Posts Tagged ‘history’
Come and join the particularly enthusiastic Garry Adelman for a photographic tour of the Civil War. Photographs are a key primary source that assist in understanding the conflict; and when grasping the aims and methods of the photographers and pairing their images with modern photos taken at the same place, the impact is even more valuable.
The Civil War was the first war to be extensively photographed. It saw the real birth of photojournalism, technological innovations, the first photos of American dead soldiers and a public impact that cannot be overstated. Through then and now, 3-D and even 4-D techniques, Adelman will present the Civil War in a manner available nowhere else.
The program will take place Thursday, June 13, 2013 – 2:30pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in room 209. We look forward to having you join us. Please feel free to contact Ben Coburn with any questions.
From the National Park Service:
Christine Arato has been named the Regional Historian of the Northeast Region by the National Park Service. Among her goals are forging collaborative partnerships with history practitioners throughout the region, to apply innovations in the field of digital humanities to the NER History Program’s mission and to establish a regional oral history program.
Arato began her position on April 21 at the Northeast Regional Office in Boston. Prior to her appointment she was the service-wide program coordinator for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 Commemoration. She contributed a chapter to the book Born in the U.S.A.: Birth, Commemoration, and American Public Memory (2012, ed. Seth C. Bruggerman) which focused on issues of commemoration at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site.
Arato graduated with honors from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in European History and an interdisciplinary Master degree in the history and anthropology of American religions. As a Student Conservation Association intern, she served as an interpreter at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and as a landscape historian with the Olmsted Center of Landscape Preservation. After Peace Corps service in Morocco, she joined the National Park Service, contributing to planning efforts for New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.
In 2001, Christine accepted her first permanent appointment at John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, where she was the supervisory park ranger. Beginning in 2009, she served as Senior Historian and National Historic Landmarks Program Manager for the NPS’ Southeast Region, and as the acting Chief Historian for that region. She also has held acting assignments in NPS’ Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs and as the superintendent of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, as well as a consultant to the World Bank. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Career Academy for Cultural Resources, the co-leader of the Academy’s Historians’ Initiative, and a founding member the Best Practices working group for the Call to Action’s History Lesson.
The New Jersey Historical Commission has published the Spring issue of New Jersey History. The journal is hosted by Rutgers University Libraries.
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The banks of the Delaware, below the battlefield grounds on which Fort Mercer once stood. Fort Mercer on the New Jersey side and Fort Mifflin on the Pennsylvania side were constructed in 1777 to defend Philadelphia during the American Revolutionary War.
Hiking regularly on the weekends, I am always impressed with how much the general public enjoys the outdoor experience. While each individual has his or her own reasons, the benefits are universal. There is the need to get back in touch with nature so as to spend quality time in the woods while enjoying some solitude. Then there are the health benefits as people seek to burn calories and stay in shape. Regardless of the goal or objective, then, it is clear that enjoying the great outdoors is enjoyed by many. Read more.
The Center for Urban Research and Education at Rutgers-Camden has announced its forthcoming conference, The Challenge of Camden, The Challenge of America, to be held Monday, April 22, 2013, 1-5 pm at the Multi-Purpose Room in the Rutgers Camden Campus Center.
The full schedule is available at ww.camden.rutgers.edu. Registration is available online.
Wendell E. Pritchett, Chancellor, Rutgers-Camden and The Honorable Dana Redd, Mayor, City of Camden will open the conference at 1pm.
The first panel, How Did We Get Here? includes Howard Gillette, Professor Emeritus of History, Rutgers-Camden, Paul Jargowsky, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Urban Research and Education, Rutgers-Cmaden, and Robin Stevens, Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden.
The second panel, Achieving Regional Equity includes Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University, and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor and Director of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program at Harvard University will present the keynote address, “The Challenge of Camden, the Challenge for America.” Read more.
My last post focused on the strong connection between outdoor recreation and education in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. The theme to be examined here are the ongoing efforts to preserve and maintain open space throughout the region so as to ensure that the general public continues to enjoy its environmental, recreational and educational benefits. Just as there are an impressive number of physical sites that demonstrate the region’s historical heritage and natural beauty, there are also a significant number of non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving these critical public resources. As with most non-profits, raising money is a constant endeavor. Read more.
From the American Association for State and Local History:
The AASLH is seeking nominations for its Leadership in History Awards given in recognition of superior and innovative achievements in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history. AASLH accepts nominations for The Award of Merit and The Award of Distinction from which it selects candidates for the Albert B. Corey Award.
If you would like to nominate an organization or person for a Leadership in History award, then complete a Leadership in History Nomination Form and submit it to your AASLH State Leadership Team Leader. Do not send nominations to the AASLH office. A nominee does not have to be an AASLH member to apply and self-nominations are encouraged.
If you would like a form mailed to you, please contact the AASLH office at(615) 320-3203 or by email at email@example.com.
The deadline for submission is March 1 of each year. Please send nomination information to your State Leadership Team Leader. Questions? Contact Bethany Hawkins, AASLH at 615-320-3203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Save Pennsylvania’s Past:
Save Pennsylvania’s Past is entering the second year of its two-year initiative to prepare staff to address the challenges threatening Pennsylvania’s world-class collections through training programs and online resources. Participants who complete all six training programs will receive a Save Pennsylvania’s Past Certificate of Completion. Three training programs, Essential Policies & Procedures for Cultural Institutions; Fundraising for Preservation & Conservation, and Protecting Collections: Disaster Prevention, Planning & Response will be held at eight locations throughout Pennsylvania. Participants can attend sessions in Allentown, Boalsburg, Erie, Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Scranton, and York, Pennsylvania. Location information and addresses are available here.
Search for open sessions and register for training programs at Save Pennsylvania’s Past.
Save Pennsylvania’s Past is led by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), PA Museums, and LYRASIS. The project is supported by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Arthur Ross Foundation, Inc.
The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance is now accepting nominations for its 2013 Authors’ Awards Program.
The program began in 1994 to encourage and celebrate books about New Jersey. Awards are considered in five non-fiction categories: edited works, popular, scholarly, reference, and, reproduction of primary resources. Nominated works should reflect a new understanding of New Jersey’s history and culture, demonstrate evidence of original research in the application of New Jersey resources, and/or reveal new insights into a topic. The work must have appeared in the previous two calendar years: 2011 or 2012. There is no in-state residency requirement for authors, editors, or compilers. Read more.
The Appalachian Trail near Fort Montgomery State Historical Park. (Photo courtesy of the author)
While the New York/New Jersey metropolitan region is well known for its overpopulation, sprawl and congestion, the region remarkably features spectacular state parks that provide outdoor enthusiasts an extensive trail network which traverses picturesque meadows, woodlands, and rugged terrain. Several of these parks also highlight some of the country’s important historical events that contributed to the creation of the United States. Sites such as Fort Montgomery, adjacent to Bear Mountain State Park in New York, brings history alive to the public as a comprehensive trail network meanders through the grounds of the old fort with strategically placed signage helping to explain the struggles and hardships endured by soldiers and civilians alike during the American Revolution. The significance of such public attractions underscores the vital link that exists between the outdoor experience and valuable historical sites insofar as promoting public health and enjoyment while encouraging awareness of past events. Read more.