Hopewell High Schools in the 1920s

What was it like to graduate from high school in the Roaring Twenties, or in the midst of the Great Depression? Here are a couple hints from Hopewell High School in 1924 and 1926, and from Central High School in Pennington in 1932. First, we have two small leather-bound books from 1924 and 1926 with … Continue reading Hopewell High Schools in the 1920s

Shop Hopewell – and Area Maps

The Downtown Hopewell group (@downtownhopewell) has just released a new Shop Hopewell brochure promoting the support of local businesses. It has a nice Explore Hopewell Borough map highlighting all the great places to shop and eat in town, plus the other side provides more details on local stores. == View the new Shop Hopewell brochure … Continue reading Shop Hopewell – and Area Maps

October 2020 Update – Images

The October updates on the Hopewell Valley History Project site feature lots of images, including Hopewell during the Lindbergh excitement, the full set of Gary’s Watercolors, and more Memorial Day parade scenes. By the numbers, we finished the month with 181 files in the Archives, including 78 documents and 103 maps and aerials. The Image … Continue reading October 2020 Update – Images

Hopewell Valley Fire Departments

Our local fire companies – Hopewell Fire Department & Emergency Medical Unit, Pennington Fire Company and Pennington First Aid Squad, and Union Fire Company & Rescue Squad in Titusville – all need volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. To learn how you can help, visit  http://ProtectHopewellValley.com. We are continuing to celebrate the history of the … Continue reading Hopewell Valley Fire Departments

Full Set of 20 Local Scenes by Gray’s Watercolors

We now have a full set of images of 20 local scenes from Gray’s Watercolors, thanks to the kindness of Wilda McConaughy, who formed Gray’s with her husband Paul in 1965 (see earlier post). The addition of these 18 images from the Gray’s corporate archives now means that there is at least one example of … Continue reading Full Set of 20 Local Scenes by Gray’s Watercolors

September 2020 Update

Hopewell Valley History Project site updates for the month of September were focused on Hopewell artworks, with the new Hopewell Train Station Art Gallery, and on historic walking tour brochures, with an updated interface for the Pamphlet Collection. By the numbers, we finished the month with 180 files in the Archives, including 77 documents and … Continue reading September 2020 Update

Hopewell Valley Historic House Tours

We’re heading into Autumn, so this is a great time to get out and about and enjoy the historic ambience of our valley and towns. We now have a collection of some 25 historic house tour brochures that you can use to explore the area, including tours covering different parts of Hopewell Township, and walking … Continue reading Hopewell Valley Historic House Tours

Historical Sketch of the Village of Hopewell – from 1876

We recently posted histories of Hopewell and Pennington boroughs, written by the late David Blackwell for their 125th anniversary celebrations in 2015 / 2016. But did you know that almost a century and a half ago, our predecessors also wrote a history of Hopewell to present as part of the local celebration of the Centennial … Continue reading Historical Sketch of the Village of Hopewell – from 1876

Hopewell Train Station Art Gallery

The Image Gallery now has a new Hopewell Train Station Art Gallery, focused on images of the Hopewell and Pennington Borough train stations and the associated artists. We welcome more examples of artwork of the local train stations, and more information on these and other local artists. == Visit the new Hopewell Train Station Art … Continue reading Hopewell Train Station Art Gallery

Pennington Historic Walking Tour Guide

We are pleased to now have the Pennington Historic Walking Tour Guide (PDF), prepared by the Pennington Historic Sites Committee around 1990 as part of establishing the Pennington Crossroads historic district. == Read the Pennington Historic Walking Tour Guide == The brochure features 31 buildings in the historic district, starting at Railroad place and West … Continue reading Pennington Historic Walking Tour Guide