Public History Boot Camp

Public History Boot Camp is a training initiative offering low-cost, high-quality workshops on current scholarship and essential skills for public history professionals. Initiated in 2013, our boot camp programs have been featured in Public History News and at national professional conferences.

Upcoming Workshops:

What Funders Want: A Workshop for History Organizations
October 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Washington’s Headquarters, Morristown, NJ*

The fundraising landscape can be a bit of a mystery. What is the difference between a private foundation and a family foundation? What about government grants? And how do corporations fit into the mix? Whether you have a great idea for an exhibit or you want to work with a neighborhood organization on an outreach project, if your building needs a new HVAC system or you want to develop a strategic plan, there could be funding out there to support these kinds of endeavors. Join us on October 10 at Washington’s Headquarters to hear from some of New Jersey’s top funders about the types of projects they fund and what priorities they are currently pursuing. Learn about the different types of grant funding available to history organizations and how to begin to identify the right kind of funder for your project. Panelists include Sara Cureton, Director, the New Jersey Historical Commission; Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants and Programs, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities; Dorothy Guzzo, Executive Director, New Jersey Historic Trust; Sharnita Johnson, Program Director, Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; William Byrnes, Vice President  of Grants, The Kirby Foundation; and Craig Weinrich, Director of Member Services, the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. The workshop will conclude with a networking lunch.

This conversation with funders is 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 for the Humanities.

*People with mobility or accessibility issues should park in the small upper lot.


Historic Preservation Workshops

Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, Their Investigation and Reproduction

1-day workshop
November 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
South AB, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden

Historic architecture is known to us in primary source materials through drawings or early black-and-white photography.  What’s missing is color and the finishing of a building that makes all the difference in its appearance. Through lectures and hands-on lab work, workshop participants will learn what traditional paints were made of, how they were used, and ways to investigate the finishes history of a building.



Previous Workshops:

Interpretive Planning for Historic Sites and Museums: Why, What, and How

Historic Wood Window Restoration, Identification, and Maintenance

Find Your Perfect Match: Grantmakers and History Organizations, Perfect Together

Cemeteries and Historic Preservation: Workshop and Tour of The Woodlands and Mount Moriah Cemetery

Preservation in Practice: A Primer for Historic Preservation Commissions

Public Conversations, Advocacy, and Disability Rights: The Role of History in Promoting Dialogue and Social Change

Accessible Museums, Accessible Objects: Interpreting the Material Culture of Disability for Contemporary Audiences

Make the Most of Your Historic District: Workshop and Tour of Camden’s Cooper Street

Getting Your Historic House (Museum) in Order: Foundation Documents for Managing Your Historic Property

User Experience for Public Historians

Assessing Your Collection: New Jersey’s CAPES and Artifact Assessment Program


Pinterest for History Organizations

New Views on Immigration and Diversity for History Organizations