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 “The Feather Thief” on February 25

January 2, 2019 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club To Discuss “The Feather Thief” on February 25

The Historical Society’s Book Club will next meet on Monday February 25, 2019 to discuss The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, by Kirk Wallace Johnson.

This will be a joint discussion with the Haddonfield Public Library Book Club. We’ll meet at the Public Library, 60 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield, at 7 pm.

The Feather Thief is a riveting account of how one man stole hundreds of rare bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History, most likely to sell to fly-fishing enthusiasts who recreate Victorian-era salmon flies. The New York Times Book Review called the book, “Fascinating . . . a complex tale of greed, deception, and ornithological sabotage.” Publishers Weekly said the book is an “enthralling account of a truly bizarre crime.”

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

Looking further ahead, the Book Club will also meet on Tuesday April 16 to discuss Rush: Revolution, Madness and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father, by Stephen Fried.

Historical Society Closed December 22 through January 1

December 21, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on Historical Society Closed December 22 through January 1

The Historical Society will be closed starting tomorrow, December 22, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

We will reopen for our usual hours on Wednesday January 2, 2019. The archives center will be open on Jan. 2 from 9:30-11:30 am and Greenfield Hall will be open 1-4 pm.

If you’ve been hoping to get a last-minute Christmas gift from the Historical Society, today’s your last chance! We’ll be open 1-4 pm today if you’d like to pick up one of our reprints of the 1899 birds-eye-view map of Haddonfield, one of our published books, or a vintage street sign.

Looking further ahead, we’ll be open for our usual “First Sunday” hours on Sunday January 6 from 1-3 pm. For January, we will NOT be offering a pop-up display, but stop by for a tour of Greenfield Hall, test out our children’s “Be a Historian” activity, or do some research in our archives center.

Happy new year!

Reprint of 1899 Haddonfield Birds-Eye Map Now Available, Plus Sale On Publications

December 3, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on Reprint of 1899 Haddonfield Birds-Eye Map Now Available, Plus Sale On Publications

Looking for a unique gift? The Historical Society has reprinted a limited run of the popular 1899 birds-eye view map of Haddonfield. We’re also holding a holiday sale on some of our publications!

First, the map: The unframed print is 20″ x 30″, and available for $50 (tax included). We are also offering framed versions of the print for $75 or $150, depending on the frame width.

The maps are available to pick up during our regular public hours (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 pm), or by appointment outside of those public hours. We can also ship unframed prints for an additional charge of $10. Please call or email the office to place your order today: 856-429-7375 or info@haddonfieldhistory.org.

Second, the Historical Society is holding a sale on some of our publications, just in time for the holidays. You can purchase any of these at the Historical Society office during regular public hours, or through Amazon.

Haddonfield on the Move, by Helen Stevens Mountney – $15, now $10

Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh: 1680-1762. Building the Quaker Community of Haddonfield, New Jersey, 1701-1762, by Jeffery M. Dorwart and Elizabeth A. Lyons $25, now $15

Elizabeth French Gill 1794-1854, by Harriet G. Monshaw – $12, now $5

Lost Haddonfield, by Doug Rauschenberger and Katherine M. Tassini – $18, now $5

You can find the full list of Historical Society publications available for sale here.

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.

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Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am; first Sunday of the month 1-3 pm; and by appointment

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Greenfield Hall and the Archives Center are both CLOSED Saturdays & Sundays except as noted above for the first Sunday of the month.

We are closed in August, on major holidays, and for the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

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