History of the Town of Haddonfield

The town of Haddonfield, one of the oldest communities in what was originally known as West Jersey, has taken on many different appearances and roles during its lifetime. Located geographically at a critical point, where the navigable portion of the Cooper River crosses the King’s Highway, which ran between the …

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New Children’s Book: Samuel N. Rhoads of Haddonfield, NJ

The 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. Books will be available for $12 beginning on Monday April 18, 2016. We’re offering a special sale price of $10 per copy at …

Haddonfield Zoning Board Approves Plan for New Archives Center

Haddonfield’s Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved a proposal by the Historical Society of Haddonfield to build a new Archives Center on the site of an existing garage on the Society’s property. The new two-story building was designed by Haddonfield resident Eduardo Guzman of DCM Architecture and Engineering, and reinterprets …

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Historical Society Awarded New Grant for Collections Care

April 20, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on Historical Society Awarded New Grant for Collections Care
Pottery

Among the collections that will benefit from the new award are these examples of locally made pottery.

The Historical Society of Haddonfield has been awarded a $2,147 matching grant from the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) to help us continue to improve environmental conditions for our museum and archival collections.

Funded with the generous support of the William Penn Foundation, the award will allow the Historical Society to purchase upgraded climate control equipment, environmental monitors, storage furniture, housing supplies, and UV-filtering film.

The Historical Society qualified for the new grant after participating in CCAHA’s Philadelphia Stewardship Program over the last year. The program is designed to help non-profit collecting institutions achieve their preservation and conservation goals and is open to institutions within Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania and Camden County, NJ.

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.

Fiber Arts Day: April 30, 10 AM to 4 PM

April 4, 2016 Events Comments Off on Fiber Arts Day: April 30, 10 AM to 4 PM

12814774_1035311383206580_9099043581795626862_nJoin us for demonstrations of spinning, weaving, basketry, caning, knitting, crocheting, and needlework, as well as an antique circular sock machine.

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

Free!

Next Book Club Meeting Sunday April 3

March 28, 2016 Book Club Comments Off on Next Book Club Meeting Sunday April 3

LibertyStreetcoverThe next meeting of the Book Club is Sunday, April 3 from 2 – 4 PM. We’ll be discussing Liberty Street, by Haddonfield resident Carol Chandler Malcarney. And Carol will be joining us for the conversation!

Carol authored the newly published book, Liberty Street. This collection of World War II correspondence between Janice Y. Chandler and Alfred G. Chandler M.D, is a daughter’s loving tribute to her parents. Carol has collected and published over 700 war time correspondence between her parents, giving the reader a glimpse into the life of a family interrupted by World War II.

Looking ahead, here are the next few books we’re be reading in the Book Club. All discussions will be held in Greenfield Hall unless otherwise noted, and all are welcome!

Tuesday, May 10, 7 pm – The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, by David McCullough

Tuesday, September 13, 7 pm – Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow

Tuesday, November 15, 7 pm – Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States, by Bill Bryson

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Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-4 pm; first Sunday of the month, 1-3 pm; and by appointment.

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Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am; first Sunday of the month, 1-3 pm; and by appointment.

Greenfield Hall and the Archives Center are both CLOSED Saturdays & Sundays except as noted above for the first Sunday of the month.

We are closed in August, on major holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

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Historical Society of Haddonfield
343 Kings Hwy. E
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.429.7375
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