It Happened Here: New Jersey

One of paleontology’s most important events happened in Haddonfield, New Jersey. In 1858, the first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton found in America was discovered by William Parker Foulke in a marl pit in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Hadrosaurus Foulkii went on to become the country’s first publicly displayed dinosaur skeleton. CLICK …

Children’s Educational Programs

Children from the third and fifth grades annually visit our museum on guided tours for supplementary information to complement their study of local history. They tour Greenfield Hall from the Attic Gallery where the toy and doll collections are displayed to the Cellar to view the awesome Tool Collection. On …

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Volunteer Opportunities: Internships

At HSH, we always welcome inquiries from students and adults looking to help with for short-term projects that contribute to our mission to preserve and study Haddonfield history. We could use extra hands in many areas; not only with the General Collections but in the Research Library, the grounds and …

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Annual Candlelight Dinner – Walt Whitman’s Life in Camden presented by Dave Stedman

February 24, 2015 Events Comments Off
Walt Whitman photo  courtesy Library of Congress

Walt Whitman photo courtesy Library of Congress

Join us for the Annual Candlelight Dinner this year!

Walt Whitman’s arrival in Camden, NJ in 1873, may have been “originally an accident” in his words, but it was certainly a happy one for those who cherish the great poet and his unique imprint on local history. Traces of his influence can be found in his carefully preserved home on Mickle Street, in the memorial he helped design at his final resting place in Harleigh Cemetery, and in the tales of his travels throughout the area, including some Haddonfield encounters. The Historical Society of Haddonfield is pleased to welcome David Stedman to share some of these stories and to map the Poet’s progress when he presents “Walt Whitman in Camden County” at the Society’s annual Candlelight Dinner on March 25.

Mr. Stedman has served as President of the Walt Whitman Association and has previously led tours of the Whitman House and Tomb. Trained as a Philadelphia tour guide, he has explored Old City, Valley Forge, the Powell House (built for Charles Stedman) and other historic sites. He is the Historian of the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia and is on the local board of the Presbyterian Historical Society, while also serving as Secretary of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation. He has presented talks on Whitman throughout the area and across the state, including to the Haddon Fortnightly and the Haddonfield United Methodist Church.

After graduating cum laude from Dartmouth, Mr. Stedman studied at the University of London, traveled extensively through Africa and elsewhere, and pursued a life full of varied interests. He served as a schoolteacher in Camden for 32 years, winning honors as the City and County Teacher of the Year. He currently serves as President of the Clan Campbell Society and has led tours with the group in Scotland. A Haddonfield resident, he has devoted much time to local organizations such as the First Presbyterian Church and the Interfaith Caregivers.

In perhaps another happy accident, he was confirmed in his interest in Whitman by the poet’s quote regarding an early advocate, Edmund C. Stedman, of whom Whitman stated, “that Stedman is a lovely fellow.” We’re sure you’ll find Haddonfield’s Mr. Stedman the same. And, just as Whitman said of his accidental arrival, “but I shall never be sorry…. It has brought me blessed returns,” we know you will not regret joining with your Historical Society of Haddonfield friends, on purpose, to share fellowship and to celebrate Whitman’s life.



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Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2-4pm at Greenfield Hall.

This marvelous book was scheduled to be the topic of our February meeting, but brutal weather that day prevented us from getting together.

Great news: you still have time to begin and/or finish reading this well researched and truly delightful book. Also, Joe Murphy has offered to share some of his political memorabilia of McKinley, TR, Taft and Woodrow Wilson for the event.

All are welcome.

RSVP: Greenfield Hall 856-429-7375 or e-mail us at

HSH bookclub March 2015

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Upcoming Events

Book Club Meeting
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Annual Candlelight Dinner
Wed., March 25, 2015



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Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am
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Greenfield Hall and the Reference Library are both CLOSED Saturdays & Sundays except as noted above for the 1st Sunday of the Month.

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Historical Society of Haddonfield
343 Kings Hwy. E
Haddonfield, NJ 08033