hospital

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Caldwell Free Public Library

268 Bloomfield Avenue

Caldwell, NJ 07006

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Since our first date sold out so quickly we're bringing author Kevin Kowalick back for an encore presentation! The Essex County Overbrook Hospital had been one of the largest facilities in Essex County New Jersey since 1896. Sitting on what began as a 325-acre plot in what was then Verona Township, Overbrook soon became the largest county-run hospital center in the State of New Jersey. This presentation will go over the hospitals inception from the 1800’s to its downfall in 2018 as portrayed in the book Images of America: Essex County Overbrook Hospital. Learn about how Ovebrook was a self-sustaining community within itself, nestled in the quiet suburbs of West Essex. Historical photographs along with photographs from the facility’s phase of abandonment will be paired with the presentation to give a visual representation into how Overbrook has evolved over the years. Artifacts salvaged from the hospital center dating back to the 1800’s will also be on display during the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $20.

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