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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Looking Back: How Spanish Influenza Affected Haddonfield

April 30, 2020 Uncategorized Comments Off on Looking Back: How Spanish Influenza Affected Haddonfield

Gauze mask from 1918

In the latest issue of the Historical Society’s Bulletin newsletter, we looked back at how Haddonfield was impacted by an earlier pandemic: the Spanish flu of 1918-1919.

Click here to read the full article.

Interested in more articles like this about Haddonfield history? Become a member of the Historical Society today, and you’ll get four issues of the Bulletin a year!

Book Club Plans Virtual Discussion for May 18 Meeting

April 30, 2020 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club Plans Virtual Discussion for May 18 Meeting

The Historical Society’s Book Club is planning a virtual get-together for its May 18 discussion.

We’ll be meeting May 18 at 7 pm via Zoom.us, in conjunction with the Haddonfield Public Library’s Book Club. We’ll be discussing The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, by Kate Moore. The digital book is available through the Public Library’s web site using Hoopla.

The nonfiction book explores the story of women factory-workers in New Jersey and Illinois who suffered agonizing deaths in the 1920s and 1930s because they had used radium-infused paint on the job. (The paint made clock faces glow in the dark.) Sadly, the women were largely blamed for their subsequent health problems, even after radium was proven to be toxic, but their struggles helped pave the way for workplace safety measures.

Kirkus Reviews called the book “compelling,” and says Moore “clearly separates the heroines from the villains throughout this deeply researched book.” The book was named as one of 12 Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2018 by the American Library Association.

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.

Book Club Planning First-Ever Video Chat Discussion

April 15, 2020 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club Planning First-Ever Video Chat Discussion
Book cover showing three portraits of women

The Historical Society of Haddonfield’s Book Club is planning its first ever video-chat discussion!

We’ll be hosting a small ONLINE discussion via Zoom on Tuesday, April 28 from 7-7:30 pm to discuss Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation, by Cokie Roberts. As you may recall, this was originally planned as the focus for our March Book Club meeting.

**To encourage discussion, we’re limiting the online meeting to 10 participants.**

If you’re interested in being one of those 10 participants, please RSVP to info@haddonfieldhistory.org. We’ll send the Zoom link (and some basic instructions) to the 10 participants no later than the day of the chat.

Closed Until Further Notice

March 27, 2020 Uncategorized Comments Off on Closed Until Further Notice

The Historical Society has decided to extend its temporary closure, in keeping with COVID-19 safety guidelines issued by local, state, and federal officials. We will be suspending all in-person programming and continuing our temporary public closure until further notice. We look forward to getting back to our programming as soon as possible!

Historical Society Launches “Haddonfield Virus Year” Project

March 23, 2020 Uncategorized Comments Off on Historical Society Launches “Haddonfield Virus Year” Project
Handwritten diary entry on a page.

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us. During this challenging time of school and business closures, social distancing, or even actual illness, we at the Historical Society can’t help but wonder – how will this experience be recorded for future generations?

We are launching a new story-gathering project called “Haddonfield Virus Year.” Here’s how you can participate:

1. Sign up for our “Haddonfield Virus Year” email list by clicking here. We plan to use this email list to share ideas and ask questions to help us best capture our community’s experiences. We will also send out periodic prompts to this list to encourage specific kinds of documentation.

2. Start writing down your experiences. You can do this in any way that feels right for you: as a letter, as a diary or an activity log, as a string of sentences. The key is to make it easy enough that you will keep doing it. Here is one historian’s advice about why you should be writing this down.

3. If you’re sharing experiences on Twitter or Facebook, consider adding our project hashtag – #Haddonfieldvirusyear – so we can see it too.   

4. If you don’t want to write, document your experiences in whatever other ways feel right for you: photographs, artwork, audio or video recordings, etc.

5. Finally, please plan to share your Haddonfield Virus Year writings or other documentation with the Historical Society’s archives center! Someday, future researchers will be intrigued to hear about the many ways that our community was impacted by this challenging time.

You can sign up for our “Haddonfield Virus Year” email list by clicking here. Questions? Contact Historical Society of Haddonfield Archivist Dana Dorman at library@haddonfieldhistory.org, and thanks in advance for your help.

Upcoming Events

UPDATED 3/27/2020: All in-person programming is temporarily suspended until further notice.

Tuesday 7/14: Virtual Book Club on the struggle for suffrage (4 books to choose from), 7 pm, via Zoom

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