On Saturday, September 17, 2016 friends and members of historic Rhoads Temple United Methodist Church, 504 Rhoads Ave., Haddon Township, NJ 08033 will host their annual Saddlertown Day celebration (11 AM - 4 PM; rain or shine). This year's guest speaker is Louise Calloway of Willingboro, NJ, a former social worker and educator (B.S. Morgan State University). Ms. Calloway currently serves as Director of the Underground Railroad Museum at Smithville Park in Eastampton Township, NJ. She has been a lifelong collector of materials, information, and artifacts on African American history, and is a renowned authority on the history of the Underground Railroad. Among her many achievements, Louise Calloway has been recently honored by the NAACP with their Distinguished Educator's Award (2011). Ms. Calloway will bring several of her artifacts and historical materials; she is scheduled to speak at 1 PM on the topic "Martyrs and Heroes of the Underground Railroad" in the church sacristy (2nd floor).
You are encouraged to come early and enjoy information and exhibits on the history of Saddlertown, a Haddon Township community established in 1842 by Joshua Saddler, a former slave from Caroline County, Maryland. Representatives from Camden County Historical Society, Haddon Township Historical Society, and Saddler family historians will be on hand to answer questions and share information on Joshua Saddler, Saddlertown, and the history of Rhoads Temple United Methodist Church (est. 1893). Also, there will be guided tours of nearby Saddler's Woods conducted by a representative from the Saddler's Woods Conservation Association (SWCA), food, music, children's crafts, and more. This is a family-friendly event, free and open to the public. For more information contact Pastor Alice Cook, (856) 661-9366.
For the year 2016, the Haddon Township Historical Society is happy to be involved in two exciting other projects:
- Working closely with Amanda Tagmire, Library Media Specialist at Haddon Township's Paul F. Gilligan III Media Center, we are providing research, images, and ephemera on the history of Haddon Township schools. These items will be on semi-permanent display at the Media Center beginning in Summer 2016.
If you have Haddon Township School memorabilia you wish to share please e-mail us (contact above)
- We are networking with the Camden County historical community to work together to promote Camden County history. Among the goals of the Camden County History Allies is the production of a historical periodical covering all of Camden County, and applying for grant funding to erect historical markers around the county.