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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!

Book Club to Meet Tuesday November 28

November 20, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club to Meet Tuesday November 28

Join us Tuesday November 28, 2017, for a lively Book Club discussion of Pure Heart: The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect Union, by William F. Quigley, Jr.

The book explores the Civil War with the help of a recently rediscovered collection of letters exchanged by a prominent Philadelphia minister and his soldier son.

One reviewer wrote, “Quigley’s narrative serves as a microcosm of the larger conflicts both within the Northern home front and across Southern battlefields . . . a superb scholarly work.”

We will meet at 7 pm at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome, even if you haven’t finished the book!

After this discussion, we will meet next on January 22, 2018 in a joint meeting with the Haddonfield Public Library book club. We’ll be discussing two books at that event: Diary of a World War I Nurse, by Rosaline Ready (email the Society for a PDF), and The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry. We will gather at the Public Library for that discussion.

Book Club and General Membership Meeting This Week

September 25, 2017 Events Comments Off on Book Club and General Membership Meeting This Week

The Historical Society has two great events scheduled for this week:

On Tuesday, September 26, at 7 pm, we’ll be hosting the next meeting of the Historical Society’s Book Club. We’ll be discussing Haddonfield resident and author Robert Strauss’ book, Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents.

We’re delighted that Robert will be joining us for the conversation!

As always, all are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book.

On Wednesday, September 27, at 7:30 pm, we’ll be holding our next General Membership Meeting with a presentation by archaeologist Wade P. Catts. Wade will be discussing recent archaeology findings at Fort Mercer in Red Bank Battlefield Park in Gloucester County.

This October will mark the 240th anniversary of the 1777 battle for Fort Mercer. Hessian troops, led by the urbane Colonel von Donop, camped in Haddonfield on the grounds of Greenfield Hall. And many know the heroic tale of Jonas Cattell, imprisoned in Haddonfield, who at first-light sped on foot to warn the American troops of the coming attack.

An independent historical archaeologist, Catts led the recently completed exploration of the Red Bank Battlefield Park. He has explored battlefields and encampments ranging from Princeton to Brandywine to Valley Forge to Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware’s lone Revolutionary War engagement that is the subject of an upcoming book by Catts.

The event will be free for members, with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers.

Archaeologist Wade P. Catts

Both events will be held at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. And don’t worry: the new street-parking restrictions on Kings Highway East end at 3 pm, so you’re welcome to park right out front.

Next Book Club to Meet Tuesday September 26

July 27, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Next Book Club to Meet Tuesday September 26

We are thrilled to have Haddonfield resident and author Robert Strauss attend our next Book Club meeting on Tuesday, September 26 at 7 PM.

We’ll be discussing Robert’s book, Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents.”

The book is an irreverent exploration of James Buchanan’s presidency and his disastrous term in the years before the outbreak of the Civil War, as well as the idea of ranking presidents at all. Kirkus Reviews concludes that he “makes a firm argument for the essential doofusness of the 15th president.” The book has won both an IPPY and a Foreword INDIE, national awards for biography.

As always, all are welcome at the event, even if you haven’t read the whole book, and feel free to bring a friend! Light refreshments will be provided.

We’ll be meeting at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

In November, we will discuss Pure Heart: The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect Union, by William F. Quigley.

Book Club to Meet Monday May 15

May 2, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club to Meet Monday May 15

The next meeting of the Historical Society of Haddonfield’s Book Club will be Monday, May 15 at 7 pm. We’ll be discussing the book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin.

This book is a joint event with the Haddonfield Public Library Book Club, but it’s our turn to host. We’ll be meeting at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

Toobin’s book explores the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court, painting a rich picture of the complicated relationships between the nine justices and how their work impacts the country.

As always, all are welcome at the event, even if you haven’t read the whole book, and feel free to bring a friend! Light refreshments will be provided.

If you’re planning your summer reading, make sure to leave time for our September book selection: Worst President Ever: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents, by Haddonfield resident Robert Strauss. In November, we will discuss Pure Heart: The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect Union, by William F. Quigley.

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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