Visualizing Hopewell Boro in 1891

There are two new additions to the Map Archives to better visualize and understand the buildings in Hopewell Borough before 1900: an annotated version of the Fowler Hopewell Borough 1887 map (bird-eye panorama), and a summary of buildings that existed when Hopewell Borough was incorporated in 1891 (keyed to the Fowler map). The Annotated 1998 … Continue reading Visualizing Hopewell Boro in 1891

"Women Win the Vote!" Book Released

Local author Nancy Kennedy’s new book, Women Win the Vote!: 19 for the 19th Amendment, has just been released. It’s a wonderful introduction to the story of women’s suffrage, viewed through the lives of nineteen women who lead and suffered for the fight. The book is described as middle-grade nonfiction for ages 9-13 (grades 5-8). … Continue reading "Women Win the Vote!" Book Released

Pennington Seminary Ladies' Room & More Postcards

In addition to the fascinating Hopewell Borough aerial photos from 1932, Sam Castoro also has kindly provided over 60 historic postcards to be scanned for the Image Archives. These are primarily scenes of Hopewell Boro, with some additional images of Pennington and Titusville. The Pennington cards include this fascinating image of the Pennington Seminary (now … Continue reading Pennington Seminary Ladies' Room & More Postcards

January 2020 Update – Hopewell History Map

January was focused on the development and enhancement of the Hopewell History Map, an interactive map for exploring historical properties in Hopewell Borough, and displaying associated historical information and associated images (see Updates). Browse properties by clicking on address numbers on the Map, or on address rows in the Table, to view associated information and … Continue reading January 2020 Update – Hopewell History Map

New Hopewell Boro Postcards

We have added over 70 historic postcards to the Image Archives, kindly contributed by Bill Frenchu from his extensive collection. The cards are primarily of Hopewell Borough, with a variety of new images from around town, including this lovely pair of  The Hopewell House (“Your Home Away From Home”) and its “Modern Bar” (“phone Hopewell … Continue reading New Hopewell Boro Postcards

Hopewell Boro Aerials from 1932

We have two wonderful new aerial views of Hopewell Borough, photographed in March 1932, immediately after the Lindbergh kidnapping. Both are oblique views – One closer up on the downtown looking northwest over the area between East Broad and Greenwood, and the second looking northeast over the west side of town and into the distance. … Continue reading Hopewell Boro Aerials from 1932

Hopewell Area Cultural Resource Surveys

Are you interested in historic sites, streets, and buildings in the Hopewell Valley? Maybe our new collection of over 2700 pages on over 1000 local sites could help! (Search in the Book Archives for “Cultural Resource Survey” for the full list.) The N. J. Historic Preservation Office has just completed digitizing five Cultural Resource surveys … Continue reading Hopewell Area Cultural Resource Surveys

Introducing the Hopewell History Map

Introducing the Hopewell History Map, an interactive map for exploring historical properties in Hopewell Borough, and displaying associated historical information and associated images. This is the culmination of the initial development of the Hopewell Valley History Project – we have documents about local places (Book Archives), plus maps showing where and when structures appeared (Map … Continue reading Introducing the Hopewell History Map

December 2019 Update

Most of the December additions are already covered in blog posts, so here’s the summary. We finished the month with 128 files in the Archives, including 36 books and documents and 92 maps and aerials (see Updates). The Image Archives include 285 files, with 248 of Hopewell Boro, 26 of Pennington, and 11 of Titusville. … Continue reading December 2019 Update

Hopewell Railroad Research

Rick Porter has kindly contributed a package of Hopewell railroad research material that clarifies the construction of the Hopewell Railroad Station and the path of the Mercer & Somerset railroad tracks through Hopewell Borough. The date of the construction of the Hopewell station is surprisingly inconsistent in various sources. We now have extracts from the … Continue reading Hopewell Railroad Research