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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Don't miss this informative multimedia event about the famed New Jersey fun center. The lecture will be hosted by Vince Gargiulo, author of the book Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories, and Producer of the PBS documentary of the same name. For those who ever visited Palisades Amusement Park, this lecture is sure to bring back those cherished remembrances. And for those never lucky enough to have entered its colorful gates, this event will recreate the thrills, laughter and joy that was Palisades.

Nov 20, 2017

Northern New Jersey Victorian Society
Montclair, NJ

Private Event

January 19, 2018


Tenafly Senior Center
20 South Summit Street
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Admission is Free... Seating is limited.

April 14, 2018

Putnam Valley Historical Society
Putnam Valley, NY

Private Event

April 23, 2018

Daughters of the American Revolution
Midland Park Library

Private Event


Speaking Engagements

The popular and informative multimedia event about the legendary Palisades Amusement Park is now available for your group or organization.

One of the most iconic landmarks ever to be associated with Bergen County was the legendary Palisades Amusement Park. For 74 years, Palisades grew to become one of the most popular amusement parks the nation had ever seen.

Wouldn’t your organization enjoy hearing the rich history of this fabulous New Jersey wonderland?

Program Information: For over twenty years, Vince Gargiulo has been speaking at libraries, museums and historical societies, detailing the history of the famed New Jersey fun center. Vince is the author of the book Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories, and Executive Producer of the NY/Thirteen PBS documentary of the same name.

The program runs around 90 minutes, including a question and answer period. The length of the show can be adjusted according to your library's needs.

Program Description: The popular and informative lecture is a comprehensive history of the Park beginning with its inception in the late 1800s, detailing its history of the world's largest outdoor salt water pool, the musical groups, the rides, the pageants and the disasters, until its ultimate demise in 1971.

Requirements: This program is presented as a multimedia PowerPoint presentation (this permits using a greater variety of images, video clips and sounds). For PowerPoint presentations, your group must provide an LCD projector and screen. If your facility does not have the capability to connect to a laptop, the show is also available as a traditional 35mm slide show. All you would need then would be a screen or suitable wall space for projecting slides.

Booking Information: Call 201-252-2558. Available booking dates are evenings or weekends. Due to scheduling difficulties, daytime lectures during the week (Monday thru Friday) are not possible.

Fees: $125 for evening or weekend booking dates. Payment is expected the day of the event, unless prior arrangements have been made.

Travel Fees: A travel fee of $1.00 per mile from Mahwah, NJ applies for all programs. Tolls and parking fees (if any) may also apply.




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