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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Time to Renew Your Membership in the Historical Society

June 18, 2019 Uncategorized Comments Off on Time to Renew Your Membership in the Historical Society

If you haven’t already done so, please take a minute to renew your Historical Society of Haddonfield membership today. You can send in your check or click on the “Donate” link in the right margin to renew today.

(And if you have already renewed, thank you so much!)

Your membership has enabled us to accomplish so much this year. We continue to work with local students and educators, providing tours of Greenfield Hall for second graders and hosting high school researchers as they explore primary source materials in our Archives Center. Our “First Sunday” pop-up displays featured the World Wars, weddings in Haddonfield, and a lovely exhibit of parasols. We continue our schedule of quarterly lectures, book club, and other special events.

A woman shows a small artifact on a table to a group of students.
A Historical Society volunteer talks with Haddonfield second-graders about artifacts on display in Greenfield Hall.

We have exciting plans for the year ahead, but we need your continued support to help us preserve Haddonfield’s amazing history.

Would you renew your membership for $35, $55 or more today?

Your membership benefits include a subscription to THE BULLETIN newsletter, free admittance to our quarterly lectures, free tours of Greenfield Hall and the Don Wallace Tool Gallery, as well as discounts on events, rentals, and Society publications.

Please renew your membership today and help support our exciting year of activities. You can mail in a check, or donate via PayPal (just note in the “special instructions” that this is for your membership).

Thank you in advance for your continued support!

Summer Story Times Planned for June and July At Greenfield Hall

June 5, 2019 Events Comments Off on Summer Story Times Planned for June and July At Greenfield Hall

The Historical Society is pleased to be partnering for the second year with the Haddonfield Public Library to host three children’s story times at Greenfield Hall this summer.

Children ages 4 and up are invited to join us on Friday June 28, Friday July 12, and Friday July 26 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm for historical stories, a craft activity, and a viewing of historical artifacts. Haddonfield Public Library’s Eric Zino and Jordan Bilodeau will be leading these events at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

The story times are free, but reservations are requested because space is limited. You can RSVP at the following links:

Questions? Contact the Historical Society at info@haddonfieldhistory.org or 856-429-7375, or email Ms. Jordan at the Haddonfield Public Library at jbilodeau@haddonfieldlibrary.org.

Book Club to Discuss “Tasting Freedom” on June 4

May 24, 2019 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club to Discuss “Tasting Freedom” on June 4
Book cover for Tasting Freedom that includes Octavius Catto portrait

The Historical Society Book Club’s next meeting will be Tuesday June 4 at 7 pm at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. We’ll be discussing Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America, by Daniel Biddle and Murray Dubin.

(You may recall that the Historical Society welcomed Biddle and Dubin for a general membership meeting presentation about Catto in September 2018.)

An educator in Philadelphia, Catto’s accomplishments included leading a successful effort to desegregate streetcars and to have Pennsylvania ratify the 15th Amendment, which granted black men the right to participate in elections. He was murdered in 1871 by a member of a white mob while on his way to vote.

The Philadelphia Inquirer called the book “a marvelous historical feast,” while historian Eric Foner said, “This dramatic book not only rescues the intrepid Octavius Catto from obscurity but reminds us that this struggle—and the violent opposition to it—long predated the modern civil rights era.”

As always, all our welcome at the discussion, even if you haven’t read the book. Light refreshments will be served.

Looking further ahead, the Book Club’s summer book selection will be Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David Blight. This is a joint book club selection with the Haddonfield Public Library, and the discussion will be held Monday September 23 at 7 pm at the public library, 60 N. Haddon Avenue, Haddonfield.

Historical Society to Hold Open House and New Pop-up Display on Saturday June 1 During “Skirmish on the Highway”

May 13, 2019 Events Comments Off on Historical Society to Hold Open House and New Pop-up Display on Saturday June 1 During “Skirmish on the Highway”

The Historical Society will be holding an open house and new pop-up display on Saturday June 1 from 10-12 pm and 2-4 pm, in conjunction with the “Skirmish on the Highway” sponsored by the Friends of the Indian King Tavern Museum.

The pop-up display will be held in the first floor of Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. We’ll be pulling out a selection of items from our archival and museum collections from the 1730s-1770s. These treasures will include textiles, recipe books, property records, correspondence, and other items that help shed light on what life was like in a small Quaker village in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War.

Some eighteenth-century recipe books from the Historical Society’s collections

During the open house, the Historical Society will also be offering tours of Greenfield Hall, and upon request, the Archives Center and Research Library will be available for researchers next door in the Samuel Mickle House.

Free, but donations welcome.

Please note that we will NOT be holding our usual “First Sunday” hours the next day; come see us on Saturday instead!

The pop-up display will continue through most of June and be available for viewing during Greenfield Hall’s public hours (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 pm) or by special appointment at another time.  

The Historical Society will also be holding Colonial Haddonfield Walking Tours on June 1 at 10 am and 2 pm. Tickets are $25 per person, and space is limited to 20 participants on each tour. We recommend purchasing your tickets ahead of time; these tours are likely to sell out.

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

May 22 Membership Meeting To Highlight the 1777 Battle of Gloucester

April 24, 2019 Events Comments Off on May 22 Membership Meeting To Highlight the 1777 Battle of Gloucester

For our next general membership meeting, we will be partnering with Friends of the Indian King Tavern Museum to host a presentation by historical archaeologist and author (and former Haddonfield resident!) Garry Wheeler Stone on “The Battle of Gloucester: 1777 – Where Lafayette Won His Spurs.”

The presentation will be held on Wednesday May 22 at 7 pm at Haddonfield Borough Hall, 242 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. Admission is free, and parking is available in the rear of the building.

Stone will be sharing some of his findings as chief researcher in an ongoing study of the Battle of Gloucester by the Camden County Historical Society, working with Paul Schopp among others. The project has received grant funding from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program.

Just what is the Battle of Gloucester? In November 1777, troops based in Haddonfield attacked a Hessian outpost at the western edge of Haddon Heights and chased them—and British reinforcements—all the way to the hamlet of Gloucester Court House. The battle also established the reputation of one of the American Revolution’s greatest heroes: the Marquis de Lafayette.

Before retiring, Stone served as a Regional Historian for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and as a Historian with the Monmouth Battlefield State Park and the Indian King Tavern Museum.

We hope you’ll join us for this special presentation!

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Historical Society of Haddonfield
343 Kings Hwy. E
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
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