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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Help us build a new Archives Center! Use this form to make an online donation to the new building, or contact us to discuss other giving options.

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Last Call for Tickets to Candlelight Dinner

March 16, 2017 Events Comments Off on Last Call for Tickets to Candlelight Dinner

Only one more week until the Historical Society’s annual Candlelight Dinner! Don’t miss out and buy your tickets today.

We’re thrilled to have Sarah Rice, the archivist from Campbell Soup Company, join us Wednesday March 22, 2017 for a fascinating talk. The dinner and general membership meeting will be held at Tavistock Country Club. Cocktails start at 6pm.

Tickets are $60.00 for Historical Society members and $70.00 for non-members.

You can sign up online and pay with a credit card via PayPal through Saturday 3/18, or call the office at 856-429-7375 to reserve a spot. See you there!

Volunteers Needed for Second-Grade Class Visits This Spring

March 8, 2017 tours Comments Off on Volunteers Needed for Second-Grade Class Visits This Spring

This spring, the Historical Society of Haddonfield will once again be hosting visits from elementary school students as part of the school curriculum on local history.

We’re anticipating leading tours for ten classes of second-graders, and we’d love your help either as a lead docent or a helper.

Volunteers should be willing to commit to helping with at least two tours of Greenfield Hall in late April and May. The tours will be held from 9:30-11:30 am during the week, and are currently being scheduled with teachers. All volunteer docents are also required to attend a training session at Greenfield Hall on Thursday March 23 from 1-2:30 pm. If you’d like to volunteer but cannot attend training on the 23rd, please let us know.

If you’re interested, please RSVP to Marsha Marshall at info@haddonfieldhistory.org. Thank you, and if you have any questions, please contact us at info@haddonfieldhistory.org or 856-429-7375.

Candlelight Dinner Tickets On Sale Now!

February 20, 2017 Events Comments Off on Candlelight Dinner Tickets On Sale Now!

Join us on Wednesday March 22 at 6 pm for our annual Candlelight Dinner and General Membership Meeting at Tavistock Country Club.

This year’s program will feature a presentation on “How the Campbell Soup Company Got Its Middle Name,” by Corporate Archivist Sarah Rice.

Campbell’s has been so important to South Jersey, and many Haddonfield residents have heard how local resident Dorcas Reilly led the team that created the recipe for the green bean casserole while working the Campbell’s test kitchens. But did you know that soup was not a primary focus of the company when it was founded in 1869?

Sarah Price will explain how Dorrance family innovations in the production of condensed soup, marketing and advertising shaped the company in remarkable ways, as well as present a selection of artifacts from the history of the company. Price has served as corporate archivist for the company since 2014, and holds a master’s degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University.

You can order your tickets online or send us the order form in the March 2017 Bulletin newsletter. You can also call the office at 856-429-7375 or stop by during our open hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 1-4 pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the dinner!

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Joint Book Club Meeting to be Held March 20 at Public Library

February 14, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Joint Book Club Meeting to be Held March 20 at Public Library

Join us for the next meeting of the Historical Society of Haddonfield’s Book Club on Monday, March 20 at 7 pm. We’ll be discussing the book The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters, by Laura Thompson.

This book is a joint event with the Haddonfield Public Library Book Club, so for this discussion, we’ll be meeting at the Haddonfield Public Library, 60 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield.

Thompson’s book is a fascinating biography of six sisters whose intertwined lives “hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after WWII.”

The book was selected as an “editor’s choice” by the New York Times Book Review, while Kirkus Reviews called it “smart, jaunty, and wittily entertaining.” The Atlantic described the book as “meticulously researched, elegantly written . . . an artful history of a most enthralling family.”

As always, all are welcome at the event, even if you haven’t read the whole book! Light refreshments will be served.

More Funding Awarded for Collections Care

February 8, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on More Funding Awarded for Collections Care

Just some of the collections that will benefit from the new grant

The Historical Society of Haddonfield has been awarded a $1,836 matching grant from the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) for collections care.

The award is funded with the generous support of the William Penn Foundation, and will allow the Historical Society to purchase computer hardware and software, a dehumidifier, UV light filters, and supplies for monitoring insects, labeling artifacts, rehousing archival collections, and responding to emergencies.

The Historical Society qualified for the grant by participating in CCAHA’s Philadelphia Stewardship Program. Over the last two years, the Historical Society has been awarded $15,758 in CCAHA services and matching grants through the program, which aims to help nonprofit collecting institutions achieve their preservation and conservation goals.

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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.

Contact Us:

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