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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!

New Children’s Book Will Launch at April 17 Book Release Party

April 7, 2016 Events Comments Off on New Children’s Book Will Launch at April 17 Book Release Party

SamuelNRhoadsbookcoverThe Historical Society of Haddonfield is proud to announce the publication of a new children’s book: Samuel N. Rhoads of Haddonfield, NJ: Birds, Books and Big Adventures. The book is the culmination of a three-year project by the Haddonfield Middle School Nature Club to investigate the life of Rhoads, a local naturalist and historian.

The Historical Society will celebrate the book and its authors at a book release party on Sunday April 17 from 2-4 pm at the auditorium of Haddonfield Friends Meeting, 45 Friends Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ. All are welcome to come celebrate! Books will be available for $10 per copy. After the party, the books will be $12 each.

The Nature Club began its study of Samuel Rhoads (1862-1952) at the suggestion of Kim Custer, a volunteer at the Historical Society who had herself been researching Rhoads’ life and how his childhood in Haddonfield influenced his love of nature. Among his many interests, Rhoads was a founder of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Society and collected thousands of specimens in the U.S. and in South America for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

“I thought Samuel would be a wonderful role model for the students,” said Custer, a classroom aide for the Haddonfield Public Schools. “They were thrilled to hear that he was only 12 when he donated his first specimen, a bird from Haddonfield, to the Academy. And we were all fascinated to be able to read his own field notes and personal papers held at the Historical Society’s Archives Center.”

Custer eventually suggested that the club write a biography of Rhoads that could be used in Haddonfield schools’ social studies curriculum. Under the direction of Custer and Nature Club advisor Robin Walters, sixteen students wrote text, created illustrations, and selected historical images and documents to include in the biography. The book’s authors include Custer, Walters, and Nature Club members Patrick Ainsworth, Julia Chin, Helen Chung, Claire Custer, Philip Edmonston, Rachel D’Emelia, Chloe Lin, Zoe Murray, Natalie Naticchia, Sarah Naticchia, Banks Sapnar, Miles Schroeder, Evelyn Sky, Nina Tan, Mark Vaughn and Claudia Watson.

April 23rd – Gardens clean-up 9 AM to Noon

April 6, 2016 Events Comments Off on April 23rd – Gardens clean-up 9 AM to Noon

Greenfield GardensGreenfield Hall: Our beautiful gardens are frequently used by local photographers as a setting for their photographs. We also rent the gardens and Greenfield Hall out for events. Help us keep these gardens beautiful and support the society by joining us Saturday April 23rd from 9am to noon. Bring garden gloves, rack, pruner and shovel if you have them.

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