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Haddonfield Makes the Philly.com News

May 2, 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off on Haddonfield Makes the Philly.com News


Samuel Rhoads, a relative of Elizabeth Haddon, stands next to a yew tree in front of her house in a 1903 photo. (Rhoads Collection / Historical Society of Haddonfield)

Samuel Rhoads, a relative of Elizabeth Haddon, stands next to a yew tree in front of her house in a 1903 photo. (Rhoads Collection / Historical Society of Haddonfield)

Haddonfield makes the news in an article written by Inquirer Columnist, Kevin Riordan, reprinted April 25, 2014.

“HADDONFIELD Samuel Nicholson Rhoads (1862-1952), the globe-trotting amateur naturalist from Haddonfield, shared his findings with his hometown and the world.

Several thousand birds, mammals, insects, and plant specimens he collected during the late 19th and early 20th centuries are housed in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Rhoads penned accounts of his travels for Haddonfield’s weekly Gazette, and had articles peer-reviewed and published in the scientific press. He donated his papers to the Haddonfield Historical Society, which he helped establish in 1914.

And this year, some of his words are being digitized with the help of borough students like Natalie Naticchia, 13, who’s in seventh grade.

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A portrait of Samuel Nicholson Rhoads taken in 1908. (Rhoads Collection / Historical Society of Haddonfield)

“We’re diving into history and learning about nature at the same time,” says Naticchia, whom I met, along with seven of her classmates, in the Haddonfield Middle School library on Tuesday.

“It feels kind of cool, connecting with the past,” says eighth grader Helen Chung, 14.

Since January, the students have met weekly to transcribe Rhoads’ handwritten field journals from a seven-month solo collecting trip to Ecuador – where he discovered three new bird species – in 1911.

Their work will be incorporated into an interactive children’s textbook about Rhoads that the society plans to publish this year.”

The 32-page hardbound volume will include the students’ names and will be available for use in the borough schools. It will also be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the society’s publishing fund.

“The students are absolutely loving working on it,” says science teacher Robin Walters, who’s the adviser to the Nature Club at Haddonfield Middle. “They’re going to be part of history.”

The idea for a Rhoads book arose four years ago, as the society’s Kim Custer and other preservationists researched Boxwood Hall, a historic Haddon Avenue property where a youthful Rhoads often visited his grandfather and other members of his prominent family.

“There once rose a mighty specimen of the Red Maple which greatly endeared itself to the youthful heart,” he writes in a typical passage from Boyhood Memories of Boxwood Hall, published posthumously by the society in 1967.

“He basically said the reason he became a naturalist was Boxwood Hall’s natural setting,” says Custer, whose daughter, Claire, 13, is one of the student researchers. The kids chose the new book’s title: The Rhoads of Haddonfield: Birds, Books and the Big Adventure of Samuel.

“We didn’t just want to do a book and have it sit on a shelf,” Custer says, noting that the students are also devising classroom exercises that will end each chapter.

Rhoads “was a very, very important collector,” says Nate Rice, ornithology collection manager at the Academy of Natural Sciences. “His specimens are still used by scientists for all sorts of biological inquiries. His notes are still studied today.

“His Ecuador stuff was really some of the first well-prepared and data-rich specimens to come out of South America,” Rice continues, adding that Rhoads’ detailed observations of flora, fauna, and climate are invaluable to contemporary researchers.

“It’s a really powerful tool,” he says. “There were lots of gentlemen naturalists, but they were at museums. Rhoads did his own stuff.”

The book project is particularly welcome news for Rhoads’ grandson, Evan Lawrie Rhoads Jr., 91.

“My father used to tell my brother and I about [Samuel’s] background,” the Haddonfield native and retired businessman tells me by phone from Medfield, Mass. “I remember reading some of the letters that my grandfather wrote to his own father when he was on expedition in Central America and needed $100.”

Samuel Rhoads was ill for some time before his death in a Montgomery County hospital.

“I remember going to visit my grandfather as a little boy,” Rhoads says. “He was dressed, and in a rocking chair, and speaking in a very soft voice. You had to really listen to hear him.”

Thanks to the society’s book project – and the Nature Club kids – Samuel Nicholson Rhoads’ words soon will be freshly available to young people in Haddonfield. And the world.”

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May 28 General Membership Meeting

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May 28, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
COST: $5 for non members, free for members
Event to be held at Greenfield Hall
343 Kings Highway East
Haddonfield, NJ 08033, USA












Sunday, May 4, HSH Book Club Meeting

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Screen shot 2014-04-23 at 9.46.24 PMJoin us, Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 PM for the Historical Society’s Book Club discussion of the founder of Haddonfield, Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh: 1680-1763.

Greenfield Hall
343 Kings Hwy. E.

Doug Rauschenberger & Kathy Tassini, co-editors, will tell us about the challenges and delights of this major HSH publication.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Nina @ 856.429.7375

May 17: There is a Tavern in the Town!

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image001Save the Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

On Saturday, May 17, The Friends of the Indian King Tavern will again be hosting Tankard at the Tavern, our spring beer tasting event. There will be three sessions (12 noon, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm).

Tuckahoe Brewing and Riverhorse Brewery will be pouring their brews for the event this year. The Pour House will also be offering “buck a shuck” oysters during sessions.

The 12 noon session will be done as a beer pairing. There will be four small courses, each paired with a beer to perfectly compliment the dish.

Tickets will be $50.00 for the 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm sessions and are available for purchase online. Quantities are limited to 100 tickets per session. Information regarding food and vendors will be available shortly.

For information and tickets go to IndianKingFriends.org.

May 19 Lecture: Romantic and Victorian Gardening in America

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The Rutgers Master Gardener Association of Camden County is offering a Lecture, “Curves, Carpets and Colors: Romantic and Victorian Gardening in America”.

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014

Sign-In Begins at 5:45 PM with Lecture Promptly at 6:30 PM at the Camden County Environmental Center, 1301 Park Boulevard, Cherry Hill

Speaker: Marta McDowell, Horticulturist, Teacher of Landscape History and Horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden. Author of Several Books, and an Expert on Emily Dickinson’s Gardens.

This inspirational presentation explores the development of American landscaping styles, from formal to Victorian, and will be of particular interest to those who preserve gardens at historic buildings as well as anyone who enjoys beautiful gardens.

Books will be available for purchase.

Advance registration required with payment by May 12.

Walk-ins will be accommodated only if event is not sold out.

For more information, call 856-216-7130, email njgarden@camdencounty.com, or
visit Camden.NJAES.Rutgers.Edu/Garden/EventsforPublic.html.

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Upcoming Events

Sun. Feb. 2, “First Sunday” Open Hours and Pop-up Display, “Alcohol and Temperance in Haddonfield,” 1-3 pm, Greenfield Hall

Tues. March 24, Book Club: Founding Mothers, 7 pm, Greenfield Hall


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