Cemetery Tour Enjoyed by All

The Fairmount Cemetery Field Trip, organized by the Chatham Historical Society, has become a tradition for students at Chatham's Lafayette School. 

In mid-May, 340 fourth graders walked to Fairmount Cemetery where they spent the morning visiting fourteen stations, each lead by a high school student actor dressed in period costume, telling the story of the influential Chathamite he or she portrayed.

Chatham High School drama teacher, Laura Russo, directed her student actors in preparation for their performances. The fourth grade students listened intently as they heard stories from the past about people, who during their lives, contributed greatly to our community. Local figures, such as Major Dawley, a film director; Frederick Lum, Chatham's first mayor; Jan Westfall, a historic preservationist, were among the people featured. New to the event this year was a display table that featured historical artifacts from our collections: locally found fossils, World War II memorabilia and vintage photos of Chatham. Overall, the program was enjoyed by all - children, teachers and volunteers!

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Post date: November 6, 2017

It is probably safe to say that any resident of Chatham today will be familiar with the electric trains of New Jersey Transit that speed commuters to and from the city every day. Many Borough residents may not be aware that Chatham was at one time served by another form of electric railway - a trolley line that arrived, thrived, and died before the first electric train on the Morris & Essex Lines even ran.

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December 10, 2017

Calling All Members!

We encourage all members to come to our Annual Holiday Party. See old friends, meet new friends and enjoy festive foods and libations at a beautifully restored 1921 Prairie Style home.

All members are welcome. Mark your calendar, your invitation will be in your mailbox soon.