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MARCH encompasses the region of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Funded initially by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden has developed a multi-centered and highly collaborative approach that brings new vitality to humanities research, programming, training, and communication. Transcending jurisdictional as well as disciplinary boundaries, this effort aims to tap the region’s rich intellectual and cultural resources to forge new strategies for understanding and communicating the nature of the places where we live and their inheritance. We seek to make the whole of the Mid-Atlantic humanities community larger than just the sum of its parts and thus to contribute to civic revitalization.

We use our university base to offer on-site teaching and training opportunities. We consider such training an essential element in preparing and encouraging the next generation of scholars, cultural administrators, archivists, and teachers to enter public humanities work. In addition to identifying new resources for preparing graduate students to enter public humanities fields, we develop projects and services to prepare a range of constituents, from high school and university teachers to life-long learners, including tourists, to take better advantage of existing cultural resources.

Through demonstration projects and cooperation with regional organizations and humanities professionals, MARCH seeks to be a catalyst for change and to improve the quality of life in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Center:

  • Advances understanding and appreciation of regional identity through research, training, communication, and public programming;
  • Connects humanities organizations to each other and to their communities;
  • Informs discourse among policymakers, educators, community leaders, and the media; and
  • Communicates a meaningful sense of place to create a picture of the Mid-Atlantic region as a locus of American diversity, past and present.

Understanding the Past

By helping to preserve and interpret the region’s rich heritage, MARCH strengthens community identity, educates visitors, and inspires residents.

Enriching the Present

By documenting regional life in the present and stimulating investment in the humanities, MARCH encourages blending cultural resources protection and economic revitalization.

Building the Future

By training the next generation of humanities professionals, scholars, and the donor community, MARCH supports long-term, sustainable achievement.

Staff

Charlene Mires, Director
Associate Professor, Department of History
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
311 N. Fifth Street
Camden, New Jersey 08102-1403
Email (preferred): cmires@camden.rutgers.edu
Phone: 856.225-2365
Fax: 856.225-6602

Tyler Hoffman, Associate Director
Professor, Department of English
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University
Camden, NJ 08102
Email: thoffman@camden.rutgers.edu
Phone: 856-225-6615
Fax: 856-857-0846

Mary Rizzo
Public Historian in Residence & Co-Editor of The Public Historian
Rutgers University
Camden, NJ 08102
Email: mary.rizzo@rutgers.edu
Phone: 856-225-6878
Fax: 856-225-6806

Mandi Magnuson-Hung, Digital Media Coordinator and Programs Associate

Roxanne Huertas, Secretary, Department of History at Rutgers-Camden

Cross Ties Newsletter

  • Linda Shopes, Contributing Editor
  • Susan McFarlane, Graphic Design

MARCH Web Site

  • Susan McFarlane, Graphic Design
  • Built by avEIGHT Inc., Philadelphia
  • Heidi Campbell-Shoaf, Blogger on Managing History in Public
  • Heather Ewing, Blogger on Civic Engagement
  • Levi Fox, Blogger on Memory & Mid-Atlantic Memorials
  • Shan Holt, Blogger on Issues in the Public Humanities
  • Michelle Moravec, Blogger on Digital History
  • Hosted by Rutgers-Camden

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Advisers

Founding Directors

  • Howard Gillette
  • Morris J. Vogel

Regional Advisory Council

  • V. Chapman-Smith, National Archives and Records Administration, Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Sara Cureton, New Jersey Historical Commission
  • Nancy Davis, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Joan Hoge-North, Hagley Museum and Library
  • Sharon Ann Holt, Sandy Spring Museum (Md.)
  • Melissa McLoud, Independent Historian (Md.)
  • Linda Norris, Riverhill Partners (N.Y.)
  • Jan Seidler Ramirez, The National September 11 Memorial and Museum
  • Timothy Slavin, Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs
  • Christine W. Ward, New York State Archives
  • Stephanie G. Wolf, McNeil Center, University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Steering Committee at Rutgers-Camden

  • Martin Rosenberg (Fine Arts)
  • Nancy Rosoff (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Development)
  • Philip Scranton (History)
  • Carol Singley (English)
  • Jonathan Tittler (Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Miller Lecture Committee

  • John Alviti
  • Allen Davis
  • Howard Gillette
  • Naomi Miller
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THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA

Based at MARCH, with numerous community partners, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is a civic project to increase understanding of one of America’s greatest cities. From abolition and the American Revolution to yellow fever and zoos (with cheesesteaks, rowhouses, and hundreds of other topics in between), the digital Encyclopedia and print volume will offer the most comprehensive, authoritative reference source ever created for the Philadelphia region.

CONFERENCE CALENDAR

Oct
22
Wed
3:15 pm Mid-Atlantic Association of Muse...
Mid-Atlantic Association of Muse...
Oct 22 @ 3:15 pm – Oct 24 @ 4:15 pm
From the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums: Join MAAM in Washington DC this October as we explore Museums in Transition and Transitions in Museums. The museum world is constantly undergoing change and transformation, whether in response to economics, cultural trends or
Oct
23
Thu
all-day Creating, Displaying, and Revisi... @ West Chester University
Creating, Displaying, and Revisi... @ West Chester University
Oct 23 all-day
West Chester University (West Chester, Pennsylvania) will hold its 2nd Annual One-Day History Conference on Thursday, October 23, 2014: Creating, Displaying, and Revising American Identity.  The inspiration for this year’s theme is the 200th anniversary of the national anthem and the
Oct
24
Fri
1:45 pm The World’s Fair Since ’64 @ Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution
The World’s Fair Since ’64 @ Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution
Oct 24 @ 1:45 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:45 pm
From H-Urban: This workshop proposes to examine world’s fairs since (and including) 1964, a period marked by tremendous variability in the location and impact of the genre.  Participants may cover any of the fairs from 1964 to the present, as
Oct
27
Mon
8:30 am Meant to Last? Preserving the Mo...
Meant to Last? Preserving the Mo...
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm
From the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts: The twentieth and twenty-first centuries brought into the world a bewildering array of new materials, used to design a broad range of objects now collected in museums, libraries, and archives.   Many
Oct
30
Thu
4:30 pm Conference: Green Capitalism? Ex... @ Hagley Library and Museum
Conference: Green Capitalism? Ex... @ Hagley Library and Museum
Oct 30 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 31 @ 5:30 pm
More information to follow.  View the 2013 conference schedule at http://www.hagley.org/hagley-conferences.

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