Carol Larro

Chair, Haddon Heights (NJ) Historic Preservation Commission

Haddon Heights, New Jersey,  has had a historic preservation ordinance since 1975.  So, for almost 50 years, this Borough has believed that preserving our history and community character is essential.  The Haddon Heights Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) with its dedicated members over these many years, has worked hard to designate the eight individual landmarks and the Historic Districts along parts of First Avenue, Fourth Avenue, East and West Atlantic Avenues, the White Horse Pike, and along Station Avenue in our downtown.  However, the HPC never had a Design Guidelines book for the structures in our Historic Districts.  

For four months in 2021, Donna Ann Harris worked with the Haddon Heights HPC to create Design Guidelines for the Historic Districts in our town .  As a long-standing Certified Local Government (CLG), we wanted to have, as required, a design guidelines book written specifically for Haddon Heights.  We were able to secure a grant funding from the NJ Historic Preservation Office to create this Guideline and Ms. Harris submitted the winning proposal in January 2021to design it.  During this period, Ms. Harris has proved knowledgeable, focused and easy to work with, and she worked in a very timely and efficient manner.  It was a true cooperative effort.  

This Design Guidelines is a tool for property owners, to help them manage change and protect Haddon Heights' architectural and historical resources.   The Guideline book presents preservation treatments and activities that our HPC does, and does not, recommend throughout its 160 pages using more than 225 contemporary and historic photos, text, and drawings to educate and explain these treatments and activities.  

We are just delighted to finally have this handsome document to help us further preservation activities in our Borough.  Donna Ann Harris did a marvelous job in creating our Haddon Heights Design Guideline Book.  

Patrice Bassett

Records Manager & Archivist, CMR, MA City of Camden Office of the Municipal Clerk Records Management Unit

Donna Ann Harris has worked with the City of Camden over the last two years to help us conceptualize and fundraise for the Heritage Tourism Interactive Touch Screen Kiosk recently unveiled in City Hall Camden. Donna serves as the historian for all three phases of the project and worked with me to prepare three successful grants of over $135,000, to three government funders to support this project. The first phase is now complete and explores 300 years of City of Camden history through an artist drawn digital mural and a series of illustrations and 150-word stories that Donna wrote about important, people, places and events in Camden history.

The next two phases will begin this year. The second phase will add visitor information about 50 historic sites and history organizations in Camden County associated with the Camden County History Alliance, a project of the Camden County Historical Society. The final phase of this kiosk project will showcase the 39 Revolutionary War battle sites and skirmish locations in Camden County as we prepare for the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution in 2026.

We could not be happier with your assistance on this project. I literally would not have been able to do it without you. Thank you again.

Dr. Jack O’Byrne

Executive Director, Camden County Historical Society

The Camden County Historical Society has worked with Donna Ann Harris of Heritage Consulting Inc. several times over the last five years including an award-winning project the Camden County Heritage Tourism Plan.

 
This time, we engaged Donna to help us with a new project to plan for the rehabilitation of one of Camden’s oldest buildings to become the American Revolution Museum of South Jersey. In her tourism assessment Donna offered the Camden County Historical Society two options to operate the Benjamin Cooper Tavern (c. 1734) once it is restored and opens to the public in 2025. Donna provided us with  a proposed operating budget and scope of work for a  full time Visitor Center/Museum/Office space for nonprofit organizations at the Cooper Tavern. Her report also included similar information for the use of the Cooper Tavern as a part time Museum and Office space. Her report, part of the New Jersey Historic Trust-funded Preservation Plan and Feasibility Study, is helping us to develop our initial educational programs to build an audience for this site as we prepare for the 250th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War in 2026, when we hope the American Revolution Museum of South Jersey will open at this site. Donna’s report was insightful and highly useful for us as we continue our planning for this site.