Realizing that the state's 350th commemorations are largely stamping a 350th label on events that would have otherwise occurred and seeing that this labeling has a natural deadline at year's end, I suggest that the New Jersey history community adopt an on-going slogan that can be applied at any historical juncture, place or event with the hope that a "brand" will reinforce the appeal of New Jersey history to the public. The actual slogan may be of less importance than its repetition.
The Jersey Roots lecture series at the NJ State Archives continues on Wednesday, May 28, at 7p.m. The lecture series is sponsored by the New Jersey State Archives, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, and the Central Jersey Genealogy Club.
Judy G. Russell, JD, CGsm, CGLsm, will be our featured speaker for the evening of May 28. Her topic will be: The ABCs of DNA.
[Editor's note: This "Today in New Jersey History" column is provided by the esteemed and erudite Joe Bilby.]
More news on the legislative front.
The Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee of the NJ State Senate is scheduled to consider S-1626, sponsored by Senator Shirley Turner. If enacted into law, this legislation, entitled the "Historic Property Reinvestment Act," would provide credits against certain taxes for certain costs of rehabilitating historic properties.
The text of the proposed legislation is at the following URL:
Assemblyman Samuel L. Fiocchi (District 1) has introduced a bill in the State Assembly (A-3242) which would require State arts, historical, and cultural grant recipients to offer information on food and lodging in the vicinity of a funded event.
The following is a link to the proposed legislation.
Thanks to Kristen Chilleri of MBI GluckShaw for the information.
Yesterday, IMLS released data about the number and kind of museums throughout the U.S. and found that there were twice as many museums as they had previously estimated and that nearly half of them were history focused. I was curious about NJ's history museums, so I downloaded the IMLS data and mapped it.
[Editor's note: Cross-posted from the "Washington Update" of the National Coalition for History.]
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The National Coalition for History (NCH) has worked with the offices of Congressmen John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Cole (R-OK) on the creation of a Congressional History Caucus. NCH and its individual organizations are asking you to encourage your member of the House to join the caucus and actively participate in its activities.
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Today in New Jersey history:
From Joseph Bilby
May 20, 1755: A massive forest fire began near Little Egg Harbor, and burned for several days. A contemporary account reported that it “rendered desolate lands to the extent of nearly thirty miles, and most of the inhabitants reduced thereby to meer [sic] penury and want.”