One of the side benefits to all the reorganizing work done here at the Museum this summer has been the reminder of the depth of our photography archive. Part of that archive is a fair number of photos documenting the classes of school children in Hopewell over the last 150 or so years. September is the month that Hopewell children go back to school and through these photographs we get a glimpse into the life of old Hopewell and its commitment to educating children. Hopewell borough had several locations that served families from its earliest days. The top photo shows the grammar and high school classes ca.1896 occupying the schoolhouse on Model Ave., a building that has since become residential apartments. The center two photos show the graduating high school classes of 1920 and 1924 respectively in the building that was Hopewell Borough Hall on Columbia Ave. and is now the Hopewell Volunteer Fire Station. The bottom photo shows one of the first classes of the new Hopewell Grammar School in 1932 on Princeton Ave. not long after it was built.
After a brief "closing", the Hopewell Museum has opened its door after many weeks of proper clean-up, set-up, re-organization, categorizing, accessioning and de-accessioning, storing, photographing, training, educating, filing, and reporting. We apologize for the inconvenience but, we hope you will agree, when you visit, you will appreciate the effort to redesign the spaces to create a charming historic museum for you to feel welcome and enjoy. As the museum increases programing and operation hours, there will be a need for volunteers. It’s a great way to meet and serve our little community. Please inquire within. The Hopewell Museum is located at 28 East Broad Street, in the Borough of Hopewell. The Hopewell Museum remains free to the general public however, a donation is always welcome which helps sustain the day to day operations. Large groups by appointment and docent fee. 609-466-0103.
The Hopewell Valley Heritage Weekend kicked off the Memorial Day holiday with a reenactment of a Civil War military encampment by the 6th Regiment Infantry US Colored Troops (USCT) Reenactors. A steady flow of interested folks ventured to the backyard of the Hopewell Museum throughout the day to experience an historical look at aspects of 19th century military life and learn a bit more about the 6th Regiment and other USCT brigades and their important role fighting for the Union Army during the Civil War. Many thanks to Trenton natives Algernon Ward, Chuck Monroe, and Alfonso McRay for sharing their knowledge of the USCT regiments with the Hopewell community and to Lear & Pannepacker LLP for sponsoring the event.