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 …

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 …

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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Collection Spotlight: Rebecca Fowler Cased Photos

August 14, 2017 Collection Spotlight Comments Off on Collection Spotlight: Rebecca Fowler Cased Photos

We continue with our periodic spotlight of some of the objects, documents, photographs and other items you can find in the collections of the Historical Society of Haddonfield. We’re pleased to present our next feature, thanks to the help of summer volunteer Britni Dellinger:

REBECCA FOWLER CASED PHOTOS

1943.048, Gift of Rebecca Fowler

This small collection of cased photographs depicts family and/or friends of life-long Haddonfield resident Rebecca Fowler (1856-1943). Rebecca lived with her sister Elizabeth for most of her life and ran a small school in Haddonfield around the turn of the twentieth century. These daguerreotypes date to the mid-nineteenth century, with one case advertising the studio of Van Loan & Co. in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, we do not know the names of the people depicted here. These items were added to the Historical Society’s collections in 1943, perhaps after Rebecca’s death in October of that year.

Next Book Club to Meet Tuesday September 26

July 27, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Next Book Club to Meet Tuesday September 26

We are thrilled to have Haddonfield resident and author Robert Strauss attend our next Book Club meeting on Tuesday, September 26 at 7 PM.

We’ll be discussing Robert’s book, Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents.”

The book is an irreverent exploration of James Buchanan’s presidency and his disastrous term in the years before the outbreak of the Civil War, as well as the idea of ranking presidents at all. Kirkus Reviews concludes that he “makes a firm argument for the essential doofusness of the 15th president.” The book has won both an IPPY and a Foreword INDIE, national awards for biography.

As always, all are welcome at the event, even if you haven’t read the whole book, and feel free to bring a friend! Light refreshments will be provided.

We’ll be meeting at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

In November, we will discuss Pure Heart: The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect Union, by William F. Quigley.

Closed for August

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Just a reminder that the Historical Society closes to the public for the entire month of August. The Archives Center and Research Library’s last day for researchers before the break will be Wednesday July 26, between 9:30-11:30 am. Greenfield Hall’s last day open for tours will be Monday July 31, between 1-4 pm. We’ll see you in September!

Collection Spotlight: Spice Grater

July 13, 2017 Collection Spotlight Comments Off on Collection Spotlight: Spice Grater

Ever wonder what kinds of museum objects, tools, documents, photographs and other archival materials you can find in the collections of the Historical Society of Haddonfield? We collect a wide variety of items to preserve and study the history of Haddonfield and its environs, and only a fraction of it is on display in Greenfield Hall.

In the weeks ahead, thanks to the help of volunteer Britni Dellinger, we will be posting brief collection spotlights to highlight some of these amazing items. First up:

SPICE GRATER

1928.025, Gift of Marion C. Nicholson

This small grater was likely used for nutmeg seeds. Patented in 1870 by James M. Smith, of Seymour, Connecticut, this style of grater has a hinged case with a rasping-wheel inside. In addition to other uses for nutmeg in cooking, some men in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries carried around graters to add nutmeg to drinks as a garnish. This item was added to the Historical Society’s collections in 1928.

Closed Saturday July 1 through Tuesday July 4

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In observance of the Fourth of July, the Historical Society will be closed Saturday July 1 through Tuesday July 4. We will reopen on Wednesday July 5. Since we’ll be missing our usual “First Sunday” hours in July, please feel free to call or email the office or the Archives Center to arrange an appointment for another time to visit.

Fortunately, our beautiful gardens are always open!

Save the Date!

January 7, 2018 – “First Sunday” hours and Document Display: “Haddonfield — A Winter Wonderland;” Greenfield Hall and Archives Center open 1-3 pm

January 22, 2018, Book Club: Diary of a World War I Nurse (email Society for PDF) and The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry, 7 pm, Haddonfield Public Library

March 21, 2018, Candlelight Dinner and General Membership Meeting, 6 pm, Tavistock Country Club

Funding provided by the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College, the officially designated county history agency of the New Jersey Historical Commission.

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GREENFIELD HALL

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

ARCHIVES CENTER / RESEARCH LIBRARY

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.

Contact Us:

Historical Society of Haddonfield
343 Kings Hwy. E
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.429.7375
General questions:
info@haddonfieldhistory.org
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library@haddonfieldhistory.org

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