50 Years After the Revolution: New Perspectives on 1968 @ Faculty House, Columbia University
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm

Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Lehman Center for American History, and the History Department are hosting a two-day conference to consider the 50th anniversary of the global upheavals of 1968.
From Morningside Heights to Mexico City, Czechoslovakia to China, Paris to Tokyo, the yearlong crises of 1968 linked world communities in a unique and epochal series of dramatic confrontations. The repercussions are still being felt.

The conference will feature scholars, activists, and current students, focusing on a series of major questions related to the events of 1968, including the Media, Global Cities in Crisis, and Alternative forms of Political Activism.

This will culminate a semester of activities related to the 50th anniversary of 1968 that include courses in multiple departments, a speaker and film series, and an exhibition in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Hazardous Objects: Function, Materiality, and Context @ Visual Resource Center at the University of Delaware
Apr 27 @ 4:30 pm – Apr 28 @ 5:30 pm

The 15th Material Culture Symposium begins Friday, April 27, at 4:30pm in the Visual Resource Center (OLC 211) at the University of Delaware with a conversation between the keynote speaker, Dr. Matthews David, and the audience facilitated by Dr. Zara Anishanslin. Matthews David will discuss her new book Unraveling Crime, which investigates the theme of crime and clothing as weapon, evidence, and disguise. Following the conversation, there will be a light reception.

The symposium continues on Saturday, April 28, at 8:45 am at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library with presentations by twelve emerging scholars on a diverse set of material culture topics. This year the four panels explore hazardous archives, environments, materiality, and objects. The symposium, co-sponsored by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Museum, gives a platform for emerging scholars working with material culture to present on innovative and interdisciplinary work.

Irish Hunger Monument Installation and Spring Cleanup @ St. Vincent's Cemetery
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Please consider volunteering with the Friends of St. Vincent Cemetery on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

9:00 am – Rake and spread grass seed on a small newly cleared area of the cemetery.  

11:30 am – Celebrate the installation of the Irish Hunger Memorial Gravestone.  

Bill Fahey of the Committee for Commemoration of Irish Famine Victims donated the Irish Hunger Memorial Gravestone to St. Vincent CemeteryThe Irish Hunger Memorial Gravestone is to honor all immigrant victims of the Irish famine who are buried in unmarked graves

The commemorative gravestone is currently held in safekeeping at the Irish Railroad Workers Museum.  The Museum officials will assist in moving the Irish Hunger Memorial gravestone to St. Vincent Cemetery for installation on April 28th at 11:30 am.

37th Annual Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference
May 2 – May 5 all-day
Crossroads’ The Art of Period Trades and Crafts Workshop Series @ East Jersey Old Town Village
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Crossroads is excited to partner with Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, Division of Historic Sites and History Services to bring you our 2018 spring Heritage Partner Professional Development Conference, “The Art of Period Trades and Crafts,” on Thursday, May 3 at 10am at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway, NJ!

The first in this new series, this conference will feature presentations and hands-on workshops with experts in trades and crafts of the 18th century.

The layout of this event will be similar to Crossroads’ fall 2017 workshop. We will have two morning presentations, followed by lunch and then hands-on workshops in the afternoon. Our morning presentations will feature: Douglas Aumack on medical and surgical practices of the 18th century, and Susan McLellan Plaisted and an additional speaker to be announced, on prepping your site and/or yourself for live demonstrations such as hearth cooking, musket fire and cannon fire, overnight encampments, and other authentic 18th century activities that involve permits and certifications.

The afternoon hands-on workshops will be hosted by Shaun Pekar, Sharon Goodman, R.B. Bartgis, and Nichole Gerding. The topics that will be presented include beginner and intermediate knitting techniques, 18th century handwriting, men’s and women’s shoes, and colonial candlemaking.

Please join us for a crafty day of fun. Lunch is INCLUDED!

Below is the schedule for May 3. Space is limited to 64 people. Please note that some of the hands-on workshops have an upcharge of $20 because they come with kits. Also, the knitting workshop will feature a beginner class and an intermediate class. Please make sure to select the one that best fits you.

The price of this one day conference is $30 and includes both morning presentations, lunch and the choice of two afternoon workshops.

Here is the schedule for Thursday, May 3, 2018


Douglas Aumack, Resource Interpretive Specialist at the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, Division of Historic Sites and History Services

Presentation- “Bleed, Purge, Saw; Medicine and Surgery in the 18th Century”- Learn about the bloody interesting sources of 18th century medical care, ending with a step by step process of amputation.

Susan McLellan Plaisted, Proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Presentation- “Navigating the 21st Century’s Legal Requirements for 18th Century Trades and Crafts Demonstrations”- Prepping your site and/or yourself for live demonstrations such as hearth cooking, musket fire and cannon fire, overnight encampments, and other authentic 18th century activities that involve permits and certifications. Additional speaker to be announced.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS- (**When registering pick two. Some workshops include an additional fee to cover materials.)

Workshop- 18th Century Handwriting- presented by R.B. Bartgis, Conservator Technician at a national institution, student at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and independent scholar in the history of bookbinding and the material culture of literacy

18th Century Handwriting- In this workshop participants will learn to cut a quill pen and practice the basics of the round and running hands using 18th century copy phrases with iron gall ink in their own “ciphering books.” By the end of the class they will write a short letter from a period writing manual, fold it, and seal it using wax or a wafer. Students will take home a pen, notebook, ink, and letter, all suitable for living history settings. R.B. Bartgis will also give a brief overview of writing education in colonial America and differences in era, region, race, gender, and class, and have a display of materials relating to stationers goods, ink manufacturing, different kinds of 18th century bindings, reproductions of 18th century writing manuals, and modern scholarly works on writing pedagogy.

**This workshop has an upcharge of $20 for materials. Each kit will include a hand-bound pamphlet-sewn blank practice book, glass bottle of wax-sealed iron gall ink, inkwells and iron gall ink, pen knives, pounce, wafer seals, sealing wax, additional pre-cut quill pens.

Workshop- Colonial Knitting Knacks- presented by Sharon Goodman, Colonial Historical Interpreter and Educator, member of and manager of operations for NJ History Alive bringing to life the rich history of revolutionary NJ through unique programs such as ‘Colonial Technology’ and interpreting Colonial Life in East Jersey Old Town Village

Colonial Knitting Knacks- Each class will begin with an interesting history of knitting from earliest evidence to modern times with an emphasis on 18th and early 19th century. **This workshop has an upcharge of $20 for materials. Each kit will include knitting needles, wool, yarn darning needle and clear instructions to take home to complete your project.

First level (Beginner) knitters’ session- Perfect for those who have never knit but would like to learn and those who learned (and then forgot)! We will work together on the basics of how to create stitches, knit them, and finish them. Each participant will be given a set of single point knitting needles, wool, yarn darning needle and clear instructions to take home and complete their scarf project.

Second level (Intermediate) knitters’ session- Just right for those who know the knit stitch and would like to add to their skill! We will work together knitting in the round on double pointed needles and use simple increase/decrease techniques and perhaps learn a few trade secrets as we progress. Each participant will be given a set of double point knitting needles, wool, yarn darning needle and clear instructions to take home and complete their monmouth cap project.

Workshop- 18th Century Men’s and Women’s Shoes- presented by Shaun Pekar, Proprietor of S. Pekar Shoe and Accoutrement Maker, Professional Cordwainer, Accoutrement Maker, and former Artificer Shoemaker at Fort Ticonderoga

18th Century Men’s and Women’s Shoes- Walk through the process of shoemaking with Shaun as he shows off men’s shoes at various stages of completion and demonstrates key aspects of the trade as a Cordwainer. He specializes in men’s shoes but will also talk about women’s shoes in his presentation.

Workshop- 18th Century Candlemaking- presented by Nichole Gerding, 18th Century Food Historian, Domestic Skills Interpreter, and Proprietress of Thankful Sage Farm School

18th Century Candlemaking- Candle making is a craft as old as civilization itself. Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School discusses Early American history, tools, and common early methods of candle making and demonstrates how to make small batch candles with organic and local ingredients. Whether a seasoned artisan or a budding enthusiast, this workshop offers something for everyone interested in the heritage art of making candles. There will be a hands on demonstration of dipping beeswax tapers.

Landscapes of Conflict: Battlefield Preservation @ Historical Society of Princeton
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This day-long workshop will examine national, state, county, and municipal efforts at recognizing and preserving America’s fields of conflict. Using camps, fortifications, and battlefields of the American Revolution as case studies, the day will include a morning of presentations from historians, archaeologists, and county planners. Topics will include (1) an overview of national movement for battlefield preservation, (2) battlefield preservation on the state/county/municipality level, including heritage areas, and specific battlefield studies, such as Trenton, Red Bank, Princeton, Brandywine, and others, (3) use of archaeology in battlefield studies, and (4) the role of community in battlefield preservation, including study, inventory, awareness, stewardship, and heritage tourism.

Visionary Historian Award and 124th Anniversary Celebration @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Visionary Historian Award is presented to an individual whose lifetime body of work represents the highest achievement in the study of Washington, D.C. history. Join us as Lonnie Bunch III presents the 2018 award to Howard Gillette, Ph.D. Celebrate 124 years of collecting and interpreting D.C. history by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Howard Gillette, Ph.D., Author of Between Justice and Beauty: Race, Planning, and the Failure of Urban Policy in Washington, D.C. and co-author with Frederic Miller of Washington Seen: A Photographic History, 1875-1965.

Anyone engaged in the study and presentation of D.C. history today is the direct beneficiary of the ground-breaking scholarship of Howard Gillette. During 29 years at George Washington University, this distinguished historian and exemplar of civic engagement helped transform the “great white men” school of D.C. history into today’s diverse and inclusive discipline. He mentored hundreds of students, established the Center for Washington Area Studies, co-founded the Annual Conference on D.C. History, and published dozens of articles and edited volumes in addition to the award-winning Between Justice and Beauty. As a dedicated supporter of the Historical Society, he has served on the board of trustees and was the second editor of Washington History magazine.

Previous recipients of the Visionary Historian Award include Kathryn Schneider Smith, Dr. James M. Goode, Lonnie Bunch III, and Dr. Frank Smith. The honorees for the 7th Annual Making D.C. History Awards, set for September 2018, will be announced at the conclusion of the program.

Ticket price includes drinks, hors-d’oeuvres, and desserts. Proceeds support the mission and operations of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., a non-profit educational organization.

Parking: Parking is limited. The Convention Center is a short walk from Mt. Vernon Square and Gallery Place metro stops, and across the street from D4, 70, 74, and DC Circulator bus stops.

“Activism & Art: The Cantonsville Nine, 50 Years Later” Exhibit Opening Reception @ Maryland Historical Society
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Activism & Art: the Catonsville Nine Fifty Years Later” is an exhibit that will examine one of the most iconic and written-about acts of political protest in 20th century American history. On May 17, 1968, nine Catholics entered the Selective Service office in Catonsville, Maryland, destroyed draft files in protest of the Vietnam War, and waited peacefully to be arrested. Utilizing the artwork of Catonsville Nine participant Tom Lewis, as well as historic photographs and materials, video from the award-winning 2013 documentary Hit & Stay, and other materials, this exhibit will explore their motivations, consider the consequences of their action, and contextualize this protest in our present turbulent political climate.


Queer Newark Oral History Boot Camp @ Newark Public Library, 4th Floor Auditorium
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Queer Newark Oral History Bootcamp will cover key issues, such as: How does one plan an oral history project? What are some of the best practices for formulating interview questions? How does one identify a narrator? What are some of the ethical considerations that oral historians face when creating oral history projects? This will be an interactive, hands-on workshop.

The workshop is open to students, researchers, and community members. Breakfast will be provided, at no charge to participants. 

Telling (Untold) Histories Unconference @ Newark Public Library, Centennial Hall
May 17 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

Every place, every person, and every object has a history, but not all histories are told.

Telling Untold Histories – New Jersey’s annual unconference that looks for human stories yet to be told – explores these histories and asks why some stories remain untold. Our theme for this year is sanctuary spaces. How can our institutions be sanctuary spaces for diverse communities?