The American Philosophical Society will host a discussion with Brendan McConville on his new book “The Brethren: A Story of Faith and Conspiracy in Revolutionary America” on May 24 at 7 pm at Washington Crossing Historic Park, Washington Crossing, PA.
The Brethren were a group of North Carolina farmers who devised a plan to assassinate leading patriots in the colony because they feared “enlightened” deist principles would be enshrined in the state constitution and displace their Protestant faith. Throughout the book, McConville traces the Brethren as they drew up plans for violent action. In the summer of 1777, Patriot militiamen threatened to arrest the Brethren as British sympathizers. In response, the Brethren tried to spread false rumors of a slave insurrection in hopes of gaining loyalist support. A disaffected insider denounced the movement to authorities and many members of the Brethren were put on trial as a result.
As part of a larger Southern movement of conscription resistance, the conspiracy offers a complexity of public opinion regarding the American Revolution. The Brethren thought Patriot leaders threatened their religious freedom when in reality both religious freedom and individual liberty were and still are ascribed to the Founding generation.
The New Jersey Association of Museums will hold its annual meeting on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton and will also be available online through Zoom for those unable to meet in person.
The program includes a discussion with keynote speaker, Susie Wilkening of Wilkening Consulting, who will share data from a nationwide study on visitors exploring museums’ role in society. The remainder of the program will include breakout sessions “What’s Your Museum’s Brand?” and “Broadening Museum Audiences: Recruiting Young People as Museum Stakeholders,” networking opportunities, and an optional tour of Morven.
The NJAM is a non-profit membership organization that has been serving museum professionals and arts, history, and science institutions in the state of New Jersey since 1973. NJAM strives to benefit members by: facilitating the exchange of information through educational and networking opportunities, increasing and enhancing knowledge of best practices in museums, and advocating on behalf of New Jersey museums.
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The New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference: “Building a Place for History: Rediscovery and Renewal” will take place on June 3, 2022, at the Trenton War Memorial in Trenton.
Conference highlights include welcoming remarks by Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver and keynote speaker, Dr. Erica Avrami, preservationist, planner, and the James Marston Fitch Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. There will also be a choice of classroom sessions and tours of Trenton and the surrounding areas, marketplace sponsor and vendor exhibits, and a closing reception at the Old Barracks Museum. For additional information on the speakers, sessions, sponsors, and registration, click here.
The New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference is an annual state-wide educational and networking opportunity for history and historic preservation professionals and volunteers in the fields of architecture, planning, heritage site and museum management, public history, archaeology, students, and more.
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia hosts its Preservation Achievement Awards on Wednesday, June 8 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. in person at VIE. The awards presentation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner.
The Public Service Award for preservation in the public interest will be awarded to Dolly Marshall, a student at Rutgers University, Camden for her work with the Mt. Peace Cemetery Association.
The Preservation Alliance’s core mission is to protect historic places and build stimulating programs and opportunities that excite and instill the values of historic preservation throughout the community. For sponsorship opportunities, click here.
Tickets are required to attend this event. To purchase tickets, click here.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. and include the presentation of the inaugural Stanley N. Katz Prize for Excellence in the Public Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities and state humanities councils were formed to democratize knowledge and to share the joy of the humanities widely. The NJCH applies this notion as central to its founding in 1972.