Oral History Project
The Oral History Project is an ongoing effort to record the history of Chatham Township through the first person recollections of the Township's past and present residents. These interviews preserve family stories, give us a picture of the past and help us see how the town has transformed from a small village to a suburb.
If you would like to provide a full oral history or know of someone we should interview, please contact the Society at 973-635-4911. If you have a short remembrance or family story, you can donate it by typing it into the form on the JOIN|DONATE page of this website.
Volunteers to help transcribe recordings are most welcome.
Museum & Collections
The development of the museum and its collections is an ongoing project. The museum features a number of permanent displays, but also has rotating display space. The Society hopes to sponsor special exhibits in the future.
The Museum's focus is on local history. We are interested in artifacts that were actually used in the Township or are representative of ones that would have been used here, such as household items, clothing, farming equipment, educational materials, maps, books on state and local history, and materials related to the town's industrial past. Please contact us at 973-635-4911 about donating.
Please let us scan your photos and then return them to you in original condition.
Below is a gallery of images from our collection. Select each for a larger view.
Historic Marker Project
To date the Society has placed nine historic markers throughout the Township calling attention to the breadth and depth of history to be found here. Each location is researched and the text for each sign is developed to convey the importance of each place. You can download the PDF file below of the complete & still growing list of historic signs in the Township. This list includes several Morris County Markers in the township.
The Society is actively researching other historic Township sites for future markers.