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Greater Elmer Area Historical Society

Greater Elmer Area Historical Society The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society Serving Elmer Borough, Pittsgrove Township and Upper Pitts

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

Elmer Harvest Day is tomorrow! Rain or shine, though some of the events or activities may be unavailable.
09/30/2022

Elmer Harvest Day is tomorrow! Rain or shine, though some of the events or activities may be unavailable.

08/13/2022

Open House Today 10am-2pm! 117 Broad Street, Elmer

07/21/2022

Due to the excessive heat and not having much on the agenda, the meeting tonight has been cancelled.

07/07/2022

Our monthly Open House is this Saturday from 10am-2pm for tours or research!

Save the date for our first Serendipity Summer Garden Tour 2022 on Saturday, June 25th from 10AM-3PM! Tickets are now av...
05/16/2022

Save the date for our first Serendipity Summer Garden Tour 2022 on Saturday, June 25th from 10AM-3PM! Tickets are now available to purchase at the local businesses listed below.

Stop by our monthly open house Saturday to tour or research!
05/13/2022

Stop by our monthly open house Saturday to tour or research!

03/24/2022
Nate Presents Seeds

See below about a new project reviving the Alliance Colony in Pittsgrove Township!

We are reopen this month for our regular open house and our regular monthly meeting! See details below.
03/08/2022

We are reopen this month for our regular open house and our regular monthly meeting! See details below.

02/09/2022

We will be open from 10am-2pm this Saturday, February 12th for our Open House!

Although we are not open to the public this month, our volunteers have been busy organizing our archives to better prese...
01/19/2022

Although we are not open to the public this month, our volunteers have been busy organizing our archives to better preserve it for future researchers! One of the projects we were able to complete in 2021 was storing four of our collections in protective sleeves and archival boxes. The photographs of the Elmer Ambulance Corps Collection and the Harold & Lois Thorp Collection are now organized and protected in plastic sleeves, offering a view of Elmer's past. The ledgers of Robert M. Hitchner, prominent 19th century landowner who helped develop Elmer and establish businesses, are now stored in archival boxes available for the public to access. And we have continued to make progress storing the collection of Jim Eyler in archival boxes. Once we reopen, stop by our museum to view some of these collections! This project is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Historical Commission, through the Salem County Board of County Commissioners, and Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

01/07/2022

Due to the surge in COVID cases, the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society has cancelled the monthly Open House scheduled for Saturday along with the monthly meeting scheduled for January 20th. Stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you next month!

12/11/2021

Stop by our monthly Open House today from 10am-2pm to tour our museum or research in our archives!

Open House today! Historic T-shirts will be available for sale. Also, next Thursday evening we will have a program featu...
11/13/2021

Open House today! Historic T-shirts will be available for sale. Also, next Thursday evening we will have a program featuring Dr. Jim Turk discussing "Mullica Hill and Old Harrison Township."

Buy yourself a piece of history! Tee-shirts featuring Historic Elmer, Historic Pittsgrove, and Historic Upper Pittsgrove...
10/27/2021

Buy yourself a piece of history! Tee-shirts featuring Historic Elmer, Historic Pittsgrove, and Historic Upper Pittsgrove are now available for purchase from the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society! Each tee-shirt features a historic photograph of a local landmark. The tee-shirts come in five different colors, sizes from XS to 6X, and cost $20 each, which goes to support our non-profit historical society. Start your Christmas shopping early, or splurge on yourself by buying one of each! The historical society is located at 117 Broad Street in Elmer, and will be open from 10am-3pm this Saturday. Stop by to buy your tee-shirt, and then attend our Historical Cemetery Tour which will be open from 11am-3pm!

We can't wait to see you at our Historical Cemetery Tour this Saturday, October 30th between 11am-3pm! Six cemeteries in...
10/26/2021

We can't wait to see you at our Historical Cemetery Tour this Saturday, October 30th between 11am-3pm! Six cemeteries in Upper Pittsgrove, Pittsgrove, and Elmer will be included in the tour, covering the colonial era, the 19th century, and the early 20th century. Tickets will be available for purchase for $10 each at the historical society beginning at 10am on the day of the tour. We hope you will join us for our first cemetery tour! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/456050655828497

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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].

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Tickets on sale now! Fundraiser for the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society!
Tickets on sale now! Fundraiser for the Greater Elmer Area Historical Society!!
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.
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