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. The Center:

  • Advances understanding and appreciation of regional identity through research, training, communication, and public programming;
  • Connects humanities organizations to each other and to their communities;
  • Informs discourse among policymakers, educators, community leaders, and the media; and
  • Communicates a meaningful sense of place to create a picture of the Mid-Atlantic region as a locus of American diversity, past and present.

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.

Office Location

Find us in 325 Cooper Street, our new home as of August 2016. Our mailing address remains with the Rutgers-Camden History Department, 429 Cooper Street, Camden NJ 08102.


Charlene Mires, Director
Professor, Department of History
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
429 Cooper Street
Camden, New Jersey 08102-1403
Email (preferred): cmires@camden.rutgers.edu
Phone: 856.225-6069
Fax: 856.225-6602

Tamara Gaskell
Public Historian in Residence and Co-Editor of The Public Historian
Rutgers University
Camden, NJ 08102
Email: tamara.gaskell@rutgers.edu
Phone: 856-225-6878
Fax: 856-225-6806

Tyler Hoffman, Associate Director
Professor, Department of English
Rutgers University
Camden, NJ 08102
Email: thoffman@camden.rutgers.edu
Phone: 856-225-6615
Fax: 856-857-0846

Lucy Davis, Digital Media Coordinator

Mikaela Maria and Sharece Blakney, Programs Assistants

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

Sabrina Gonzalez-Morabito, Office/Research Assistant

Cross Ties  Website

  • Linda Shopes, Contributing Editor
  • Hosted by Rutgers-Camden


Founding Directors

  • Howard Gillette
  • Morris J. Vogel

Historic Preservation Program Advisory Committee

  • Jonathan Burton, Executive Director, Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks
  • Glenn A. Ceponis, Principal Historic Preservation Specialist, New Jersey Historic Trust
  • 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
  • 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 Director, Undergraduate Urban Studies Program, Rutgers University­–Camden
  • Charlene Mires, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities and Professor of History, Rutgers University–Camden
  • Jack O’Byrne, Executive Director, Camden County Historical Society and Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum
  • Miranda Powell, Arts Education & Community Arts Program Assistant, Rutgers University–Camden Center for the Arts
  • Bob Russell, Preservation Architect, Holt, Morgan Russell Architects
  • Andrea Tingey, Principal Historic Preservation Specialist, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

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