Join us for New Jersey and The Great War: The New Jersey Historical Commission’s Annual History Conference!
2017 is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. New Jersey’s contribution to the war effort was both large and multi-faceted. New Jersey factories sent supplies to the allies before and after April 6, 1917; Camp Dix and other training facilities prepared troops for service overseas; thousands embarked for Europe from Hoboken; and over 140,000 state residents ultimately served in the conflict. Many of the changes brought by the Great War, whether economic, social, technological, military, or artistic, continue to affect the Garden State to the present day.
The New Jersey Historical Commission’s annual history conference, New Jersey and The Great War, scheduled for November 3rd and 4th at the campus of Rowan University in Mt. Laurel and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, is a key part of our year-long focus on the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I, and will offer a variety of opportunities to explore New Jersey’s role in The Great War both at home and abroad. Among the highlights will be a keynote presentation by M.I.T. historian Chris Capozzola titled, Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen; a workshop for teachers focused on using primary sources to teach about the War; rare opportunities to tour the historic footprint of Camp Dix (also celebrating its 100th birthday this year); presentations highlighting new exhibitions featuring New Jersey collections related to World War I; a visit from the famed 369th Infantry Regiment (a.k.a. the Harlem Hellfighters); opportunities to share WWI stories and questions both in person and online; and, of course, much, much more.
For more information and to register for the conference, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-jersey-and-the-great-war-tickets-37432949961. Early bird registration for a discounted rate ends Friday, October 6th.
We look forward to seeing you there!