The year 2017 marks the 11th year of the Hamilton Township Public Library’s Local History website, “Hamilton Scrapbook.”
There are more than 8,400 pages or—as they are known in computer jargon—posts containing photos and articles of historic and nostalgic interest to both scholars and history buffs alike. My love of Hamilton Township and the Trenton of my youth are reflected in the many photos and articles focusing on these towns in which I grew up many years ago.
It occurred to me that the numerous comments visitors have posted on the site contain many bits and pieces of history and nostalgia as visitors from all over the country and some foreign countries respond to the “Comments” portion of the website. Just last week a technical glitch removed the counter which recorded the number of visitors to the site over the years. I am trying to restore that feature and also figure out why it mysteriously disappeared after recording nearly 1 million visits. As I recall it was well over 980,000. That number also represents repeat visitors to the site who keep coming back for more.
The site concentrates on Hamilton, Trenton, Ewing and Mercer County in general and is very well received as an historic source. Following is just a sampling of comments received by visitors who are interested in this interesting project:
“Thank you for your time, effort, and enthusiasm in sharing your collection with the greater Trenton community. I appreciate your commentary that adds additional detail to the many articles posted, as well as the quality of article and photograph scans.”
“I don’t know how you do it but keep on writing. Just a great site for all. Next stop State and Broad.”
“This is a ‘Must See’” website for all scattered all over. A lot of us are here in Florida.”
“Your articles and pictures are fascinating. Keep up the good work (both blogs) Great sources of information and entertainment.
When you wrote about the Prior’s donut shop, I could almost smell the goodies frying. Thank you.”
“I am looking for the name of band playing at Woodlawn Park around July 1931. I have really enjoyed seeing your sites.”
“This site is just amazing—I could spend every lunch hour for the next year reading your posts Keep up the great work.”
“I live in South Carolina now but have been listening to my dad’s Goosetown stories my whole life. Thanks for what you do to keep memories alive”
“Thanks so much for all you do for our Hamilton Township. We enjoy your Sunday evening concerts at Kuser Park.”
“So happy I found your sites and found out about the house my parents lived back in 1939 when I was born… on Hartley Avenue, probably just a stone’s throw from your place. Thanks for all the great efforts.
“I love this blog I check it almost daily. I show my 88-year-old Grand mom the pictures and her eyes light up.”
“All my childhood memories are growing up in Mercerville. Would love to hear from those I knew from St. Anthony’s school, Notre Dame, and Steinert.”
“Tom: I love your website. I grew up in West Trenton, played tennis on the Cadwalader Park tennis courts and am now living in New England. I visit your site often. Thanks so much for the chance to visit my hometown.”
“Tom: This web site is really much better than the Trenton Historical Society. I have been looking through everything all afternoon and now I am tired. Great stuff”
“I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful web site I have spent a good part of my day here reading and remembering I currently live in Illinois for the past 19 years but grew up in the Mercerville area. Great memories and thank you so much for this most excellent effort”
“Wow Your blog has more interesting historical Hamilton information than I and my family ever thought we’d be able to find on the internet. Thank you so much for doing such an amazing thing for all us Hamilton history buffs.”
“I was surprised to see my family name among your memories. My daughters will get a kick. Great effort, thanks I love the fairground shots, brings back a lot of fond memories.”
“I am a member of HHS class of 1942.1 am 85 years of age and I live in Wildwood NJ. It’s really nice to be able to visit Hamilton High School as I remember it and the old hometown”
“Let me add how grateful I am that you have created and maintain this site for those of us interested in rediscovering the cherished memories of times and places past, but not forgotten.”
“Love your regular write-ups in the Trenton Times; now I enjoy a daily evening visit to your scrap-book. Thanks for all the hard work.” As you can see, the reaction to just a few of the visitors to this web site will agree that many people are interested in our local historical heritage. Unfortunately, there are many senior citizens who are not interested in learning the wonderful capabilities of bringing back our magnificent historic local history heritage. To those who have not yet seen the website, I’m sure you will be interested in visiting the Hamilton-Trenton-Mercer County area of years past. One of my very knowledgeable and regular followers was the late Ralph Lucarella who has since gone to be with the Lord. He contacted me a number of years ago, long before we approached the million visit mark and said “Tom, it’s 7:45 .A.M down here in Florida. I got on your website last night around ten PM and just couldn’t get off even with a nap or two in between sessions. Your pages on Chambersburg and St. Joachim Church are really wonderful…….so many pleasant memories of the Burg and Trenton as I remember it.”
If you haven’t been to glover320.blogspot.com, you are in for a treat. I hope you enjoy your visit to this remarkable “time machine.”
In closing, I would like to remind all my Hamilton Post readers that my singing partner Jack Pyrah and I will be bringing out summer music concerts to the Kuser Park gazebo every Sunday evening in July and August from 6 to 7:30 p.m. weather permitting. The program is free, and parking is easy. Bring a blanket or folding chair, sit back and sing or dance along to Patti Page, Frank Sinatra, Rose Mary Clooney, Joni James, Neil Diamond, Dean Martin and even Clearance Clearwater Revival and James Taylor.
See y’all next month.