Saturday, March 16, 2013
They're all driveable, right in New Jersey, and open this weekend for the entire family.
If your kids are bored with the 'same old, same old' activities, try something new this weekend. Here are museums you've probably never heard of, but they have interesting stuff abounding to keep everyone busy and interested. Saturday, March 16 - Gloucester County Harrison Township Historical Society 'Going, Going, Gone... Features Vanishing Landmarks' Weekends, 1-4pm (Till 7pm on Second Saturdays) March 16 - May 19, 2013 (Closed Easter & Mother's Day) Old Town Hall 62 South Main Street, Mullica Hill Join the Harrison Township Historical Society for its spring exhibition, "Going, Going, Gone...Lost Landmarks of Harrison Township." Starting on March 16, the society will display various photographs and artifacts of lost, or soon to be lost…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
House open to public with special presentation on Dec. 2.
Springfield’s Historic Cannon Ball House, located at 126 Morris Ave., will be open on Dec. 2. from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In celebration of the holiday season, the house will be decorated for the occasion in a manner appropriate to the year 1840. In addition, historical experts will discuss the origins of some Christmas traditions will be discussed. Also on display will be some of the letters written by local soldier Wellington Briant, describing his experience fighting for the Union army during the Civil War. This will be the last chance to view Wellington’s letters from 1862, before we replace them with his 1863 correspondence. So come visit us for a festive outing during which you can discover how the Cannon Ball House got its name! …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
June ceremony honored local officials and volunteers for their support.
The Church and Cannon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual commemoration ceremony on June 23 in the historic DAR cemetery it owns on Mountain Avenue, Springfield. Members of Boy Scout Troop 73, Springfield Historical Society, C.A.R. and public joined the DAR in marking the 232nd anniversary of the Battle of Springfield. The DAR honors all who are buried, especially the Stites family, the original owners in 1711 and all who died during the battle on June 23, 1780. A wreath made by members of the Children of the American Revolution was placed at the monument that was erected in 1896 by the SAR. Two Springfield residents were presented with DAR Awards of Appreciation for their interest and support of the …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wedding display part of open house at historical landmark.
On June 23, join the Springfield Historical Society for romance, war and the Charleston. Springfield’s Historic Cannonball House will be holding an open house on June 23 to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Springfield. This conflict was the final major Revolutionary War battle fought in the northern colonies. Artifacts from the time are on display at the CBH, including the namesake missile. The CBH will also be hosting a special wedding-themed exhibit. An authentic 1920s wedding dress from the Historical Society’s collection will be on display for the first time ever. In addition to the gown, the "wedding reception" will feature music from the era. Also on display at the house are the continuing Civil War adventures of Wellington …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Contest money will go towards digitizing historic documents.
In April, the Springfield Library asked township residents for their support. Today, it looks like you came through. On Friday, May 11, Library Director Susan Permahos learned that the library had won the top $15,000 prize in a worldwide contest sponsored by the EMC Corporation Heritage Trust. Springfield residents were urged to voted in the contest; judging from the victory, it looks like the urging worked. Permahos was exuberant at the news. "I'm running around telling everyone," Permahos said. "I'm so excited." As Patch reported in early April, the Springfield Library was one of seven finalists in an international contest sponsored by the EMC Corporation Heritage Trust. The money is earmarked for the digitization of historic documents…
Monday, January 9, 2012
Crunching the numbers from a list of former heads of Township.
Springfield held its 222nd Mayoral swearing-in this month, with Ziad Shehady becoming the 88th person to take the position since it was founded in 1794. The first Mayor was Samuel Potter. He served for one year before Elijah Squier took the reins the next year. Potter evidently liked the office, though, as he returned to it in 1796, 1797 and 1800. Potter set a lot of precedents. He was the first Mayor, the first Mayor to serve multiple terms and the first to serve consecutive terms. Also, he was the first named Samuel, the most often occurring name of Springfield Mayors. Springfield Mayors include Samuel Tyler, Samuel Clark, Samuel Parkhurst, Samuel Colie, Samuel C Smith, Samuel Halsey and Samuel M Bailey, Jr. Wilbur Selander served the …
Saturday, October 16, 2010
After undergoing repairs, the Springfield Historic landmark is opening for business.
The Historic Cannon Ball House, one of Springfield's links to the Revolutionary War, reopens today part of the Four Centuries Weekend on Oct. 16 and 17. "We have spent the last two years chasing funding and working with contractors, and the work still continues," Springfield Historical Society President Margaret Bandrowski said. The house, at 126 Morris Avenue, was built in the mid-18th century and was one of the few houses in town to survive the Battle of Springfield on June 23, 1780 — the last skirmish of the Revolution in the northern colonies. The Morris Ave. historical home was set ablaze by retreating British soldiers. But it earned its name when a cannonball lodged in the side of the structure during the battle. It fell out …
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Leaving aside politics, Tea Party members praise Revolutionary War hero.
No matter what your personal politics are, you should recognize one positive aspect to the Tea Party movement; it’s brought a lot more visibility for the Revolutionary War. Tri-corner hats are back in fashion and stories from the end of the colonial era are popping up on blogs. Case in point: This week, a Tea Party site from Iowa ran a fairly in depth profile of Rev. Caldwell and devoted a lot of space to Caldwell’s experience in the Battle of Springfield, where, as Springfield resident know, he rallied the troops to use hymnal pages as wadding for muskets by saying ““Now, boys, give ‘em Watts! Give ‘em Watts!” Read the full story: The Fighting Parson of the Revolutionary War.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Springfield Historic landmark is currently undergoing repairs.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Springfield Historical Society held its annual meeting on an appropriate date; the Sunday before the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Springfield. The meeting took place in, and was largely about, the Cannon Ball House. The Morris Ave. historical home got its name during when it came under cannon fire during the Battle of Springfield. A ball lodged in the side of building and stayed there until it fell out during the 1920s. While it's been a while since it's taken a hit like that, the house is currently undergoing some repairs. "There is some work that has to be done inside the house," Springfield Historical Society President Margaret Bandrowski said, explaining that they were not satisfied by the work recently performed on the …
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Daughters of the revolution and historic re-enactors hold ceremony.
On the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Springfield, the Township's chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution and its historical society joined together at the historic cemetery on Mountain Ave. Mark Hurwitz, a Springfield resident and the national president of the Brigade of the American Revolution dressed in a reproduction of the uniform of Colonel Elias Dayton, the father of the namesake of Springfield's high school (Patch readers may recognize Mr. Hurwitz from our video of the dedication of Springfield's new clock). Margaret Bandrowski, the president of Springfield's historical society, dressed in period dress from the 18th century. They were joined by Linda Jurczak, the head of the Cannon Chapter of the NSDAR, in commemorating the …