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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.

September Meeting To Feature Recent Archaeology at Fort Mercer

September 5, 2017 Events Comments Off on September Meeting To Feature Recent Archaeology at Fort Mercer

Our next general membership meeting will be held Wednesday September 27 at 7:30 pm, 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.

Please join us on September 27. The presentation promises to be an engaging tale of what brought our unwanted guests to town 240 years ago, as well as a testament to the daunting challenges in preserving and discovering anew the secrets of history that are hidden among us.

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

June 6 Event to Celebrate HMHS Student Research on Local Impacts of World War I

May 30, 2017 Events Comments Off on June 6 Event to Celebrate HMHS Student Research on Local Impacts of World War I

The Historical Society of Haddonfield invites you to join us on Tuesday June 6 at 7 pm as we celebrate the work done by Haddonfield Memorial High School students this spring as they researched how our area was impacted by World War I. The event will be held in the HMHS library, located at 401 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

The HMHS class, “Haddonfield and the Great War,” was offered for the first time this semester and is taught by Social Studies teacher David Reader. Students visited the Historical Society several times in the course of their research, using primary source materials and viewing World War I-related artifacts in the Society’s collections.

At this culminating event, the students will be discussing their experiences and previewing some of the digital content they compiled. A small exhibit of primary source documents will also be on display.

Free.

May General Membership Meeting to Highlight History of New Jersey’s Delaware Bay Oyster Industry

May 10, 2017 Events Comments Off on May General Membership Meeting to Highlight History of New Jersey’s Delaware Bay Oyster Industry
Join us on Wednesday May 24 at 7:30 pm for the Historical Society’s next General Membership Meeting and program. Dr. Michael Chiarappa of Quinnipiac University will be presenting, “Planting Bivalves: The History of New Jersey’s Delaware Bay Oyster Industry.”

The oystering industry along the Delaware Bay is now merely a shadow of its once thriving self. Dr. Chiarappa will explore the history of this bustling industry using historic photographs, and encourages questions and discussion from the audience’s own memories of this bygone era. Dr. Chiarappa is a native of Audubon who now resides in Haddonfield.

The event will be held at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. Free for members, suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers.

Third Annual Fiber Arts Day Planned for Saturday April 29

April 3, 2017 Events Comments Off on Third Annual Fiber Arts Day Planned for Saturday April 29

Join us for the Historical Society of Haddonfield’s third annual Fiber Arts Day on Saturday April 29, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Try your hand at spinning and weaving. Watch demonstrations on dyeing fibers, basket weaving, knitting, crocheting, and more. Don’t miss the amazing antique circular sock machine!

Some demonstrators will have their work for sale.

Admission is free, but donations are always welcome to help cover expenses. All ages are welcome. Fiber Arts Day will be held at the Historical Society’s headquarters: Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ.

Questions? Contact the Historical Society at 856-429-7375 or info@haddonfieldhistory.org.

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