Digital Tours

Explore some of Princeton’s most notable – and more hidden – places, with the help of unique material from HSP’s extensive collections. Click the links below to access our digital tours on the web via a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

The Albert E. Hinds Memorial Tour: African American Life in Princeton

This one-of-a-kind tour of the Witherspoon-Jackson Historic District gives you the history beyond Nassau Street. Narrated by Shirley Satterfield, a resident of the community and member of the first integrated class at the Nassau Street School, topics include the “Princeton Plan” that desegregated schools; the life of Paul Robeson; and the establishment of Palmer Square, which demolished much of the historic African-American neighborhood across from the University.

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“Green Oval” Tour: A Snapshot of 18th Century Princeton

Ever wonder what the green ovals on selected buildings in Princeton mean? These plaques, installed as part of the Historical Society of Princeton’s celebration of the Bicentennial in 1976, signify some of Princeton’s oldest remaining buildings. This tour allows you to digitally explore all forty-six buildings marked with green ovals, offering a snapshot of 18th-century life in Princeton. The tour includes an array of original materials from the 18th century and follows the stories of Loyalists and Revolutionary War soldiers, tradespeople, Continental Congressmen, early farmers, and Princeton’s enslaved residents, among many others.

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Hamilton’s Princeton

In honor of Disney+’s release of “Hamilton: An American Musical,” explore the myths and the true stories of places in Princeton connected to Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Aaron Burr Jr., and more characters and events in the musical!

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Garden State History Garden

In this exhibition tour, crops in each bed of the Sipprelle Unity Garden at Updike Farmstead illuminate a local agricultural history story. This multimedia interpretation of Princeton and New Jersey’s rural past includes photographs and documents from HSP’s collection to tell stories ranging from the Women’s Land Army of America during World War I to Princeton’s Poor Farm in the late nineteenth century.

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Princeton’s Public Schools: A History

Developed in partnership with Princeton Public Schools, this exhibition tour traces the history of public education, as it developed in Princeton, through the stories of twenty one identifiable schools. Photographs, historical documents, oral histories, and the extant buildings themselves (many of which still stand!) help to illuminate these tales and reveal how public schools remain integral community institutions.

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Jews in an Ivy League Town: The Evolution of Princeton’s Jewish Community

In collaboration with the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer, this self-guided digital walking tour provides a glimpse of Princeton’s Jewish community, revealing the community’s deep roots through topics such as downtown Princeton’s local businesses, the Institute for Advanced Study, Albert Einstein, The Jewish Center, RCA Laboratories, and more.

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