At our meeting November 20th meeting, we will be kicking off our Early Homes of Delran project. PJ Buzzi, a Delran Historical Society member, will share the history of his house at 4205 Bridgeboro Road and the people who lived there. Our meetings are held at the Delran Township Municipal Building and start at 7pm.
We are looking to document homes built before 1900. Many of these homes were photographed in the l970’s and 80’s but much has changed. We will be visiting these addresses and photographing these houses after the leaves are off the trees. Over the winter, we will be researching the history of these homes. We need your help! If you own or lived in one of these houses, we hope that you will share photographs of the original architectural features inside such as fireplace, cabinets, floors, or woodwork as well as stories of the people and events that happened in the house. Visit our website for more information about this project.
About 100 homes in Delran were built before 1900. At least one house dates back to the mid-1700’s. The Delran Historical Society would like to inventory these houses as they look today. We’d also like to document the history of these houses and the families that once lived in them. If you own or lived in one of these houses, we hope you will share your photos and stories of the people who once lived here. More information is available on our website.
We still have street signs available for purchase. Each sign costs $20. Unfortunately, many of the popular streets have sold out. A list of signs is posted on our website.
Join the Delran Historical Society on June 19 at 7pm at the Delran Municipal Building. Marisa Bozarth, Museum Curator, Burlington County Parks will enlighten with her program: The Women Behind the Men. Her presentation focuses on the lives of women from Burlington County who played a role in the history of our local community, state, and nation. These women were leaders in education, medicine, journalism, agriculture, art, and social justice. A few of the women’s stories to be told are Alice Paul, Agnes Smith, Clara Barton, Patience Wright, Elizabeth White and others. The public is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will follow.
We’re excited because we’ve got more Delran Street Signs to sell. So if you’re looking for a unique one-of-kind gift, consider purchasing an old street sign. Delran Township is in the process of replacing neighborhood street signs and they’ve provided the old signs to the Delran Historical Society to sell as a fundraiser. We’re selling the old streets signs for $20 on a first come first serve basis. We started this process last September and sold 250 signs. This time, we have 230 signs for 115 streets available.
We learned a lot when we started selling the signs in the fall and we’re launching a new process. Please review the list of 2018 Streets to see if the street you want is available. If the street is listed, complete the form for each sign you wish to purchase. We’ll be taking orders until April 27. If the sign you requested is available, you will receive an email with directions on how to pay for your sign. Signs can be picked up on May 7 and May 15 at 6-8pm at the Delran Municipal Building. We will set up webpage to pay by credit card. Of course, we will take cash or check at pick-up.
This month our presenter is Garey Hope from Will Hope and Son in Burlington. Garey’s family has been designing and hand crafting granite, marble and bronze memorials for families that have lost a loved one and for towns or groups looking for a war memorial or other monumental art work for over 100 years. Garey will share how memorials and the business of stone cutting changed thru the years. Should be an interesting night. Our meeting starts at 7pm at the Delran Municipal Building. The public is welcome to come out for this interesting talk. We’ll have tickets for our annual hoagie sale available. We might even have a few Vid’s Deli Hoagies to sample.
This month, Marisa Bozarth Museum Curator at Burlington County Parks will present Campbell’s: More than Just Soup at our monthly meeting on Tuesday March 20 at 7pm. Her presentation tells the story of the Campbell’s Soup Company’s humble beginnings to becoming a multi-million dollar company and the role Burlington County farmers played in the process. I’m sure we all have enjoyed Campbell’s Soup and it’s likely our Delran farmers sent produce to Campbell’s. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after Marisa’s presentation.
In 1954, Roller Skating was the thing to do. This is a photo from the Southland Swing contest on March 4, 1954. Music to skate by was provided by Mr. Costello on the organ. Earlene Hullings is the second skater from the left in the front row was from Bridgeboro. Her skating partner was Ray Louder from Riverside. He’s the third from the left in the front row. Can you identify other skaters? Share your memories of roller skating.
Join the Delran Historical Society on Tuesday January 16 for our first meeting of 2018. Richard Knight, Delran Mayor between 1984 and 1992, is our guest speaker. He will share his experience as mayor and the changes that occurred in Delran during his term. The public is welcome to join us and learn about the history of our town. Our meeting starts at 7pm in the community room at the Delran Municipal Building at 900 Chester Avenue.
Mal Anderson, Delran Historical Society President researched early transportation in Delran. Read First By Stage to learn about the early Stage Coach service established by Albert Elliott and the eventual bus line operated by Charles Kauderer.