Historical Society Receives Matching Grant to Recognize Contributions of Past President Pat Lennon

The Historical Society of Haddonfield has received a new challenge grant in support of its planned new Archives Center building: starting in May, all donations made in honor of past president Pat Lennon will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a donor who worked with Pat at the Historical Society and admires …

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 …

Proposed New Archives Center

The Historical Society of Haddonfield plans to build a new Archives Center on the site of an existing garage on the Society’s property at 343 Kings Highway East, just steps from Greenfield Hall and the Mickle House. The new two-story building was designed by Haddonfield resident Eduardo Guzman of DCM …

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Interested in Volunteering? Join Us at an Information Session on Wed. Oct. 17

October 1, 2018 Events Comments Off on Interested in Volunteering? Join Us at an Information Session on Wed. Oct. 17

The Historical Society of Haddonfield is holding an information session for potential volunteers on Wednesday October 17 at 7 pm at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

We hope you’ll stop by to hear more about how you can get involved!

We rely on the generosity and enthusiasm of our volunteers to help us preserve, study, and share our area’s rich history. Many of our volunteers help out during business hours, but we also have some opportunities for evening, weekend, or off-site help.

We’d love your help to:
– help decorate for Halloween;
– greet visitors who stop by for tours or attend events;
– lead tours and educational programs;
– write articles or layout our quarterly newsletter;
– help publicize upcoming events;
– assist with data-entry and other office work;
– work with our archival collections;
– care for the buildings, garden, and grounds;
and much more!

No RSVPs are needed, but feel free to contact us at 856-429-7375 if you have any questions.

October 7 “First Sunday” Display to Highlight Eighteenth-Century Life

September 19, 2018 Events Comments Off on October 7 “First Sunday” Display to Highlight Eighteenth-Century Life

The Historical Society will create another new pop-up display for our next “First Sunday” open hours. This latest display, “Life in the Eighteenth Century,” will be on view on Sunday October 7 from 1-3 pm on the first floor of Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

As with our previous pop-up displays, we’ll be pulling out a selection of items from our archival and museum collections that help illustrate the theme. We also offer tours of Greenfield Hall on First Sundays, and the Archives Center will be open for researchers next door in the Mickle House.

The pop-up display will continue through most of October and be available for viewing during Greenfield Hall’s public hours (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 pm) or by special appointment at another time.

Historical Society Awarded $10,000 Grant for New Archives Center Building

September 19, 2018 New Archives Center Comments Off on Historical Society Awarded $10,000 Grant for New Archives Center Building

The Historical Society of Haddonfield has received a new $10,000 grant from the Haddonfield Foundation in support of its planned new archives center building. The Foundation awarded the grant in honor of past Historical Society president Pat Lennon, so it will be matched dollar-for-dollar through a challenge grant issued earlier this year by a donor who worked with Pat at the Historical Society and admires her greatly.

“We are so thankful for the foundation’s ongoing support of the Historical Society,” said Doug Rauschenberger, president of the Historical Society of Haddonfield. “And we’re so pleased that this challenge grant is helping to draw even more attention to Pat’s many contributions to this community.”

With this grant and its match, the Society has now raised more than $858,000 in gifts and pledges for the new building. Donations can be mailed to the Historical Society, and gifts can also be made online. Donors who wish to have their gifts matched must designate that they are giving in Pat’s honor.

The Society will begin construction on the new building this month. The planned facility will nearly triple the storage space for archival collections while incorporating up-to-date temperature and humidity controls and fire suppression system in an ADA-compliant building. Space in the new building will also be reserved for Haddon Township Historical Society archival collections, thanks to a generous gift earlier this year from the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation.

A rendering of the planned new Archives Center reading room.

September Membership Meeting to Feature Equal Rights Pioneer Octavius Catto

September 5, 2018 Events Comments Off on September Membership Meeting to Feature Equal Rights Pioneer Octavius Catto

Our next general membership meeting will feature a talk by authors Daniel Biddle and Murray Dubin about Octavius Catto (1839-1871), an important educator, athlete, and equal rights leader in the years before, during, and after the Civil War.

Presented in partnership with Lawnside Historical Society, the event will be held on Wednesday September 26 at 7:30 pm at the Mabel Kay House, 24 Walnut Street, Haddonfield. Admission is free.

Biddle and Dubin helped to bring Catto’s many accomplishments to light with their 2010 book, Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America. Biddle and Dubin each had long careers with the Philadelphia Inquirer,  and both had previously created works touching on aspects of Catto’s life. After accidentally discovering their mutual interest in this remarkable man, they decided to work together to share his full story.

Catto worked as a teacher at Philadelphia’s finest black school and also was a second baseman in the Pythian Baseball Club, an African American team. Among other accomplishments, he led a successful effort to have Pennsylvania’s streetcars integrated and to have Pennsylvania ratify the 15th Amendment, which granted black men the right to participate in elections. He was murdered in 1871 by a member of a white mob while on his way to vote. Philadelphia recently honored Catto with a statue outside of its City Hall.

Please join us on Sept. 26 to learn more about this equal rights pioneer and the men and women who worked with him to change America.

Next Book Club Meeting To Be Held September 25

September 4, 2018 Book Club Comments Off on Next Book Club Meeting To Be Held September 25

There’s still time to read the Historical Society’s Book Club summer reading selection before our next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday September 25 at 7 pm at Greenfield Hall.

We’ll be discussing Grant, by Ron Chernow, a captivating biography of Ulysses S. Grant. Grant was named one of the best books of 2017 by Goodreads, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and others. Chernow “delivers a deeply researched, everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know biography, but few readers will regret the experience,” according to Kirkus Reviews.

As always, all are welcome at our discussion on September 25, even if you haven’t read the book. Light refreshments will be served.

If you’re planning your fall reading, the Book Club will then meet on Tuesday November 27 to discuss It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History, by Jennifer Wright.

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