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 …

Dec. 7 Book Launch Planned for Jan Twitchell’s New Autobiography

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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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.

Book Club Plans Virtual Discussion for September 15

July 20, 2020 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club Plans Virtual Discussion for September 15

The Historical Society’s next virtual Book Club discussion will examine the important role that African American women played in the suffrage and civil rights movements and beyond.

We hope you’ll join us for a Zoom discussion on Tuesday September 15 at 7 pm. Since our multiple-book discussion worked so well in July, we’re planning another for September. We invite you to read any of the following:

Option 1: Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America, by Martha S. Jones (2018)

Option 2: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, by Jeanne Theoharis (2013)

Option 3: Fighting Chance: The Struggle over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America, by Faye E. Dudden (2011)

Option 4: To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells, by Mia Bay (2010)

Option 5: All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900, by Martha S. Jones (2007) *Available on Hoopla as an ebook

Option 6: This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer (Civil Rights and Struggle), by Kay Mills (2007)

As always, all are welcome to join us for the discussion, even if you haven’t finished one of the suggested books.

The Book Club discussion will be held as a Zoom.us video chat. If you’re interested in joining us, please RSVP to info@haddonfieldhistory.org and we’ll send you the Zoom link (and some basic instructions) the day of the chat.

Historical Society Awarded $5,000 Grant from New Jersey Council for the Humanities

June 22, 2020 Uncategorized Comments Off on Historical Society Awarded $5,000 Grant from New Jersey Council for the Humanities
Exterior of the Historical Society's headquarters building Greenfield Hall and the Mickle House

The Historical Society has been awarded a $5,000 general operating support grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal CARES Act. The Historical Society was one of six recipients in Camden County.

“We are so grateful for this show of support,” said Historical Society President Charlene Creed. “This grant award will make an immediate difference in our work to engage and educate the public about our community’s rich history.”

The grant is part of the Council’s COVID-19 Response program. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by the Historical Society of Haddonfield do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Historical Society Partners with Markeim Arts Center on Virtual Art Exhibition

June 9, 2020 Events Comments Off on Historical Society Partners with Markeim Arts Center on Virtual Art Exhibition

6/19/20 UPDATE: The virtual art exhibition is now available on Facebook!

(Anyone should be able to view the exhibition on Facebook, even if you are not a member of the social media platform.)

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As part of the Historical Society’s ongoing Haddonfield Virus Year project, we have partnered with the Markeim Arts Center on an upcoming virtual art exhibition: “Scenes from 2020.”

Digital submissions are due to Markeim by 12 noon on Friday June 12, and the exhibition will “open” on Markeim’s Facebook page on Friday June 19. The gallery will also be shared to the Historical Society’s Facebook page. The full call for submissions is available here.

All submitting artists are also encouraged to donate their entries to the Historical Society’s archives center by emailing a copy of their digital submission(s) to library@haddonfieldhistory.org. Artists don’t have to be a resident of Haddonfield to participate; anyone submitting an entry to this Haddonfield-based arts center is encouraged to contribute to the archives too.

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