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November 18 Virtual Membership Meeting To Focus on Alice Paul

November 3, 2020 Events Comments Off on November 18 Virtual Membership Meeting To Focus on Alice Paul

11/14/20 UPDATE: The registration links to Eventbrite are now fixed!

Our next virtual general membership meeting will feature a presentation on Alice Paul and her work for women’s equality.

We hope you can join us on Wednesday November 18 at 7 pm for this presentation via Zoom. (Please notice the earlier than usual time!) The event is free, though online donations are always welcome. You can register for the free Zoom event here, and we will send out the link and brief instructions by the day of the event.

“Alice Paul: Crusader for Equality” will be presented by Theresa Harris on behalf of the Alice Paul Institute. Theresa will be sharing more about Paul’s life, her roots in the local Quaker community, and her fight for women’s full participation in the political and civic life of the nation.

Please join us on Nov. 18 to learn more about this equal rights crusader. Register here, and we will send out the Zoom information by the day of the event. Questions? Email us at info@haddonfieldhistory.org or call us at 856-429-7375.

Tickets Available for Extra Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tour Sunday Nov. 1

October 30, 2020 Events Comments Off on Tickets Available for Extra Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tour Sunday Nov. 1

The Historical Society has opened up tickets for one extra Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tour on Sunday November 1, starting at 7 pm. This was our “rain date,” but even after accommodating one rained-out tour, we still have space for some new tickets too.

All tickets must be purchased in advance — no walkups. You should act fast to buy your tickets on EventBrite before they’re gone!

Unlike past years, we are limiting tour groups to 25 guests due to COVID-19 concerns. You can read all the details about the tours here.

Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours Nearly Sold Out

October 14, 2020 Events Comments Off on Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours Nearly Sold Out

As of October 14, we are almost entirely sold out for this year’s Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours! We still have a couple single tickets left here and there, as well as a handful of tickets left for Sat. 10/31.

If you’re hoping to attend, you should act fast to buy your tickets on EventBrite before they’re gone!

Unlike past years, we are requiring all tickets to be purchased in advance — no walk-ups — and we are limiting tour groups to 25 guests due to COVID-19 concerns. You can read all the details about the tours here.

Historical Society Launches Halloween Scavenger Hunt

October 1, 2020 Events Comments Off on Historical Society Launches Halloween Scavenger Hunt

The Historical Society of Haddonfield is holding a free, family-friendly, socially distant Halloween Scavenger Hunt in downtown Haddonfield for the entire month of October.

We’re hanging a series of posters downtown so that you can help “Lizzie the Witch” figure out the answer to our Halloween riddle.

You can complete the scavenger hunt online, or click here for a PDF that you can print out and take along on your walk. (Each poster also has a QR code that will take you right to the Halloween Scavenger Hunt page.)

All of the scavenger hunt posters will be visible from the sidewalk, so participants can maintain social distancing.

The posters tell a story, so we recommend visiting them in order starting with poster #1. Each poster also has a secret word. Once you’ve found them all, you can unscramble those eight words to find the answer to the riddle. Then, submit your answer to the Historical Society either online, via email, or on paper before November 1 for a chance to win a $50 Haddonfield gift card. Free to enter, but only one entry per person, please.

Questions? Feel free to contact the Historical Society at info@haddonfieldhistory.org or 856-429-7375. You can read the Historical Society’s Health and Safety During the Pandemic statement here.

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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.

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Monday 1/25/21: Virtual Book Club: “The Warmth of Other Suns,” 7 pm, via Zoom, RSVP to get link

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