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New Continuing Education Certificate Program in Historic Preservation

An innovative new program at Rutgers University–Camden will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn the processes and techniques of historic preservation in the living classroom of Camden and nearby Philadelphia and South Jersey.

History enthusiasts and scholars, practitioners, and other interested members of the public are invited to engage in public history as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers–Camden launches the new Certificate in Historic Preservation program this September.

Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshops

The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, and the New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR), will present a series of disaster preparedness training for libraries and humanities-collecting institutions. Each two-session workshop will take place in three locations in the state: north, central, and south.

NJ Historical Commission Board Approves $2.5 Million in Statewide Fiscal Year 2018 General Operating Support, Project, and County History Partnership Program Grant Support

Friends of New Jersey History:

It is our great pleasure to announce that the New Jersey Historical Commission board today approved $2.5 million in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 18) grant funding to 81 historical organizations, museums, historic sites, archives, libraries, individuals, and county re-grant agencies across the state.

New article on the Battle of Bennett's Island

Forum members may be interested in an article published on July 10 in the online Journal of the American Revolution, "The Battle of Bennett's Island: The New Jersey Site Rediscovered." In addition to the geographical detail promised in the subtitle, the article places the battle in the wider context of the war in NJ, and in particular explores the role of Major Richard Witham Stockton, cousin of the more celebrated signer of the Declaration, known variously as "Double Dick" or "the renowned land pilot" depending on whose side one was on.

DiscoverNJHistory.org News & Notes - July 2017

Friends of New Jersey History:

A quick roundup of the latest news and notes from DiscoverNJHistory.org. Enjoy!

Teachers, It’s Never Too Early! Start Planning Lessons Today With Discover NJ History.

Summer may be here, but it’s never too early to start planning for Fall. Hit the ground running with some exciting resources to engage students of all levels in New Jersey history.

"The Legend of Watchung" Mural

Growing up in the Central Jersey area, I remember the "The Legend of Watchung" mural at the North Plainfield Sears on Route 22. The store is evidently closing and the building will be demolished. Fortunately, it seems people are aware of the mural:

"Seritage has said that it will donate 'The Legend of Watchung' mural inside the department store to either Watchung or Somerset County before the building is demolished."

I don't know if anyone from the history communities in the area may already be working with them, but here is a heads-up just in case!

Proof of African-American Voters in NJ Under the 1776 State Constitution?

I am presently working on a book about Thomas Mundy Peterson, the first African-American to vote in the U.S. under the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870. He voted in a Perth Amboy, NJ charter referendum the day after the Amendment became law. I have been researching Peterson for some time and decided that since 2020 will be the 150th anniversary of his vote, now is the time to expand this out into a full book!

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