Marisa Bozarth, Museum Curator at Burlington County Parks will present Campbell’s: More than Just Soup at our monthly meeting on Tuesday March 19 at 7pm at the Delran Municipal Building. 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.
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.
The Delran Historical Society would like to thank Flagg’s Garden Center and Landscaping for donating the landscaping at the Delran Municipal Building. We think it looks really nice. Please contact them for your landscaping needs.
Join the Delran Historical Society for a bus trip to Longwood Gardens on November 25, 2017 for “A Longwood Christmas”. This is a great way to start the Holiday Season when there are organ sing-alongs, strolling carolers, and holiday horticulture fills the Gardens. The cost is $65 per person which includes the bus and entrance ticket to Longwood Gardens. We’ll meet the bus at the Target parking lot at 11:30am and return by 8pm. If you’d like to purchase a ticket please email or call (609)410-1602 to reserve a spot.
The final month of the annual Delran Historical Society Hoagie Sale is taking place! The hoagie sale will end July 31 and is in coordination with Vid’s Deli on Fairview Street. Purchase your tickets ahead of time and then get your hoagies at your convenience by July 31 at Vid’s. Tickets are $5 for an American, Ham and Cheese, Italian, or Three Cheese 6” hoagie. Tickets are available from most members of the Society, at our monthly meetings every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Delran municipal building, the VFW on Fairview Ave, or by calling Mal at 609-845-8389.
Congratulations to Delran High School graduating history seniors, Amanda Pinho and Deana Giles, recipients of the 2017 Delran Historical Society Scholarship award. The award ceremony took place on June 1 at Delran High School’s Awards Night.
Congratulations, Amanda and Deana, and all the best for your future!
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?”
The Delran Historical Society received a History Recognition Award from Burlington County at the Smithville Mansion on May 12, 2017. We were recognized for our effort to create a Historical Marker Trail in Delran. This was a group accomplishment. Elaine McCabe and Diane Dudek researched the background on each of the sites, Elaine McCabe and Mal Anderson worked with residents to secure approvals for the sign installations, Delran Township paid for the signs to be printed at the New Jersey Department of Corrections, and Delran Public Works installed the signs. Deb Hammond posted the information on each site on our website and created QR codes for a bookmark that would directly link to our website and the additional content and photographs of each site. We celebrated the opening of our Historical Marker Trail on October 24, 2017 with the big unveiling at the Trinity Church on Route 130.
We have also added our markers to the Historical Marker Database, which includes links to our website as well as other nearby historic sites. We are planning to add an additional 10 sites in 2017.
1980 was the year Delran celebrated its 100th birthday. The committee planned Lots of events. In April, Robert Socci was crowned Miss Delran. While it started as a joke, Robert Socci accepted his title from Centennial Committee chairman Ron McNally. A total of 25 Delran High School students submitted an essay on why I want to be Miss Delran. His essay won him the title. Mr. Socci wrote a poem – Incident at a Local Fast-Food Restaurant. Mr. Socci received a $1,000 scholarship. The first runner up was senior Diane Marie Crossland. Second runner up was freshman Lisa Houston. Third runner up was junior Denise Horton and the fourth runner up was sophomore Cindy Reynolds. Here’s a link to Robert’s poem Incident at a local fast food restaurant.
The Delran Historical Society would like a photo of Robert and the runner ups. If you have a photo could you share it with us?
Don’t forget, Saturday April 29 at 11am we will be reburying the time capsule that the 1980 Centennial Committee buried at the site of the old Municipal Building. The 1980 time capsule will be reburied in front to the Municipal Building near the mail boxes. Come out and share your memories. Mr. Chinicci and Florence Anderson, members of the 1980 Centennial Committee will be there.