Levittown

The 1959 and 1960 Residents

On Dec. 6, 2008, the library hosted an exhibit reception for the families who moved to Levittown in 1959 and 1960, almost fifty years ago. More than 40 residents and former residents attended the reunion.195960acompress.jpg

From left, Linda Bowker, Judy and May Diehl.195960bcompress.jpg

From left, Martie Hackett, Tom and Rita O'Brien. 

 

 

 

The Early African American Residents

earlyaframcompress.jpgIn 1960, the Levitt organization was ordered by the NJ Supreme Court to remove restrictive racial convenants from its deeds. The first African American residents began moving to Levittown in late 1960. On Nov. 8, 2008, a reception was held in honor of these African American pioneers.

Pictured at left are: Jill Cyrus, Chauncey Barrett, Evelyn Lewis, Vera Williams, Ken Anderson, Wendell Barrett, and Alfreda George.

The Pre-Levitt Years

prelevittribboncutcompress.jpgOn Oct. 4, 2008, Willingboro Public Library held a reception honoring the families who lived in Willingboro before the founding of Levittown in 1958. An exhibit on the pre-Levitt years was opened in a ceremonial ribbon cutting. From left: Allan Denning, Carl Reitinger, Sam Ballinger, Jane Stuart Schulze, John Burk, Eleanor Stuart Gappo, Sandy Timanus Jones, Marion Burk, Glenn Reitinger, Diana Dohrmann, Mary Woolman.

The 1958 Pioneers

The first family moved into Levittown, NJ in Oct. 1958. Willingboro Public Library celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of this milestone community with a series of events from Sept. to Dec. 2008.1958pioneerscompress.jpg

On Sept. 6, an opening celebration was held for the exhibit "1958: the Birth of Levittown." Fourteen original 1958 residents attended a reception in their honor. Ten of them are pictured here.

Front: Shirley Wolf, Lillian Krane, Paul Krane, Cathy Costa, Lee Isaackson, Dottie Anderson, Marie Weller.

Rear: Bernie Kashmer, Jack Curtin, Cliff Anderson.

Despite tropical storm rains, 110 people attended the exhibit opening and met the 1958 pioneers. 

 

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