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Due to the closure and cancellation of winter and spring events, I felt it was necessary to write directly to you about the occurrences of the Cumberland County Historical Society. Our closure, though work has continued but at a slower pace, has allowed us to re-evaluate how we can adapt and function within this new world, leading us to assess our online presence. During the closure, we started a YouTube channel and have posted videos spotlighting Potter’s Tavern, our recent make-up exhibit at the Gibbon House, and uploading recordings of past author series. More videos are in the works! To view the videos, go to YouTube.com and type “Cumberland County Historical Society NJ”. We are the first channel to pop up!

The virus, state protocols, and the concern over everyone’s welfare has caused us to examine our fall events. Unfortunately, after attempting to organize the 49th Annual Artisans’ Faire and Marketplace, forces outside of our control have made it impossible to move forward with the event this year. We are deeply saddened by having to make this call. The Artisans’ Faire is an enjoyable and fun event that we look forward to year after year. While we are upset at the cancellation of the Faire, we move forward knowing next year’s Faire will be a huge event!

As of right now, we do not have dates for 2021 Hearthside Dinners. We will re-evaluate whether or not holding the dinners are possible at a later date.

We are moving forward with our Annual Business Meeting, which will be held on November 7, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. at the Greenwich Baptist Church, located at 928 Ye Greate St, Greenwich, New Jersey 08323. Due to COVID-19, a dinner will not be offered after the meeting, nor will there be a speaker this year. Because of the changes to the program, there will be no cost for attending the meeting.  We are happy to accept donations which will be given to the Greenwich Baptist Church for allowing us to use their facility.

Although we are looking forward to the day that COVID-19 is a thing of the past, we do not want to continue waiting and lose more time hoping for the old normal. As we move onward, we are working on how we can still hold programs within the world of masks, social distancing, and a pandemic. Which has led us to the conclusion that the best way, while ensuring the safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, is to do some events virtually. The virtual events will be the Halloween Ghost Walking Tours and Christmas in Greenwich. While this is and will be very different, we are excited by the challenge to try something new, and to continue growing as an institution!


CCHS Reopening

We are happy to announce that we have opening dates for the Gibbon House Museum, the Alan Ewing Carman Museum of Prehistory in Cumberland County and the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and Historical Research Library. The Gibbon House will reopen on July 2nd, and the Prehistory Museum and Lummis Library on July 8th. All museums and the library will be operating at 25% capacity.

Due to COVID-19 we have implemented guidelines for each site until further notice. Guidelines for each museum and library are a little different to meet the needs and services of each location.

Overall Guidelines:

Appointments are required to visit each location and to research. To schedule an appointment for the Prehistory Museum or the Lummis Library please call 856-455-8580. To schedule an appointment for the Gibbon House Museum call 856-455-4055.

To enter any CCHS building, visitors must wear a mask that covers both their nose and mouth.

Upon entering each building a staff/volunteer will take the visitors temperature and ask them to hand sanitize their hands. If the visitor has a temperature of 100 or more, their appointment will be rescheduled.

Lummis Library Guidelines:

When coming to the library do not bring anyone else with you to your appointment.

Enter using the back door of the library.

Upon entering stop at the front desk to be checked in.

After being checked in, you will be directed to your seat where the items you have requested while making your appointment will be waiting out.

If you are done with your items and want to look at something else. Call a staff or volunteer over with your request and remain seated. The staff/volunteer will search the card catalog for you.

If you need a copy made, call one of the staff or volunteers over and remain seated.

If for any reason you need to remove your mask please use the library bathroom or step outside using the front entrance and reenter the building through the back.

Once you are done researching let a staff/volunteer know you are done and are leaving the library. Exit using the front entrance of the library.

Gibbon House Museum:

Enter through the front door.

Upon entering the staff member will check you in.

Tour groups are limited to two people per visit.

Exit through the side door through the old kitchen.

Restroom is closed to the public.

Prehistory Museum:

Upon entering the staff member will check you in.

Tour groups are limited to two people per visit.

Restroom is closed to the public.

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