Gaslight News – December 2021

We hope to have a presentation for HSR members and Porch Club members at the Porch Club in February. We plan on one for the general public in March. More details inside this last issue of 2021.

  • Riverton’s Christmas Village was the tonic we needed.
  • Faith Endicott writes about a spontaneous caroling happening organized by Brigette Veasy.
  • Pat Smith Solin outlines our continuing work to organize, catalog, and archivally store our collections.
  • The Society scores a digital scan of a rare 1886 Hunter and Richards Map of Palmyra and Riverton
  • Pat Smith Solin summarizes our progress on organizing our archives
  • Town Historian Roger Prichard presents “History of Riverton” at the Porch Club Feb. 16.
  • Arcadia Book Project Manager Faith Endicott reports that the first draft was sent to Arcadia and we anticipate a July 4, 2022 release.

In the open PDF, click on links to see more content on rivertonhistory.com.

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Gaslight News – October 2021

We will have public meetings and presentations scheduled for 2022. Keep checking this website and our Facebook page for announcements.

This newsletter covers a lot!

  • Susan Dechnik writes about the “History of Riverton” program that the Porch Club hosted for Moorestown Questers
  • Pat Brunker expresses our sorrow at the passing of William C. Probsting
  • HSR’s intrepid Sub-Committee on Sub-Surface Issues added a new historical marker at 308 Main Street
  • The Society scores a digital scan of a rare 1886 Hunter and Richards Map of Palmyra and Riverton
  • Pat Smith Solin summarizes our progress on organizing our archives
  • The fate of historic Groves Mansion is still undetermined
  • Faith Endicott reports that our Arcadia book is on track for a July 4, 2022 release
  • Membership Chairperson Heather MacIntosh Huffnagle gives a Membership and Donations Report
  • The Editor tells how the Society was dissolved, then restored in 1976, and House Plaque Chairperson Bill McDermott boasts of a new house plaque at 408 Main

In the open PDF, click on links to see more content on rivertonhistory.com.

Click here to view issue #188 Gaslight News Oct 2021

Gaslight News – August 2021

We have no meetings or presentations scheduled. Keep checking this website and our Facebook page for announcements for Fall 2021.

  • Roger Prichard updates the status of Groves Mansion, an issue that has had a lot of interest.
  • We have a new Borough Historian
  • Keith Betten updates us on the ongoing project to catalog the HSR’s collections
  • Three web visitors recently asked about the Duster Class sailboat
  • We just received high-resolution scans of 100+-year-old glass slides

In the open PDF, click on links to see more content on rivertonhistory.com.

Click here to view issue #187 Gaslight News August 2021

Gaslight News – May 2021

We have no meetings or presentations scheduled. Keep checking this website and our Facebook page for announcements.

  • Roger Prichard explains how the Society is trying to help neglected homes find their forever homeowners in this hot real estate market.
  • Board members give a progress report on our current restoration and preservation projects
  • Two Self-Guided Riverton Walking Tour brochures are now available
  • See many vintage views of Riverton Free Library

In the open PDF, click on links to see more content on rivertonhistory.com.

Click here to view issue #186 Gaslight News May 2021

Gaslight News – December 2020

We have curtailed our normal activities because of the COVID-19 pandemic and look forward to resuming activities when conditions allow. For now, the Historical Society of Riverton is pleased to offer this 185th issue of the Gaslight News.

  • Frequent contributor Mrs. Pat Smith Solin returns to collaborate with Editor John McCormick on a study of how the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic impacted this area.
  • We sincerely thank our members for their support and donations during “this unprecedented time.”
  • It is time to renew your membership for 2021.

In the open PDF, click on links to see complete news articles, bigger images, and more content on rivertonhistory.com.

Click here to view issue #185 Gaslight News Dec. 2020

Gaslight News – October 2020

Even as our 50th anniversary passed unnoticed since we have curtailed our normal activities because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Historical Society of Riverton is pleased to offer this 184th issue of the Gaslight News.

  • HSR Past President Phyllis Rodgers takes note of the many accomplishments of Emeritus Board Member John Edward Gilmore in Ed Gilmore reflects on a life of community involvement.
  • Former HSR President and current Porch Club Historian Pat Brunker examines the Club’s early involvement in the Suffrage Movement in Porch Club observes 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 100th Amendment.
  • In Remaining social during a pandemic HSR Board Member Roger Prichard researches a historic home at 106 Lippincott Ave. and the family that originally lived in it.
  • In the open PDF, click on links to see larger views of some of Ed Gilmore’s donations of rare images to the Society in Ed Gilmore’s many donations.

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Click here to view issue #184 Gaslight News Oct. 2020

Gaslight News – May 2020

RPS 1936 May Queen ceremony – photo credit Pam Deitz 

Covid-19 has canceled all HSR meetings and programs through the summer and pushed back the current Gaslight News Issue #183 from Feb. to March, and finally to May. Look for our next issue in the fall.

Until then, stop back to check up on developments as we figure out what HSR membership looks like within social distancing guidelines.

See more information and photos about May Day at Riverton School here.

  • In HSR Saves Our History… Again, Board member Roger Prichard explains our latest collaboration with the Porch Club to preserve an important Riverton map and 1890 birds-eye-view of Riverton.
  • Art Appreciation showcases the work of Riverton artists, past and present.
  • Board member Heather Huffnagle provides a status update on HSR membership and donations.

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Click here to view issue #183 Gaslight News May 2020

Gaslight News – January 2020

Here is the first issue of 2020 – the Society’s Fiftieth Anniversary!

  • Board member Roger Prichard and his Sub-Committee on Sub-Surface Issues plants a new historical marker at 407 Bank Avenue.
  • Board member Susan Dechnik briefly recaps Alisa Dupuy’s  interpretation at the Porch Club of Alice Paul’s suffrage struggles.
  • Across the miles with founding member and former president, Mrs. Marilyn Colozzi
  • Riverton’s Helen Lippincott, suffrage champion
  • Just so you know that we have been busy since last issue, “In case you missed it,” is a list of blog posts selected from ones made since mid-September.
  • Veterans Day observed here Nov. 11; names of five Riverton servicemen were added to the War Memorial Honor Roll.
  • Former HSR President Dan Campbell, AIA returns to share his experience with the restoration and preservation of historic architecture at Riverton Free Library on March 26 at 7pm: Before and After – Discoveries in Historic Preservation 
I hate it when mistakes happen. – Editor

The mailed copies of this newsletter stated that Helen Lippincott was married. This revised copy corrects that error.

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Click here to view issue #182 Gaslight News January 2020, revised 1-25-2020

Gaslight News – October 2019

  • This first issue of the fall season after our summer hiatus is soooo packed. Our Board has been busy working on projects and planning. This issue tells a bit about what’s in store for 2019-2020.
  • Board member Roger Prichard tells about his latest project in, “Two new markers grace Bank Avenue homes.”
  • The year 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Alisa Dupuy will portray Alice Paul, one of the main architects of the women’s suffrage movement, at the Porch Club.
  • Read a recap of May’s Recognition Awards Night
  • We thank Carlos Rogers for his gift of $5,500, part of the proceeds from June’s Historic Riverton Criterium. It will make possible a project to preserve our archives.
  • Just so you know that we have been busy all summer, “In case you missed it,” is a list of blog posts selected from over twenty made since last April.
  • Keith Betten, Archives Preservation Committee Co-Chair, reports on the huge impact that Carlos Rogers’ extraordinary gift will have on the Society’s efforts to preserve the extensive collection that chronicles Riverton history.
  • A dollhouse finds a new home at Nellie Bly’s Olde Tyme Ice Cream Parlour.
  • Save the Date – Saturday, November 23. Board member Heather Huffnagle will host a Hose Party with the goal of raising funds for youth programs.
  • Mt. Laurel’s Alice Paul Institute desires to create a traveling exhibit about the suffrage movement and needs memorabilia from that era.
  • We welcome two new members and acknowledge donations
  • Culminating a longtime effort, there is now a nearly complete run of Gaslight News issues online. There’s a lot of history packed into almost 180 issues of our newsletter published over the last 40+ years.

Note: The mailed copies had an error on the date for the Sociable at Coales’ photo on page 3. The correct date is May 4, 1889. Also, on page 1, first column, lower left, “…the home of two illustrious abolitionists at 106 Penn Street” was an error. The correct address is 102 Penn Street. The newsletter posted here is now correct.

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Click here to view issue #181 Gaslight News October 2019 rev.

Gaslight News – May 2019

 

  • We needed every bit of real estate in this Special Issue Gaslight News so the Table of Contents is real simple this time – Riverton Bicycling – Then&Now”
  • The Society enthusiastically backs this awesome event and urges you to throw your support behind the 9th Annual Historic Riverton Criterium with your attendance and sponsorship.
    The last page has a short recap of the recent Arbor Day Program at Riverton School and an acknowledgement of new members and donors to the Society.
  • In order to fully promote the Historic Riverton Criterium and the historic preservation message of Society we have distributed about 400 free copies of this newsletter to Riverton Free Library and a number of area businesses.
  • If you found value here and wish to support the mission of the Society, please print and mail in a  2019 Membership Dues Form with your $25 check or use the PayPal button at left to make a donation in any amount.

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Click here to view issue #180 Gaslight News May 2019