The Camden County Historical Society

The Camden County Historical Society “The mission of CCHS is to collect, preserve and disseminate the history of Camden County in order

12/20/2023

CCHS will be closed from December 23 to January 2. Happy Holidays!

Read about our efforts to open the American Revolution Museum of Southern New Jersey!
10/27/2023

Read about our efforts to open the American Revolution Museum of Southern New Jersey!

Camden's proposed American Revolution Museum of Southern New Jersey will showcase Black, Native American, and other people of color whose war efforts have often been overlooked.

Join us on October 22 at 1:30pm for a FREE and fascinating presentation on the history of 20th-century communications an...
10/11/2023

Join us on October 22 at 1:30pm for a FREE and fascinating presentation on the history of 20th-century communications and electronics industry pioneers at the Victor Talking Machine Company, the Radio Corporation of America, and General Electric! Historian and author Fred Barnum explores their remarkable innovations in sound recording, wireless communications, radio and television broadcasting, medicine, national defense, and more! Before the presentation, you can view our new Made in Camden exhibit, which highlights the individuals and employees who played a pivotal role in the industries of Camden City. More information about the presentation and speaker Fred Barnum can be found here: https://cchsnj.org/event/an-illustrated-history-of-rca-victor-talking-machine-company/

The Camden County Historical Society has preserved two massive county seals and reproduced the mural from the Aletha R. ...
10/11/2023

The Camden County Historical Society has preserved two massive county seals and reproduced the mural from the Aletha R. Wright Administration Building that is being demolished. Read more below, or come to our "Made in Camden" exhibit event on October 22nd to see them in person!

Historical society leader has a strategy for saving relics: Just ask for them

09/08/2023

IT'S A DAY PARTY!!!
COME OUT 4-7PM!!!

PBCIP IS about fun and business in September starting withThe 2023 Haddon Ave Street Fest..Local Edition!!! SATURDAY 9.2...
09/07/2023

PBCIP IS about fun and business in September starting with
The 2023 Haddon Ave Street Fest..Local Edition!!! SATURDAY 9.23.23
12noon to 6pm.
VENDORS SPACE STILL AVAILABLE!!!
www.pbcip.org

September Community Meeting 9.27.23 6-8pm KIPP Hatch Middle 1875 Park Blvd.
Get a tour of the new building and hear about the ANCHOR TAX PROGRAM for Homeowners and Renters!!!!
Assemblyman Spearman & NJ Treasury will answer your questions.

Changes are happening in Parkside so you should come with friends to the September Community Meeting on 9.27.23 to be informed and empowered!!!

Greetings everyone,We’re excited to invite you to PBCIP’s Day Party that we’re hosting on Friday, September 8th at the L...
09/07/2023

Greetings everyone,

We’re excited to invite you to PBCIP’s Day Party that we’re hosting on Friday, September 8th at the Learning Garden in Camden NJ. The address is 1221 Haddon Ave Camden, NJ 08103. It’s going to be a fantastic time, and we’d love for you to join us. You don’t want to miss it..oh, and share with YOUR friends!!!!

See you there!!!

Sheilah

08/16/2023

The Camden County Historical Society will be closed from August 1 to September 4, 2023. If you have an urgent research need, please email [email protected].

07/06/2023

We have an exciting new video to share with you about the history of the Benjamin Cooper Tavern and foraging across Southern New Jersey during the Revolutionary War!
The historic Benjamin Cooper House of Camden, New Jersey, was witness to incredible events in Southern New Jersey during the war for American Independence. In 1778, British forces in Philadelphia launched an expedition to capture Brigadier General Anthony Wayne in Southern New Jersey. The expedition culminated in a skirmish in what is now downtown Camden City, New Jersey. The Benjamin Cooper house will be rehabilitated as a museum, community center, and public open space in time for the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Featuring Dr. Ricardo A. Herrera, author of Feeding Washington's Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778. To learn more about the American Revolution Museum of Southern New Jersey, visit https://amrevmuseumsnj.com/

Original Music by David Obaniyi
Narration Recorded at Studio One 99 https://dmgcollective.com/one99-studios/
Produced by the Camden County Historic Society and Flash Films and Media LLC
https://flashfilmsandmedia.com/

06/04/2023

The Camden County Historical Society will be closed today, Sunday, June 4th. We apologize for the inconvenience!

05/31/2023

The Camden County Historical Society will be closed from June 24 to July 4, 2023.

Join us on April 22nd from 1-4pm to celebrate the completion of 20+ oral history interviews and the opening of a SENSE o...
04/18/2023

Join us on April 22nd from 1-4pm to celebrate the completion of 20+ oral history interviews and the opening of a SENSE of PLACE: Snapshots of People Who Make South Jersey Communities Thrive. A SENSE of PLACE is a Traveling Exhibit by the Perkins Center for the Arts for the H.E.A.R. [Heritage Evident and Relevant] Oral History project. The exhibit features master basket maker Steven Carty, visual artist Kimberly Camp and Khmer classical dance master Jenny Hua Mears.

Join us on April 22 as we share untold, untapped stories from remarkable individuals who have made local history, from temples to community gardens to public art spaces across the tri-county area. Hear from community scholars eager to give you a five-minute “tour” of their oral history project—and a few surprise guests. The Oral History interview project is all about community input. Join us for interactive and facilitated discussions and workshops after the presentations and learn how to get started on your own family and community oral history project.

Click the following link to register for free: https://bit.ly/3zSkO42 !

This event is part of the H.E.A.R. [Heritage Evident and Relevant] Oral History project, supported by the New Jersey State Humanities Council and its partner agency the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Read about plans to expand the Camden Legends Hall of Fame exhibit at the Camden County Historical Society!
04/15/2023

Read about plans to expand the Camden Legends Hall of Fame exhibit at the Camden County Historical Society!

CAMDEN, NJ – Space on the second floor of the Park Boulevard building has been set aside for something special, a community jewel that will grow in the coming months.

Join us on April 29 from 1-3pm as we pay homage to Jessie Redmon Fauset, and Lawnside’s extraordinary poet and author Sa...
04/14/2023

Join us on April 29 from 1-3pm as we pay homage to Jessie Redmon Fauset, and Lawnside’s extraordinary poet and author Sandra Turner Barnes! This FREE event includes music, poetry, and refreshments! For more details on the Fauset Day Poetry Fest, visit www.petermotthouse.org

Restoration work on the Benjamin Cooper House will be starting soon! Learn more about our plans to turn this building in...
04/13/2023

Restoration work on the Benjamin Cooper House will be starting soon! Learn more about our plans to turn this building into the American Revolution Museum of South Jersey by 2026!

CAMDEN, NJ – Proposals from contractors for the first phase of restoring the 289-year-old Benjamin Cooper House near the Delaware River waterfront are due in April

A high-resolution photograph of this mural depicting workers on lines at RCA and Campbell Soup has been installed as par...
04/12/2023

A high-resolution photograph of this mural depicting workers on lines at RCA and Campbell Soup has been installed as part of a new "Made in Camden" exhibit at The Camden County Historical Society! Read more details below.

CAMDEN, NJ – The demolition of the now-vacant Camden County office building next to City Hall is scheduled to begin next month, and with it the large and colorful mural on the side of the building.

It’s A History ThingFree Event - Open to the PublicElizabeth Ballroom419 Highland BlvdGloucester City, NJ 08030Thursday ...
02/15/2023

It’s A History Thing
Free Event - Open to the Public
Elizabeth Ballroom
419 Highland Blvd
Gloucester City, NJ 08030
Thursday February 16th, 2023
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Hosted by the
Gloucester City Historical Society
Details:
Free Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available to all guests (of age). Adult supervision must be provided for any children attending the event.
There will be some artifacts on display to give you an idea of some of the things that we have that represent what it is that we do at the Historical Society.
Dress code is casual. Please feel free to bring any items that you would like to donate to the society with you or items like family photos or papers that you do not want to part with but feel that we would like to have in our archives and we will be happy to scan them into our computer. Please remember the items are Gloucester Centric.
Membership forms will be available on site as well as some items for purchase.

On Wednesday evening, join us at the Waterford Township Public Library to learn about Black History in Camden County!
02/13/2023

On Wednesday evening, join us at the Waterford Township Public Library to learn about Black History in Camden County!

02/01/2023

The Camden County Historical Society and P.B.C.I.P (Parkside Business & Community in Partnership) are working on a variety of projects to improve the surrounding community. Over the last year, with the help of passionate local historian Coach Tom Hanson, we helped improve the Camden High School baseball field. Hear more from some of the students who played on the new field in the video below. For more local history or how our partnerships are improving the neighborhood, visit www.cchsnj.org

01/26/2023

Discover how the “Say My Name:” Enslaved Africans of Pomona Hall exhibit was created, including the process Photographer Erik James Montgomery used to create the imagery for the exhibit. You can view the online exhibit at www.cchsnj.org/online-exhibits/ or in person at 1900 Park Blvd, Camden NJ on Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm.

01/19/2023

Pomona Hall is a 1700s plantation mansion that makes up a part of the Camden County Historical Society complex. It housed three generations of Cooper families and at least seventeen enslaved Africans. Learn more about Pomona Hall, Beverly Collins-Roberts Unhushed Documentary, and a 2022 archaeological dig below.

More information about Pomona Hall, the "Say My Name": Enslaved Africans of Pomona Hall exhibit, and to learn more about our site, visit www.cchsnj.org

Join us on Sunday, January 22, from 2:30pm-4:00pm as we celebrate Dr. King’s Legacy with inspirational songs and reflect...
01/12/2023

Join us on Sunday, January 22, from 2:30pm-4:00pm as we celebrate Dr. King’s Legacy with inspirational songs and reflections by artist Dressler Smith, with performances by the Creative Arts High School Choir (Directed by Ms. Benita Farmer), Michael Crews (pianist), Benjamin McKenzie, and Mrs. Carmenda Crews! This FREE program will feature a presentation by Dressler Smith, highlighting the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that inspired her art.

For more information visit www.cchsnj.org

01/11/2023

For years, the Camden High School Tennis courts were dilapidated and in need of repair. The Camden County Historical Society and P.B.C.I.P (Parkside & Community in Partnership) worked together to resurface and improve the tennis courts for Camden students and the Parkside neighborhood. For more local history or how our partnerships are improving the neighborhood, visit www.cchsnj.org

01/04/2023

The Camden County History Alliance is a partnership between over 50 historical sites and organizations across the county, to develop and promote historical programming. The Alliance created and supports the Camden County Heritage Magazine and Camden County History Month (October). For more information about the Alliance, programming, and where to get free copies of the Heritage magazine, visit www.cchsnj.org or www.CamdenCountyHistoryAlliance.org

The Camden County Historical Society is going to be closed next week (Dec 27-30) but check out some of the work voluntee...
12/23/2022

The Camden County Historical Society is going to be closed next week (Dec 27-30) but check out some of the work volunteer Claire Sullivan has been up to over the last few weeks! Some photographs and prints in the collection are donated with rips (or worse), but with a steady hand and the right supplies, they can be repaired! Some of these photographs and prints will be scanned and available on our website soon. For more information about our collections, visit www.cchsnj.org

12/21/2022

During the construction of the new Camden High School complex, the Camden County Historical Society worked with alumni, teachers, and the Cultural and History Committee to preserve artifacts and stories from the “Castle on the Hill,” Big Picture Learning Academy, Brimm Medical Arts, and Creative Arts. You can learn more about the history of these schools and more local history by visiting www.cchsnj.org

12/15/2022

The Victor Carstarphen Sr. Legends Hall of Fame at the Camden County Historical Society celebrates the legendary achievements of Camden’s musicians, artists, and athletes. Learn more about Victor Carstarphen Sr., his musical legacy, and the exhibit in the video below. This permanent and expanding exhibit features a variety of memorabilia and stories from local legends like Carla Benson, Donnie Sellers, and Yocontalie Jackson.

You can visit the exhibit Tue-Fri from 10am-4pm or the first Sunday of each month from 1pm-4pm. For more information, visit www.cchsnj.org

In October 2021, a statue of boxing champion Jersey Joe Walcott (Arnold Raymond Cream) was unveiled on the promenade at ...
11/29/2022

In October 2021, a statue of boxing champion Jersey Joe Walcott (Arnold Raymond Cream) was unveiled on the promenade at Wiggins Park. This tribute to the legendary boxer was the result of years of fundraising and collaboration with the Cream family, Camden County Board of Commissioners, and sculptor Carl LeVotch. The video below was produced in 2022 by the Camden County Historical Society.

Discover more about Camden County’s history by visiting www.cchsnj.org

Arnold Raymond Cream (January 31, 1914 – February 25, 1994), best known as Jersey Joe Walcott, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1930 to 1953. He held the world heavyweight title from 1951 to 1952, and broke the record for the oldest man to win the title, at the age of 37. That record would eventually be broken in 1994 by 45-year-old George Foreman.

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1900 Park Boulevard
Camden, NJ
08103

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Wednesday 10am - 4:30pm
Thursday 10am - 4:30pm
Friday 10am - 4:30pm

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(856) 964-3333

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