After 150 Years, Our Story is Still Unfolding...
The year-long 150th anniversary celebration for the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society ended with an elegant semi-formal gala on Saturday, December 6, at Eastlyn Country Club. Approximately 170 area residents turned out for the festivities, which included a buffet dinner, music and dancing, and a silent auction. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards to three area residents, who were selected by the Society as "Vineland History Makers" for their efforts to preserve the past. Kevin Kirchner was honored for his work in re-creating the Palace Depression, Vincent Farinaccio was recognized for his "Vintage Vineland" history column, which appears each week in the Grapevine newspaper, and Arjorie Moniodis Ingraham, was honored as co-author of the Society's new postcard history book, titled "Vineland." You can see some of the photos from the gala in the photo gallery.
However, even though the Society has celebrated such a momentous year, the work is far from over. This year, the non-profit will increase its efforts to establish more community partnerships with local schools and colleges, as well as with other area non-profits and businesses. The Society will also be presenting a slate of new programs and events, starting on February 19, when Vineland native Bill Hughes Jr. offers a program about the Keighley Shoe Factory, once located at Sixth and Montrose Streets. The Keighleys were leaders in the shoe manufacturing business. Their Vineland plant once produced 1,500 pairs of shoes per day that were sold in department stores throughout America and at one point they held the world record for creating a pair of shoes in about 16 minutes. There will be a $1 per person admission charge for this event. The museum doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments and the presentation will start at 7 p.m. Please call us at 856-691-1111 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Society needs your assistance to make repairs to the tin ceiling on the second floor of the museum. So far, we have raised some funds from a number of area residents but we still need additional help to pay for restoration/repairs.
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