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Exhibit Enlivens Englewood Sports History

Patrons and celebrity athletes visit the exhibit. Photo Credit: Charlotte Bennett Schoen
Athletes and Englewood residents turn out for the historical society's exhibit. Photo Credit: Charlotte Bennett Schoen
Community members relive athletic history at an exhibit in Englewood. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — An Englewood Historical Society exhibit at the Mackay Park Gatehouse is highlighting the history of sports in the area.

Curated by Imari Nacht, "From Gatehouse to Gateway to Sports: the Story of Mackay Park and Sports in Englewood” is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. until Dec. 13.

“People look at these pictures from the Little League and they recognize family members or themselves,” said Charlotte Bennett Schoen, a member of the historical society and former councilwoman. “There’s a video of a ticker tape parade, and five people told me they saw themselves in it.

"It was nothing like I had ever seen."

The exhibit has images of the 1926 football team, of Amelia Earhardt, and of Olympic ice skater-turned-commentator Dick Button from 1948.

Basketball player Bill "Poodles" Willoughby and former New York Jets running back Bruce Harper recently made appearances at the venue.

One attendee found her uncle in a 1928 yearbook. A visiting group of church ladies stopped by, one of whom had a story about her encounter with Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Caricature artist Charlie McGill visited recently. His father had lived in one of the rooms, he said.

"You don’t know who will walk through the door," Schoen said. "We searched the Gatehouse and found it.

“There’s so much sports history that came out of it. That’s what makes it an amazing community.”

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