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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

Jul
24
Thu
10:00 am Conference: Future of Museums @ Online
Conference: Future of Museums @ Online
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
From futureofmuseums.com: The 2014 Future of Museums conference will be held online, on July 24th from 10am-5pm (EST). Attendees can expect to learn best practices to implement in their museums, and will hear real-world examples of innovative practices in the
Jul
30
Wed
9:00 am Cultural Institutions & Emergenc... @ Woodrow Wilson Hall, Monmouth University
Cultural Institutions & Emergenc... @ Woodrow Wilson Hall, Monmouth University
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
From New Jersey Collections Care Network: Intended for collections care professionals and volunteers, this conference will address important facets of emergency response, as well as building local networks for collaborative mutual aid.  Presenters will include first responders and representatives from
Aug
1
Fri
all-day CFP: 2nd Annual One-Day History ... @ West Chester University
CFP: 2nd Annual One-Day History ... @ West Chester University
Aug 1 all-day
From H-Pennsylvania: West Chester University (West Chester, Pennsylvania) is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its 2nd Annual One-Day History Conference to be held Thursday, October 23, 2014: Creating, Displaying, and Revising American Identity.  The inspiration for this year’s
all-day CFP: Ephemera Society of America... @ Deadline
CFP: Ephemera Society of America... @ Deadline
Aug 1 all-day
From MuseWeekly: The Ephemera Society of America has issued a call for its ESA 35 conference, The Sporting Life.  The deadline for submission is August 1, 2014.  The full call and instructions for submitting a proposal are below. Sports, games, play
Aug
10
Sun
9:00 am ARCHIVES★RECORDS: Ensuring Access @ Marriott Wardman Park, Woodley Park
ARCHIVES★RECORDS: Ensuring Access @ Marriott Wardman Park, Woodley Park
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – Aug 17 @ 4:00 pm
From the Society of American Archivists: ARCHIVES★RECORDS: Ensuring Access 2014 will be held August 10-17, in Washington, D.C.  The weeklong conference is a joint meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and

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