Please be advised that the Society's museum will be closed to the public for the month of January 2022 so that we can conduct our annual ritual of cleaning the collections and refreshing the exhibits. When the museum reopens to the public on February 2, its latest exhibit will focus on 19thcentury mourning customs. Titled “’Til Death Do Us Part: Victorian Mourning Customs in America,” the exhibit will examine traditions that are still practiced by many today. Among the featured objects will be a photograph of Henry Meigs Landis in his coffin and a death mask that was created for Joseph Richard Brognard, an ancestor of Joseph Simpson, the Vineland man who invented Skee-Ball. Henry, the first-born son of Charles and Clara Meade Landis, died of cholera shortly before his first birthday. The exhibit will also showcase examples of black glass jewelry, engraved name plates from local tombstones and black-trimmed invitations to funerals that were mailed to family members and friends. The photo shown here of Krusen's might seem unusual to us today but combining these kinds of businesses were commonplace in Vineland during the 19th century.
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!
This is a reminder that the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society museum will be closed to the public from December 31, 2021, through January 31, 2022, for our annual housekeeping/planning time. We look forward to seeing you when we reopen our doors in February.
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)
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