The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) is a lively co-working center for experiential learning and professional development located in the Cooper Street Historic District at Rutgers-Camden. Across the Mid-Atlantic region, we promote collaboration and innovation in public humanities. Find us at 325 Cooper Street on weekdays or attend one of our events or workshops on and off campus.

What can you do at MARCH?

  • Meet in small groups or find a quiet spot to work on public humanities projects.
    Work on public humanities projects in groups or on your own. Add to your research, writing, and digital skills in collaboration with students, faculty, and professionals.
  • Attend a class or workshop about historic preservation or a live-streamed webinar about trends and issues in public humanities.
  • Undergraduates: Get hands-on experience by enrolling in Public History Practice to build your research, writing, and digital skills with The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia or the Cooper Street Historic District. Periodically, we also offer internships.
  • Graduate students: As funding permits, we offer part-time and project-based employment on public humanities projects both before and after graduation. Build your portfolio to impress future employers.
  • Seasoned and aspiring public humanities professionals: Connect with MARCH and regional colleagues through our CrossTies newsletter and social media. Join us for professional development workshops and watch for news about our co-working affiliates program, currently in development.
  • Organizations and individuals: MARCH Professional Services provides historical consulting services at a reasonable cost to non-profit and community organizations across the Greater Philadelphia area.

Map of the Mid-Atlantic Region
MARCH encompasses the region of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.


Funded initially by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden has developed a multi-centered and highly collaborative approach that brings new vitality to humanities research, programming, training, and communication. Transcending jurisdictional as well as disciplinary boundaries, this effort aims to tap the region’s rich intellectual and cultural resources to forge new strategies for understanding and communicating the nature of the places where we live and their inheritance. We seek to make the whole of the Mid-Atlantic humanities community larger than just the sum of its parts and thus to contribute to civic revitalization.

We use our university base to offer on-site teaching and training opportunities. We consider such training an essential element in preparing and encouraging the next generation of scholars, cultural administrators, archivists, and teachers to enter public humanities work. In addition to identifying new resources for preparing graduate students to enter public humanities fields, we develop projects and services to prepare a range of constituents, from high school and university teachers to life-long learners, including tourists, to take better advantage of existing cultural resources.

Through demonstration projects and cooperation with regional organizations and humanities professionals, MARCH seeks to be a catalyst for change and to improve the quality of life in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Join us in stewardship of the Cooper Street Historic District in Camden.

Understanding the Past

By helping to preserve and interpret the region’s rich heritage, MARCH strengthens community identity, educates visitors, and inspires residents.

Enriching the Present

By documenting regional life in the present and stimulating investment in the humanities, MARCH encourages blending cultural resources protection and economic revitalization.

Building the Future

By training the next generation of humanities professionals, scholars, and the donor community, MARCH supports long-term, sustainable achievement.




Charlene Mires, Director
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Mailing address: 429 Cooper Street
Camden, New Jersey 08102-1403
Email (preferred):
Phone: 856-225-6069

Nicole Skalenko, MARCH Digital Media Coordinator
Jennifer Levy, Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia Digital Media Coordinator

Allie Marchesani, History Fellow

Julie White, Program Assistant (Historic Preservation)

Sharon Smith, Secretary, Department of History at Rutgers-Camden

Public Humanities Faculty Fellows

Spring 2023: Julie Still (Robeson Library)
Fall 2022: William FitzGerald (English), Nate Walker (Philosophy and Religion)
Spring 2022: Kendra Boyd (History), Jillian Sayre (English)
Fall 2021: Keith Green (English), Carol Singley (English)

Cross Ties Newsletter and MARCH Website

  • News by Nicole Skalenko
  • Design and website development by Kate Blair
  • Hosted by Rutgers-Camden


Founding Directors

  • Howard Gillette
  • Morris J. Vogel

Historic Preservation Program Advisory Committee (cumulative list)

  • Jonathan Burton, Executive Director, Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
  • Philippa Campbell, Chair, Historic Preservation, Center City Residents Association (Philadelphia). Current.
  • Donna J. Carney, Director, Citizens Planning Institute, Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Current.
  • Glenn A. Ceponis, Principal Historic Preservation Specialist, New Jersey Historic Trust. Current.
  • Edward Fox, Regional Planning Coordinator, Dept. of Economic Development & Regional Planning, Burlington County Bridge Commission.
  • Patrick Grossi, Advocacy Director, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.
  • Dorothy P. Guzzo, Executive Director, New Jersey Historic Trust. Current.
  • Cory Kegerise, Principal Historic Preservation Specialist, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau for Historic Preservation.
  • Bruce Laverty, Curator of Architecture, Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
  • Lorraine Minnite, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Chair, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University­–Camden.
  • Charlene Mires, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities and Professor of History, Rutgers University–Camden. Current.
  • Jack O’Byrne, Executive Director, Camden County Historical Society and Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum.
  • Miranda Powell, Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Coordinator, Camden County College. Current.
  • Bob Russell, Preservation Architect, Holt, Morgan Russell Architects. Current.
  • Andrea Tingey, Principal Historic Preservation Specialist, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office. Current.

Founding Regional Advisory Council

  • V. Chapman-Smith, National Archives and Records Administration, Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Sara Cureton, New Jersey Historical Commission
  • Nancy Davis, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Joan Hoge-North, Hagley Museum and Library
  • Sharon Ann Holt, Sandy Spring Museum (Md.)
  • Melissa McLoud, Independent Historian (Md.)
  • Linda Norris, Riverhill Partners (N.Y.)
  • Jan Seidler Ramirez, The National September 11 Memorial and Museum
  • Timothy Slavin, Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs
  • Christine W. Ward, New York State Archives
  • Stephanie G. Wolf, McNeil Center, University of Pennsylvania

Miller Lecture Committee (1999-2015)

  • John Alviti
  • Allen Davis
  • Howard Gillette
  • Naomi Miller