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South River Historical & Preservation Society, Inc.

South River, New Jersey

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The South River Historical & Preservation Society is dedicated to sharing and preserving
the proud history of South River for future generations.


Van Dyke Reid photo album
Main Street postcard
Museum Displays


General Meetings of the Society are held five times a year at the
South River Museum--Old School Baptist Church
64-66 Main Street, South River.

The meetings, which are open to the public, begin at 7:00 p.m. and include a program and refreshments.


Next Meeting - June 26, 2019
The History of Prohibition in New Jersey
and South River's Role During Those Years

One hundred years ago the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ushered in Prohibition. Brian Armstrong, the society's past president,
will discuss prohibition in New Jersey,
including South River's role in rum running during the period.


2019 Meeting Dates


February 27: The Hall-Mills Murder Case - The September 1922 murders of the Reverend Edward Wheeler Hall and Eleanor Reinhardt Mills became a media sensation, but were never solved. A trial led to the acquittal of those accused, and speculation regarding the identity of the murderer has continued for almost 100 years. Richard Sears Walling, a local historian, will present the facts of the case along with an overview of the 1926 trial.

April 24: How New Jersey Photographers Captured Life Through Portraiture - In the 19th century, the world was introduced to the daguerreotype, ambrotype, the tintype, and other photography advancements. Photography exploded and transformed Americans' daily lives. Portraits became commonplace and many New Jersey photographers added to the collective production of images that tell the story of men and women in the 1800s. In this program sponsored by the NJ Public Scholars Project, historian Gary Saretzky will focus on 19th Century NJ photographers based in Middlesex County. South River's Adolph Bresslmair, Henry Van Tine, and R. Van Dyke Reid are among those included. This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

June 26: The History of Prohibition in New Jersey and South River's Role During Those Years

September 25

November 20 (Annual Meeting)



We're adding content to our web site and to our collections to help South River history come alive for you.
If you have stories or pictures to share, or South River items that you'd like to donate, we'd love to hear from you!


South River Historical & Preservation Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 446
South River, NJ 08882
732-613-3078 (messages only)