Historical society opens its doors for look into the past
HAMMONTON - Visitors were given “A Look Into The Past” at the open house that was held at the Hammonton Historical Society on Sunday afternoon.
The event offered visitors the chance to view the collections of Dottie Orlandini and Angela Donio.
“I thought I was coming to be with Dottie, but then I was asked to bring my things,” Donio said as she was explaining the history behind her collection.
Donio’s displays were of memorabilia from Chateau Bilaz, a former restaurant in Hammonton that her family owned at one point. Her father, Frank Bilazzo, sold Chateau Bilaz in 1972 shortly before passing away from cancer. The restaurant burned down in the late 1970s.
Dottie Orlandini’s only brought a fraction of her collection to the historical society. The memorabilia she brought included matchbooks, thermostats and hundreds of Hammonton postcards. “I used to go to postcard shows,” Orlandini said when asked where she found all the old postcards.
Orlandini, who has been collecting items related to Hammonton history for more than 30 years, is a member of the historical society. She was asked by the society’s president, Anne Marie DeCicco, to display some of her collection during the open house.
The event drew the attention of Becky Newcomb. “I heard about it through Facebook” Newcomb said. She said she has always loved history and could not resist the chance to explore some of Hammonton’s past.
The Hammonton Historical Society is open on the first and third Tuesdays and Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on the society please, visit its website at www.historicalsocietyofhammonton.org.