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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Don’t Forget to Renew Your Membership!

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Haddonfield elementary students tour the tool collection in Greenfield Hall

It’s membership renewal time!

If you haven’t already done so, please take a minute to send in your check or click on the PayPal link in the right margin to renew today.

(And if your contribution has already been sent, thank you!)

Your membership has enabled us to accomplish so much this year. Because of you, we expanded our work with local students and educators. We created new tours for local second-graders. We are mentoring Haddonfield Memorial High School students working with primary source material in our Archives Center. We published a new children’s book in collaboration with the Haddonfield Middle School Nature Club.

With your help we continue to reach new audiences with our public programs, our book club, our Facebook page and our website. We also are able to continue to preserve Haddonfield’s historic Greenfield Hall and Samuel Mickle House, which is the oldest frame structure in Camden County, as well as care for our wonderful museum collections and Archives Center.

But we have big plans and need your continued support.

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Next Book Club Selection: Alexander Hamilton

June 1, 2016 Book Club Comments Off on Next Book Club Selection: Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton coverPlan your summer reading now, and mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Historical Society’s Book Club on Tuesday, September 13, at 7 pm in Greenfield Hall.

We’ll be discussing Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow.

According to historian Joseph Ellis, the biography is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.” It also served as inspiration for the hit Broadway musical, “Hamilton.”

If you can’t make it for this discussion, save the date for the next selection. All are welcome!

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

Closed Monday for Memorial Day

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We will be closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

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.

Book Club To Meet Tuesday May 10, 7 pm

May 9, 2016 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club To Meet Tuesday May 10, 7 pm

the-great-bridge-9781451683233_lgJoin us for the next meeting of the Historical Society’s Book Club on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 pm in Greenfield Hall. We’ll be discussing The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, by David McCullough.

This enthralling story tells of the building of the world’s longest suspension bridge at the time. One critic called McCullough’s history “a book so compelling and complete as to be a literary monument.”

If you can’t make it for this discussion, please mark your calendar now for the next couple books we’ll be reading in Book Club. All discussions will be held in Greenfield Hall unless otherwise noted, and all are welcome!

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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