Greater Elmer Area Historical Society

Greater Elmer Area Historical Society The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society Serving Elmer Borough, Pittsgrove Township and Upper Pittsgrove Township works to preserve our local history.

The 23rd Annual Elmer Harvest Day, presented by the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society, will be held Saturday, Octobe...
09/21/2021

The 23rd Annual Elmer Harvest Day, presented by the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society, will be held Saturday, October 2nd from 10am to 4pm. Back again after being cancelled in 2020, festivities will be held at Centennial Park, along State Street and Broad Street, at the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society Museum, and at other locations around town.
The day will begin with the Elmer Library Harvest Day 5K Run, with registration opening at 7:30am in front of the Elmer Library, and the race starting at 8:30am. Register in advance by September 30th at www.JTFracing.com. Not a runner? Register for the “Mayor’s Mile” walk which will begin at 8:45 am.
In Centennial Park, the First National Bank of Elmer’s parking lot, and along State Street will be crafters, non-profits, vendors, informational booths, activities for children, and food trucks from 10am-4pm. Live music will be performed by local musicians in Centennial Park, including “Part Time Country” from 10am-12pm, “The Jazztones” from 12:30pm-2:30pm, and “Estrogents” from 3-4pm. At the Information Tent, there will be voting for the Pet Photo Contest, along with tee-shirts for sale featuring local historic images. There will also be a 50/50 raffle supporting the Historical Society, with tickets available in Centennial Park and at the Historical Society.
For the children, there will be free pony rides and a petting zoo from 12-3pm at Peggy’s Country Gifts & Antiques, located at 203 Elmer Street, and free fire truck rides provided by the Elmer Fire Department on Front Street. Other activities for children will be available at Centennial Park. The Salem County Sheriff’s Department will have a Jail Cell on display, and tie-dye demonstrations will be held from 11am-2pm.
Several special historical attractions will also be offered during Harvest Day. The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society Museum at 117 Broad Street (the former St. Ann’s Catholic Church) will be open with exhibits and historical displays. A slideshow of Barns of Salem County will also be presented by Chic Jansky, a video of the 2018 Harvest Day drone footage will be playing, and the Historical Society’s annual historical booklet will be distributed free to visitors.
The 23rd Annual “Lew Zane Memorial Car Show” will again be held on Broad Street, hosted by the S.J. Region AACA. All cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors and special interest vehicles are welcome. Registration is FREE and will begin at 8:30 am and end at 12 pm. Music will also be provided by Harry Snyder of the Music Machine beside the Ivy Rehab facility on Broad Street.
For the convenience of visitors, a jitney bus will provide free transport between the Main Street Bus Stop across from Centennial Park, the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society on Broad Street, Peggy’s Country Gifts & Antiques on Elmer Street, and the Elmer Firehouse on Penn Street. Look for signs near these sites for pickup locations, as the jitney will run continuously throughout the day.
This year’s Treasure Hunt of local businesses features a map with twelve participating local businesses; visit the businesses and get your map stamped in order to earn tickets for the drawing for gift items from each business! These maps can be picked up at the information tent in Centennial Park or at the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society. Bring the completed form to the Information Tent to exchange for tickets - the more sites you visit, the more tickets you receive for the prize drawings!
The day promises to be full of fun and festivities, and we hope you can join us for Elmer’s Annual Harvest Festival! For more information about Elmer Harvest Day, visit www.elmerboroughnj.com/HarvestDay2021.html, or visit the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society on facebook. Hope to see you there!

The 23rd Annual Elmer Harvest Day, presented by the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society, will be held Saturday, October 2nd from 10am to 4pm. Back again after being cancelled in 2020, festivities will be held at Centennial Park, along State Street and Broad Street, at the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society Museum, and at other locations around town.
The day will begin with the Elmer Library Harvest Day 5K Run, with registration opening at 7:30am in front of the Elmer Library, and the race starting at 8:30am. Register in advance by September 30th at www.JTFracing.com. Not a runner? Register for the “Mayor’s Mile” walk which will begin at 8:45 am.
In Centennial Park, the First National Bank of Elmer’s parking lot, and along State Street will be crafters, non-profits, vendors, informational booths, activities for children, and food trucks from 10am-4pm. Live music will be performed by local musicians in Centennial Park, including “Part Time Country” from 10am-12pm, “The Jazztones” from 12:30pm-2:30pm, and “Estrogents” from 3-4pm. At the Information Tent, there will be voting for the Pet Photo Contest, along with tee-shirts for sale featuring local historic images. There will also be a 50/50 raffle supporting the Historical Society, with tickets available in Centennial Park and at the Historical Society.
For the children, there will be free pony rides and a petting zoo from 12-3pm at Peggy’s Country Gifts & Antiques, located at 203 Elmer Street, and free fire truck rides provided by the Elmer Fire Department on Front Street. Other activities for children will be available at Centennial Park. The Salem County Sheriff’s Department will have a Jail Cell on display, and tie-dye demonstrations will be held from 11am-2pm.
Several special historical attractions will also be offered during Harvest Day. The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society Museum at 117 Broad Street (the former St. Ann’s Catholic Church) will be open with exhibits and historical displays. A slideshow of Barns of Salem County will also be presented by Chic Jansky, a video of the 2018 Harvest Day drone footage will be playing, and the Historical Society’s annual historical booklet will be distributed free to visitors.
The 23rd Annual “Lew Zane Memorial Car Show” will again be held on Broad Street, hosted by the S.J. Region AACA. All cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors and special interest vehicles are welcome. Registration is FREE and will begin at 8:30 am and end at 12 pm. Music will also be provided by Harry Snyder of the Music Machine beside the Ivy Rehab facility on Broad Street.
For the convenience of visitors, a jitney bus will provide free transport between the Main Street Bus Stop across from Centennial Park, the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society on Broad Street, Peggy’s Country Gifts & Antiques on Elmer Street, and the Elmer Firehouse on Penn Street. Look for signs near these sites for pickup locations, as the jitney will run continuously throughout the day.
This year’s Treasure Hunt of local businesses features a map with twelve participating local businesses; visit the businesses and get your map stamped in order to earn tickets for the drawing for gift items from each business! These maps can be picked up at the information tent in Centennial Park or at the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society. Bring the completed form to the Information Tent to exchange for tickets - the more sites you visit, the more tickets you receive for the prize drawings!
The day promises to be full of fun and festivities, and we hope you can join us for Elmer’s Annual Harvest Festival! For more information about Elmer Harvest Day, visit www.elmerboroughnj.com/HarvestDay2021.html, or visit the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society on facebook. Hope to see you there!

09/21/2021

The deadline for entering the Popular Pet Photo Contest has been extended to September 27, 2021! This fund raiser will benefit the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society, which sponsors Elmer Harvest Day, and “WOOF LOVE”, (a nonprofit, foster-based animal rescue) .
Who can enter? Any pet (dog, cat, other) from our local area. How much does it cost to enter my pet? There is a $5.00 registration fee. Mail this to GEAHS, PO Box 35, Elmer, NJ 08318.
How can I enter? Email a photo of your pet to
[email protected]. Include your pet’s name and your contact information (phone number, address, and email).
Voting will take place in the information tent on Harvest Day. You will be able to “Pick Your Favorite Pet from the Pumpkin Patch for a cost of $1.00/vote. Winners will be announced at the end of the event. Prizes in each category will be awarded.

Save the Date for Elmer Harvest Day 2021 on October 2nd!! We still have room for vendors - you can download a registrati...
09/03/2021

Save the Date for Elmer Harvest Day 2021 on October 2nd!! We still have room for vendors - you can download a registration form at http://elmerboroughnj.com/HarvestDay2021.html or download the registration form on our page. We can't wait to see you in October!

Save the Date for Elmer Harvest Day 2021 on October 2nd!! We still have room for vendors - you can download a registration form at http://elmerboroughnj.com/HarvestDay2021.html or download the registration form on our page. We can't wait to see you in October!

08/14/2021

Open House today! Stop by the Historical Society at 117 Broad Street from 10am-2pm to tour the museum or research in the archives!

Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers, who in the past few months have moved desks, cut down trees, and mowed the lawn...
07/11/2021

Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers, who in the past few months have moved desks, cut down trees, and mowed the lawn in blistering heat! We could always use a few more hands providing additional help during workdays two or three times a year. Send us an email at [email protected] to find out more about volunteer opportunities!

07/10/2021

Stop by our museum on Saturday between 10am-2pm to tour or research our local history!

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society will hold our regular Open House this Saturday from 10am-2pm, for anyone who w...
06/11/2021

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society will hold our regular Open House this Saturday from 10am-2pm, for anyone who would like to tour the museum, research in the archives, or discuss local history with our members. In addition, we will hold our regular Monthly Meeting next Thursday, June 17th at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there!

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society will hold our regular Open House this Saturday from 10am-2pm, for anyone who would like to tour the museum, research in the archives, or discuss local history with our members. In addition, we will hold our regular Monthly Meeting next Thursday, June 17th at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there!

Our next Open House is Saturday from 10am-2pm. Stop by to tour our museum!
05/06/2021

Our next Open House is Saturday from 10am-2pm. Stop by to tour our museum!

Our next Open House is Saturday from 10am-2pm. Stop by to tour our museum!

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society will hold our regular Open House this Saturday, April 10th from 10am-2pm, for ...
04/08/2021

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society will hold our regular Open House this Saturday, April 10th from 10am-2pm, for anyone who would like to tour the museum, research in the archives, or discuss local history with our members. In addition, we will finally hold our regular Monthly Meeting next Thursday, April 15th at 6:30pm, as the capacity of our building has been raised to 25 visitors. Masks and social distancing will be required. Both events will be held at 117 Broad Street in Elmer. Hope to see you there!

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society will hold our regular Open House this Saturday, April 10th from 10am-2pm, for anyone who would like to tour the museum, research in the archives, or discuss local history with our members. In addition, we will finally hold our regular Monthly Meeting next Thursday, April 15th at 6:30pm, as the capacity of our building has been raised to 25 visitors. Masks and social distancing will be required. Both events will be held at 117 Broad Street in Elmer. Hope to see you there!

Our museum and archives will be open for visitors this Saturday and next Thursday. Stop by to research or tour!
03/11/2021

Our museum and archives will be open for visitors this Saturday and next Thursday. Stop by to research or tour!

Our museum and archives will be open for visitors this Saturday and next Thursday. Stop by to research or tour!

02/18/2021

Tonight's Open House is CANCELLED due to wintry weather. See you next month!

Unless it snows, our museum and archives will be open this Saturday 10am-2pm and next Thursday 4-8pm!
02/12/2021

Unless it snows, our museum and archives will be open this Saturday 10am-2pm and next Thursday 4-8pm!

Unless it snows, our museum and archives will be open this Saturday 10am-2pm and next Thursday 4-8pm!

The museum and archives will be open this Saturday, as well as later in the month. See details below.
01/08/2021

The museum and archives will be open this Saturday, as well as later in the month. See details below.

12/17/2020

Due to the wintry weather, tonight's Open House at the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society has been CANCELLED. Stay home, stay safe, and we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society will be open for TWO Open Houses this month! In addition to the 2nd Saturday O...
12/11/2020

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society will be open for TWO Open Houses this month! In addition to the 2nd Saturday Open House tomorrow from 10am-2pm, we have changed our usual 3rd Thursday evening meeting date on December 17th to an Open House from 4pm to 8pm to allow people to stop by for a short time to visit the museum or research while limiting attendance to less than 10 people at a time. Masks are required for all visitors. Stay safe, and we wish our community a Merry Christmas!

11/09/2020

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society recently completed their project of microfilming archival issues of the Elmer Times newspaper from 1988 to 2011! These newspapers are now available to browse on microfilm at the society’s museum in Elmer.
Did you graduate during the 1990s or 2000s? Get married or welcome a child? Win a sports championship or an honorary award? Did you lose a loved one whose obituary may have ran in the Elmer Times? All these types of articles and/or photographs may be found in the Elmer Times archives, now searchable on microfilm!
Over thirty years ago, the Elmer Times newspapers from 1885 to 1987 were preserved on microfilm and reproduced for various historical societies in the area. Copies of these microfilm reels are available for researchers to access at the Salem County Historical Society, the Gloucester County Historical Society, and other historical archives in New Jersey. However, from 1988 to present, the only archived copies of the Elmer Times were the original physical copies located at the Elmer Times office. The recent microfilming project has preserved these issues for the future and made them accessible to the public by reproducing the newspapers from 1988 to 2011 onto microfilm.
The new microfilm reels are available for researchers at the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society’s museum and archives, located at 117 Broad Street in Elmer. The museum is open on the second Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm; the next Open House will be Saturday, November 14th. The historical society has one microfilm viewer, and photocopy prints can be made of articles for a small fee. No appointment is necessary for the years 1988 to 2011; however, if interested in viewing the earlier years of 1885 to 1987, please make arrangements ahead of time by emailing [email protected] or calling 609-670-0407.
In 2009, the Elmer Times switched to being printed on a digital press. In order to cover the period of transition, the recent microfilming project also filmed the years 2010-2012. However, from 2013 to present, digital PDFs of the Elmer Times newspapers are archived at the Elmer Times office at 21 State Street in Elmer. If interested in searching the years 2013 to present, please contact the Elmer Times directly to arrange an appointment to access these archived newspapers by emailing [email protected] or calling 856-358-6171.
The Elmer Times and the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society are grateful to everyone who assisted with this project. This project was supported by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Due to the pandemic, all museum visitors are required to wear masks. For more information, please call 609-670-0407, or email [email protected].

Come to the historical society's book signing and open house this Saturday which will feature the book "WWII: 50 Objects...
10/08/2020

Come to the historical society's book signing and open house this Saturday which will feature the book "WWII: 50 Objects That Helped Win the War" by local author Ralph Thomas! A small military display will be on exhibit in the museum and copies of our free historical booklet on local military history will be distributed. Also present will be authors Chic Jansky and Libby Myers with books on barns and schoolhouses in Salem County. See more details below!

The 2020 History Booklet published by the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society is now available! This year features mil...
10/03/2020

The 2020 History Booklet published by the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society is now available! This year features military history and veterans of Elmer, Pittsgrove, and Upper Pittsgrove, along with the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. The free booklet is inserted in this week's Elmer Times newspaper (available at local news stands), and copies are also available at local businesses. Pick up your copy today, or stop by the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society on Saturday, October 10th from 10am-2pm during our Open House, which will also feature book signings by local history authors and a military history display. Thank you to all those who advertised or contributed to our booklet!

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society will hold our monthly open house on Saturday, September 12th, from 10am-2pm. F...
09/10/2020

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society will hold our monthly open house on Saturday, September 12th, from 10am-2pm. Following the CDC guidelines, social distancing will be implemented, masks will be required, and there will be a limit of 12 people in the building at a time. This open house is an opportunity for the public to view the museum or research in our archives. Hope to see you there!

Address

117 Broad St
Elmer, NJ
08318

General information

Open Houses are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 117 Broad Street, Elmer NJ from 10am - 2pm. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 117 Broad Street, Elmer NJ at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly meetings without membership, but we hope you will join our goals of preserving our history and culture. President: Bonny Beth Elwell ([email protected]) Vice-President: Ray Seibert ([email protected]) Treasurer: Peggy Corson ([email protected]) Secretary: Bob Widdifield ([email protected])

Telephone

(856) 358-6171

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We are pleased to announce that the Salem County Improvement Authority’s Convenience Center will be opening on Monday, May 11, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Convenience Center will be open SIX (6) DAYS A WEEK starting Monday, May 11, through Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are no Sunday hours. Beginning Wednesday, May 27, 2020 the Convenience Center will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. ONLY. NOTE: NO MASK/NO SERVICE PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE BY CREDIT CARD ONLY (we will not accept cash or checks)
was there a booklet written up?
I have been trying to get in touch with someone about being a vendor..I have attended since 2012. Can someone let me know if I can still attend..thanks so much...Laura Taylor
Hi there!! Do you happen to know what the address of smoke shop was? Thank you.
Blizzard of 1888 recalled in 1950...train wreck at Palatine
Is there any info on Elmer Theater? Where exactly was it? Thanks.
Well... I was there and the building was locked up tighter than a drum. I was looking forward to hearing Mr. Skinner speak of these 39 souls who served. Was it cancelled? Hope it can be re-scheduled.