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Millinery on Main Street: Mrs. Harder’s Hat Shoppe, the current exhibit at Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Place East, features hats, purses, gloves and accessories representative of items in Mrs. Emma Harder’s Hat Shoppe on Main Street in Cranbury in the early 20th century. Cranbury Museum invites you to step into Mrs. Harder’s Hat Shoppe and experience a shopping experience from the past. Hats and accessories from the 1930s through the 1960s are also included in the exhibit, which continues through February 2018. Cranbury Museum is open on Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

You, your family and friends are invited to visit the Cranbury Museum on Sunday, November 5, between 1 and 4 pm, for a special activity.  Materials will be available for you to use to make your own hat!  This activity is guaranteed to be lots of fun so please visit the Museum on November 5 and enjoy!

Please attend the Annual CHPS Membership Meeting, Pot Luck Supper and Program on Friday, November 10 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury.  An interesting program on historic preservation is being planned.  Please bring your place setting and a dish to share.

An Open House 100th Birthday Celebration is being planned for Betty Wagner on Sunday, November 12 at Cranbury Museum, 1-4 PM.  We hope you will be able to attend this very special event!

CHPS is restoring the Wagon House and Corn Crib in the Cranbury Barn Park on Cranbury Neck Road. The barns must be repaired and restored so they can be enjoyed for future generations. If you would like to contribute to the Society’s Preservation Fund, please mail a check, payable to CHPS, to CHPS Preservation Fund, 6 S. Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512.

For a self-guided Historic Cranbury Walking Tour, please pick up a copy of the Historic Cranbury Walking Tour booklet that is available in the pocket by the front door of the Cranbury History Center, 6 South Main Street.

A Walking Tour DVD and many other Cranbury gift items are available at the Cranbury History Center,  6 S. Main St., open by appointment on Thursday, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM.

You are invited to become a member of Cranbury Historical & Preservation Society during its 50th Anniversary year.


The Historic Cranbury Walking Tour DVD is available for $5.00 at the History Center, open Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present

Have you purchased the book, Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present? The hardcover book, with 272 pages and 50 illustrations, was written by Cranbury resident, Rutgers history professor and award winning author, John Chambers. The book, a project of Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., has been very well received since it was made available in May of 2012. It can be purchased for $29.95 at the Cranbury History Center, open Thursday 10:30AM - 1:30PM and at Cranbury Museum, open Sunday, 1-4PM. You may order the book by sending a check for $35.00, made payable to CHPS, to:

CHPS Book Order
6 South Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512

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Cranbury Author, John Chambers, wins 2013 Leadership in History Award of Merit

NASHVILLE, TN — June 2013 — The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that John Whiteclay Chambers II is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for his book, “Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present” (Rutgers University Press, 2012). The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement of outstanding state and local history.

A Rutgers history professor and Cranbury resident, Chambers wrote the book for Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., a local preservationist organization. While providing an in-depth history of Cranbury since 1697, he also placed the town’s development in the context of major trends in the history of New Jersey and the nation. In dealing with the town’s historic preservation and balanced economic growth in recent years, Chambers showed how local people influenced their community’s future through effective activity. The AASLH Award affirmed that the book was “an inspiring model for writing local history.”

Since its publication in the spring of 2012, the book has been enthusiastically received in the community, helping to generate a groundswell of interest in the town’s past and in local history. It was featured in several talks and newspaper and magazine articles. The Cranbury Museum sponsored a prize-winning float assembled by local students and the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society added new historic markers and is updated its Village Walking Tour.

Most extensively, with a grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Cranbury Public Library instituted a far-reaching program, “One Book, One Cranbury,” in 2012-2013 that included lectures, reading groups, exhibits, historic tours and even a scavenger hunt, all related to the town’s history.

This spring, Chambers and Cranbury Landmarks, Inc., deposited copies of a expanded “Reference Edition” of the book, an unabridged, bound, typescript containing additional text, plus 600 extensive endnotes and a bibliography of 400 sources, at the Cranbury’s public library, town hall, museum and history center, as well as at the Rutgers University Library, New Jersey Historical Society Library, and the New Jersey State Library and Archives.

The awards program of the AASLH, a national organization with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the AASLH to be held September 20, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Cranbury Township Flag

Cranbury Historical & Preservation Society designed a flag that was approved as the official flag of Cranbury Township. The 2' X 3' flag, on sale for $20.00, features the Cranbury Township seal on both sides against a cranberry background. If you would like to purchase a flag, please visit the Cranbury History Center on Thursday, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. or the Cranbury Museum on Sunday, 1-4 p.m. A limited number of flags are available, so don't wait too long to purchase yours.

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