Delaware River Bridge/ Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Thank you to Benedict Tisa, Harlan Radford, and Carl McDermott for the above scans.

In defending why history matters, historian Penelope J. Corfield argues that “all people are living histories” and “understanding linkages between past and present is absolutely basic for a good understanding of the condition of being human.” History is not just ‘useful’, it is essential, and further, the study of the past is essential for ‘rooting’ people in time.

Yes, we may aspire to “live in the moment” but we might also understand the context and starting points and remember it took a long evolving history to get everything to NOW.

Contributor Harlan B. Radford, Jr. is one who strives to achieve those goals as he relates a personal family story that kindled a spark of interest and ignited it into a passion to help him understand his past.

The chapter of your life that drives you to collect anything, by its very nature, is intensely personal. Know that the Historical Society of Riverton is interested in displaying items specifically related to the history of Riverton, NJ and the South Jersey region in general which may help us better appreciate our inherited legacy.

Read here, “A Small Metal Object Links Father and Son to an Event and Ignites a Passion for History,” by Harlan B. Radford, Jr.

10-27-2015 vintage pix of bridge construction added

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John McCormick

Teacher at Riverton School 1974-2019, author, amateur historian, Historical Society of Riverton Board Member 2007-2023, newsletter editor 2007-2023, website editor 2011-2023

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