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October 7 “First Sunday” Display to Highlight Eighteenth-Century Life

September 19, 2018 Events Comments Off on October 7 “First Sunday” Display to Highlight Eighteenth-Century Life

The Historical Society will create another new pop-up display for our next “First Sunday” open hours. This latest display, “Life in the Eighteenth Century,” will be on view on Sunday October 7 from 1-3 pm on the first floor of Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

As with our previous pop-up displays, we’ll be pulling out a selection of items from our archival and museum collections that help illustrate the theme. We also offer tours of Greenfield Hall on First Sundays, and the Archives Center will be open for researchers next door in the Mickle House.

The pop-up display will continue through most of October and be available for viewing during Greenfield Hall’s public hours (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 pm) or by special appointment at another time.

September Membership Meeting to Feature Equal Rights Pioneer Octavius Catto

September 5, 2018 Events Comments Off on September Membership Meeting to Feature Equal Rights Pioneer Octavius Catto

Our next general membership meeting will feature a talk by authors Daniel Biddle and Murray Dubin about Octavius Catto (1839-1871), an important educator, athlete, and equal rights leader in the years before, during, and after the Civil War.

Presented in partnership with Lawnside Historical Society, the event will be held on Wednesday September 26 at 7:30 pm at the Mabel Kay House, 24 Walnut Street, Haddonfield. Admission is free.

Biddle and Dubin helped to bring Catto’s many accomplishments to light with their 2010 book, Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America. Biddle and Dubin each had long careers with the Philadelphia Inquirer,  and both had previously created works touching on aspects of Catto’s life. After accidentally discovering their mutual interest in this remarkable man, they decided to work together to share his full story.

Catto worked as a teacher at Philadelphia’s finest black school and also was a second baseman in the Pythian Baseball Club, an African American team. Among other accomplishments, he led a successful effort to have Pennsylvania’s streetcars integrated and to have Pennsylvania ratify the 15th Amendment, which granted black men the right to participate in elections. He was murdered in 1871 by a member of a white mob while on his way to vote. Philadelphia recently honored Catto with a statue outside of its City Hall.

Please join us on Sept. 26 to learn more about this equal rights pioneer and the men and women who worked with him to change America.

Society Partnering with Haddonfield Public Library for Summer Story Times

July 5, 2018 Events Comments Off on Society Partnering with Haddonfield Public Library for Summer Story Times

The Historical Society is pleased to be partnering with the Haddonfield Public Library for two children’s story times for ages 5-9 this July: “History for Dessert! Story Time with the Historical Society.”

The first story time will be held on Friday July 13 from 1:30 – 2 pm at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. Jordan Bilodeau, the children’s librarian at the Public Library, will be leading us and sharing stories and a fun activity. Reserve a space for your child here.

The second story time will be held on Monday July 23 from 11 – 11:30 am in the Children’s Program Room at the Haddonfield Public Library, 60 Haddon Ave., Haddonfield. Ms. Jordan will again be sharing stories and a fun activity. Reserve a space for your child at this second story time here.

Both events are free, but reservations are requested because space is limited. Please note that the first event will be held at the Historical Society and the second will be held at the Public Library!

Questions? Contact the Historical Society at info@haddonfieldhistory.org or email Ms. Jordan at the Public Library at jbilodeau@haddonfieldlibrary.org.

Last Chance for Tickets to Colonial Haddonfield Walking Tour

May 30, 2018 Events, tours Comments Off on Last Chance for Tickets to Colonial Haddonfield Walking Tour

Only a few more days to get your tickets for the Society’s new Colonial Haddonfield walking tour to be held Saturday June 2 from 10 am to 12 noon — just before the Indian King’s annual “Skirmish on the Highway.”

Tickets are only $25 per person, and space is limited to no more than 40 participants (in two groups of 20).

The walking tour will be led by Joe Haro, who has for many years led architectural walking tours in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, and Co-Borough Historian Kathy Tassini. The tour will depart from Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, and continue to Haddon Avenue and back. Participants will have a chance to view the inside of the Guard House / Timothy Matlack house on Kings Highway, opposite the Indian King Tavern. Light refreshments will be available at Greenfield Hall after the tour.

All proceeds to benefit the Historical Society. Contact the office at 856-429-7375 or by email at info@haddonfieldhistory.org to get your tickets today.

June 3 “First Sunday” Display to Highlight 200th Anniversary of First Baptist Church of Haddonfield

May 14, 2018 Events Comments Off on June 3 “First Sunday” Display to Highlight 200th Anniversary of First Baptist Church of Haddonfield

For the Historical Society’s next “First Sunday” pop-up display on June 3, we will be working in cooperation with the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

The Historical Society will be pulling out a variety of archival materials that relate to the church, including printed ephemera, historic images, a nineteenth-century ledger kept by a congregant, and various other manuscript materials. The church’s 200th anniversary committee will be sharing items from the congregation’s own historical collection, including a diary kept by its first minister, Rev. John Sisty (1783-1863).

We hope you’ll join us at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, on Sunday June 3 anytime between 12:30 pm and 3 pm. The Baptist Cemetery just across the street will also open its chapel from 2-3 pm that day.

Like other “First Sundays,” the Society will be offering our usual tours of Greenfield Hall, and the Archives Center and Research Library will be open for researchers next door in the Samuel Mickle House.

If you miss the Baptist Church display on Sunday June 3, it will continue in Greenfield Hall during the Historical Society’s public hours on Monday June 4 and Wednesday June 6.

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