Camden County History Month to Feature More Than Seventy History Events
Camden NJ— The Camden County History Alliance invites the public to join us for Camden County History Month from October 1 to October 31, 2021, when thirty participating historic sites and history organizations throughout Camden County will be open with special exhibits, reenactments, and guided tours for adults and children. The vast majority of the more than seventy events and activities during the month are free.
Camden County History Month is hosted by the Camden County History Alliance, an association of 50 Camden County history organizations, historic sites, and support agencies. The History Alliance was created in 2016 to identify resources, increase the number of visitors, and institute projects that promote Camden County heritage. The Camden County Historical Society manages the work of the History Alliance.
Events during Camden County History Month include activities both in-person and virtual, for both children and adults, and span centuries of history. New events this year include the 200th birthday of Champion School in Haddon Township on Saturday, October 2, with a festival all afternoon featuring live music, food trucks, and amusements (rain date October 3). Also on October 2, the Ebenezer Hopkins House will be open, featuring an exhibit “Along the Cooper River” with a presentation at 11am. Later in the month, Dennis Raible will discuss the history of the Hopkins House on October 24 at 1pm. The Barclay Farmstead Museum will hold a “Welcome to the Farm” event on October 9 with crafts, games, an apple pie contest, and other activities. At the Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum, the Lawnside Historical Society will celebrate its anniversary on October 16, with music, film, re-enactors, and more.
Railroad enthusiasts will enjoy attending the 130th birthday party for the Haddon Heights Passenger Railroad Station on October 30, which will include model trains, a first-person history of the railroad station, and a slide presentation of trains at 11am. The Historic Berlin Railroad Depot, built in 1856, will also be open for tours on October 16. On Monday evening, October 18, the West Jersey Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will host a virtual presentation on “South Jersey Railroad Stations from A to Z” (register at www.westjersey-nrhs.org/events).
For those interested in virtual events, the new Somerdale Historical Society will offer virtual tours of historic sites in Somerdale at Somerdale-nj.com/departments/historical-society, and Merchantville Historical Society will feature a documentary “The Voices of Merchantville” on their facebook page. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) will host an online reading group discussing “Plundered Skulls & Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture” by Chip Colwell on Thursday evenings, October 7, 14, 21, 28, & November 4 (REACHED CAPACITY). Other virtual events include “The History of Haddon Fire Company #1” with the Historical Society of Haddonfield on Wednesday, October 13 (register at haddonfieldhistory.org) and “Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee’s Army After Appomattox” with the Old Baldy Civil War Round Table on Thursday, October 14 (register at oldbaldycwrt.org). Ye Olde Newton-Nassau Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a presentation of their history at yonn77.wixsite.com/yonn. “The History of Lucy of the Elephant” will also be presented online by the Haddon Heights Historical Society on Monday, October 18.
Several presentations are planned to be held in-person during History Month. The Battleship New Jersey will hold a lecture on “The History of Shipbuilding and the Navy on the Delaware River” on Tuesday, October 5 (register by October 3 at 856-966-1652 x127). The Battleship will also be open for tours daily; ticket and registration information is available at battleshipnewjersey.org. Other presentations and exhibits planned during the month include “Pop Lloyd & the Negro Baseball League in New Jersey” at the Camden County Historical Society on Sunday, October 3; “Disasters on the Delaware River” at the Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum on Sunday, October 10; and “Political Campaign Posters from 1844 to 2012” at the Camden County Historical Society on Sunday, October 31.
For those who enjoy spooky tours and ghost stories, the Historical Society of Haddonfield will offer Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours on October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30. Explore Berlin Cemetery at the Long-A-Coming Historical Society’s History Comes Alive Cemetery Tour on October 16. Pennsauken Historical Society will offer Halloween activities for kids along with living history demonstrations at the Burrough-Dover House and the Griffith Morgan House on October 23. Listen to more spooky tales at the Ichabod Crane living history program at the Indian King Tavern Museum on October 16, or enjoy the Sea Dogs singing pirates at the same site on October 30.
Camden County’s Colonial history will be highlighted at several historic buildings open for tours during October. The Camden County Historical Society’s Museum will be open with new exhibits on the Revolutionary War in Camden County, Native Americans in Camden, and Camden Recording Artists, along with tours of historic Pomona Hall built in 1726 & 1788, on October 8, 13, 20, & 27. Attend a virtual presentation on “Occupied America: British Rule and the Experience of Revolution” hosted by the American Revolution Round Table of South Jersey on October 12, and tour the Indian King Tavern Museum on October 2, 17, 20, 21, 24, & 31. The Pennsauken Historical Society will have both the Burrough-Dover House and the Griffith Morgan House open for tours on October 3 & 23, and the Gabreil Daveis Tavern Museum will also be open on October 10 & October 24 with historic post office boxes on display.
Fans of Walt Whitman can attend a Meet & Greet with Walt Whitman at the Whitman Stafford Farmhouse on October 23. The farmhouse will also be open for tours on October 5 & 12. The Walt Whitman House in Camden will offer special “Legacy” tours on Fridays and Saturdays, October 1, 2, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, & 30, highlighting the work Whitman created while living in Camden. Historic houses of worship will also be open for tour during the month, including Newton Friends Meeting House on October 3 & 17, while Saint Joseph’s History Society of South Camden will offer tours of the church on October 9. The Esther Raab Holocaust Museum and Goodwin Education Center will host the in-person March of Remembrance against prejudice on October 3, followed by a virtual presentation on “Digital Terrorism, Antisemitism, and Hate Online” that evening (register at jcrcsnj.org/mor21). The Esther Raab Holocaust Museum will also be open for tours on October 6 & 28. Other museums and historic buildings that will be open during the month include the Winslow Township History Center on October 9, 10, 23, & 24; and the Stratford Quaker Store on October 23. Stop by these sites to learn more about our history!
A full list of all the over 70 events during Camden County History Month, with hours and locations, is available on www.camdencountyhistoryalliance.com. Due to COVID, the schedule is subject to change, according to CDC guidelines. Visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/camdencountyhistoryalliance for additional details and updates, or pick up an event guide from any of the historic sites or at the Camden County Historical Society at 1900 Park Boulevard in Camden.