NAAFEC

This photo from 1975 shows testing of an early radar tracking system for aircraft.

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Welcome to Historic Galloway, The Current’s weekly feature that looks back through Galloway Township history. Each week we get a chance to learn or reminisce, courtesy of Sarah Snow, librarian for the Galloway Township Historical Society. She shares information and early photos online and in print.

By SARAH SNOW

This photo, taken May 2, 1975, at the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center, shows testing of an early radar tracking system for aircraft. In 1958, the Federal Aviation Administration was formed by President Dwight Eisenhower amid concerns about the safety of the increasingly crowded airways. NAFEC was opened July 1, 1958, on the site of the former Naval Air Station. The technical advances made at the center have saved countless lives over the decades.

The Historical Society Museum is seeking old pictures, documents or items from Galloway’s past. The Historical Society will scan and copy them. Other items can be loaned or donated to the museum.

The Historical Society Museum is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday in front of the Municipal Complex, 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Road.

See gallowayhistory.org and Historic Galloway on Facebook to learn more. Call 609-287-2440 or email sarah.snow@comcast.net.

Correction

The Nov. 9 edition of The Current should have stated Harkless Byrd's wife is Iola. The Byrds and several other families became the grassroots of Macedonia Baptist Church and the black community of South Egg Harbor’s Manor Track. He did have membership in between his time at Macedonia and was laid to rest with his homegoing service held in his original church of Macedonia, where four generations of his family and others are still present today.

Macedonia Baptist Church is marking its 100th anniversary with celebratory services 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. All are welcome.

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