Here are the presentation slides, video, and references from the Discovering Local History Online: Exploring Seminary Ave. talk by Douglas Dixon, presented on July 6, 2022 at the Hopewell Theater, and online via Zoom.
Discovering Local History Online
How can we find out about our local history – people and families, places and businesses?
As a follow-up to the earlier Seminary Avenue Historic Walking Tour, this presentation demonstrates the kinds of information that you can gather about local history from online sources (many free), in order to weave together interesting stories of people, places and businesses.
The test case for this presentation is the apparently undistinguished Seminary Avenue, which turns out to have been an important “starter street” for small businesses – from barbers and bakers and butchers, to clothing and grocery stores, plus a town theatre, firehouse, and library.
The talk is illustrated by sources including maps and photos, books and references, deeds and census records, newspaper articles and obituaries – and enhanced by the memories of local people and family members.
Includes additional annotated maps and information on additional buildings.
Video of the Zoom presentation (1 hour).
Includes the tour handout, plus street briefs on Seminary Ave. and East Broad / South Greenwood, and briefs on properties along the route, including the Harry Cox barber shop, Hopewell Inn, and the Hopewell Public Library and Hopewell Fire Companies.