Flag Day – Hopewell Borough Veterans Organizations

Continuing with our Memorial Day theme, we have been investigating the history of the parades, and the local Hopewell veterans groups that helped organize the activities over the years. This turns out to be a yet another somewhat complicated story of Hopewell history … Your feedback and additions are welcome! == Read the full brief … Continue reading Flag Day – Hopewell Borough Veterans Organizations

Hopewell Scenes – Memorial Day 1950 – 1990

Thanks to new photos from Terry Devlin, we now have over 60 images of past Memorial Day parades in Hopewell Borough, spanning the 1950s, 1961 to 1970, 1976, and 1992. == Click to view the Hopewell Memorial Day Album (separate site) == The photos are organized by year, and then grouped in sets for each … Continue reading Hopewell Scenes – Memorial Day 1950 – 1990

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 … Continue reading May 2020 Update – Hopewell Valley Places

New – Hopewell Valley Places and Town Maps

The new Hopewell Valley Places page provides direct links to images, Historic Town Maps, and information available for our four major communities – Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, and Pennington Borough – plus Titusville / Washington Crossing (admittedly an “unincorporated community,” but large enough to separate out since we have several historic maps and a plethora … Continue reading New – Hopewell Valley Places and Town Maps

Hopewell Borough History Timeline

So when was the Hopewell train station built? What were the two railroads that were involved in the Frog War? When did the elementary school open? Where was the first public library located? When did Hopewell get a post office, telegraph service, and electric service? Whether you’re big into trivia contests, or want to resolve … Continue reading Hopewell Borough History Timeline

Hopewell Valley History Project: Discover Hopewell Valley History from Home

by Douglas Dixon Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3 pmWebinar via ZoomRegistration Required – See Below Update: Slides for the talk are posted. The Hopewell Valley History Project is a new volunteer effort to collect and save our local heritage in digital form, and share it online for open and convenient access (HopewellHistoryProject.org). Since last … Continue reading Hopewell Valley History Project: Discover Hopewell Valley History from Home

Historic Photos from 1966-67 Hopewell Boro Jaycee Calendar

This wonderful 1966-67 Hopewell Boro Community Calendar (PDF) was created by the Hopewell Valley Jaycees in commemoration of Hopewell Borough’s 75th Anniversary of Incorporation (1891-1966). The calendar features twelve fascinating historic photos from circa 1880 to 1890, calendar listings with community events (and local birthdays!), and a local business directory. The calendar seems to have … Continue reading Historic Photos from 1966-67 Hopewell Boro Jaycee Calendar

April 2020 Update – Exploring Hopewell Borough

April was focused on hunkering down in Hopewell Borough, viewing the town from above with some glorious aerial imagery, and then using the resources of this site to produce two Explore Historic Hopewell histories and visual tours for the area – one of the properties at West Broad and Louellen around the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, … Continue reading April 2020 Update – Exploring Hopewell Borough

The History of the Hopewell Public Library

To celebrate Library Week this year, we have worked with the Hopewell Public Library to write up the fascinating history of the public library in Hopewell Borough. It’s a somewhat convoluted story of the ongoing determination and financial risk-taking of the townspeople, including four locations, multiple purchases of the same building, and combining and splitting … Continue reading The History of the Hopewell Public Library

Hopewell Fire Department 75th Anniversary Booklet

We are pleased to scan and share the 75th Anniversary Program booklet for the Hopewell Fire Department, 1911 – 1986 (PDF). This is 77 pages of fascinating reading, with an extensive history and chronology of the multiple (at least three!) fire departments in town, plus loads of period photos, with lots of fire equipment (not … Continue reading Hopewell Fire Department 75th Anniversary Booklet