Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society

Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society The official page for the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society, the oldest local historical society in New Jersey, founded in 1864.

The Society is not affiliated with any other historical organization or government agency. THE SOCIETY'S MUSEUM IS OPEN WEDNESDAYS THROUGH FRIDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. The museum collections reflect many aspects of American history, and include 19th century art, glassware, photographs, clothing, Native American artifacts and Civil War memorabilia. The museum is open for tours on Saturdays between 1 and 4 p.m.; weekday visits (whether for tours or research) are by appointment only.

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The grape juice dispenser has been placed on the stage in the museum's Great Room because we felt it needed to be showca...
11/18/2021

The grape juice dispenser has been placed on the stage in the museum's Great Room because we felt it needed to be showcased in style. We hope that you will have the opportunity to come and see it soon because there are only five more Saturdays that we will be open before January, when we will close for the month as we have done for the past ten years. It's definitely worth the trip!

The grape juice dispenser has been placed on the stage in the museum's Great Room because we felt it needed to be showcased in style. We hope that you will have the opportunity to come and see it soon because there are only five more Saturdays that we will be open before January, when we will close for the month as we have done for the past ten years. It's definitely worth the trip!

We want to give a shout out to former VHAS trustee John W. (Jack) Carr, who has worked miracles with his camera over the...
11/18/2021

We want to give a shout out to former VHAS trustee John W. (Jack) Carr, who has worked miracles with his camera over the years. Thanks to Jack, we have documented many of Vineland's historic structures, some of which are no longer standing. Jack has also preserved images that we thought were lost, like the one shown below. We don't know the identity of this young woman, just that she had some relationship to the Vineland Training School. Although the glass plate that bore her image was seriously damaged, Jack worked his magic and restored her. Hopefully, we will someday know more about her. In the meantime, thanks, Jack, for all that you do to keep Vineland's history alive!

This postcard came in as part of the Schuyler donation, so since it's football season, we decided to share it. The capti...
11/18/2021

This postcard came in as part of the Schuyler donation, so since it's football season, we decided to share it. The caption reads: "A scene during the West-Jersey game with Atlantic City, the champion H.S. team of the state--which couldn't score against us. 0 to 0. You can get some idea of the building but I'll send you a better picture."

This postcard came in as part of the Schuyler donation, so since it's football season, we decided to share it. The caption reads: "A scene during the West-Jersey game with Atlantic City, the champion H.S. team of the state--which couldn't score against us. 0 to 0. You can get some idea of the building but I'll send you a better picture."

We just acquired these two additions for our research library, thanks to some very generous colleagues! If you are looki...
11/17/2021

We just acquired these two additions for our research library, thanks to some very generous colleagues! If you are looking for a unique present for a history lover, check them out. One is the story of the amazing A.J. Meerwald, an oyster schooner that traces its history to the days when the oyster industry in Port Norris was thriving. The other was authored by none other than Mother Bloor, who was raised in Bridgeton and went on to become a nationally-known leader in the labor movement.

Our resident computer maven, board member Valerie Neuber, worked her magic on this little postcard that arrived last wee...
11/17/2021

Our resident computer maven, board member Valerie Neuber, worked her magic on this little postcard that arrived last week as part of the Schuyler collection. Betcha can't guess which version we like better!! The artist, Charles Henry Twelvetrees (1872-1948), was apparently very well-known in his day as a magazine illustrator and for creating a whole postcard line of "chubby-cheeked children." This particular cutie dates from 1905.

Some people have loyal guard dogs or watch cats to protect their property. Well, here at the museum we have our own uniq...
11/13/2021

Some people have loyal guard dogs or watch cats to protect their property. Well, here at the museum we have our own unique security team, captained by Brutus the squirrel! As you can see, he is very vigilant about guarding the entry to the museum. Brutus (who apparently believes he is the real owner of this property) can often be found enjoying a nut or two on the steps. This is the first time we've ever seen him so ready to spring into action!

Some people have loyal guard dogs or watch cats to protect their property. Well, here at the museum we have our own unique security team, captained by Brutus the squirrel! As you can see, he is very vigilant about guarding the entry to the museum. Brutus (who apparently believes he is the real owner of this property) can often be found enjoying a nut or two on the steps. This is the first time we've ever seen him so ready to spring into action!

We had another delivery from Philadelphia yesterday that included this amazing object: A late 19th century grape juice d...
11/12/2021

We had another delivery from Philadelphia yesterday that included this amazing object: A late 19th century grape juice dispenser from the Vineland Grape Juice Company. After we picked our collective jaw off the floor, it took us a while to say anything but "WOW!" The piece, which is porcelain, stands over two feet tall and ten inches in diameter and very likely once graced the counter of a local pharmacy where you could get a glassful for a nickel. We are so grateful to Dr. Robert Schuyler for donating yet another significant artifact to our collections. Now, all we have to do is make space for it(!). But, yes, we hope to have it out in the glass exhibit very soon. Stay tuned!

We had another delivery from Philadelphia yesterday that included this amazing object: A late 19th century grape juice dispenser from the Vineland Grape Juice Company. After we picked our collective jaw off the floor, it took us a while to say anything but "WOW!" The piece, which is porcelain, stands over two feet tall and ten inches in diameter and very likely once graced the counter of a local pharmacy where you could get a glassful for a nickel. We are so grateful to Dr. Robert Schuyler for donating yet another significant artifact to our collections. Now, all we have to do is make space for it(!). But, yes, we hope to have it out in the glass exhibit very soon. Stay tuned!

Veterans Day is an annual reminder for us to recognize the men and women who have served their country through the gener...
11/10/2021

Veterans Day is an annual reminder for us to recognize the men and women who have served their country through the generations. The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society salutes all of those who served. Remember them and their loved ones for the sacrifices they made and continue to make on our behalf, not just on November 11 but all year long. Below are just a few local individuals who joined the military since the days of the Civil War.

11/10/2021

Please be advised that the VHAS Museum will be closed for tours on Saturday, November 13. We hope you will have the opportunity to return on another day.

There's a lot happening in Bridgeton over the next few weeks so check out the flyers below! Curator Patt Martinelli will...
11/10/2021

There's a lot happening in Bridgeton over the next few weeks so check out the flyers below! Curator Patt Martinelli will be participating in the Author's Book Event at Bridgeton Library, with an assortment of her own work and some VHAS publications for sale. Then, our friend and colleague Brittney Ingersoll will offer what is sure to be a fascinating look at some of Bridgeton's architectural history in a talk hosted by CHABA. Please show your support by attending one or both of these events!

Well, after much thought on the subject, the topic of the museum's 2022 feature exhibit is going to be titled: 'Til Deat...
11/05/2021

Well, after much thought on the subject, the topic of the museum's 2022 feature exhibit is going to be titled: 'Til Death Do Us Part: Mourning Customs in the Victorian Era. Like most Americans, local residents during that time were influenced by the mourning customs established by Queen Victoria of England. She grieved for her husband, Prince Albert, for forty years before her own death in 1901. Some of the customs she established then are still in practice today, such as the wearing of mourning clothes. Interestingly enough, when the whole process became too grandiose for some Vineland residents, they established the Burial Reform Association as a way of protest.

Well, after much thought on the subject, the topic of the museum's 2022 feature exhibit is going to be titled: 'Til Death Do Us Part: Mourning Customs in the Victorian Era. Like most Americans, local residents during that time were influenced by the mourning customs established by Queen Victoria of England. She grieved for her husband, Prince Albert, for forty years before her own death in 1901. Some of the customs she established then are still in practice today, such as the wearing of mourning clothes. Interestingly enough, when the whole process became too grandiose for some Vineland residents, they established the Burial Reform Association as a way of protest.

Best wishes to all for a safe and happy Halloween from our "haunted house" to your's!
10/30/2021

Best wishes to all for a safe and happy Halloween from our "haunted house" to your's!

Best wishes to all for a safe and happy Halloween from our "haunted house" to your's!

Well, we had a busy day yesterday! Thanks to board member John Kee, we were able to hang some of the additional panels o...
10/22/2021

Well, we had a busy day yesterday! Thanks to board member John Kee, we were able to hang some of the additional panels of the immigrant exhibit that helps expand understanding of Vineland's ethnic diversity. Vineland has always been, and continues to be, an immigrant destination. While the exhibit is far from complete, we're hoping that it will encourage people from different communities to help us make additions in the years ahead. It is our goal to share as many stories with our visitors as we possibly can!

Our friends at the Greenwich Tea Burning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be hosting a fascinati...
10/13/2021

Our friends at the Greenwich Tea Burning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be hosting a fascinating presentation titled "Female Spies of World War II" (see flyer below) on November 20. If you're interested in attending, please make checks payable to the Greenwich Tea Burning Chapter, NS DAR, and send them to Valerie Baron, PO Box 428, Port Elizabeth, NJ 08348. For further information, you may contact her at [email protected] or Rhoda Turner at [email protected]. It's sure to be an entertaining and enlightening presentation!

Our friends at the Greenwich Tea Burning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be hosting a fascinating presentation titled "Female Spies of World War II" (see flyer below) on November 20. If you're interested in attending, please make checks payable to the Greenwich Tea Burning Chapter, NS DAR, and send them to Valerie Baron, PO Box 428, Port Elizabeth, NJ 08348. For further information, you may contact her at [email protected] or Rhoda Turner at [email protected]. It's sure to be an entertaining and enlightening presentation!

Shop at Boscov's next Wednesday and support VHAS! Contact us to purchase an all-day shopping pass, which directly suppor...
10/12/2021

Shop at Boscov's next Wednesday and support VHAS! Contact us to purchase an all-day shopping pass, which directly supports the Museum!

Shop at Boscov's next Wednesday and support VHAS! Contact us to purchase an all-day shopping pass, which directly supports the Museum!

A lot of people I know are rejoicing because October is here and Halloween--their favorite holiday--is just weeks away! ...
10/01/2021

A lot of people I know are rejoicing because October is here and Halloween--their favorite holiday--is just weeks away! For them, and for anyone else who may not know, we wanted to share the fact that the Society's museum has its very own ghost. Yes, it's true! The dapper gentleman pictured below was Frank DeWett Andrews, who served for close to fifty years as Secretary of the Society. It seems he so enjoyed his work that he decided to stick around even after his death in 1937. Although there haven't been many sightings of him lately, we have had numerous reports over the years that he is still present. If you would like to learn more about our resident ghost, or other South Jersey spirits that haunt our region, please stop by soon for a visit!

A lot of people I know are rejoicing because October is here and Halloween--their favorite holiday--is just weeks away! For them, and for anyone else who may not know, we wanted to share the fact that the Society's museum has its very own ghost. Yes, it's true! The dapper gentleman pictured below was Frank DeWett Andrews, who served for close to fifty years as Secretary of the Society. It seems he so enjoyed his work that he decided to stick around even after his death in 1937. Although there haven't been many sightings of him lately, we have had numerous reports over the years that he is still present. If you would like to learn more about our resident ghost, or other South Jersey spirits that haunt our region, please stop by soon for a visit!

Another wonderful donation from the Schuyler Collection: A stereoscope card showing Madeenet-Haboo, the Temple Palace of...
09/25/2021

Another wonderful donation from the Schuyler Collection: A stereoscope card showing Madeenet-Haboo, the Temple Palace of Rameses III at Thebes. According to the back of the card, this is a view of the apartments of the King, which was sculpted over with representations of scenes of his private life. The ruins, at the time this card was produced, were "half-buried in the sand" and had, at that time, been around for 3,100 years. Although it doesn't relate to life in Vineland, we're probably going to keep it because the people here in the late 19th century were as fascinated by Egypt as were many Americans.

Another wonderful donation from the Schuyler Collection: A stereoscope card showing Madeenet-Haboo, the Temple Palace of Rameses III at Thebes. According to the back of the card, this is a view of the apartments of the King, which was sculpted over with representations of scenes of his private life. The ruins, at the time this card was produced, were "half-buried in the sand" and had, at that time, been around for 3,100 years. Although it doesn't relate to life in Vineland, we're probably going to keep it because the people here in the late 19th century were as fascinated by Egypt as were many Americans.

Congratulations to our friends at Siloam Cemetery, who have had their site placed on the New Jersey and National Registe...
09/23/2021

Congratulations to our friends at Siloam Cemetery, who have had their site placed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places! This is a major accomplishment, given that much of Vineland's past has been neglected or demolished over the years. We are truly delighted for them and are planning to attend the event they have scheduled for this coming Saturday! If you're not going to Greenwich, we hope to see you there!

Congratulations to our friends at Siloam Cemetery, who have had their site placed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places! This is a major accomplishment, given that much of Vineland's past has been neglected or demolished over the years. We are truly delighted for them and are planning to attend the event they have scheduled for this coming Saturday! If you're not going to Greenwich, we hope to see you there!

Our women's suffrage exhibit is looking a little bare these days. The most notable item missing is the voting box that t...
09/23/2021

Our women's suffrage exhibit is looking a little bare these days. The most notable item missing is the voting box that the suffragists used to vote in the 1868 president election. It was a very difficult decision to remove it, since the box is such a significant part of Vineland's history, but it has been returned to the vault for safekeeping. Where historic objects and records are concerned, over-exposure to sunlight and the elements can be very damaging. We are working on a new design for the case, however, which should be installed very soon.

Our women's suffrage exhibit is looking a little bare these days. The most notable item missing is the voting box that the suffragists used to vote in the 1868 president election. It was a very difficult decision to remove it, since the box is such a significant part of Vineland's history, but it has been returned to the vault for safekeeping. Where historic objects and records are concerned, over-exposure to sunlight and the elements can be very damaging. We are working on a new design for the case, however, which should be installed very soon.

We will have a table at the Greenwich Faire this coming weekend so, if you can't make it to our museum, we hope you'll s...
09/22/2021

We will have a table at the Greenwich Faire this coming weekend so, if you can't make it to our museum, we hope you'll stop by and chat with our volunteers who will be stationed there. The Greenwich Faire is a longstanding event and we are proud to be included this year!

We will have a table at the Greenwich Faire this coming weekend so, if you can't make it to our museum, we hope you'll stop by and chat with our volunteers who will be stationed there. The Greenwich Faire is a longstanding event and we are proud to be included this year!

We'd like to thank our friends at the Vineland Public Library for hosting a virtual antiques appraisal clinic yesterday ...
09/16/2021

We'd like to thank our friends at the Vineland Public Library for hosting a virtual antiques appraisal clinic yesterday because it provided us with an opportunity to learn the true identity of a mysterious little ceramic jar and plate set that's been here at the museum for a very long time. We initially wondered if it was a hair collecting jar, then possibly some kind of sugar shaker but then, who would put holes at the bottom of the jar? Finally, we leaned toward hat pin holder but the piece was identified for us by veteran appraiser John Thompson of Victorian Vanities as a toothbrush holder probably made in England between 1845-1865. It was probably part of a larger set at one time. Although it isn't especially valuable, we plan to add it to our ever-growing collection of "oddities" that are housed here at the museum.

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108 S 7th St
Vineland, NJ
08360

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Thursday 1pm - 4pm
Friday 1pm - 4pm
Saturday 1pm - 4pm

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My wife and I want to thank Pat for the terrific tour we had of the museum on Saturday, 10/16. The museum is beautiful and laid out well! I didn't realize that Pat was also the author of a book I purchased a few years back (The Fantastic Castle). We are glad we stopped by on our way home from Wildwood!
The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society has a YouTube Channel! Children's Outreach Librarian Samantha Tai was asked to read "Dr. Welch and the Great Grape Story" by Mary Lou Carney and Sherry Meidell and published by Boyds Mills & Kane. Thank you to the publisher for allowing us to introduce this book to our community. Check out the story of Vineland and Welch's grape juice!
I'm looking for anyone who might remember the Lindenblatts. Chaim and Rivka ( or Rifka or Rebecca). They had an egg farm not far off of RT 40 in Vineland. They were near Buena? They were my Aunt and Uncle. I used to stay with for a week or so during the summers, maybe between 1958-1963. I don't remember a lot, but things do tend to jog my memory. Any leads would be appreciated. This picture is me with the both of them about 1957-8.
We just thought this one from the collections was too cute to keep to ourselves! Enjoy and have a great weekend.
Kellie Haines, President of the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society
I am searching for information about a hotel that was owned by my Great-Aunt and Uncle in Vineland. Their names were Jules and Elodee Morland, and their hotel caught fire and was destroyed sometime between 1920-1940's. I am sorry, I don't remember the name of the hotel, but I saw a newspaper article on the fire from Vineland and it had a picture of the hotel with it. If someone could help me, or point me in the right direction for finding this information, I would appreciate it.
We have one of theses keys. Can you give me any historical background on it?
I've found these documents 10+ years ago, probably in a thrift store. I imagine there are lots of copies of these around?
Reaching out to Vineland historians. Yrs. ago we purchased a custom made bronze cash register from a D'Andrea family. It was personalized with the name J.S. Miller! Think it is about 100 yrs old and belonged to a store owner of the same name in Vineland. Does anyone recognize name or know the type of store he owned?
Our club was happy to be a part of Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society's community day last weekend! Lots of fun! Vineland Rotary is part of Rotary District 7505
Ms. Samantha is reading stories throughout Community Awareness Day at the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society. Stop by our table to see what's going on at the library in September and October and to listen to a story or two. We'll be here until 2 p.m. Photo credit goes to Kellie at the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society
Ms. Samantha is at the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society's Community Awareness Day until 2 p.m. She'll be reading stories throughout the event. Stop by and say hi!