St. James Church, founded by Catholic Irish immigrants working at the Woodbridge clay pits, celebrates 150 years of faith and service in the Woodbridge community with a historical exhibit at the Barron Arts Center opening on Saturday, May 1st. The exhibit will display photographs, schoolbooks, and other artifacts collected from the parish archives and parishioners. The Barron Arts Center is located at 582 Rahway Avenue in Woodbridge, NJ. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
The exhibit opens on May 1st and runs until May 16th. Gallery hours are Monday thru Friday, 11am-4pm; Saturday and Sunday 2pm-4pm. The public is also invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, May 7th at 7:30pm. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required.
The exhibit follows the parish from its humble beginnings in1860, through three church structures, to the present day congregation. All of the items to be shown have been collected over the years from the private collections of St. James parishioners. On display will be original photos of the old wooden church built in 1887, the moving of this church in 1918 by tractor (the first time a building was moved by tractor in this country!) to its present location and portraits of priests dating back to 1900. Artifacts from the old church to be exhibited include the altar cross, holy water bucket, seat pew rental cards from the turn of the century and financial statements from1880.
About the Barron Arts Center
The Barron Arts Center, listed on the national Register of Historic Places, recently celebrated its 130th Anniversary. With the support of the Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission and under the direction of Cynthia Knight, the Barron Arts Center offers programming to the public free of charge. Donations are appreciated and are essential to the continuation of free quality arts programs and exhibits. Please “become a fan” of the “Barron Arts Center” on our Facebook page to get all of the latest information on upcoming programs and events. For more information or directions, please call 732-634-0413.