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“The Real Jersey Devil” Coming on November 16

November 1, 2016 Events Comments Off on “The Real Jersey Devil” Coming on November 16

brianregalThe Society’s next General Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday November 16 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Brian Regal of Kean University will be presenting “The Real Jersey Devil.” The event is free for members, with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members.

Due to anticipated interest, we’ll be gathering for this event only in the meeting room at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 204 Wayne Ave., Haddonfield.

What is or was the Jersey Devil? The actual thirteenth child of Mrs. Leeds, cursed by her to be the spawn of Satan after the burden of bearing twelve other children, or a silly backwoods superstition? Does it bear the features of bat and kangaroo, or is it more like a winged goat? Does it slaughter dogs and pigs and even its own mother, or is it a harmless tale told to add a thrill to Pinelands camping trips? What are the facts behind its birth and how has it lived so long, with sightings still occurring to this day?

According to Dr. Regal, the story of the Jersey Devil is far more important and interesting than the details of its appearance or its authenticity. “The problem is that everything you think you know about the Jersey Devil is wrong,” says Dr. Regal. “It is not about a spectral winged horse, demon, but rather the bare-knuckled political and religious upheavals and fights of colonial America. The real story of the Jersey Devil’s birth is far more interesting, complex, and important than anyone thinks. It is a product not of witchcraft, but innuendo, scandal, rumor mongering, and media hype. It illuminates a forgotten part of American history. “

Dr. Regal teaches the history of science, technology, and medicine at Kean University. His interests are wide-ranging, including how the fringe and mainstream in science interact. In 2013, he published Searching for Sasquatch: Crackpots, Eggheads and Cryptozoology, exploring the lives of mainstream scientists who believed seemingly far-fetched creatures like the Sasquatch and Yeti were real animals, not simply the products of folklore or hoaxes. He has shared his research in venues ranging from academic journals to the History Channel series “True Monsters.” He has collaborated with Kean University colleague Dr. Frank Esposito on a new book, tentatively titled Satan’s Harbinger: The Real Story of the Jersey Devil, scheduled to be published this spring.

Hope to see you the 16th for this intriguing presentation!

Tickets Now Available for Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours and Haunted Mansion

October 3, 2016 Events, tours Comments Off on Tickets Now Available for Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours and Haunted Mansion
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A daytime view of the Haunted Mansion

The Historical Society is your place for spooky fun this October! Don’t miss out on this year’s Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours and Haunted Mansion:

Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours

Join us on a walking tour of Old Haddonfield as author William Meehan, Jr. regales us with ghost stories and legends from his popular paperback, Haunted Haddonfield.

The tour begins at 7 pm at Greenfield Hall and winds past the cemetery and familiar homes along the way. The tour lasts about 60 minutes and can be enjoyed by everyone: couples, groups, and families.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tours will be held on the following dates:

  • Friday Oct. 21, 7 pm starting at Greenfield Hall (343 Kings Highway East)
  • Saturday Oct. 22, 7 pm starting at Greenfield Hall
  • Friday Oct. 28, 7 pm starting at Greenfield Hall
  • Saturday Oct. 29, 7 pm starting at Greenfield Hall

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the Historical Society during open hours, at the Haddonfield Public Library, and at the Visitors Center. Tickets will also be available at the door (cash only) as space allows.

Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a flashlight, and wear light/reflective clothing as a safety precaution.

Haunted Mansion

The Society will host its annual Haunted Mansion right after the town Halloween parade. The event should be a spooky good time for older children and families.

  • Sunday Oct. 30, from about 7 pm until 9 pm at Greenfield Hall (343 Kings Highway East)

The cost is $3 for children and $5 for adults. Tickets will be available at the door.

You can learn more about the Halloween parade, organized by the Haddonfield Celebrations Committee, at www.haddonfieldcelebrations.org

September General Membership Meeting to Focus on Suffrage Leader Alice Paul

September 12, 2016 Events Comments Off on September General Membership Meeting to Focus on Suffrage Leader Alice Paul

Our next general membership meeting will be held on Wednesday September 28 at 7:30 pm at Greenfield Hall, and will feature a presentation by Lucienne Beard on “Alice Paul: New Jersey’s Heroine for Equality.” Beard is executive director of the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel, and the presentation and discussion will feature original photographs from her personal collection, explore Alice Paul’s life, her roots in the New Jersey Quaker community, and her work for women around the world.

Who is Alice Paul? That’s a question few would have needed to ask in the early twentieth century when she was at the forefront of the women’s suffrage movement. Organizer of some of the most prominent and contentious suffrage rallies, founder of the National Women’s Party, author of the original Equal Rights Amendment, she was a figure constantly in the public eye. Her clashes with those both in and out of the movement and her outspoken support of women’s rights resulted in imprisonment and worse, but also made her “what Gandhi was to Indian independence and Martin Luther King was to civil rights,” according to her biographer, Mary Walton.

Despite a life devoted to gender issues and equality even after women were finally granted the right to vote, her fame waned and she was largely forgotten at the time of her death in 1977 in Moorestown, NJ. But she has finally begun to receive her due: she will appear on a new $10 bill along with other pioneers of women’s rights, a Google doodle marked her birthday, and the headquarters of the National Women’s Party has been recognized as a national monument.

The Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel has spearheaded this overdue appreciation of her impact. Headquartered at historic Paulsdale, the “home farm” of the Paul family, the Institute seeks to honor Paul’s legacy by working to achieve full gender equality worldwide.

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment granting American women the right to vote, Alice Paul’s work to this end and beyond is even more relevant and significant. It is fascinating to explore its roots here in South Jersey and nearby areas along with the efforts and trials she endured extending the courage of her convictions worldwide in ways that continue to resonate. Please join us at Greenfield Hall on Wednesday, September 28 as we get to know Alice Paul and the lasting effects of her work.

May 25th, 7:30 PM: General Meeting & Presentation

May 9, 2016 Events Comments Off on May 25th, 7:30 PM: General Meeting & Presentation

Still FamilySamuel Still will present, Legacy of an American Family: The Still Family in South Jersey.

Samuel Still wants people to know that the history of the Still family is an American success story. Its first ancestors arrived in America in the 1600’s, and the family went on to establish itself in the new nation, most prominently in South Jersey. From humble beginnings, the Stills have produced notable figures in the arts, medicine, religion, academics, social justice, athletics and other fields.

What is remarkable, though sadly not unique, about the Still family are the odds they had to overcome to achieve this success. That first ancestor was brought here in indentured servitude. Progenitors Charity and Levin Still (third great grandparents to Samuel) had to escape slavery in order to establish their lives in New Jersey, and leave some of their children behind, one of whom died as the result of a whipping while in captivity. Even when they found freedom in their new home, the world around them was not always welcoming because of their color.

Charity and Levin’s son, James, wanted to become a doctor but “was not the right color to enter where such knowledge was dispensed.” He became a self-taught herbalist and known as the “Black Doctor of the Pines.” His son would go on to Harvard Medical School and a niece would become a pioneering female doctor. His younger brother, abolitionist William Still, authored The Underground Railroad, an invaluable set of first hand tales of those escaping from slavery. Not simply a recorder, he enabled the operations of the Underground Railroad throughout the area, including Haddonfield. Other accomplished Still relations include the composer William Grant Still and Pro Bowl football player Art Still. Please join us on May 25th to hear more about this incredible family.

Samuel Still currently serves as Chairman of the Dr. James Still Historical Office and Educational Center in Medford, NJ.

Fiber Arts Day This Saturday, April 30, 10 am to 4 pm

April 25, 2016 Events Comments Off on Fiber Arts Day This Saturday, April 30, 10 am to 4 pm
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Demonstrators at the 2015 Fiber Arts Day

This Saturday: Fiber Arts Day! Stop by our second annual fiber event on Saturday April 30, 10 am to 4 pm at Greenfield Hall. This year’s event will include:

  • natural fiber artists
  • crocheters
  • dyers
  • felters
  • knitters
  • spinners
  • weavers

We will also have a special showing of antique woven coverlets at 11:30 am and 2 pm.

Free!

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