The New Jersey Legacy and Around and About New Jersey Television Series and Three New Jersey Folklife Films Now Available Online

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Online Digital Resources
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New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Film and Film History, Local History

The complete New Jersey Legacy and Around and About New Jersey television series and three folklife films coproduced by the New Jersey Historical Commission and New Jersey Network are now available online for free.

New Jersey Legacy is a series of ten half-hour television programs about the history of New Jersey. The first three programs were narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Celeste Holm and the rest by New Jersey historian John T. Cunningham. The programs are titled “Fortunes in Furs,” “The Two New Jerseys,” “Royal Rule and Religious Revival,” “The Republican Rebellion,” “Monopolies and Mechanics,” “Vistas of Democracy,” “A State of Many Nations,” “Technology in the Garden,” “The Progressive Banner,” and “The Suburban State.” Among the scholars who appear on-camera are: Anthony F. C. Wallace of the University of Pennsylvania; Herbert Kraft of Seton Hall University; John Murrin Jameson Doig of Princeton University; Alice Kessler-Harris, Richard P. McCormick, William Gillette, Stephen A. Salmore, and Clement A. Price of Rutgers University; Gregory Dowd of the University of Michigan; Mark Lender of Kean College; Gregory Dowd of the University of Michigan; Bruce Laurie of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst;  Lizabeth Cohen of Harvard; Kenneth Jackson of Columbia University; Delight Dodyk, and Thomas Fleming. The producers of the series were David Steven Cohen formerly of the Historical Commission and the late Lou Presti formerly of New Jersey Network. The music was composed and performed by Robert Sands, who won a New York regional Emmy for the theme music. The programs can be viewed at the following Youtube web site:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_h5DHn8PRIv-tN2pKUHv_g

The Around and About New Jersey television series consists of eight, fifteen-minute television programs intended for use in the elementary schools. The topics of the programs are following: the Lenape Indian Village at Waterloo State Park; the Morristown National Historic Park and the Revolutionary War; Paterson’s Great Falls National Historic Park and the Botto House National Labor Museum; the Howell Living History Farm; the Still Family Reunion and the Underground Railroad; the Thomas A. Edison National Historic Park in West Orange; Roosevelt, New Jersey, and the Ben Shahn mural depicting Jewish immigration; and the Statehouse Tour and the meaning of democracy. The programs are introduced by former New Jersey First Lady Lucinda Florio and hosted by Midge Gerrera. The co-producers of the series were David Steven Cohen formerly of the New Jersey Historical Commission and the late Lou Presti formerly of New Jersey Network.

The series can be viewed at the following Youtube web site:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_h5DHn8PRIv-tN2pKUHv_g

Excerpts from these program were used in the New Jersey History Kids interactive website at http://nj.gov/state/historykids/

Teachers guides are available at the New Jersey Historical Commission website http://www.nj.gov/state/historical/dos_his_projects.html.

In 1992 the series won a Middle Atlantic Regional Emmy for the best children’s television series.

 

The folklife films are In the Barnegat Bay Tradition, Schooners on the Bay, and Pinelands Sketches (divided and viewed separately in five short subjects).

In the Barnegat Bay Tradition is half-hour documentary about decoy carving and sneakbox (wooden duck-hunting boats) building along the New Jersey Shore, featuring National Heritage Award winning decoy carver Harry V. Shourds and boatbuilder Sam Hunt. The program shows the structure of sneakboxes by depicting how they are made, the traditional use of both decoys and sneakboxes in duck hunting, the difference between handmade and factory decoys, and how decoys have become folk art for display rather than use. There are on-camera interviews with folklorists Mary Hufford and Bernard Herman, historical archaeologist David Orr, and the late duck hunter and decoy collector John A. Hillman. The program was coproduced by David Steven Cohen and Lou Presti. It won a Mid-Atlantic regional Emmy in It can be viewed at the following web site: http://www.folkstreams.net/film,365

Schooners on the Bay is a half-hour documentary about the wooden boats used to dredge for oysters under sail on Delaware Bay until World War Two, when they were refitted with engines. It follows two New Jersey schooners that were restored to sail for use as Windjammers to take tourists on excursions on Penobscot Bay in Maine. There are on camera interviews with the late oyster boat captain Fenton Anderson, local historian Donald H. Rolfs, and Windjammer captains Douglas J. Lee, Edward B. Glaser, and David Allen. It ends with a race between the two Windjammers to a folk song about a schooner race on Delaware Bay sung by Jim Albertson. The program was coproduced by Rita Moonsammy of the New Jersey Council on the Arts, David Cohen, and Lou Presti. It can be viewed at: http://www.folkstreams.net/film,359

Pinelands Sketches was a coproduction of the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the New Jersey State Museum in connection with a major exhibition about the New Jersey Pinelands at the state museum based on fieldwork conducted by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress under the direction of Mary Hufford. The programs were coproduced by Rita Moonsammy, David Cohen, and the late Lou Presti. It is divided into the following five short subjects each of which can be viewed separately:

“Cliff and Steve Frazee: Cedars Farmers” at http://www.folkstreams.net/film,364

“Joe Reid: Garvey Builder” at http://www.folkstreams.net/film,363

“Norman Taylor: Fox Hunter” at http://www.folkstreams.net/film,362

 Stephen Lee: Cranberry Grower” at http://www.folkstreams.net/film,361  “Ken Camp: Railbirding Guide” at http://www.folkstreams.net/film,360

 

 

 

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