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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.

Joint Book Club Meeting to be Held March 20 at Public Library

February 14, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Joint Book Club Meeting to be Held March 20 at Public Library

Join us for the next meeting of the Historical Society of Haddonfield’s Book Club on Monday, March 20 at 7 pm. We’ll be discussing the book The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters, by Laura Thompson.

This book is a joint event with the Haddonfield Public Library Book Club, so for this discussion, we’ll be meeting at the Haddonfield Public Library, 60 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield.

Thompson’s book is a fascinating biography of six sisters whose intertwined lives “hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after WWII.”

The book was selected as an “editor’s choice” by the New York Times Book Review, while Kirkus Reviews called it “smart, jaunty, and wittily entertaining.” The Atlantic described the book as “meticulously researched, elegantly written . . . an artful history of a most enthralling family.”

As always, all are welcome at the event, even if you haven’t read the whole book! Light refreshments will be served.

Book Club To Meet Thursday January 19

January 6, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club To Meet Thursday January 19

Join us Thursday, January 19 for the next meeting of the Historical Society of Haddonfield’s Book Club. This month, we’ll discussing the book 1776 by historian David McCullough.

We’ll be meeting 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 read the whole book!

McCullough paints a compelling portrait of the year of the Declaration of Independence, weaving together events on both sides of the Atlantic to tell a stirring story of war, politics, and idealism. One reviewer called McCullough’s book a “stirring and timely work,” writing that “McCullough deftly sketches characters with a few quotations and details, humanizing a cast of thousands.”

Stay tuned for our spring meeting schedule, coming soon.

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