Business owners, inventors, artists and radicals who once resided in Vineland were among those who played a role in shaping American history. When we reopen to the public in February, we hope that you will stop by to discover more about the people who once lived here. That includes the story of the 172 women voters who once staged the largest suffrage protest in America in 1868. They were recently featured on the social media pages of the Smithsonian Institution! Follow this link to their Instagram account to view Vineland's and other stories celebrating the Women's Rights Movement. A special thank you to the New Jersey Historical Commission for featuring Vineland in their NJ Women Vote video series!
The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society is the oldest local historical society in New Jersey, headquartered in the oldest purpose-built museum in the state. It was founded in 1864, just three years after Vineland was established by Philadelphia attorney Charles K. Landis, who was a life member of the organization. Our collections include 19th century glassware, art, musical instruments and photographs, as well as Native American artifacts and Civil War memorabilia. The First House ever built in Vineland (in 1862) is located on the grounds of the museum and is available for tours. The Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit that welcomes donations and financial support from the community.
The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society is dedicated to collecting and preserving artifacts and records related to Vineland and the South Jersey region, and to sharing that material with visitors through exhibits, programs and other appropriate venues. Vineland has a rich, culturally-diverse past that is reflected through our collections. To learn more, please contact us or make an appointment to visit. Researchers are welcome but appointments are required at least ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE OF YOUR VISIT to ensure that needed resources are available. There is a $10 charge for non-members to use the research library. (Pictured at left: Vineland's first museum, c. 1890s)
We know. You've been listening to us ask repeatedly for help over the past few years. And between COVID, the holidays and the general chaos, it's hard to think of history as being of significance. But, here's the thing--it is important. And we can't save the museum without public support. The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society is the oldest local historical society in New Jersey, headquartered in the oldest purpose-built museum in the state (that has been around for 110 years). The museum needs to be restored if it is to survive because after years of neglect, the walls are cracking and crumbling, the foundation is in poor shape and other work needs to be performed to ensure that it will still be around for future generations. Please take a look at the structural report below and you'll see exactly why we are worried. We know times are tough for most people but if you give $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, you'll be helping to preserve something that's irreplaceable. As we've seen in recent years, much of Vineland's built landscape has been sacrificed by those who don't realize the significance of the town. Please don't let our museum become another casualty. To learn more, please download or read the file attached below.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions at the museum. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
PLEASE NOTE: The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society is not affiliated with nor receives any ongoing financial support from any other historical organization or government agency.
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