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Come visit the museum and view these colorful and interesting exhibits. The museum is conveniently located at 106 Church Street next to the Hackettstown Free Public Library. For more information on the Historical Society and its events, please call the museum at 908.852.8797 or email us

News and Events
PLEASE NOTE:The museum is open Monday & Tuesday 10-3pm Wednesday 10-4pm Friday 2-4pm & Sunday 2-4


September 6, 2016 Causes of the Civil War Speaker: Hank Shotwell

October 4, 2016 Living in a Muslim World: A woman’s Perspective Speaker Dr. Gillian Hettinger

November 1, 2016 “The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife” Author: Maryann McFadden (local author)

December OPEN HOUSE (in conjunction with Hackettstown Main Street Holiday)

January 2017 Closed – Winter Break

February 7, 2017 Speaker: Linda Barth The Raritan CanalsM

March 7, 2017 To be Announced

April 4, 2017 Speakers Bureau Program: Alice Paul (American suffragist) Player: reenactor

May 2, 2017 Topic: How to do Basic Genealogy Speaker: Ray Lamasters & Gwen Chaar

June-Field Trip

Members & Friends of the Hackettstown Historical Society It has been a very good year for us. We had successful fund raising that allowed us to have a beautiful new outdoor sign installed. Thanks to the Hacketstown Council our Museum was scrapped and painted. They made our museum “Pretty Again” The renovations continued with a new walkway, front porch and railing. We are very grateful to the Hackettstown council and especially Scott Sheldon for making this happen. We had a wonderful collection of Leni Lanape Indian artifacts. The culture, customs and lifeways were on display; I hope everyone saw it. Centenary College is 150 years old in 2017. We have put together a display with pictures from the beginning in 1867 to the present. The ladies of the society are working on a Christmas fundraising project. Pinecones! You can hang them on a door, fireplace mantel or tree. I must say; they are very nice. All proceeds going to the museum. Please remember, the museum is ever changing, I love the quote, “History comes alive at our House.” Please come and bring the children.

Meetings are held at the American Legion Post 164, Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.

You may contact the Hackettstown HistoricalSociety museum @908-852-8797 or at

Gwen Chaar

President, Hackettstown Historical Society

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HHS Meeting Schedule
Regulary monthly meetings of the Hackettstown Historical Society are held in February, March, April, May, September October and November at the American Legion Home, 494 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown. Meetings begin at 7:30 and are open to the public. Refreshments are served.
December: Holiday Open House at the museum - date announced in advance For more information on the Historical Society and its events, please call the museum at 908.852.8797.
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This photo, identified as Ezra Wilson, was taken by I.G. Owen, a one-time Hackettstown photographer, in a studio in Newton. If you know who this ancestor is, or have more information about him, please contact the Hackettstown Historic Society.
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