Through a combination of classroom instruction and on-site exploration, workshop participants will learn about Philadelphia’s rural cemeteries and their historical context, as well as how to assess a cemetery’s preservation needs and possible treatments. Students will learn from the example of a targeted condition assessment of family burial lots that staff and student interns from the National Park Service’s Northeast Region Office carried out at Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery as part of a larger strategic planning effort launched by the cemetery. Turning to The Woodlands and Mount Moriah Cemetery, students will explore the wide range of stone types, and other materials, used to construct monuments and their cemetery environments, how and why those materials deteriorate over time, and what responsible efforts can be used to slow that deterioration. Instructors will also discuss the importance of documenting changing cemetery landscapes and modes of commemoration as well as the history of rural cemeteries in the Philadelphia region and elsewhere. The workshop will begin at The Woodlands, with classroom presentation followed by a tour of The Woodlands as an outdoor classroom. After lunch, the class will travel to nearby historic Mount Moriah Cemetery to discuss its preservation challenges.
Originally the site of the estate of William Hamilton, 54-acre landscape of The Woodlands became a 19th-century rural cemetery in 1840. In 2006, it was designated a National Historic Landmark District in recognition of its unique history and rich resources. Established in 1855, Mount Moriah Cemetery also originally consisted of 54 acres, though today it comprises approximately 200 acres in Philadelphia and Yeadon. The cemetery, which has been poorly maintained for decades, with many of its historic sections overgrown and wooded, has become the project of the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery, an organization dedicated to the cemetery’s preservation and promotion through community engagement, education, historic research, and restoration.
This workshops involves both classroom instruction and outdoor activities. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.
Instructors: Dennis Montagna and Aaron Wunsch
Date: Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: The Woodlands and Mt. Moriah cemeteries
Credits: .6 CEUs
Dr. Dennis Montagna directs the National Park Service’s Monument Research & Preservation Program, based at the Park Service’s Philadelphia Region Office. He chaired the federal review panel that selected the design and oversaw the completion of the African Burial Ground Memorial at the burial site of thousands of enslaved and free Africans in lower Manhattan. His publications and lectures include examinations of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC, the photographs that Eudora Welty shot in Mississippi cemeteries in the 1930s, efforts to preserve mental institution burial grounds, and the memorial that Franklin Roosevelt designed for his grave at Hyde Park, NY. Dennis holds BA degrees in Studio Art and Art History from Florida State University, a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD from the University of Delaware. He serves as vice president of the Association for Gravestone Studies and chairs that organization’s Conservation Committee. He is a former chair of the American Institute for Conservation’s Architecture Specialty Group.
Dr. Aaron Wunsch is an architectural historian and assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. His seminars have focused on broad aspects of the American cultural landscape, from commercial architecture, to cemeteries and suburbs, to cartography and the idea of landscape itself. His publications and papers have addressed such diverse topics as the rural cemetery movement in Philadelphia, the formation of Charlottesville, VA’s, park system, and the architecture of early electric utilities. He is also an active preservationist. He has served as vice president of Virginia’s Preservation Piedmont, written numerous reports for the Historic American Buildings Survey, and been employed by that agency, the Cambridge [MA] Historical Commission, and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Aaron holds a BA from Haverford College, an M.Arch.Hist. from the University of Virginia, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
On April 8th, SAADA will host a day-long symposium bringing together artists, activists, academics, and archivists to explore ways to challenge the systematic erasure of stories of marginalized communities in America.
The symposium will be held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and will premiere works from five artists – musicians, visual artists, and dancers – who have engaged SAADA’s archives to find inspiration from overlooked histories of South Asians in the US.
This cohort includes Rudresh Mahanthappa, Chitra Ganesh, Chiraag Bhakta, Joti Singh, and Zain Alam. Their year-long discovery process culminates with a presentation of works-in-progress, discussions of art and archives as activism, and other interactive workshops.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Doors open at 9:30 am*
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
*Coffee and Lunch will be provided to registered attendees.
Maybe you have a great idea for an exhibit, or you want to work with a neighborhood organization on an outreach project. Perhaps your building needs a new HVAC system, or you want to develop a strategic plan. What sorts of grants are available to history organizations to help pay for these types of projects? How do you find the right funder for your needs? What are the requirements and expectations of different funders?
Join us on April 10 at the Cherry Hill Public Library to hear from some of New Jersey’s top funders about what they look for in successful proposals. This conversation with funders, sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, the New Jersey Historic Trust, and the New Jersey Council on the Humanities, will help answer these questions and introduce workshop participants to the range of grant funding available, from government agencies to private foundations to corporate funders.
Panelists include Sara Cureton, Director, the New Jersey Historical Commission; Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants and Programs, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities; Lois Greco, Senior Vice President, Evaluations, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation; Sharnita Johnson, Program Director, Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Bill Leavens, VP of Operations, The Leavens Foundation; and Nina Stack, CEO, the New Jersey Council for Grantmakers.
Workshop participants will be asked to come prepared to talk about their projects and funding needs, and time will be set aside to discuss strategies. The workshop will conclude with a networking lunch.
A similar workshop will be held on October 10 at Washington’s Headquarters, Morristown National Historical Park.
Pippi to Ripley 4 is an interdisciplinary conference with a focus on women and gender in imaginative fiction. This year’s
conference includes a special focus on Fan Intersectionality: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Fan Communities.
Ithaca College, April 21-22, 2017
Keynote: SAMMUS performs her acclaimed nerdcore hip-hop and talks about race, geekdom, and feminism.
Special guest: Breakout YA author LJ Alonge, author of The Blacktop series of YA novels.
Now in its 10th year, the symposium is dedicated to building a regional-level dialog that can identify the uniqueness of the cultures that existed in the Delaware Valley during the early period of European colonization. Persons interested in making a presentation at the symposium should submit an abstract no later than March 31, 2017.
Admission to the symposium is free and open to the public. To submit an abstract or to make a reservation to attend the symposium, contact Craig Lukezic at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-736-7407.
Every place, every person, and every object has a history, but not all histories are told.
Telling Untold Histories is New Jersey’s annual unconference on public history, museums, cultural heritage and education. We look for human stories yet to be told, explore these histories and ask why some stories are repeated while others remain on the margins. How can the community members who lived these histories shape how museums, historic sites, libraries, and schools tell them in the future?
Because we value the knowledge you bring, this unconference puts you at the center. Participants create the program by suggesting and choosing sessions on the day of the unconference. Feel the suspense building! Workshops offer attendees the chance to learn new skills to help you tell stories. Discussions and activities connect you with new people and leave you inspired.
Join us at Rutgers University-Newark on May 11, 2017 to challenge the usual way we talk about the past and expand what counts as history.
Learn more at Telling Untold Histories
- Register through Eventbrite ($20 + small fee)
- Join our Facebook group for updates
- Follow us @UntoldHistories
The 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE17) is a conference designed around an emergent theory of change adapted from elements of the 2012 Crucible Moment report. Like this report, the CLDE17 conference invites participants to consider what does a civic-minded campus look like. To this end, several threads within the civic engagement movement will be considered including: how to build campus cultures and contexts that foster:
- civic ethos,
- civic literacy and skill building,
- civic inquiry,
- civic action, and
- civic agency
These threads and others will be revisited in plenary and concurrent sessions that ask participants to deepen their thinking with an eye toward institutional change and action aimed at systematically enhancing civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education. Participants will be engaged throughout the meeting in helping to refine and define our emergent theory of change as we consider together how to move our work forward.
Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through engaging plenary sessions, informative general interest sessions, interactive workshops, research and program-based poster sessions, roundtable discussions as well as in working groups and in informal expert led forums.
The meeting begins for all attendees in the early morning of Thursday, June 8th and ends on Saturday, June 10th at approximately 3 p.m. Pre-conference workshops and meetings are planned for Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 9 a.m. Please plan on arriving in Baltimore no later than Wednesday, June 7th (Tuesday, June 6th for pre-conference participants). You can plan to depart Baltimore on Saturday in the late afternoon; know that the conference hotel rate will be available June 6th and extended through Sunday, June 11, for those who would like to stay longer to explore the city of Baltimore and/or nearby Washington, D.C.
Register by May 25, 2017.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. New Jersey cultural heritage institutions with digital collections (and those in the process of establishing such collections) should save June 14, 2017 for an exploratory symposium regarding the establishment of a DPLA “Service Hub” for New Jersey content.
The symposium will include a discussion of the preliminary results of a statewide DPLA survey to be conducted in March-April 2017. Nationally recognized speakers will cover a variety of topics related to developing a state digital hub. Attendees will learn how New Jersey institutions can participate in the project, and how DPLA can be used at their home institutions.
Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Location: Monmouth County Library, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726
Cost: Free. Lunch will be provided.
To register and for more information, please visit: http://www.njstatelib.org/dpla
Keynote Speaker: Rita DiMatteo
Llewellyn Park Historical Society
Rita DiMatteo is the co-author of Postcards from Llewellyn Park along with noted photographer and visual artist Bill Westheimer. DiMatteo will discuss the origins and development of the first private community in the U.S., including community and landscape design, neighborhood life in the mid 1800s, the area’s significance as home to Thomas Edison and other influential residents, as well as efforts to preserve the integrity of its common parkland and historic structures. Q&A and book signing to follow the talk.
Luncheon & Business Meeting
Presentation of the John Cotton Dana Award
Every other year this award is presented to an outstanding museum professional who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of New Jersey museums. Mr. Dana, who founded the Newark Museum in 1909, was a pioneer in his belief that museums should strive to become stronger and more enriching presence in people’s lives. His progressive philosophy regarding the educational and community service roles of museums still holds true today.
Tours of Glenmont Estate
Spend an afternoon exploring Glenmont, the estate of Thomas and Mina Edison. Thomas Edison purchased this grand estate for his new bride, Mina Miller Edison, in 1886. It is here that the Edisons raised their children and entertained friends, family, and Edison business associates.
Door Prize: Museum Swag Bag!
Who doesn’t love museum swag? All attendees will be entered for a chance to win a basket full of New Jersey museum gifts, keepsakes, and surprises. New members get an extra chance to win!
Member registration is now open; nonmember registration opens May 1. Limited capacity – register early!