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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen and Josh Ruza, Delran Historical Society members researched the history of Lake Lonnie and presented the information at a Delran Historical Society Meeting. Construction on Lake Lonnie at the end of Fifth Street began during World War II. In its heyday, it was the place to go on the weekends, and many teenagers worked there for the summer. Want to know more, check out their presentation.
Sue Hueskin, Delran Historical Society member has co-authored a book entitled Colonial Burlington County Cookery, a Book of Receipts. Sue will be discussing her book which focuses on Polly Burling and her receipts (or recipes) from 1770. The program is being held on Saturday July 13th at the Mount Holly Friends Meeting House located at 81 High Street in Mount Holly starting at 1pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North
A film by Katrina Browne
The Riverfront Historical Society and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church continue their collaboration with their eighth annual commemoration of Juneteenth. This year’s program will include a film screening of the Sundance Film Festival and Emmy-nominated, PBS documentary film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, followed by an audience discussion moderated by Elizabeth Sturges Llerena and The Reverend Jayne J. Oasin. The program, scheduled for Saturday, June 17th, from 1-3 PM at St. Stephen’s Church, 158 Warren Street, Beverly, is free and open to the public.
“Traces of the Trade documents how filmmaker Katrina Browne made a troubling discovery—her New England ancestors, The DeWolfs, were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The DeWolfs conducted the trade over three generations, beginning in 1769, and well after it had been banned in the United States in 1808. The DeWolf family brought over 10,000 African slaves to the Americas. Up to half a million of these Africans’ descendants are alive today. Katrina Browne and nine fellow descendants set off to retrace the Triangle Trade: from their old hometown in Rhode Island to slave forts in Ghana to sugar plantation ruins in Cuba. Step by step, they uncover the vast extent of Northern complicity in slavery while also stumbling through the minefield of contemporary race relations. Traces of the Trade offers powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide….The issues the DeWolf descendants are confronted with dramatize questions that apply to the nation as a whole: What, concretely, is the legacy of slavery—for diverse whites, for diverse blacks, for diverse others? Who owes whom what for the sins of the fathers of this country? What history do we inherit as individuals and as citizens? How does Northern complicity change the equation? What would repair -spiritual and material – look like and what would it take?”
Riverside Park is one of Delran’s oldest neighborhoods. Diane Dudek, Delran Historical Society Trustee shared this photo likely taken in the 1930’s at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Roland Street. The Riverside Park neighborhood had brick pylons with neighborhood street signs. Today only 2 two of these classy street signs remain. They are located at North Chester and Frederick Street and North Chester and Roland Avenue. Do you know who installed these brick pylons and when? Were pylons located on every corner? If so, what happened to them? What else can you tell us about the history of Riverside Park?