The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township NJ Inc.

GANDY HOUSE-1815: Historical Preservation Society of Upper Twp, Cape May County, NJ
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Cape May County, NJ

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Double-Click above for full-screen panorama photo of AppleFest - Oct. 2015  - Photo by Ralph Cooper, HPSUT

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What's New 2017
E-mailuppertwphistory@yahoo.com

Posting Dates (Site Log Sheet)
08 November 2017  
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Upcoming Events:


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"Great War" 100th Anniversary
Historical Society Nov. 14th program
The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township (HPSUT) Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 2017 program will be given by Board Member, Robert Holden.

The program will focus on the 100th anniversary of America’s Entry into The Great War in Europe. Although this occurred in April, 1917, this program will be given for both the anniversary and a commemoration of Veteran’s Day.

Holden's presentation will begin with a discussion (handouts will be reviewed) about the beginning of World War One in Europe before America’s entry and then move on to discussing how the United States stayed out of the war as long as they did, (due to an intense and widespread Peace Movement and President Wilson’s 1916 re-election promises.) and just why President Wilson believed the time had come in April, 1917 to commit American Forces to this “Great War” on European soil.

Mr. Holden will bring an assortment of films focusing on World War One (only clips will be seen; not entire films):
- The Great War (recent 2017 PBS special)
- All Quiet on the Western Front (the original Academy Award winning B&W 1930 version of the film)
- The Lost Battalion Joyeux Noel and if time only, various silent clips (from actual films of the day) of battlefields, equipment, and soldiers in World War One.

There will also be assorted helmets, weapons, artifacts and period books on display, from the World War One period, all from Mr. Holden’s collection.

Meeting Location: Upper Cape Branch Library, 2050 Tuckahoe Rd.

Time: 7pm Coffee and snacks; 7:30pm, a short business meeting and the program.
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                                                                           - Photo by Ralph Cooper, HPSUT
Gene Peterson, left, was the speaker at the Oct. 10th, 2017, membership meeting of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township (HPSUT).  His detailed presentation featured photos and stories of diving on the shipwrecks off of New Jersey. Also pictured is Mike Horan, Vice President and Program Chair for the HPSUT. The meeting was held at the Upper Cape Branch Library. Linda Leonard organized the refreshments. (Double click photo for larger version.)
> www.njwreckdivers.com/
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NJ Coast Shipwreck Dives
New Program Topic for Oct. 10th
Due to unforeseen issues Tom Maddox is postponing his talk about the Titanic. Mike Horan has found a great replacement speaker who is Gene Peterson. He will speak about diving on the shipwrecks off of New Jersey.
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www.njwreckdivers.com/
Meeting Location: Upper Cape Branch Library, 2050 Tuckahoe Rd.
Time: 7pm Coffee and snacks; 7:30pm, a short business meeting and the program.
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Michael Houdart and Joan Berkey in front of the historic Gandy Farmstead
Survey Book Completed for 80
Upper Twp. Historical Buildings


On September 13, 2017, Joan Berkey, noted Architectural Historian, presented her completed historical project to Michael Houdart, Trustee, for the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township. Mrs. Berkey was contracted to survey 80 historic buildings and sites in Upper Township. The over 350-page color booklet represents the first time the most important historic buildings and sites in Upper Township have been identified, photographed, described, researched and then had their significance assessed and placed within national, state, and local contexts. 

The official forms included in the booklet were approved by the State Historic Preservation Office and completed for each property along with a current photo and maps showing the location of the property in the township. The narrative portion of each survey form include a written description, a brief history of the building and its occupants, and an assessment of historical significance. When available, historic photographs were included in each survey form.

A copy of the individual survey form for each building will be available to the owner(s) of record. Copies of the entire report will be distributed to the Cape May County Library system for use by all county residents. A digital version of the report will also be sent to the State Historic Preservation Office.

The purpose of this project is to serve: (1) local residents with an interest in history, (2) local residents who own historic buildings and want to know more about them, (3) decision makers at the local, county, state and federal levels who need to assess the effect of publicly-funded projects on Upper Township’s historic resources, (4) students studying the township’s history and historic architecture, and (5) local planning/zoning board members whose decisions might affect historic buildings.

The most important goal accomplished by this project is the increased awareness of the township’s historic buildings, structures, and sites, an objective that merges with the Society’s mission to preserve the township’s diverse history and educate about it.

This project is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Cape May County Culture & Heritage Commission, from funds granted by the New Jersey Historical Commission.
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Sam Azeez Museum - Woodbine, NJ
                                               - Photo by Ralph Cooper, HPSUT
Woodbine History Program
Set for Sept. 12, 2017 Meeting
The next Historical Preservation Society of Upper Twp. membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Jane Stark, from the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, will present a program that celebrates the history of the wave of immigration at the end of the 19th century that brought Russian Jewish settlers to our neighboring community of Woodbine.  > http://www.thesam.org/
Meeting Location: Upper Cape Branch Library
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Summertime UT History Notes: There are no membership meetings in July or August. Watch for announcements on monthly Tuckahoe Train Station "Open House" dates. The Historical Society encourages or members and friends to participate in the wide-range of historical programs and lectures in our near-by communities such as Ocean City, Sea Isle City and Avalon. Watch the HPSUT Facebook page for details. 
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Excel Training: The HPSUT is a member of the Upper Twp. Business Association.  Check out the on-going training opportunities with the UTBA. Historical Society members are eligible to attend their workshops, such as the Excel class being held on Wed. Aug. 30th, 9 am at the Second Cape May Baptist Church in Marmora.  See flyer for details here.  
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Prior Programs For 2017

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Endicott Reardon Family Museum Hosting
June 13th Historical Society Meeting
The Endicott Reardon Family Museum in Seaville will be the site of the Tuesday, June 13, 2017 meeting for the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township.  The location is 3036 S. Shore Road, Route 9, in the Seaville Village of Upper Twp. A tour of the Endicott-Reardon Family Museum will begin at 7 pm with a short DVD.  Harriett Reardon Bailey will conduct the tour. The Endicott-Reardon Family Museum provides a history of life in mid-twentieth century America, with emphasis on family life, traditions, and artifacts. Refreshments and the Historical Society's monthly business meeting will follow.
> www.ermuseum.com/
> www.facebook.com/The-Endicott-Reardon-Family-Museum-925771057498649/

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                                                       Photo by Ralph Cooper, HPSUT
Veterans Museum Program
The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township welcomes Atlantic County Veterans Museum committee members, Dick Squires and Cindy Mason-Purdie, as speakers to our May 9, 2017 general meeting.  

The new Atlantic County Veterans Museum is housed in the historic 1832 Estell Manor House, and holds a collection of military artifacts and memorabilia related to Atlantic County residents.

Please join us at 7 pm for snacks and at 7:30 pm for this interesting program at the Cape May County Library: Upper Cape Branch, 2050 Tuckahoe Rd., Petersburg.
> www.aclink.org/vetsmuseum
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Tuchahoe Train Station - Archive Photo
"Ocean City in the Rail Age" - Train history -Ocean City - Somers Point - Upper Twp.
New speaker and topic - "Ocean City in the Rail Age" - for the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township program on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7 pm, at the Upper Cape Library Branch in Petersburg.

Anthony Marino will present his talk "Ocean City in the Rail Age."

His program will have maps and vintage trolley photos, in a Power Point presentation, showing how Ocean City soon after its founding was quickly connected to Atlantic City and Somers Point through steam railroads, trolley lines, and steam ferry service. 

Seaville  was connected by railroads to the southern end of the island and then by railroad and an electric trolley line north to the Gardens area.  This late 19th century era of rail transportation allowed Ocean City to develop rapidly before the age of the automobile began.

Anthony Marino received his undergraduate degree from Saint Joseph’s University, served two years with the Peace Corps in Venezuela, and then earned a Masters degree from Cornell University.  He was a member of the original faculty at Richard Stockton University when it opened in 1971.  In 1979 he became the Deputy Executive Director of the Atlantic City Expressway and spent 24 years with the South Jersey Transportation Authority.

After retiring in 2003, Tony became a volunteer for the Atlantic County Historical Society.  He has published two articles in its Annual Yearbook, one on the history of Atlantic City Railroads and the second on the History of Atlantic City Interurban Trolley Systems.   

The April 11th meeting starts at 7 pm with a social gathering and refreshments. The program begins at 7:30 pm. 

Meeting Location: Upper Cape Branch Library, 2050 Tuckahoe Road, Petersburg, NJ

The previously announced program for April, on the Woodbine Heritage, by Jane Stark, from the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, will be rescheduled for a later date.
- Program notes, updated as of 09 April 2017.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7 pm
Program: TBA
Meeting Location: Upper Branch Library

See 2017 Calendar for the HPSUT
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Main Events For 2017
The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township has set the dates of our two main events for 2017.
They are:
- Strawberry Festival, Saturday, May 20, 2017
            
Rain date of Sunday May 21.

- AppleFest, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.
            Rain date of Sunday Oct. 15.

We hope you will include them in your annual calendars.

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Membership Dues / Renewals::
Consider renewing/signing up today for the HPSUT 2016membership year.  See the Membership Page for dues levels.

Information You Can Use
Our Timeline:
2017 marks the 217th Anniversary of the Township and the 39th Anniversary of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township. 

Membership Dues / Renewals:
Consider renewing/signing up today for the HPSUT 2017 membership year.  See the Membership Page for dues levels. Or print our handy application form.

WANTED!
The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township is seeking information, interesting stories, old books, letters, post cards, documents, objects and other items relating to the history of our township.  Please help to preserve our past for our future generations.  Thank You!

Newsletter
Attention all members with email addresses:
Please include your email address when you renew your membership. It is quicker and easier to notify you by email if there is a new event or a change in plans.  Also the newsletter is in color and looks much better on the screen. Thank you.   Marj Bixby, newsletter editor.
See online copy on
Newsletter Page.
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 Share your memories and artifacts: 
History - Upper Twp. - Train Stories - Oct 2013
Photos by R. J. Cooper, October 2013
Stories of Upper Township, Cape May County
Historical Preservation Society is interested in archiving local memorabilia about our Cape May County community.
For example, see photos of the Railroad Memories program,
held Oct. 2013 - See Facebook photo gallery -
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AppleFest - Oct. 14, 2017 - Gandy Farmstead, Upper Twp.
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View over 180 photos from prior AppleFest events
- 2016 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by R. J. Cooper (25 Photos)
- 2015 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by R. J. Cooper (17 Photos)
- 2014 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by R. J. Cooper (51 Photos)
- 2013 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by R. J. Cooper (50 Photos)
- 2012 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by Glen Stewart (23 Photos)
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- 2009 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by Glen Stewart (14 Photos)

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SHOUT Newsletter - Fall 2017
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Ocean City Museum Lecture Series
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Bridge Gates Displayed - Tuchahoe
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Successful 2017 Strawberry Festival. The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township (HPSUT)
 held the 28th Annual Strawberry Festival Saturday, May 20, 2017
at the Gandy Farmstead on Tyler Road in Greenfield.
Strawberries, strawberry bread and all of the strawberry shortcake sold out.
Sales included 640 quarts (80 cases) of strawberries and 60 loaves of the strawberry bread.
May 20th Photo Gallery > http://tinyurl.com/mffyn9a

Link to Photo Pages - PDF - Here
- Photos by Ralph Cooper, HPSUT Board Member

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Train Station Open House May 13, 2017
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What's New Page - 2016

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New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

Three themes have been designated to help frame New Jersey’s 350th anniversary.

Be a Part of the Celebration – Innovation, Diversity, Liberty

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Annual Strawberry Festival | Held Saturday, May 22, 2016
 Gandy Farmstead, 26 Tyler Road
Click here for 2016 Photo Gallery - 2-pages - PDF
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Society Brochure - Scanned PDF Copy - Page 1 ~ Page 2  (Updated version as of Sept. 2013)

History Society Brochure
Read about:
 - Membership, Mission
 - Friendship School
 - Gandy Farmstead
 - Tuckahoe Train Station
 - History Tour Information
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Photo by R. J. Cooper, August 2013
Gandy Farmstead - Narrative History - Handout (MS Word File) (PDF)
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Strawberry Festival Photos

- 2016 Photo Gallery 2-page PDF File Photos by R. J. Cooper
- 2015 Photo Gallery on Facebook Photos by R. J. Cooper
- 2014 Photo Gallery on Facebook Photos by R. J. Cooper
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2013 Photo Gallery on Facebook Photos by Glen Stewart
- 2012 Photo Gallery on Facebook  Photos by R. J. Cooper
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Photo by R. J. Cooper, April 2013
Friendship School, Palermo District - Upper Twp. NJ
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  - See Society's Links Page for other Twp. / area groups / activities  _______________________________________________________

The association maintains 3 historic sites in Upper Twp:

The Friendship School
859 South Shore Road (Route 9)
Palermo, in Upper Township

The Gandy Farmstead
26 Tyler Road (Route 616)
Greenfield, in Upper Township

The Tuckahoe Train Station
Railroad Avenue and Mill Road
Tuckahoe, in Upper Township.
 

    

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     Cape May County - New Jersey