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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
9
Thu
6:56 pm Oral History and Health, 2015 OH... @ Rugers University
Oral History and Health, 2015 OH... @ Rugers University
Apr 9 @ 6:56 pm – Apr 10 @ 7:56 pm
Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region will hold its 2015 conference, “Oral History and Health” on April 9-10, at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.  For more information on this event, please visit http://ohmar.org/.
Apr
10
Fri
8:30 am Telling Untold Histories (Un) Co... @ Rutgers University--Camden
Telling Untold Histories (Un) Co... @ Rutgers University--Camden
Apr 10 @ 8:30 am
MARCH is proud to present Telling Untold Histories (right here at Rutgers University–Camden), which is the first unconference in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region. This conference will bring public historians and historical organizations together to tackle historical topics that, just a few decades ago,
Apr
12
Sun
3:47 pm PA Museums Annual Statewide Conf... @ The State Museum
PA Museums Annual Statewide Conf... @ The State Museum
Apr 12 @ 3:47 pm – Apr 14 @ 4:47 pm
From PA Museums:  The PA Museums Annual Statewide Conference will be held in Harrisburg on April 12, 13 and 14 and will be hosted by The State Museum.  Our theme for 2015 is Partners in History: Telling the Pennsylvania Story. More
Apr
16
Thu
2:52 pm Fourth Biennial Interdisciplinar... @ Monmouth University
Fourth Biennial Interdisciplinar... @ Monmouth University
Apr 16 @ 2:52 pm – Apr 20 @ 3:52 pm
From Monmouth University: The Fourth Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race, The Criminalization of Race in History and Global Societies: Social Activism and Equal Justice, will be held April 16-18, 2015, at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.  According to the

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