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!

Join Us for History & Hops 2017


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Post date: August 15, 2017


The 2017 recipient of the Chatham Historical Society Margaret Keisler Scholarship is Paul Coyne of Dempster Road. 

Next Events:

October 20, 2017

Tickets on Sale Now!

Fall is just around the corner and it’s time to mark your calendar for autumn festivities! Join us on Friday, October 20, 2017 for our second annual “History & Hops.” Last year it was a sold out event so get your tickets early. This is an evening you won’t want to miss!

The Chatham Fish & Game Club will be transformed into a traditional beer garden featuring beer and wine representing countries around the world. Of course, food goes well with drink so there will be a tempting array of eatables to chose from and live music will keep it festive. Food, drink, music and good company – the perfect brew for a great time! Music will be provided by Chatham’s own Sal Arnuk, Mike McLaughlin and special guest Chris “Sarge” Tomaino.


Friday, October 20 at 7:30 at the Chatham Fish & Game Club

Tickets: $50 per person

Click here to buy your tickets via Paypal or Send a check to: The Chatham Historical Society - PO Box 682 - Chatham, NJ 07928  

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Join us and celebrate Chatham’s amazing history!