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Historical Society Receives $50,000 Grant to Reserve Space for Haddon Township Collections in New Archives Center Building

March 26, 2018 New Archives Center Comments Off on Historical Society Receives $50,000 Grant to Reserve Space for Haddon Township Collections in New Archives Center Building

The Historical Society of Haddonfield has received a $50,000 grant from the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation that will allow it to reserve space in its planned new building for Haddon Township Historical Society archival collections.

With this gift, the Historical Society of Haddonfield has raised more than $690,000 for a new archival center to be built on its property on Kings Highway East in Haddonfield. The Society is now more than three-quarters of the way toward its fundraising goal of $900,000, and expects to break ground later this year. A separate restricted endowment already in place allows the Society to employ a professional archivist and covers other expenses of the archives center as well.

“Haddonfield and Haddon Township share a long history, and we are fortunate to already hold a variety of archival materials related to the history of Haddon Township,” said Carol W. Smith, president of the Historical Society of Haddonfield. “This new grant will allow us, for the first time, to provide preservation and access to Haddon Township Historical Society’s archival collections as well.”

“This planned new facility will be a win-win for both historical societies,” said Sandy White-Grear, Director of Education and Community Outreach for the Haddon Township Historical Society. “We are thrilled to be gaining storage space in a state-of-the-art, ADA-compliant facility that will also be able to provide access for class visits and researchers – and at no cost to taxpayers.”

Renderings of the planned interior of the new Archives Center, with the first floor reading room (top) and moveable storage on the second floor (bottom).

Dec. 7 Book Launch Planned for Jan Twitchell’s New Autobiography

November 27, 2017 Events, New Archives Center Comments Off on Dec. 7 Book Launch Planned for Jan Twitchell’s New Autobiography

The Historical Society is co-hosting a book launch for Jan Twitchell’s new book, A Fortunate Life. The event will be held on Thursday Dec. 7 at 3 pm at Brandywine Living, 132 Warwick Rd, Haddonfield.

Jan began the book as an oral history for the Historical Society, before it turned into a more significant autobiography. She has been a very involved resident of Haddonfield for more than 70 years. Among other things, she served as co-chair of the Dinosaur Sculpture committee and president of Interfaith Caregivers, and was named Citizen of the Year in 2002.

The book is available for $20 at the Historical Society, at Inkwood Books, and online here. Copies will also be available at the book launch.

Proceeds from sales of A Fortunate Life are being generously donated by the Twitchell family to the Historical Society’s planned new Archives Center.

Borough Issues Proclamation in Support of New Archives Center

November 13, 2017 New Archives Center Comments Off on Borough Issues Proclamation in Support of New Archives Center

The Borough of Haddonfield issued a proclamation last week declaring November 9, 2017 as “Historical Society of Haddonfield Archives Center Day” in support of the Society’s capital campaign for a new archives building.

Borough Clerk Deanna Bennett presented the proclamation on Thursday at our press conference announcing a major gift from the Haddonfield Library Company. You can read the full proclamation from the Borough below, and read more about the Haddonfield Library Company’s gift here.

Borough Clerk Deanna Bennett (right), with Society President Carol Smith and Haddonfield Library Company President John Reisner

 

Historical Society Receives $100,000 Gift For New Archives Building

November 9, 2017 New Archives Center Comments Off on Historical Society Receives $100,000 Gift For New Archives Building

The Historical Society of Haddonfield launched the final phase of its capital campaign for a new archives building with an announcement that the 214-year-old private Haddonfield Library Company has given $100,000 for the new building.

To date, the Historical Society has raised more than $605,400 toward the new building, leaving it more than two-thirds of the way toward its fundraising goal of $900,000. The Society already has a significant restricted endowment that allows the Society to employ a professional archivist and covers other expenses of the archives center as well.

“We are so grateful for this show of support from the Haddonfield Library Company,” said Carol W. Smith, President of the Historical Society of Haddonfield. “This gift brings together two venerable old institutions to jointly preserve the collective memory of our community.”

“The Historical Society’s planned new building will significantly improve preservation and access for the archival collections in its care, including the Library Company’s own records dating back more than 200 years,” said John Reisner, president of the Haddonfield Library Company. “We are delighted to be able to support this important project.”

The Historical Society of Haddonfield was founded in 1914 and is committed to collecting and preserving the unique artifacts, documents, photographs, and other collection materials that help tell the history of Haddonfield and its environs in South Jersey.

The Haddonfield Library Company was founded in 1803 as a private subscription library. Though it transferred its books in 1909 to the newly formed public library, the Haddonfield Library Company remains a separate incorporated entity that aims “to extend the benefit of learning and to promote a spirit of literacy.”

Historical Society Awarded $31,400 to Launch Capital Campaign for New Archives Center

December 14, 2015 New Archives Center Comments Off on Historical Society Awarded $31,400 to Launch Capital Campaign for New Archives Center

Seal_of_New_JerseyThe Historical Society of Haddonfield has been awarded two grants totaling $31,400 to plan and undertake a capital campaign for its new Archives Center, which was recently approved by Haddonfield’s Zoning Board of Adjustment to be built on the site of an existing garage on the Society’s property.

The New Jersey Cultural Trust awarded the Society $26,400 through its Institutional and Financial Stabilization grant program, which rotates annually between funding arts, history, and cultural institutions in the state. The Historical Society is the only recipient in Camden County this year.

The Haddonfield Foundation awarded an additional $5,000 to the Society’s effort to undertake the capital campaign.

“Together, these generous grants will allow us to take the next steps to making the Archives Center a reality and securing the community support we need to construct the building,” said Carol W. Smith, President of the Historical Society of Haddonfield. “These awards will allow us to work with experts experienced in planning and managing a capital campaign of this scale.”

The Society’s proposed Archives Center is expected to cost approximately $850,000. The new two-story building was designed by Haddonfield resident Eduardo Guzman of DCM Architecture and Engineering, and reinterprets an earlier barn that had stood on the site. The new Archives Center will provide much-needed space for the Society’s archival holdings, which include correspondence, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, maps, pamphlets, ephemera, books, and more.

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