No. 58 April 2006
The authoritative source on
early churches in New Jersey

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We've created a database and photographic inventory on more than half the 18th & 19th century churches in the state and add to it each month. We welcome and solicit all contributions and suggestions from our visitors.

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Although the website was created to make available contemporary photographs, there are too many interesting churches that have disappeared—except on old albumen prints or in engravings made for pre-1900 books and magazines. We solicit such images from our readers and will reproduce at least one every month, along with such historical information as we can find about these vanished churches.
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St. Boniface German Catholic Church
Paterson, Passaic County

St. Boniface doesn't seem to have changed much in the 130+ years of its existence, although today there is no identifying sign to inform us that it is even an active congregation. It stands on Main Street at Slater, just a couple of blocks from St. John's Cathedral and was undoubtedly erected by and for the influx of German Catholics sometimes after 1860. There is also a German Lutheran or Reformed church (very inactive--now used as a warehouse) adjacent to St. Michael's. The postcard is probably from the 1920s.




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