The purpose of the Chesterfield Township Historical Society is to bring together those people interested in history, especially the history of our township. Understanding the history of our township is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and helps us better to appreciate our American heritage.
The Society's major function will be to discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of our township; its exploration, settlement, development and activities in peace and war; its progress in population, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufactures, trade and transportation. It will collect printed material such as histories, genealogies, biographies, descriptions, gazetteers, directories, newspapers, pamphlets, catalogues, circulars, handbills, programs, and posters; manuscript material such as letters, diaries, journals, memoranda, reminiscences, rosters, service records, account books, charts, surveys and field books; and preserve materials such as pictures, photographs, paintings, scenes, aboriginal relics, and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events, and activities of the past or present. The Society will provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to examine or study it; cooperate with officials in insuring the preservation and accessibility of the records and archives of the township and its environs; and insure the preservation of historic buildings, monuments and markers.
The Society will disseminate historical information and arouse interest in the past by publishing historical material in the newspapers or otherwise; by holding meetings with pageants, addresses, lectures, papers, and discussion; by marking historic buildings, sites and trails; and by using the media of radio and television to awaken public interest.
The Society will cooperate with the New Jersey Historical Society and the Burlington County Historical Society to collect and preserve materials of state-wide significance so that these materials can be made available to students and scholars.