Historical Society Receives Matching Grant to Recognize Contributions of Past President Pat Lennon

The Historical Society of Haddonfield has received a new challenge grant in support of its planned new Archives Center building: starting in May, all donations made in honor of past president Pat Lennon will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a donor who worked with Pat at the Historical Society and admires …

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The Historical Society is co-hosting a book launch for Jan Twitchell’s new book, A Fortunate Life. The event will be held on Thursday Dec. 7 at 3 pm at Brandywine Living, 132 Warwick Rd, Haddonfield. Jan began the book as an oral history for the Historical Society, before it turned …

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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Historical Society Receives Matching Grant to Recognize Contributions of Past President Pat Lennon

May 22, 2018 New Archives Center Comments Off on Historical Society Receives Matching Grant to Recognize Contributions of Past President Pat Lennon

The Historical Society of Haddonfield has received a new challenge grant in support of its planned new Archives Center building: starting in May, all donations made in honor of past president Pat Lennon will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a donor who worked with Pat at the Historical Society and admires her greatly. The goal of the community challenge is to raise enough funds to reserve one of the new building’s naming opportunities in Pat’s honor.

Now 96 years old, Pat was a long-time resident of Haddonfield before moving to New Hampshire to live with family. She is an active supporter of the Historical Society, and served as president for three separate terms in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Pat was named Haddonfield Citizen of the Year in 1978, and has also been deeply involved with Symphony in C, Christ the King Catholic Church, and the Durand Academy, among others.

“Pat says she doesn’t deserve any recognition because she was just doing what needed to be done, but we’re delighted that this challenge grant was made in her honor,” said Doug Rauschenberger, president of the Historical Society of Haddonfield. “And we are so grateful that this challenge has been crafted in a way that encourages others to deepen their support.”

Donations can be mailed to the Historical Society, and gifts can also be made online. Donors who wish to have their gifts matched must designate that they are giving in Pat’s honor.

To date, the Historical Society has raised more than $712,000 for a new archival center to be built on its property on Kings Highway East in Haddonfield. The Society is now more than three-quarters of the way toward its fundraising goal of $900,000, and expects to break ground later this year. A separate restricted endowment already in place allows the Society to employ a professional archivist and covers other expenses of the archives center as well.

Pat Lennon helps out at a Society event in 1992.

June 3 “First Sunday” Display to Highlight 200th Anniversary of First Baptist Church of Haddonfield

May 14, 2018 Events Comments Off on June 3 “First Sunday” Display to Highlight 200th Anniversary of First Baptist Church of Haddonfield

For the Historical Society’s next “First Sunday” pop-up display on June 3, we will be working in cooperation with the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

The Historical Society will be pulling out a variety of archival materials that relate to the church, including printed ephemera, historic images, a nineteenth-century ledger kept by a congregant, and various other manuscript materials. The church’s 200th anniversary committee will be sharing items from the congregation’s own historical collection, including a diary kept by its first minister, Rev. John Sisty (1783-1863).

We hope you’ll join us at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, on Sunday June 3 anytime between 12:30 pm and 3 pm. The Baptist Cemetery just across the street will also open its chapel from 2-3 pm that day.

Like other “First Sundays,” the Society will be offering our usual tours of Greenfield Hall, and the Archives Center and Research Library will be open for researchers next door in the Samuel Mickle House.

If you miss the Baptist Church display on Sunday June 3, it will continue in Greenfield Hall during the Historical Society’s public hours on Monday June 4 and Wednesday June 6.

Tickets On Sale Now for June 2 Colonial Haddonfield Walking Tour

May 7, 2018 Events Comments Off on Tickets On Sale Now for June 2 Colonial Haddonfield Walking Tour

The Historical Society is pleased to announce tickets are on sale now for a new Colonial Haddonfield walking tour to be held Saturday June 2 from 10 am to 12 noon — just before the Indian King’s annual “Skirmish on the Highway.”

Tickets are only $25 per person, and space is limited to no more than 40 participants (in two groups of 20). We expect this one to sell out, so don’t wait!

The walking tour will be led by Joe Haro, who has for many years led architectural walking tours in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, and Co-Borough Historian Kathy Tassini. The tour will depart from Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, and continue to Haddon Avenue and back.

Participants will also have a chance to view the inside of the Guard House / Timothy Matlack house on Kings Highway, opposite the Indian King Tavern. Light refreshments will be available in the garden at Greenfield Hall after the tour.

All proceeds to benefit the Historical Society. Contact the office at 856-429-7375 or by email at info@haddonfieldhistory.org to get your tickets today.

Garage Sale To Be Held On Saturday May 5

May 2, 2018 Events, New Archives Center Comments Off on Garage Sale To Be Held On Saturday May 5

 

The Historical Society is holding a garage sale on Saturday May 5 between 9 am and 1 pm.

This truly is a GARAGE sale: we are emptying out the detached garage behind Greenfield Hall in anticipation of building our new Archives Center. The new building will replace the garage, so we need to clear it out.

Among the items available for sale on Saturday:

* assorted Christmas ribbons & decorations
* flower vases & assorted floral arranging supplies
* large folding tables, side tables, and chairs
* metal cabinets, file cabinets, and shelving units
* party-size open tubs
* old wooden doors
* assorted lumber & trim pieces
* light fixtures

Plus many non-collection items from the closets of Greenfield Hall, including antique walking canes, eyeglasses, china and dishware, picture frames, and so much more!

May Meeting to Focus on Haddonfield Picture Postcards

April 25, 2018 Events Comments Off on May Meeting to Focus on Haddonfield Picture Postcards

The Society’s next general membership meeting on Wednesday May 23 will feature a presentation by Haddonfield resident Deborah Garwood, “Haddonfield Picture Postcards: Commerce, Communication and Community at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.”

Garwood will discuss the history of postcards and how legal changes fueled their explosive popularity in the early twentieth century. She will also be sharing postcards from her own collection and discussing what they have to tell us about our past. Her collection includes postcards of the Elizabeth Haddon House, the Indian King Tavern, and the Methodist parsonage formerly located on Kings Highway. One set of cards help document Haddonfield’s transition from farm center to suburban community, with messages about the Grange (an agricultural organization) and an agricultural course at Rutgers.

We hope you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday May 23 at 7:30 pm at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. Members are free, with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers.

Upcoming Events

Wed. Nov. 20, General Membership Meeting, Fred Barnum presents “An Illustrated History of RCA Victor,” 7:30 pm, Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 204 Wayne Ave., Haddonfield

Sun. Dec. 1, “First Sunday” Open Hours & Pop-Up Display, 1-3 pm, Greenfield Hall

Sat. Jan. 25, “Greenfield Hall Speakeasy,” 5 pm and 7 pm, Greenfield Hall, Tickets on sale soon

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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