Civil War muster sheets and diaries lend new insight to War’s local impact

THE PALMYRA HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL SOCIETY logo2You ARE in the right place, but our friend Will Valentino of the Palmyra Historical and Cultural Society asked that we remind you of this upcoming presentation. Local history buffs, genealogists, family tree makers, and Civil War fans will not want to miss this timely presentation that compliments our nation’s celebration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial , or its 150th anniversary.


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Contact:  JIM MAY, PHCS President  @ 856 829 6725 or  JAY HOWARD @



The Palmyra Historical & Cultural Society and The Palmyra War Memorial Committee invite you to revisit The Civil War and its local impact on society, culture, economics and politics. A recent donation to the Historical Society of Civil War era Muster sheets and diaries by Virginia Harding has sparked renewed interest in Palmyra’s role in America’s only Civil War .

Join Jay Howard of The Palmyra War Memorial Committee and The Palmyra Historical Society’s Genevieve Lumia in this unique free presentation.

The evening will feature Mr. Howard’s presentation on his research on the War’s effect on our local residents, and Genevieve Lumia will  discuss her involvement in transcribing these historical documents that lend greatly to the understanding of Palmyra’s contribution and sacrifice to this struggle. Come discover what we have learned through this important donation to our archives !

The free event will take place at 7PM on Thursday January 9, 2014 at Palmyra’s Community Center located in the heart of Historic Palmyra at 20 West Broad Street. Light refreshments will be served.

Residents are encouraged to contact Jay Howard at the above email with any information on local veterans and to bring any artifacts or photographs on Palmyra they wish to donate to The Palmyra Historical Society for preservation.  Become a part of Palmyra History…TODAY!

After more than 20 years, the Palmyra Historical & Cultural Society is still going strong vitalizing and instilling pride in our community through free events and the conservation of local history. In addition, every month, join trustee Will Valentino as he journeys “Back In Time” in the pages of THE POSITIVE PRESS exploring our towns unique contributions to the local historical  tapestry.

For more info go to  Help us in making Palmyra a better “Place to live and grow”. Permission is granted to copy , distribute and post the attached flyer on our event. Thank You.
Commemorative Abraham  Lincoln postcard, 1909. courtesy Mary Flanagan
Commemorative Abraham Lincoln postcard, 1909. courtesy Mary Flanagan


Mr. Bob Gleason, a highly regarded historical interpreter associated with the American Historical Theater will visit the HSR in the Bank on Main as he channels one of his most complex and fascinating historical figures on the very anniversary of the Great Emancipator’s birth.

Once a real bank, built in the late 1920s, The Bank on Main is on the United States Federal Register of Historic Places and is a marvelous venue for such an extraordinary Society meeting. More details to follow. – John McCormick

Look What Spring Cleaning Turned Up

Cinnaminson National Bank as shown in the 1909 Christmas Issue of The New Era
Gee, you don't look a day over seventy.

Mrs. Patricia Solin reports that years ago she found a wooden coat hanger in her first floor coat closet at 406 Main.

Clearly stamped “Cinnaminson Bank and Trust Company,” the sturdy hanger may have been a promotional give-away.  Or, maybe such hangers were for the use of employees or patrons at the bank.

Dr. Alexander Marcy, Jr. as pictured in the Riverton Gun Club book

Since the hanger came with the house, Pat guesses that it may have belonged to the original owner of the house, Dr. Alexander Marcy, Jr., who was one of the bank’s organizers in 1907, and on its Board of Directors.

(Click here to see how the bank was described by The New Era in 1909.)

We can only conjecture now, as the evidence is only circumstantial, but this hanger may well be over 100 years old.

The former bank is modern office space today

Declining to list the artifact on eBay or sell it at a yard sale, Pat has generously donated it to the HSR archives.

Someday we hope to have a home in which to properly display the holdings of the Historical Society.  Until then, this virtual showplace will have to suffice as our museum.

Please share your Riverton stories, big or small. You are just a phone call or Internet connection away. – John McCormick, Gaslight News Editor