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Rutgers-Camden Campus Center

326 Penn Street

Camden, NJ 08102

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What's happening on Cooper Street? A lot! Join us for pop-up exhibits, performance and story-telling, and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Cooper Street and Cooper-Grant as historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you have ever lived, worked, or attended classes on or near Cooper Street -- or if you're curious about the many organizations and residents in our neighborhood -- this event is for you. Past and present neighbors, you're invited to bring photographs, memories, and ideas to add to a digital collection and help create a new history of one of Camden's most historic streets. Organizations, individuals, businesses, and departments, free exhibit tables will be available to showcase your activities (please indicate your interest when you RSVP). Or come to simply mingle and enjoy some light refreshments -- all are welcome!

Featured entertainment
Just for the Record - A Multimedia One-Man Show
Historian, artist, pianist, singer/songwriter and veteran teacher Christopher Andrew Maier channels Eldridge Reeves Johnson, an astute Camden machinist who perfected the wind-up gramophone to deliver quality music to the world through the Victor Talking Machine Company.

Exhibits begin at 5 p.m. Program/entertainment begins at 6 p.m.




Door prizes!

  • History of your house by MARCH Professional Services

  • Historic preservation workshop registration from MARCH

  • Rutgers swag from Rutgers University Alumni Association | Camden

  • Signed copy of Carmen Maria Machado's In The Dream House from the Writers House at Rutgers-Camden

  • Victor Talking Machine Company Nipper Window Puzzle and a copy of the book Waterways of Camden County from the Camden County Historical Society

  • Campbell Soup/Andy Warhol licensed messenger bag from the Campbell Soup Company

  • Signed copy of book of poems, Killing Summer, from the author Sarah Browning

  • And more!

Expected exhibitors include ...
American Water
Camden County Historical Society
Campbell Soup Company
LEAP Academy University Charter School: Fab Lab, Puerto Rican Art Center - Visual and Performing Arts, and Parent Engagement and Wellness Center
Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH)
RCA Heritage Museum
Rutgers-Camden Department of Philosophy and Religion
Writers House at Rutgers-Camden
And more - reserve your exhibit table when you RSVP.

Plus

Photo / story documentation booth
Cooper Street resident database and research display
Lawrence Street resident database and research display
“Women at Work on Cooper Street” exhibit
Cooper Street historical tour project and matching game
Current and planned historical signage (for feedback)
Other options for interpretive signage (for feedback)
Cooper Street history themes and story-tellers (for feedback)



October is Camden County History Month
Save the date -- October 10 -- to celebrate!

Presented by
Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden
and the Cooper-Grant Neighborhood Association

Supported by
Camden County Historical Society
Cooper Street Interpretation Advisory Committee
Cooper's Ferry Partnership
Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts
Rutgers University Alumni Association | Camden
Writers House at Rutgers-Camden

Honors College Event




FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We encourage using public transportation, but free parking will be available. Watch this space for details.
For directions and public transit options, link here.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Send an email to Charlene Mires, cmires@camden.rutgers.edu.

If I sign up for an exhibit table, how can I use it?

Any way you wish! This is your chance to shape this event to be what you want. Promote your activities, introduce your team, display photos or other items about your history, tell a story, create a game or artwork -- anything that highlights activities or history of Cooper Street and nearby neighbors is welcome. (But no food, please -- catering will be supplied.) Please note that you are responsible for the security of any items that you bring.

How can I find out if my family ever lived on Cooper Street?

You can check out our database (a work in progress, gathered from city directories and the U.S. Census, c. 1840-1940):
Link to the Google Doc.

I have photographs or memories of Cooper Street, are you interested?

Yes! This is your chance to include your history in Cooper Street's history. We will have a team of public historians to scan photographs and gather information. In the future, we hope to do more extensive interviews. If you give permission, your contributions may become part of a digital archive.

What else will be happening?

In addition to enjoying the featured entertainment, you will be able to offer opinions about a range of stories about Cooper Street and ways that they might be shared. We will make this interesting and fun! Your feedback will contribute to the writing of a new history of Cooper Street and plans for highlighting this history to make Cooper Street an even greater community asset.

You can also enter to win door prizes. For each exhibit table or activity you visit, you'll receive a chance to enter to win your choice of any of the prizes (and if you would like to offer a prize, just indicate during your registration or let us know).

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No.

Can I update my registration information? Yes.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? Yes.

Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? Yes.

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