- May Program: The Story of Toleware
- Letters sent to avert turning off gaslights
- Highly flammable Romance of Riverton shown at firehouse
- Gaslight history
- Yesterday: Draft Excluders & Nuts
- Apparently, this is the first newsletter by new President Betty Haile.
- Coming in at three legal size (8.5″ X 11″) sheets, this issue #9 is much expanded over the previous eight single letter size sheet editions and is the first one bearing Betty Hahle’s signature “Yesterday” byline.
- The Society secured a membership in the American Association for State and Local
- March Program: Camden Co. historical sites
- HSR Board supports proposal for inclusion in Nat’l Register of Historic Places
- Charles H. Stonaker interview
- Yesterday: Dreer’s Nurseries
- “Architecture of Burlington County” Presentation by Keith Betten at November meeting
- Changes to By-Laws
- Since the last newsletter gave notice that plaques would be awarded to homeowners at the first meeting on November 9, this newsletter probably was distributed to members on that date.
- Marilyn Colozzi acknowledges those who worked on the plaque project.
- She gives a plug for the RFL’s house tour.
- Other announcements: A community service night will be held by the Palmyra Bicentennial Commission, a Bicentennial parade will be held in Indian Mills, and there will be a Candlelight Tour of historic Burlington City buildings and homes
- Even though this publication does not indicate it is a newsletter, it seems that it probably is the 6th newsletter for several reasons, namely:
1. The date of October 28, 1976, fits the sequence between Copy 5 and Copy 7
2. Addressed to Members, the content serves the purpose of the newsletter
3. We know that HSR President Marilyn Colozzi wrote the first newsletter; She signed only this #3, #6, and #7.
- The purpose of this one seems to be to kick off another season of meetings, programs, and activities.
- The call here for the first meeting on November 9 would seem to suggest that same date for Copy 7, the next newsletter.
- Pleading for members’ support was a constant refrain then, as now. “Only you, the members, can keep the Historical Society of Riverton in good running order. We need your support!”
- The issue designated “Copy 5” mentions a past February 18 visit by Jonathan Fricker and wishes members a Happy St. Patrick’s Day so it was likely published in March 1975.
- Matt Kenney and some Boy Scouts from Troop #50 are making the first historical house plaques
- Richard Gaughan will make slides for use in future programs from thirty old glass plates
- A May 9th a trip to Taunton Lakes will view the Watson Family’s collection of glass
- Meet May Roberts Taylor, author of “Gently, Sister, Gently” at a tea in her honor May 15
- The issue designated “Copy 4” welcomed members to “…another season of interesting programs and activities…” so it was likely published sometime in the fall of 1975.
- The Society won first place for its float in the July 4th Parade
- The HSR planned to enter a float in the Moorestown Lions Parade, Dec. 6
- Betty Lockhart and Barbara Smyth are researching the oldest homes in Riverton
- The issue labeled “Copy 3” was probably published in April 1975.
- The Society will enter a float depicting the Riverton Yacht Club in the Mt. Holly Parade on May 17.
- A trip to Liberty Village in Flemington is planned for May 18.
- Other announcements: a tour of old Bordentown homes on May 18, Mount Laurel Regional Ballet Company presentation May 24, look for our float in the July 4 parade
- This is the second issue of the Gaslight News, which was likely published in February 1975.
- Thanks to the generosity of Hoeganes Corp. for the loan of a truck, plans were afoot to again enter a float in the July 4th parade.
- Betty Lockhart, Barbara Smyth, and Ruth Schmierer recently spent a day in Mt. Holly researching older Riverton homes.
- Giles Knight will show old films of Riverton at a future program (What I’d give to see those now!)
- Upcoming events included the BurlCo Teen Arts Festival, and tours of Greenwich, NJ and Liberty Village in Flemington.
The Historical Society of Riverton organized June 1970. Betty Hahle, the newsletter editor in May 1980, wrote at that time about the origin of the organization:
Did you know that the Historical Society of Riverton is exactly 10 years old? Mrs. Frank Lockhart (Betty) had written a letter to a local newspaper, inviting anyone interested in forming a Historical Society to meet to discuss it. On June 4th, 1970, 54 persons attended the first meeting, held at The Porch Club , and voted to form such an organization. Lloyd Griscom gave a talk on the area, and enthusiasm was high. Subsequent meetings were arranged, held at different places, a constitution adopted, officers elected. First president was Mrs. Lockhart, followed by Mrs. Lenore Probsting, then Mrs. Marilyn Colozzi, and, currently, Mrs. Betty Hahle.
Later, in the February 1986 issue, Mrs. Hahle described how the newsletter came to be.
The first one was a single page, written by Marilyn Colozzi who was elected president, in response to a decision voted on by the Board. The name was chosen from several suggested, and although that first copy is undated, it would seem to have been sent out in December of 1974.