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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We Need Your Support on #GivingTuesday

November 26, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on We Need Your Support on #GivingTuesday

One of the things that makes our community so special is Haddonfield’s rich history.

On this #GivingTuesday, we wanted to thank you for all you do in support of the Historical Society of Haddonfield.

We love sharing our community’s history with students, residents, and visitors – whether it’s through our tours and research projects with Haddonfield students, or our quarterly lecture series, or our pop-up displays of museum and archival objects.

We couldn’t do this work without your generous support.

And while you may have heard about our fundraising for a new, state-of-the-art archives center, you probably haven’t heard about our ongoing preservation projects for our historic buildings: Greenfield Hall and the Samuel Mickle House, the oldest frame structure in Camden County.

This winter, we’re investing in a new roof over Greenfield Hall’s kitchen, and making various wood and masonry repairs on the exterior of the building. In 2019, we’ll be working with an expert to create a long-term preservation plan for the building. These important projects will be expensive, but I think you’ll agree that they’re essential in a community that cares for its history as we do.

Would you consider making a special year-end gift to help us continue this important work? Your tax-deductible gift of $25, $50, $100 or more will make an immediate difference for the Historical Society’s work.

On #GivingTuesday, everyone who gives through our Facebook page could have their donations matched thanks to Facebook and PayPal! (The matching opportunity begins on Tuesday November 27 at 8 am eastern time and continues until the designated $7 million in matching funds run out.)

You can also donate on our web site, or mail a check to the Historical Society of Haddonfield, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

Thank you!

Next Pop-up Display on Sunday December 2 to Focus on “The World Wars”

November 20, 2018 Events Comments Off on Next Pop-up Display on Sunday December 2 to Focus on “The World Wars”

For our upcoming “First Sunday” open hours on December 2, the Historical Society of Haddonfield will be sharing a new pop-up display on “The World Wars.” We hope you’ll stop by on Sunday December 2 between 1-3 pm. The display will be on view on the first floor of Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

As with our previous pop-up displays, we’ll be pulling out a selection of items from our archival and museum collections that help illustrate the theme. We also offer tours of Greenfield Hall on First Sundays, and the Archives Center will be open for researchers next door in the Samuel Mickle House.

The pop-up display will continue through most of December 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.

Handful of Vintage Haddonfield Street Signs Still Available as Fundraiser for Historical Society

November 19, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on Handful of Vintage Haddonfield Street Signs Still Available as Fundraiser for Historical Society

The Historical Society still has a handful of old Haddonfield street signs available as part of a unique fundraiser. These full-size vintage signs would look great on a wall, on a shelf, or otherwise on display and would make an excellent gift this holiday season.

We are asking for a minimum donation of $100 per sign, and all proceeds benefit the Historical Society.

If you’re interested in one of the remaining signs (see below), please contact our office at 856-429-7375 or info@haddonfieldhistory.org.

Signs Available as of Monday December 3:

Clinton Ave.
Ellis St.
Fowler Ave. (this is a newer sign)
Hickory Lane
Oak Ave.
Somerset Ave.
Spruce St.
Stiles Ave. (2)
Wood Lane

Historical Society Awarded $24,352 Grant to Create Preservation Plan for Greenfield Hall

November 13, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on Historical Society Awarded $24,352 Grant to Create Preservation Plan for Greenfield Hall

The Historical Society of Haddonfield has been awarded a $24,352 grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust, an affiliate of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), to craft a long-term preservation plan for Greenfield Hall, its headquarters building located at 343 Kings Highway East in Haddonfield. The Historical Society is the only awardee in Camden County this year.

“Greenfield Hall is one of our most significant artifacts, and this generous grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust will allow us to plan for its care for many years to come,” said Doug Rauschenberger, president of the Historical Society of Haddonfield.

The grant award is part of the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund grant program. The Historical Society plans to use the grant to hire Westfield Architects & Preservation Consultants to create a preservation plan in strict compliance with the recommendations of the state’s Historic Preservation Office. The finished plan will include evaluations of Greenfield Hall’s structure and building systems, and help the Society prioritize maintenance, repairs, and other improvements moving forward.

Established in 1967, the New Jersey Historic Trust is the only nonprofit historic preservation organization in New Jersey created by state law. The Trust became a Department of Community Affairs (DCA) affiliate in 2002 in an effort to better realign the state’s smart growth initiatives with historic revitalization. Its mission is to advance historic preservation in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship and financial investment programs that save our heritage and strengthen our communities.

Life of RCA Designer John Vassos the Focus of Membership Meeting on Sunday November 11

November 5, 2018 Events Comments Off on Life of RCA Designer John Vassos the Focus of Membership Meeting on Sunday November 11

This Sunday at 2 pm, the Historical Society will be holding our next general membership meeting with a presentation by author Danielle Shapiro on influential RCA designer John Vassos.

For this meeting only, we’ll be gathering on a Sunday afternoon — November 11 at 2 pm — at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 204 Wayne Avenue, Haddonfield.

Shapiro will be discussing industrial designer John Vassos, who designed more than 100 products during his career, including the cabinets for the first commercial television sets, iconic phonographs and radios, and the famous “Musicorner” for the America at Home Pavilion or “Living Room of the Future” at the 1939 World’s Fair. Her book, John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life, was published in 2016.

Members are free, with a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers. The church asks that attendees consider bringing a canned food item for its food pantry.

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