Researching Local History: Exploring Seminary Avenue

Researching Local History: Exploring Seminary Avenue

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Hopewell Theater

5 South Greenwood Avenue

Hopewell, NJ 08525

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Doug Dixon demonstrates how researching in a variety of resources can weave together interesting stories of our local history

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This registration is ONLY for the online Zoom presentation of the event. No registration is required to attend the event in person at the Hopewell Theater.

How can we find out about our local history – people and families, places and businesses? In this presentation, Doug Dixon of the Hopewell Valley History Project will follow up on his recent historic walking tour of Seminary Avenue to demonstrate how researching in a variety of resources (many online) can weave together interesting stories of our local history.

And why the focus on the apparently undistinguished Seminary Avenue – a single block off East Broad Street? It turns out that Seminary Avenue has been a “starter street” for Hopewell since it was opened around 1880. The variety of subdivided buildings with apartments and storefronts provided places where young families and small businesses could establish themselves in a growing town – from barbers and bakers and butchers, to clothing and grocery stores, plus a theatre, firehouse, and library.

Doug will explore the stories of the amazing variety of people and businesses that developed along this street, illustrated by sources including maps and photos, deeds and census records, newspaper articles and obituaries, books and references – and enhanced by the memories of local people and family members.

Besides demonstrating how to research local history and sharing stories of Seminary Avenue, this presentation also is a brazen request for contributions of local historical information and materials – before they are lost forever.

Hopewell Public Library “Wednesday Night Out” Series

Co-sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and The Hopewell Museum

See the History Project site for more information.

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