HAMMONTON - The celebration of Hammonton Sesquicentennial continued on Thursday night with the grand opening of the new agricultural exhibit “Hammonton: 150 Years of Agriculture” at Kramer Hall.
“This exhibit is part of a bigger picture as part of Hammonton’s Sesquicentennial” said Michael Cagno, director of the Noyes Gallery at Kramer Hall.
The exhibit features artifacts, artwork, documents and photos relating to agriculture in Hammonton. Everything in the exhibit is from the community and is on loan for the duration of the exhibit.
The gallery was offered so many pieces that designing the exhibit became a bit of challenge to ensure that the exhibit did not become cluttered, Cagno said. The result was a cohesive exhibit that touches on all aspects of the history of agriculture in Hammonton.
“The exhibit had to have an educational element,” said Cagno. He said he has found that the children who visit the exhibit learn about how life used to be while older visitors get a chance to reminisce.
This is the second exhibit in the Noyes Gallery at Kramer Hall in honor of the sesquicentennial — the first being about Hammonton’s industrial past. “We wanted to highlight both areas (industry and agriculture) on their own,” said Ginna Petrillo, professional services specialist at Kramer Hall.
One of the artifacts on display is a sign from the former Parkhurst Farms, which Bill and Cathy Parkhurst were happy to find.
“We are really glad we found the sign before the farm was demolished,” said Bill Parkhurst, whose family used to own Parkhurst Farms. “It is a wonderful exhibit,” said Cathy Parkhurst.
“Hammonton: 150 Years of Agriculture” will run through the rest of the year and admission is free. The Gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.