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Haddonfield Frog Race Extended Until November 15

September 20, 2020 Events Comments Off on Haddonfield Frog Race Extended Until November 15
Illustration that appeared in newspapers showing a man in frog costume riding a bike

By popular demand, the Historical Society has decided to extend the Haddonfield Frog Race until November 15!

Inspired by an actual bicycle race that was held in Haddonfield in 1897, we are challenging you to complete 11 miles biking, running, walking, or even swimming before November 15. Frog costumes are optional!

Register now for this fundraising event. The cost is $25 for ages 13 and up, and $20 for ages 12 and under.

(Already completed your 11 miles? You can submit your activity log here.)

The first 100 registrants will get a free t-shirt with an image of the original frog-costumed bike rider, and all those who submit their completed race form before November 15 will be entered into a drawing to win an $80 gift certificate to the Philadelphia Zoo (i.e. 4 free tickets).

The 2020 version of the Haddonfield Frog Race is virtual, of course, and all participants must follow state and local COVID-19 and safety regulations.

You can complete your 11 miles inside or outside, in one outing or 100 outings, fast or slow. It’s up to you!

The original 1897 frog race was held on New Year’s Eve. A group of bicycle riders held a race through Haddonfield to try to catch a leader who happened to be wearing a large, inflatable frog costume. (We wrote about the race in the March 2017 issue of the Bulletin.)

Newspapers around the country ran articles about the 11-mile race, and we found mentions of the race in newspapers in Rochester and Syracuse, New York; Lawrence, Kansas; and Washington, D. C., among others.

The organizer of the 1897 race – and the rider wearing the frog costume – was Mr. G. L. Carr, of Haddonfield. According to the 1895 Haddonfield directory, Guy L. Carr was a clerk for the druggist, C. S. Braddock Jr., at 201 East Main Street (now Kings Highway). By 1900, the Haddonfield directories list him as a painter. He had disappeared from the directories by 1908 and no further information is known about Carr.

We hope the 2020 (virtual) Haddonfield Frog Race will be a fun, family-friendly diversion during this Haddonfield Virus Year.

You can learn more and register for the race by clicking here.

Questions? Contact the Historical Society office at info@haddonfieldhistory.org or 856-429-7375.

Historical Society To Hold Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours in October

September 17, 2020 Events Comments Off on Historical Society To Hold Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours in October
Photo showing Halloween deocrations in front of Mickle House and Greenfield Hall

The Historical Society of Haddonfield is pleased to announce that local favorite Bill Meehan will once again be leading Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours in October — this year with new social distancing protections in place.

Tours will be held on October 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, 2020, with a rain date planned for November 1. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Proceeds benefit both the Historical Society and the Haddonfield Public Library.

This year, ALL tickets must be purchased online in advance. Buy your tickets now!

Each tour will be limited to only 25 participants, and no tickets will be sold on-site to allow us to strictly limit our group sizes. (The Eventbrite ticketing system will only offer tickets that are still available; if your first-choice date is sold out, try another date!)

In addition, all ticket-holders aged 2 and up will be required to wear a face covering to participate, and we will be encouraging physical distancing between household groups.

Ticket-holders will meet in front of Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

Other frequently asked questions:

  • Ticket-holders will have NO access to bathrooms during this walking tour.
  • Yes, the tour is child friendly generally speaking, but of course it also depends on the child.
  • The walk is less than 1 mile with several stops through a cemetery. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and may include uneven sidewalks, brick paths, and unpaved paths. Feel free to call the Historical Society’s office at 856-429-7375 to discuss more specifics.
  • Please bring a flashlight!
  • Because these are outdoor tours, the Historical Society will be in touch with ticket-holders directly if inclement weather is expected to change our plans.

Other questions? Contact the Historical Society at 856-429-7375 or info@haddonfieldhistory.org.

Virtual Candlelight Dinner To Be Held September 23

August 19, 2020 Events Comments Off on Virtual Candlelight Dinner To Be Held September 23
Cover of the book Underground Philadelphia

The Historical Society’s annual Candlelight Dinner and General Membership Meeting is going virtual this year!

We hope you’ll join us on September 23 at 7 pm for this special Zoom event. The program will feature a presentation from authors Joel Spivak and Harry Kyriakodis on “Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit.”

Tickets are on sale now! We will share more detailed information about how to access this program via Zoom after you purchase your tickets.

This is a virtual event, but each ticket-holder who lives within 5 miles of our office (343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield) can receive a no-contact delivery of a special gift bag before the event. Sorry, we can’t ship these gift bags, but you can also arrange a contact-free pick-up at our office.

Each gift bag will include the printed event program, a candle, sweet treats, a special surprise we will all open together during the event, and a “Borough of Haddonfield” tea towel (since you’ll have to do your own dishes this year!).

This is always a fun event, and we look forward to bringing this year’s program to you in the comfort of your own home.

Order your tickets today for the Virtual Candlelight Dinner!

We also have a few sponsorship opportunities still available: Gold Sponsors ($500) receive two event tickets, a listing in the event program, and a mention on our web site and in our newsletter. Silver Sponsors ($250) receive one event ticket, a listing in the event program, and a mention on our web site and in our newsletter. Please contact us at 856-429-7375 or info@haddonfieldhistory.org to discuss these opportunities.

(If you purchased tickets for the in-person Candlelight Dinner that we had originally planned for last March, the Historical Society should have already reached out to you. But feel free to contact us with any questions!)

Register Now for the First Virtual “Haddonfield Frog Race”

August 18, 2020 Events Comments Off on Register Now for the First Virtual “Haddonfield Frog Race”

The Historical Society is hosting a fun new virtual event this September – the Haddonfield Frog Race.

Inspired by an actual bicycle race that was held in Haddonfield in 1897, we are challenging you to complete 11 miles biking, running, walking, or even swimming before October 1. Frog costumes are optional!

Register now for this fundraising event. The cost is $25 for ages 13 and up, and $20 for ages 12 and under.

(Already completed your 11 miles? You can submit your activity log here.)

The first 100 registrants will get a free t-shirt with an image of the original frog-costumed bike rider, and all those who submit their completed race form before October 1 will be entered into a drawing to win an $80 gift certificate to the Philadelphia Zoo (i.e. 4 free tickets).

The 2020 version of the Haddonfield Frog Race is virtual, of course, and all participants must follow state and local COVID-19 and safety regulations.

You can complete your 11 miles inside or outside, in one outing or 100 outings, fast or slow. It’s up to you!

The original 1897 frog race was held on New Year’s Eve. A group of bicycle riders held a race through Haddonfield to try to catch a leader who happened to be wearing a large, inflatable frog costume. (We wrote about the race in the March 2017 issue of the Bulletin.)

Newspapers around the country ran articles about the 11-mile race, and we found mentions of the race in newspapers in Rochester and Syracuse, New York; Lawrence, Kansas; and Washington, D. C., among others.

The organizer of the 1897 race – and the rider wearing the frog costume – was Mr. G. L. Carr, of Haddonfield. According to the 1895 Haddonfield directory, Guy L. Carr was a clerk for the druggist, C. S. Braddock Jr., at 201 East Main Street (now Kings Highway). By 1900, the Haddonfield directories list him as a painter. He had disappeared from the directories by 1908 and no further information is known about Carr.

We hope the 2020 (virtual) Haddonfield Frog Race will be a fun, family-friendly diversion during this Haddonfield Virus Year.

You can learn more and register for the race by clicking here.

Questions? Contact the Historical Society office at info@haddonfieldhistory.org or 856-429-7375.

Virtual Event Planned for Aug. 26 to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

July 30, 2020 Events Comments Off on Virtual Event Planned for Aug. 26 to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

The Historical Society of Haddonfield will be hosting a free virtual program on Wed. Aug. 26 starting at 11:40 am to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. The 19th Amendment was adopted on August 26, 1920.

Our brief program is timed to coordinate with the national “Toast to Tenacity” virtual celebration. Starting at 11:40 am, we will welcome independent historian Lisa Hendrickson to learn more about the roles that South Jersey women played in the suffrage movement. Lisa is a board member at the Alice Paul Institute, and has performed extensive research in our archives and elsewhere to help tell the story of South Jersey suffragists.

Then, starting at 12 noon, our group will join the national “Toast to Tenacity” virtual celebration, which will include speakers, music from the Philadelphia Orchestra and others, and a nationwide toast at 1 pm to celebrate the suffragists who won voting rights for American women.

We hope you’ll join us for this mid-day celebration! The event is free, but donations are always welcomed.

Please RSVP to info@haddonfieldhistory.org and we’ll send you the Zoom link (and some basic instructions) the day of the chat.

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