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Art & Architecture on Historic Cooper Street @ Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rain date: Sunday, October 8
Be inspired by the artists of Picturing Camden and the history that unfolded on Cooper Street! Join us for a walking tour of historic Cooper Street and the surrounding public art in Camden, NJ. Bring along your sketchbooks, cameras, watercolors, and journals to capture your own version of Camden and its many scenic treasures as you learn about the street’s inhabitants and how Camden and the street changed over time. Sites will include Johnson Library & Park, historic homes of Cooper Street, and several others along the way. We will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building to take a brief look at the exhibition before heading out on the town. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Drawing materials will be available if needed. Please reserve your spot with Miranda Powell @ 856-225-6202 or This tour is co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities’ historic preservation continuing education program.


Telling Untold Histories Mini-Unconference in the Ironbound @ Van Buren Library
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

You know the Ironbound better than anyone – its rich history, its vibrant culture, its many stories. You know the Ironbound because you ARE the Ironbound and your story is waiting to be told. Rutgers-Newark’s Newest Americans project, along with Telling Untold Histories and the Newark Public Library, is proud to host the first-ever Ironbound “Unconference.” This is an opportunity for all who know and love the Ironbound to help create an educational tour of the neighborhood – the can’t-miss places, the must-know people and the untold stories. Come share with everyone what makes this place so special because no one knows the Ironbound better than you.

Historic Preservation Workshop: Interpretive Planning for Historic Sites and Museums: Why, What, and How @ Alice Paul Institute
Oct 7 all-day

What is interpretive planning? Essentially it combines all the elements that create an optimal visitor experience at a historic site, exhibition, or museum. At this workshop we will consider the interpretive planning process and discuss the various elements that are included in an interpretive plan. We will discuss experiences that participants have had—both positive and negative—in visiting historic sites or exhibitions, and we will apply these experiences to an interactive session based on a current exhibition installed at the Alice Paul Institute. Participants will learn why interpretive planning should be an essential part of any strategic or master planning exercise at a historic and/or cultural institution.

Instructor: Page Talbott
Dates: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Alice Paul Institute, Mount Laurel, NJ
Cost: $60
Credits: .5 CEUs

Dr. Page Talbott is a senior fellow at the Center for Cultural Partnerships at Drexel University and is the principal consultant at Talbott Exhibits and Planning. From 2013 to June 2016, she served as president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Among her career highlights are her role as associate director of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary and chief curator of Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, the international traveling exhibition commemorating the anniversary of Franklin’s 300th birthday (2003–2008), and the creation of the content for the Benjamin Franklin Museum at Franklin Court, which opened in August 2013. She has also served as senior project manager to assist the Barnes Foundation with its collection move from Merion to Philadelphia; consulting curator for 15 years for Moore College of Art & Design; consultant for the Philadelphia documentary company History Making Productions; and planning consultant for dozens of historical organizations including Historic Morven, the Lancaster County Historical Society, and Historic Germantown. Dr. Talbott is the author and editor of several books and monographs, as well as dozens of articles on a variety of topics, ranging from American fine and decorative arts to cultural history. She has lectured and taught extensively, on a variety of topics. Dr. Talbott holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MA from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and an MA and PhD in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.

Public History Boot Camp: What Funders Want: A Workshop for History Organizations @ Washington's Headquarters
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.)
Location: Washington’s Headquarters, Morristown NJ
Cost: $25 (includes lunch)

The fundraising landscape can be a bit of a mystery. What is the difference between a private foundation and a family foundation? What about government grants? And how do corporations fit into the mix? Whether you have a great idea for an exhibit or you want to work with a neighborhood organization on an outreach project, if your building needs a new HVAC system or you want to develop a strategic plan, there could be funding out there to support these kinds of endeavors.

Join us on October 10 at Washington’s Headquarters to hear from some of New Jersey’s top funders about the types of projects they fund and what priorities they are currently pursuing. Learn about the different types of grant funding available to history organizations and how to begin to identify the right kind of funder for your project.

Panelists include Sara Cureton, Director, the New Jersey Historical Commission; Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants and Programs, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities; Sharnita Johnson, Program Director, Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; William Byrnes, Vice President  of Grants, The Kirby Foundation; and Nina Stack, CEO, the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. The workshop will conclude with a networking lunch.

This conversation with funders is sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, the New Jersey Historic Trust, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting @ Lackawanna Historical Society
Oct 12 – Oct 14 all-day

The Lackawanna Historical Society will host the 2017 PHA Annual Meeting from October 12 – 14, 2017. Conference sites will include the Catlin House, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Heritage Room of the University of Scranton Library, and Steamtown National Historic Site. While proposals on all aspects of Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history are encouraged, the program committee invites submissions on the theme, “Public Histories of the Mid- Atlantic,” which explores the many ways in which the public engages with the past.  Local Arrangements Chair Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus and Program Committee Chair Silad Chamberlin look forward to welcoming you to the conference.


Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Meeting 2017 @ Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Oct 19 – Oct 21 all-day

Focused on the continuing MAAM theme to push the envelope, “Making Museums Matter: From Advocacy to Action” will address the centrality of audience and communities to the success of our institutions during changing times.  Pittsburgh’s renaissance from a rust-belt city to an urban center of thriving ethnic neighborhoods, progressive philanthropy, “good eats,” and great museums and cultural institutions, is the perfect setting to enter into conversation and debate about the challenges and opportunities of the coming months.  Watch the MAAM website early this spring for a call for session proposals for the conference in Pittsburgh.  MAAM turns 70 in Pittsburgh, so there will be plenty to celebrate and reflect upon during this landmark conference. 

The Course of Empires: American-Italian Cultural Relations, 1770–1980 @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Oct 19 – Oct 20 all-day
28th Annual MAPACA Conference @ Sonesta Philadelphia Hotel
Nov 9 @ 2:06 pm – Nov 12 @ 3:06 pm
Historic Preservation Workshop: Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, Their Investigation and Reproduction @ South AB, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden
Nov 11 all-day

Historic architecture is known to us in primary source materials through drawings or early black-and-white photography.  What’s missing is color and the finishing of a building that makes all the difference in its appearance. Through lectures and hands-on lab work, workshop participants will learn what traditional paints were made of, how they were used, and ways to investigate the finishes history of a building.

Instructor: Janet W. Foster
Dates: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: South AB, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden
Cost: $75
Credits: .6 CEUs

Janet W. Foster is an architectural historian and historic preservation consultant with over 30 years of experience. She studied at the Columbia University Historic Preservation Program and then founded Acroterion, a preservation consulting firm, in 1983. At Acroterion, she had the opportunity to study hundreds of buildings in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania through preparation of National Register nominations, Historic Structures Reports, historic buildings surveys, paint analysis, and other projects. Ms. Foster is a noted teacher and lecturer on historic architecture, with a particular specialization in historic paint colors and the use of books and magazines to transmit architectural ideas in 19th-century America. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.

Pennhurst and the Struggle for Disability Rights: A Commemoration @ Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


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Historic Preservation Workshop: Historic Wood Window Restoration, Identification, and Maintenance 9:00 am
Historic Preservation Workshop: Historic Wood Window Restoration, Identification, and Maintenance @ Indian King Tavern
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Windows are a particularly important defining feature of architectural style. Rarely do we describe a building without reference to the type of window and its placement on the elevations of the house. This workshop will introduce participants to window styles