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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Book Club To Discuss “American Eden” on November 19

October 7, 2019 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club To Discuss “American Eden” on November 19

The Historical Society of Haddonfield’s Book Club will meet on Tuesday November 19 to discuss American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, by Victoria Johnson.

We’ll meet at 7 pm at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

David Hosack is today best known as the doctor present at the duel of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, but he was also a noted botanist, scientist, and medical researcher who oversaw the first public botanical garden in the new Republic.

Victoria Johnson’s engaging biography of Hosack was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History, as well as a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction. The Library Journal describes the work as “a brilliant evocation of a man and his time.”

As always, all are welcome at our discussion, even if you haven’t read the book.

October “First Sunday” to Feature Dinosaurs and the History of Paleontology in Haddonfield

September 25, 2019 Events Comments Off on October “First Sunday” to Feature Dinosaurs and the History of Paleontology in Haddonfield

SCHEDULE UPDATE: As part of our October 6 “First Sunday” open house, the Historical Society will be holding a dinosaur-themed story hour from 12-1 pm for kids and their grownups. Kids 10 and under will also be able to “dig” for a small toy dinosaur, while supplies last. See you Sunday!

The Historical Society of Haddonfield will be creating a new pop-up display about dinosaurs and the history of paleontology in Haddonfield for our next “First Sunday” hours on October 6.

We are offering extended hours, 12-4 pm, as part of Camden County History Month, organized by the Camden County History Alliance.

For this new display, we will be pulling out a sampling of archival materials related to the Hadrosaurus and paleontologists like Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897), who moved to Haddonfield in 1863. The pop-up display will be on view in the first floor of Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

As with other “First Sundays,” the Historical Society will be offering our usual tours of Greenfield Hall, and the Archives Center can be opened for researchers upon request.

The pop-up display will continue through October 16 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.

Free, but donations welcome.

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

September Membership Meeting to Explore Architect Samuel Sloan’s Work in Haddonfield

September 3, 2019 Events Comments Off on September Membership Meeting to Explore Architect Samuel Sloan’s Work in Haddonfield
Photo of Melinda McGough standing in front of bookshelves

Our next general membership meeting will be held on Wednesday September 25 at 7:30 pm in Greenfield Hall, and will feature a presentation by Melinda McGough on noted architect Samuel Sloan (1815-1884) and his work in Haddonfield.

Based in Philadelphia, Sloan was highly in demand during the mid-nineteenth century. He designed the octagonal Longwood mansion near Natchez, Mississippi, the Asa Packer mansion in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and the town plan for Riverton, New Jersey. However, much of Sloan’s work remains a puzzle because all of his papers were destroyed.

McGough’s graduate research in the 1970s showed that Sloan also designed three houses in Haddonfield: one on Warwick Road and two on Washington Avenue. In fact, these are the first identified examples of Sloan using the then-popular “stick style” of architecture.

We hope you’ll join us at Greenfield Hall on September 25 at 7:30 pm to learn more about Sloan’s life and work. Members are free, with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers.

Historical Society to Benefit From Haddon Township ACME Reusable Bag Program Starting August 15

August 12, 2019 Uncategorized Comments Off on Historical Society to Benefit From Haddon Township ACME Reusable Bag Program Starting August 15

The Historical Society of Haddonfield has been selected as a beneficiary of Acme’s new GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS reusable bag fundraiser.

Starting August 15 and continuing through September 30, the Historical Society will receive $1 for each of these $3 reusable bags sold at the Acme Markets store in Haddon Township, located at 400 West Cuthbert Road, Westmont, unless otherwise directed by the customer.

We hope you’ll help to GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS and support our work to preserve Haddonfield’s history!

Historical Society To Close in August for Annual Summer Break

July 23, 2019 Events, tours Comments Off on Historical Society To Close in August for Annual Summer Break
Man's bedroom exhibit space on second floor of Greenfield Hall, including

Just a reminder that the Historical Society will not be offering tours or other programs during the month of August while we’re closed for our annual summer break. We will return to regular public hours after Labor Day.

Our last summer hours for Greenfield Hall will be Wednesday July 31 from 1-4 pm, and our last research hours at the archives center in the Mickle House will be Wednesday July 31 from 9:30-11:30 am.

If you miss us in July, you can still reach out by phone or email, but please be patient if we are slower to respond. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Historical Society of Haddonfield
343 Kings Hwy. E
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.429.7375
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