Sandra Rayser Ragonese
Director of Historic Properties & Programs
Director, Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services
About the Historical Commission
Dedicated to preserving the history of the township, the fifteen-member Commission collects, preserves and maintains archives and memorabilia and assists in identifying historical resources in Cherry Hill. The Commission also sponsors an annual lecture series through the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services.
Local History Room
Researching a paper or preparing a presentation? Looking for fascinating and unique resources? The Commission's archives include documents, images, and artifacts relative to the history, growth, and development of Cherry Hill. The archival material is housed in the Local History Room (Lower Level) at the Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Highway North. The Local history Room is staffed by Commission members on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Appointments are also available by contacting 856.488.7886 or CHHC@CHTownship.com.
Projects & Accomplishments
The Commission has received grants from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to renovate and stabilize the outbuildings and the Kay-Evans farmhouse at Croft Farm and succeeded in having the Croft Farm property listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Commission also used grant funds to conduct a Historic Resource Survey of Cherry Hill, which identified 500 existing buildings that were constructed prior to 1930. It investigated 38 of those properties which may be eligible for inclusion on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Interested residents can view this survey at the library.
In 1990, the Commission created a video entitled The Making of a Township which features interviews with past mayors of Cherry Hill. In 1994, it also produced the Auto Tour Guide of Historic Sites in the Township of Cherry Hill which is available for purchase for $2 from the Municipal Clerk’s office at Town Hall, or the Cherry Hill Public Library.
The Commission invites residents to its monthly meetings at 7:30 p.m. on second Wednesdays, September through June at the library.
Bob Gloeser, Esq
Dan Nichols, AIA
For information, please contact:
Sandra Ragonese, Director of Historic Properties and Programs, 856.488-7886 or SRagonese@CHTownship.com
Haddonfield Historical Society
Moorestown Historical Society
Cherry Hill Public Library
Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Gloucester County Historical Society
Camden County Library System
New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office
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