The HVHS works to bring history alive within the Hopewell Valley community through special projects, community outreach programs, and participation in community events.
The HVHS has established a new Hopewell Valley History Awards program to recognize publicly the service and contributions of individuals and organizations in preserving and sharing the history of our community.
Nominations must be received no later than Sunday, August 15.
Active special projects to collect and communicate local history within the community.
The HVHS participates in a variety of community events and has ongoing projects to bring history to the community.
The Hopewell Valley Historical Society was begun in 1975. By 1977 several its members began recording oral histories from longtime area residents on cassette tape. In 2003 Noel Goeke began his term as the society’s president and had the old recordings remastered onto fresh cassette tapes and later transcribed. Intrigued by the fascinating details and stories captured in these histories, he and other society volunteers restarted the HVHS Oral History Project.
Currently there are over 100 oral history recordings in our collection. Printed transcripts of these interviews can currently be accessed and read on Thursday afternoons between 1:00 and 5:00 PM in the Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library System. This is located next to the Hopewell Valley Central High School at 245 Pennington-Titusville Road. If you would like to visit, or know more, please send an e-mail to email@example.com or leave a message at the reference desk of the library.
The HVHS is continuing to perform new interviews to add to our collection. These are recorded digitally, and then transcribed into text transcripts. Previous interviews done on cassette tapes also have been converted into digital files. The printed transcripts, along with photos and other miscellaneous materials pertaining to the person interviewed, are stored alphabetically in acid free folders within archival boxes.
Volunteers in the HVHS Oral History Project will continue to preserve precious, colorful memories of people who have lived in the Hopewell Valley long enough remember it “when.”