The Annual Candlelight Dinner will feature guest speaker Jeffery Dorwart, a professor Emeritus and former chair of History department at Rutgers University in Camden who will answer the question "How well do we really know Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh?" He is in the final stages of preparing a new, definitive biography to be published by the Society this fall. In his view the lore of a young Quaker woman managing her father's estate depicts the legendary Elizabeth Haddon, but paints only half a portrait. The historical record details a much more complex and influential woman, who's significant contributions to the origins of Haddonfield helped expand role of women in early American history. The biography was compiled with the editing assistance of the Society's Doug Rauschenberger and Kathy Tassini, and is also based upon notes that the late Elizabeth "Betty" Lyons compiled during her forty years of research.
The Society's annual gala will provide a sneak peek into this fascinating and important work. As always, the night will not be strictly educational, as a fine meal awaits, with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm. An additional treat will be the display of reproduction period clothing circa 1713, in styles that John and Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh would have worn. The event is open to the public and promises to be a delightful evening spent with your fellow history lovers of today and these two mysterious Elizabeths from the past.
Tickets for the Candlelight dinner are $45 for members, $50 for non-members and can be conveniently purchased on the Historical Society's website, www.haddonfieldhistory.org, or by contacting the Society: (856)429-7375, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available.