NJSAA Spring Events: Business Meetings, Students Presentations, and "Murder on the Mountain"

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The NJ Studies Academic Alliance is pleased to announce three free, virtual events for the Spring 2022 semester. 

February 24:

Join the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance remotely on Thursday, February 24. Our business meeting will begin at 3pm, followed by presentations at 4pm from our 2021 Mappen Student Grant winners.

Register in advance to receive the zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/d5tt776w.

Mappen Student Grant winners presenting on their work are as follows:

James Bronico (undergraduate student, NJIT)

Based on letters, deeds, and an old hand drawn map, it is believed that the US Army had a fort/encampment in the area of Green Brook Park, and James has been helping the Plainfield Historical Society try to confirm its existence and locate any remains.

Ryan Radice (graduate student, Monmouth University)

Radice is researching the same site within Green Brook Park and parts of the surrounding neighborhood in present-day Plainfield, New Jersey, which was a site of great military importance that spanned two conflicts: the American Revolution and the Quasi-War.

Paulie Wenger (graduate student, Rowan University)

Paulie is working on a thesis titled “Black Summer: Piracy, Commodore Perry, and Sensationalism in the Summer of 1860.” It focuses on the trials of a man named Jackalow from 1860-1863 that took place in Trenton and Washington, D.C.

Lissette E. Peña (undergraduate student, Monmouth University)

Lissette won our support for her research into the impacts of COVID-19 across different demographics in Asbury Park, NJ.

The Mappen Student Grant is named in honor of Marc Mappen, former executive director of the New Jersey Historical Commission and a legend in the field of New Jersey studies. Mr. Mappen died on Sunday, January 6, 2019 “having spent most of his life, and a great deal of his energy, working on and promoting the history of the state. He was the author of numerous articles and books, a frequent speaker who delighted in telling humorous offbeat stories about people and places, a public scholar and servant, and good friend to a great many people.”

See more about the grant, and NJSAA generally, at: https://sites.google.com/site/njstudiesacademicalliance/.

April 21:

Join the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance remotely on Thursday, April 21. Our business meeting will begin at 3pm, followed by presentations at 4pm from our 2021 Paul A. Stellhorn Undergraduate Paper in NJ History award winner.

Register in advance to receive the zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/4pe7khvc.

Our 2021 Stellhorn winning paper was "Eugenics in New Jersey: How the New Jersey State Village for Epileptics Perpetuated Eugenics throughout the State," by Emily Borowski. The paper was an undergraduate thesis submitted to the American Studies Department at Rutgers University. Dr. Carla Cevasco advised.

The Paul A. Stellhorn Undergraduate Paper in New Jersey History Award was established in 2004 to honor Paul A. Stellhorn (1947–2001), a distinguished historian and public servant who worked for the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey Committee (now Council) for the Humanities, and the Newark Public Library. The award’s sponsors are the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance; the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Department of State; Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries; and the New Jersey Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.

To see more about the award, and NJSAA generally, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/njstudiesacademicalliance/Home.

May 5:

Join the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance and Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives remotely at 4pm on Thursday, May 5 as Peter Wosh discusses his new book, "Murder on the Mountain." 

Register in advance to receive the zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/5a2p3fsc

From Rutgers University Press: Charged with murdering her husband in 1879, Margaret Meierhofer became the last woman executed by the state of New Jersey. Murder on the Mountain considers all sides of this fascinating and mysterious true crime story, investigating how the case’s sensational details about domestic violence and female sexuality gripped the nation.