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Memorial Day Snapshots – Behind the Scenes

We have more Hopewell Borough Memorial Day Parade photos in the Image Gallery courtesy of Peter Gantz, from 1960, 1961, 1967, and 2005. These photos continue to demonstrate the tremendous value of even casual family snapshots in understanding our history – not only do they give a glimpse into the life and people of the … Continue reading Memorial Day Snapshots – Behind the Scenes

History Map Update – Image Pan & Zoom

The Hopewell History Map has been updated to make it easier to have fun interactively exploring local properties by panning and zooming in the images, including enlarging them to full size. == Explore the Hopewell History Map (separate site) == The History Map now starts up with the Map and Image panels, so you can … Continue reading History Map Update – Image Pan & Zoom

December 2020 Update –

The December updates on the Hopewell Valley History Project site focused on providing convenient access to the materials on the site for new visitors from a talk and video. Other items include: History Project Site Index page and Town Index pages Hopewell Borough History Briefs page – History Project briefs Historical Maps index page and … Continue reading December 2020 Update –

Snowy Day in Hopewell in the 1910s at Blackwell & Railroad

Here’s another photo of a snowy day in Hopewell from the 1910s, courtesy of Bob Gantz (see previous post). In this 1910s image, the two ladies are standing near the end of Blackwell Avenue up from the corner with Railroad Place, across the street from the train station. What’s interesting is the difference from today’s … Continue reading Snowy Day in Hopewell in the 1910s at Blackwell & Railroad

Snowy Day in Hopewell in the Early 1900s

Here’s a view of a snowy day in Hopewell in the early 1900s, thanks to the kindness of Bob Gantz in providing images from his family collection (and with annotations by Betty Gantz). This also shows an intriguing gap in the now-familiar Hopewell Borough streetscapes, but the buildings are still recognizable. The photo shows the … Continue reading Snowy Day in Hopewell in the Early 1900s

The “Frog War” in Hopewell

So what’s all this about a “Frog War” in Hopewell? And why does the frog seem to be the unofficial mascot of Hopewell Borough? The Hopewell Elementary School has a frog mascot, and the Hopewell Harvest Fair has a “Find Freddie [the Frog]” contest. And you’ll see the frog theme on the weathervane on the … Continue reading The “Frog War” in Hopewell

History Project Talk on YouTube

The Pennington Public Library has begun posting videos of the many Zoom presentations that they have hosted over the past months. These include the Hopewell Valley History Project presentation from May 17, 2020, “Discover Hopewell Valley History from Home.” The presentation features a case study of using the materials from the History Project site to … Continue reading History Project Talk on YouTube

Sharing Information on the Web: The Hopewell Valley History Project

by Douglas DixonTuesday, December 8, 2020, 7 pmPrinceton Macintosh Users GroupWebinar via Zoom If you’re interested in local history, this talk will provide an overview of the Hopewell Valley History Project, explain how the site is organized, and show how you can use the different elements to explore your interests in local places and history. … Continue reading Sharing Information on the Web: The Hopewell Valley History Project

November 2020 Update – Mementos

The November updates on the Hopewell Valley History Project site featured new a new Mementos gallery, a new Hopewell Boro map, a look at Hopewell area high school activities in 1930 / 1940, and the mystery of the Hopewell Bottling Company. Other items include: 1950 Hopewell Election Ballot in Municipal Pamphlets Six additional brochures in … Continue reading November 2020 Update – Mementos

Hopewell Bottling Company / Michael Staiger

Here’s a beer bottle for your Thanksgiving holiday weekend. And a mystery – who was Michael Staiger, and what and where was his Hopewell Bottling Company? ** See Update below – 11/29/20 ** The Bottle This bottle, inherited from a Hopewell Borough relative, is marked as: – M. ST. / Hopewell Bottling Company / New … Continue reading Hopewell Bottling Company / Michael Staiger