Public History Boot Camp: New Views on Immigration and Diversity for History Organizations

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While this workshop is over, MARCH expects to offer future workshops on this and similar topics.

A half-day workshop, offered by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden, will help attendees learn about the vibrant history of immigration and diversity in South Jersey and the Philadelphia region.

When: December 12, 2013, 9:45am-2:15pm

Where: Camden County Historical Society

Additional Information:

In this workshop, you will learn how to connect your local historic site, museum, or historical society with larger issues of immigration and diversity, helping you to see what’s significant about your site and how you can expand on it for new audiences. In an interactive session, you will be given tools to think creatively about how to gather new stories that can be used to inform tours, exhibits, or public programs. A case study of a successful South Jersey history project will help put the pieces together and offer best practices (and some warnings!) about creating innovative public history projects.

Who should attend: Historic site, society and museum administrators, curators, interpreters, board members, and friends group members.

Attendees will receive: $50 stipend, lunch, a chance to have a free one-on-one consultation with a historian at your site, a free book, Camaraderie, Inspiration.

Funding for the Public History Boot Camp is provided by the 1772 Foundation.


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Dr. Domenic Vitiello, University of Pennsylvania will speak on Immigration Trends in the Philadelphia Region and South Jersey

Domenic Vitiello is assistant professor of city planning and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His scholarship on migration compares the experiences of diverse migrant and receiving communities, their civic organizations and neighborhoods, in the twentieth century and today. Domenic has written books and articles on the history of Philadelphia and other U.S. cities, and has studied immigrant housing and community economic development in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South Korea, and West Africa. He has served on the steering committee of Metropolis International, the leading forum for research and policy debates on international migration and immigrant integration; and he has worked with numerous immigrant organizations in Philadelphia, including serving on the boards of JUNTOS and the African Cultural Alliance of North America. Domenic is associate editor for immigration for the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia project.

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Dr. Andrew Urban, Rutgers University will lead a session on Historical Methods for Researching Immigration

Andy Urban is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He received his PhD in History from the University of Minnesota in 2009, and previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow with the Transforming Community Project at Emory University. His forthcoming book manuscript, The Empire of the Home: Race, Domestic Labor, and the Political Economy of Servitude in the United States, 1850-1920 (NYU Press, 2015), examines the recruitment and contract of African Americans, Asian immigrants, and European immigrants as domestic servants, and explores how policies, laws, and cultural attitudes concerning the freedom of mobility and labor created a labor market for an occupation that was stigmatized in the minds of native-born, white Americans. In addition to his work on migration, race, gender, and labor, his research and teaching interests also include public and legal history, the digital humanities, and the cultural history of American landscapes and monuments. In 2012, he co-edited an issue of the Radical History Review on the relationship between public humanities work and critical histories of the law. His articles have also appeared in journals such as American Studies, Gender and History, and The Journal of Policy History.

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Dr. James Turk will speak about the 7 Steps to Freedom Project as a Case Study

With 39 years of experience working for and with cultural and educational organizations, non-profits, and government agencies, Jim Turk has established a consultancy focusing on organizational planning and governance, program development, research and curatorial services, marketing and grantwriting. He served as Director of Cultural Affairs & Tourism Information Services for the County of Salem, where his programs were cited for excellence by the NJ State Council on the Arts and NJ Historical Commission. During his tenure, Salem County was first in NJ in growth of tourism expenditures in 2011. Prior to this position, he was Curator of Cultural History at the New Jersey State Museum, where he was responsible for exhibition and program planning, research, implementation and evaluation, grantwriting, collaborative programs with other state agencies, and constituent services.





  • Registration: 9:45-10:15
  • Speakers: 10:30-12:45
  • Lunch and Lightning Problem Solving: 12:45-1:45
  • Wrap-up and evaluation: 1:45-215


Dr. Domeni Vitiello’s presentation The Peopling of Greater Philadelphia.
Certificate of Residence
Dr. Andy Urban’s presentation Historical Methods of Researching Immigration.
Dr. Jim Turk "7 Steps to Freedom," on the Underground Railroad in Salem County
Dr. Jim Turk “7 Steps to Freedom,” the Underground Railroad in Salem County