History of the Town of Haddonfield

The town of Haddonfield, one of the oldest communities in what was originally known as West Jersey, has taken on many different appearances and roles during its lifetime. Located geographically at a critical point, where the navigable portion of the Cooper River crosses the King’s Highway, which ran between the …

New Children’s Book: Samuel N. Rhoads of Haddonfield, NJ

The Historical Society of Haddonfield is proud to announce the publication of a new children’s book: Samuel N. Rhoads of Haddonfield, NJ: Birds, Books and Big Adventures. Books will be available for $12 beginning on Monday April 18, 2016. We’re offering a special sale price of $10 per copy at …

Proposed New Archives Center

The Historical Society of Haddonfield plans to build a new Archives Center on the site of an existing garage on the Society’s property at 343 Kings Highway East, just steps from Greenfield Hall and the Mickle House. The new two-story building was designed by Haddonfield resident Eduardo Guzman of DCM …

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Help us build a new Archives Center! Use this form to make an online donation to the new building, or contact us to discuss other giving options.

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Next Book Club Discussion to Focus on 1918 Flu

December 13, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Next Book Club Discussion to Focus on 1918 Flu

Our next Book Club discussion will be held Monday January 22, 2018, at 7 pm, and will feature two books about the devastating flu pandemic of 1918.

One of the books to be discussed is John M. Barry’s The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. Barry’s account is a sweeping history of the outbreak and its aftermath. The New York Times described the book as “[g]ripping . . . easily our fullest, richest, most panoramic history of the subject.”

The second book, Diary of a World War I Nurse, is a PDF transcription of a diary kept by Rosaline Alice Joan Ready during 1917-1918. Rosaline had joined the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps after completing a nurse training program in Brooklyn in 1916. Her granddaughter transcribed this work. Please note that you won’t find this item in stores; stop by the Public Library or email the Historical Society at info@haddonfieldhistory.org for a copy of the PDF.

This January event is a joint meeting with the Haddonfield Public Library Book Club, and we will be gathering at the Public Library at 7 pm for the discussion. All are welcome!

Out-of-Print Githens Family History Book Available for Sale

December 12, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on Out-of-Print Githens Family History Book Available for Sale

Thanks to a recent donation from a Githens family member, the Historical Society currently has seven copies of the out-of-print book, The Githens Family in America 1741-1977, by Sherwood Githens, Jr., available for sale. The books are available for $20 each and can be shipped to you.

To place your order, please contact the Archives Center at library@haddonfieldhistory.org or 856-429-7375.

Dec. 7 Shopping Fundraiser at Talbots

December 4, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on Dec. 7 Shopping Fundraiser at Talbots

We’re holding a Holiday Shopping Fundraiser at Talbots in Cherry Hill on Thursday December 7. If you mention the Historical Society at check-out, 10% of your pre-tax purchases will be donated to us!

Historical Society board members will be “hosting” the fundraiser from 5:30-7:30 pm, but feel free to come at another time if that works best for you. Just remember to tell them that you’re shopping in support of the Historical Society of Haddonfield.

Talbots is located in Towne Place at Garden State Park, 957 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ.

#GivingTuesday is Here!

November 28, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on #GivingTuesday is Here!

On #GivingTuesday, would you consider making a special year-end gift to help us continue our work to preserve Haddonfield’s history?

Today only, anyone who gives through our Facebook page will have their donations matched up to the first $1,000 thanks to Facebook and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation! Can we count on you to make a special year-end gift of $25, $50, $100 or more to the Historical Society?

At the Historical Society we have continued to work with local students and educators with our tours for second graders, as well as hosting high school researchers who work with primary source materials in our Archives Center. We put more museum objects on display in Greenfield Hall and organized a new temporary exhibit about World War I. And we continue our busy schedule of quarterly lectures, Book Club, and other special events.

But maintaining and sharing all that history is expensive!

From the roof to our tool-filled basement, we have a long list of important preservation projects that need to be completed this year.

Your gift of $25, $50, $100 or more will help us tackle projects from the roof to the basement, helping to ensure that Greenfield Hall is here for generations to come. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, so your gift will be tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

You can mail us a check, pay through our PayPal link on the right side of this page, or donate through our Facebook page.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Dec. 7 Book Launch Planned for Jan Twitchell’s New Autobiography

November 27, 2017 Events Comments Off on Dec. 7 Book Launch Planned for Jan Twitchell’s New Autobiography

The Historical Society is co-hosting a book launch for Jan Twitchell’s new book, A Fortunate Life. The event will be held on Thursday Dec. 7 at 3 pm at Brandywine Living, 132 Warwick Rd, Haddonfield.

Jan began the book as an oral history for the Historical Society, before it turned into a more significant autobiography. She has been a very involved resident of Haddonfield for more than 70 years. Among other things, she served as co-chair of the Dinosaur Sculpture committee and president of Interfaith Caregivers, and was named Citizen of the Year in 2002.

The book is available for $20 at the Historical Society, at Inkwood Books, and online here. Copies will also be available at the book launch.

Proceeds from sales of A Fortunate Life are being generously donated by the Twitchell family to the Historical Society’s planned new Archives Center.

Save the Date!

January 7, 2018 – “First Sunday” hours and Document Display: “Haddonfield — A Winter Wonderland;” Greenfield Hall and Archives Center open 1-3 pm

January 22, 2018, Book Club: Diary of a World War I Nurse (email Society for PDF) and The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry, 7 pm, Haddonfield Public Library

March 21, 2018, Candlelight Dinner and General Membership Meeting, 6 pm, Tavistock Country Club

Funding provided by the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College, the officially designated county history agency of the New Jersey Historical Commission.

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GREENFIELD HALL

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-4 pm; first Sunday of the month, 1-3 pm; and by appointment.

ARCHIVES CENTER / RESEARCH LIBRARY

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am; first Sunday of the month, 1-3 pm; and by appointment.

Greenfield Hall and the Archives Center are both CLOSED Saturdays & Sundays except as noted above for the first Sunday of the month.

We are closed in August, on major holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Contact Us:

Historical Society of Haddonfield
343 Kings Hwy. E
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.429.7375
General questions:
info@haddonfieldhistory.org
Research questions:
library@haddonfieldhistory.org

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