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From the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection:
As part of New Jersey’s celebration of National Preservation Month, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council have awarded the 23rd Annual Historic Preservation Awards. The awards honor projects and groups or individuals dedicated to preserving New Jersey’s history. Read more.
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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Mandi Magnuson-Hung, PubComm13 Committee Chair with Rutgers-Camden graduates preparing to give walking tours of Historic Cooper Street in Camden, New Jersey. (Photo: Charlene Mires)
On April 26, 2013, graduate students and professionals in the public humanities participated in the third annual Public History Community Forum—PubComm13. This year’s event was held at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey in the Cooper Street Library in Johnson Park. Participants toured historic Cooper Street before the lunchtime keynote address. A series of roundtable discussions and a large group Q&A closed the day.
After a brief introduction by Mandi Magnuson-Hung, Chair, PubComm planning committee, participants walked the streets of Historic Camden with six MA public history students from Rutgers-Camden. Over the course of the semester the students researched and wrote the tours, presenting them for the first time that day. The tours touched on a number of themes including architecture, industrialization and urbanization, Camden’s medical history, and youth and education.
For those unable to attend PubComm13 or interested in learning more about Camden, please visit the Cooper Street website http://cooperstreet.wordpress.com/
Dr. Howard Gillette, Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers-Camden. (Photo: Charlene Mires)
Dr. Howard Gillette, Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers-Camden and preeminent Camden scholar offered a thoughtful keynote on not only the history of Camden but its present as well. He spoke at length on the built environment of the city and how we might use the existing fabric of Camden to understand our historical context. He urged everyone to simply “take a walk,” noting that you can begin to imagine positive steps for the future of Camden by simply getting out in the city.
The majority of the day was spent engaged in “Pubic Humanities Speed Dating”—PHSD. For two hours twelve public humanities professionals and thirty-eight attendees met in a series of informal roundtables. Speakers represented the vastness of public history; consultants, archivists, public historians, site administrators and others fielded questions from students and professionals alike. No topic was off-limits, though most discussions kicked off with a brief introduction before exploring the public history issues and themes that mattered to participants.
Paulette Rhone (seated) and Sandy Levins (right) discussed the importance of volunteerism and the ins and outs of historic faux food at their table. (Photo: Charlene Mires)
This year’s speakers:
Howard Gillette, Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers-Camden- Keynote
Tom Foley of Villanova University, Emilie Davis Diaries digital project
Jen Jannofsky of Rowan University and Whitall House
Sandy Levins, Historic Faux Food and Camden County Historical Society
Anita McKelvey, Authentic Philadelphia
Jim Mundy, Director of Education and Programming for the Abraham Lincoln Foundation at the Heritage Center of Union League, Philadelphia
Kris Myers, Director of Programs, Alice Pual Institute
Rosalind Remer and Paige Talbott, Remer & Talbott
Paulette Rhone, The Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery
Mary Rizzo, New Jersey Council for the Humanities
Leslie Watson, Camden Shipyard and Maritime Museum
Rebecca Yamin, historical archaeologist
Speakers unable to attend:
Flavia Alaya, Alaya Associates Cultural Resource Consulting
Mimi Iijima, Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Janet Sheridan, Cultural Heritage Consultant
Michael Tedeschi, Interactive Mechanics
A recurrent theme in the final Q&A was place. What do we know about where we are, how do we find out about where we are, and how do we engage with other people where we are? Historical archaeologist Rebecca Yamin stressed the role historical archaeology has in connecting people to their past and allowing them to have pride in that past. Sandy Levins, Programming and Publicity Director at the Camden County Historical Society and owner of Historic Faux Foods, echoed Dr. Gillette’s message, questioning what we know about the actual neighborhoods in Camden. Rather than focusing on stories in the media we should be striving to understand what the city means to the people “who struggle every day to make a life.”
Rutgers-Camden graduate student Mikaela Maria began her tour on the steps of the Cooper Street Library. (Photo: Charlene Mires)
Looking forward to PubComm14, participants requested more time for Public Humanities Speed Dating and more informal meet & greets throughout the year. Jen Janofsky of the Whitall House and Rowan University suggested adding a workshop component focused on resume building, choosing the right internship, job counseling and self presentation. Mary Rizzo, Associate Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities recommended casting an even broader net to bring in public historians who work in the federal and state arena, in public and private and for-profit and non-profit institutions.
If you have ideas for PubComm14 or would be willing to participate in PHSD or workshop please contact Mandi Magnuson-Hung at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of PubComm’s goals is fostering the diverse and growing public history community and providing opportunities for graduate students and emerging professionals in the region. Not only did graduate students from Rutgers-Camden design PubComm13’s walking tours, but the planning committee was made up of graduate students and emerging professionals as well.
PubComm13 was made possible by the support of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden, and the guidance of Dr. Charlene Mires.
The Camden County Historical Society has named Jason E. Allen as its new Executive Director. Prior to his appointment, Allen served as the director of interpretation at Cliveden. He has also worked at the National Constitution Center, first as the east region coordinator for the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy—PennCord—and later as the Center’s national student programs manager. Allen is a board member of Historians Against Slavery and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation core innovation team. He holds a B.A. in history and education from Montclair State University.
From H-New Jersey:
The Christie Administration announced that Paterson’s Hinchliffe Stadium has been named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The stadium is already listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.
Hinchliffe Stadium opened in 1932 and is one of only two surviving Negro Baseball League home fields in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Hinchliffe is an exceptional example of a Negro League baseball stadium in 20th-century segregated America. It served as home field for teams such as the New York Black Yankees and the New York Cubans. Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, Leroy Satchel Paige and Paterson native Larry Doby all played at Hichliffe Stadium. Hinchliffe hosted the 1933 Colored Championship of the Nation.
Alternatively called “City” Stadium, Hinchliffe was built with public funds at the start of the Great Depression. The stadium also served as a venue for boxing, auto racing and professional football. In the early 1960s Paterson’ schools took ownership of Hinchliffe and enlarged the facility. Despite being in use into the 1990s, Hinchliffe fell into disrepair and was closed at the end of the 1996-97 school year.
Learn more about this historic stadium and the campaign to save Hinchliffe at the Friends of Hinchliffe website.
See a slideshow of Hinchliffe as it appears today at digitalballparks.com.
Watch a 2006 video on the historical significance of Hinchliffe created by Brian LoPinto who grew up in Paterson and is co-founder of the Friends of Hinchcliffe (2006).
Members of the New Jersey Association of Museums are invited to submit nominations for the 2013 John Cotton Dana Ward to be presented Monday, June 10, 2013. The John Cotton Dana award honors professionals who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of New Jersey’s museums. Dana founded the Newark Museum in 1909 and believed that museums could enrich the lives of all people.
Download the nomination guidelines and form (PDF) here. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, May 10, 2013. Send nominations to NJAM, c/o Katie Witzig, GlassRoots, 10 Bleeker St, Newark, NJ 07102 or emailed to email@example.com.
Information on becoming a member of NJAM is available here.
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.
Somerset County Historic Preservation Symposium:
Saturday, April 27, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
40 North Bridge Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
Preserving a historic structure can have a direct economic benefit on a neighborhood by increasing property values, as well as by encouraging the renovation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of other structures in the area. It can also have wider impacts on the entire community by stabilizing and improving economic vitality; educating the public about local history, culture, and architecture; and fostering a sense of civic pride.
The purpose of this open, public symposium is to bring together individuals from throughout New Jersey who have responsibility for planning, zoning, and historic preservation, or who have an interest in preserving and promoting our rich historic resources – and you’re invited!
Participants we will have the opportunity to hear from a number of well-known preservation professionals on issues related to state and local regulations, economic benefits, and available funding. Also on the agenda will be a specific example of a local preservation organization that was able to overcome a number of obstacles to achieve success.
Among the featured speakers will be: Dorothy Guzzo, NJ Historic Trust; Andrea Tingey, NJ Historic Preservation Office; and Wayne McCabe, Preservation Consultant.
The cost of the symposium is $5 per person with advanced payment, and $10 with payment at the door. Advanced payment can be made by mail, or by credit card payment with an online reservation. Make checks payable to Heritage Trail Association and mail to Heritage Trail, 941 East Main St., Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
Call (732) 356-8856 for reservations, or sign up online: register.
From the New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center:
The NJHRIC has announced the launch of its Latino Oral History Collection online. Currently, the collection consists of two projects, The Justice Project and Latino Life Stories. The Justice Project consists of ten oral histories focused on the theme of justice as expressed through the life experiences of prominent Latinos who have focused their efforts in the state of New Jersey while Latino Life Stories contains fifteen oral histories of pioneering leaders from New Jersey’s Latino community.
A third project, Activists Voices, will be made available as funding allows.
As an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, I never take for granted the opportunities that exist to get away from the grind and noise of daily life and head to the woods for some peace and serenity. Notwithstanding its dense population and development, New Jersey has an impressive array of state parks and open space, thus offering ample opportunities for outdoor fun and recreation. Moreover, living in northern Bergen County allows relatively easy access to the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Thankfully, protection of open space for outdoor recreation and getting back in touch with nature has been set aside for public enjoyment in perpetuity. Read more.