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1. From where does the Society receive funding?

The Society is funded primarily by its members and public fundraising events. We are proud to also receive periodic grant awards from local, county and state sources for specific projects.

2. Are you connected to the Historic Preservation Commission? How about the Preservation Society or Preservation Haddonfield?

No. The Historic Preservation Commission (“HPC) is a municipal advisory board created in 1971 through the Borough’s Historic District Ordinance. HPC members are appointed by the Commissioners and are responsible for a design review of all Certificate of Appropriateness applications for exterior alterations, in-fill construction, site alterations, etc. for structures within Haddonfield Historic District. The Commission gives their recommendations to the Planning Board and/or the Zoning Office regarding these applications. The list of structures in the Historic District and the boundaries of the Historic District can be found in the Borough of Haddonfield’s Historic District Ordinance. There is no connection between the Historic Preservation Commission and the Historical Society of Haddonfield.

The Preservation Society was a grass-roots preservation advocacy group, led by Joan Aiken, which disbanded in the late 1990s. In 2009, another preservation/open space advocacy group (“Preservation Haddonfield“) was formed by concerned Haddonfield residents. The Historical Society is not connected to those entities.

3. Can you tell me about building an addition to my house or what colors I should paint my house?

No, these questions should be directed to the Historic Preservation Commission and/or the Technical Historic Preservation Consultant. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of your house, you may be interested in learning more about the Historical Society’s resources in its Archives Center and Research Library.

House Color: There are no municipal regulations regarding house color and so no building permit/application regarding color choice (or to paint your house, for that matter) is required by the HPC.

Building Additions/Alterations: The Borough Historic Preservation Consultant (Tuesdays afternoons in the Zoning Office, by appointment) is available to give input and advice to residents on any preservation question including paint color suggestions, either inside or outside of the Historic District.

4. Can items be borrowed from the HSH Archives Center and Research Library?

Most can not. But if the condition of the item permits, the pages can be photocopied, scanned or photographed.

5. Why is the official “year” for HSH start on May 1 and end April 30?

Many years ago (at least 25) it was decided that spring time was best . . . the holidays were over and folks hadn’t yet started summer vacations.

6. What does it cost to join?

Would you like to join us? Download a membership application here. We welcome anyone with an interest in preserving Haddonfield history!

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1st Sunday of the month from 1 to 3PM


Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 9:30 to 11:30 AM and
1st Sunday of the month from 1 to 3 PM and
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Greenfield Hall and the Archives Center are both CLOSED Saturdays & Sundays except as noted above for the 1st Sunday of the month.

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

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