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First Historians' Roundtable

February 26, 2011 - Mt. Holly Lyceum and Library


Forty-two people attended the first Historians Roundtable held on Saturday, February 26 in the Great Room of the Mount Holly Lyceum and Library. The group consisted of representatives of many of the local Historical Societies located throughout Burlington County. Alice Smith, of the Riverside Historical Society, was kind enough to take notes, which are published below.

Burlington County Historians Roundtable

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mount Holly Library, Great Room

10 – 11:30 A.M.

Moderators – Joe Laufer [ Burlington County Historian], Paul Schopp and Dave Kimball

PowerPoint Presentation, Arcadia Publishing of local histories and The Burlington County Prison book by Dennis C. Rizzo and Dave Kimball

Suggestions and questions from the audience:

  • Is there a local repository to store county collections?
  • Is there a directory of all county historical societies?
  • Set up a table for historical society handouts and a book table.
  • Have a time set aside for a member of one of the local historical societies to talk about their township.
  • Update on the archeological dig at Timbuctoo.
  • Obtain information for area schools to get involved with assisting their local museum and historical society with archiving etc. Florence Township has instituted this program in the high school. And check out the following link on volunteerism - http://volunteercenterburlingtoncounty.org/
  • NYTimes.com has an excellent posting of daily archival news articles chronicling the course of the Civil War.


  • More time allotted for a face-to-face meeting. This could be accomplished with a wine and cheese event with monies to be designated towards a local history project.
  • Antietam has monuments relating to New Jersey Civil War soldiers.
  • 42 in attendance: (24 pre-registered; 18 walk-ins)


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