May 2020 Update – Hopewell Valley Places

The month of May saw our Zoom video presentation on the Hopewell Valley History Project, the addition of new pages with direct links to information on our communities, and some fun Facebook discussions about new images of historic events and places.

By the numbers, we finished the month with 170 files in the Archives, including 67 books and documents and 103 maps and aerials. The Image Archives now include 1526 files, with 1317 images of Hopewell Borough, 118 of Pennington, 52 of Titusville, 15 in the Township, and a new set of 23 images of Hopewell Borough events. These include 856 historical images, plus 647 current-day images in Hopewell Borough. The History Map includes 775 addresses with 102 historic places in Hopewell Borough. Please keep the materials coming!

History Project Webinar

Our webinar on the the History Project, “Discover Hopewell Valley History from Home,” was held on Sunday, May 17, 2020, hosted by the Pennington Public Library and co-sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and The Hopewell Museum. Thanks to the 60+ people who joined in, and for the interesting questions. The talk slides also have been posted.

Hopewell Valley Places and Town Maps

The new Hopewell Valley Places page provides quick links to information on our local municipalities / communities – Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, Pennington Borough, and Titusville / Washington Crossing – including images, cultural survey documents, maps, and related materials.

These also include individual pages on the Historic Town Maps available for these areas, with direct links to the map images and additional information.

New in the Digital Archives

The Book Archives added scans of several brochures from Hopewell Borough events, including the Fire Department Building Dedication (1969), Museum Santa Letters (1983), Centennial Ceremony (1991), Centennial Movies (1991), “Our Town” Brochure (1999), and even Karen’s at Brookside – Final Season (2003).

The Map Archives added additional town extracts from Mercer area maps, plus new Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Hopewell.

The Hopewell Borough History Timeline provides a chronology of key events in the history of Hopewell Borough, with related events in the region and the U.S. This includes a summary version with some 90 entries and the full version with some 325 entries.

The Class of 1917 Hopewell High School “Blue and Gold” Yearbook is a delight, with fun looks into the personalities of the students, photos of students and teachers, plus details on the curricula.

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New in the Image Archives

The street address images in the Image Archives also are displayed when you view the associated properties on the the Hopewell History Map.

The new Hopewell Borough Town album includes images of town events (i.e., not specifically tied to a street address). This month, thanks to ongoing community discussions on Facebook, we added several new collections of past Hopewell Borough Memorial Day Parades – from 1992, plus circa 1970 and 1961.

The 1966-67 Hopewell Boro Community Calendar was created by the Hopewell Valley Jaycees in commemoration of Hopewell Borough’s 75th Anniversary of Incorporation (1891-1966). It features twelve fascinating historic photos from circa 1880 to 1890.

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Hopewell History Map

The Hopewell History Map provides a map interface to explore the collected information and images on historical properties in Hopewell Borough. Besides street addresses and historical property information, it displays images (and thumbnails) of street address images from the Image Archives (automatically including new images added this month).

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