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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.

Office Location

Find us in Armitage Hall, Room B-33 (opposite the Financial Aid Office).

Staff

Charlene Mires, Director
Professor, Department of History
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
429 Cooper Street
Camden, New Jersey 08102-1403
Email (preferred): cmires@camden.rutgers.edu
Phone: 856.225-6069
Fax: 856.225-6602

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

Christian Malatesta, Digital Media Assistant

Joshua Lisowski, Programs Assistant

Sharon Smith, Secretary, Department of History at Rutgers-Camden

Cross Ties Newsletter

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

MARCH Web Site

  • 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

Founding 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

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

Apr
22
Wed
12:00 pm PubComm 2015 @ Arch Street Meeting House
PubComm 2015 @ Arch Street Meeting House
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Please join us for the 5th annual PubComm at the Arch Street Meeting House! We invite students, professionals, and faculty from public history, museum studies, and historic preservation programs throughout the region for an afternoon of camaraderie, networking, discussions, and
Apr
23
Thu
all-day Conference: Human Trafficking in...
Conference: Human Trafficking in...
Apr 23 – Apr 26 all-day
Call for Papers Human Trafficking in Early America 23-25 April 2015 An interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, and co-sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Department of History at the University of Maryland, College
4:46 pm National Council for Preservatio... @ Delaware State University
National Council for Preservatio... @ Delaware State University
Apr 23 @ 4:46 pm – Apr 25 @ 5:46 pm
From Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs blog: From April 23 to 25, 2015, the National Council for Preservation Education will be hosting “Learning from the Reservation: Using the Traditional Cultural Place Perspective for Better Decision Making in a Diverse Cultural
Apr
24
Fri
all-day Colored Conventions in the Ninet...
Colored Conventions in the Ninet...
Apr 24 – Apr 26 all-day
From coloredconventions.org: The Colored Conventions Project (coloredconventions.org) will host a two and half day symposium on April 24-26, 2015. Beginning in 1830 and continuing past the Civil War, once captive and free African Americans came together in national and state
Apr
25
Sat
9:00 am Emancipation 2015! Considering t... @ African American Museum
Emancipation 2015! Considering t... @ African American Museum
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Independence National Historical Park, Friends of Independence National Historical Park and Smithsonian Institution invite you to a FREE Symposium for Historians, Educators, Students and Other Lovers of History! Emancipation 2015! Considering the Relevancy and

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