The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our top priority. Due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Society has decided to cancel all public programs until it is safe to have them. At this time, that includes the presentation on "America's First Ladies" in March and the "Sci-Fi Double Feature" planned for April. We will also be canceling our regularly scheduled Saturday tours for April. Please check back with us for future announcements and rescheduled dates for these events and tours. Thank you for your understanding and support!
The Vineland women pictured in the upper left side of the photograph shown above may look demure and innocent but they were part of a group of 172 women who, in 1868, staged the largest suffrage protest America had ever seen!
We are very grateful to the John F. Scarpa Foundation, which responded to our plea for support with a $25,000 donation toward our roof repair fund! This donation, coupled with the funds we have already received, will help us to finish the roof and move forward with plans for repairing the rest of the museum!
Although winter is still upon us, the Society's Board of Trustees is working on a plan to create a preservation plan for the museum, which will allow us to pinpoint the areas that need the most attention and progress from there. We are so grateful to everyone who sent in a donation over the holidays. For those of you who haven't yet contributed, please know that we still help financial help to restore the museum that has graced the intersection of Seventh and Elmer Streets for 110 years. The three-story red brick building was designed by noted Philadelphia architect George E. Savage and constructed by James D. Pasquale, a Vineland contractor who built many local public buildings and private homes. As many of you know, a leaking roof created problems inside the museum earlier this year. But we have raised sufficient funds to bring in the John Ganter Roofing Company, which is addressing the situation. But we haven't even started on the rest of the work, which includes repairing and painting the window and door frames, fixing cracked walls in the basement that let in water, and restoring the ceilings and walls that have suffered water damage. The basement windows need attention, as do the floors in the public exhibit area. The museum is considered to be the most important artifact in the Society’s collections, since it houses artwork, glassware, personal effects, furniture and other 19th century artifacts, including those related to Native American culture and the Civil War. However, as a private non-profit, the Society is not affiliated with the municipal government or any other historical organization and, as a result, has no annual funding from those sources. In addition to repairs to the museum, funding is needing to conserve artifacts such as the elegant oil painting of Dr. Mary J. Dunlap, the first woman to serve as director of the State School for Women located on Main Road. Competition for grants has grown fierce in recent years and the sponsoring agencies usually want the money spent on public programming, rather than preservation. Although the Society has maintained a small corps of dedicated members over the years, their contributions are simply not enough to support the work that is needed to properly maintain the museum and the collections. The trustees themselves have generously donated both time and money to maintain the museum but public support is now seen as vital. Donations to the Society are tax-deductible since it is a 501(C)3 non-profit. For further information, please contact the Society by calling 856-691-1111 or e-mailing email@example.com.
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.
(Photos by John W. Carr)
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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)
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