Bard Graduate Center: Conserving Active Matter and Richard Tuttle: What Is the Object?
Mar 25 @ 1:30 pm – Jul 10 @ 2:30 pm

The Bard Graduate Center presents Conserving Active Matter and Richard Tuttle: What Is the Object? The exhibitions will both be on display until July 10.

“Conserving Active Matter” explores the activity of matter through objects that span five continents that range from the Paleolithic Period to the present. The exhibition envisions the work of conservation as essential for the lives of the things that sustain us. The Bard Graduate Center also offers an online exhibition for “Conserving Active Matter” that aims to answer questions such as: “what is conservation” and “where is the future of conservation?”

“Richard Tuttle: What Is the Object?” explores the meaning of objects through the eyes of celebrated contemporary American artist Richard Tuttle. Viewers will be able to view, pick up, and hold 75 items drawn from Tuttle’s own collection including metal work, hats, decorative sculptures, vintage fabrics, and antique curios. The exhibition also includes nine works by Tuttle along with sculptural furniture he designed to display his objects.

For additional information on the exhibitions and to purchase tickets, click here.

The Bard Graduate Center is devoted to the study of decorative arts, design history, and material culture through research, advanced degrees, exhibitions, publications, and events.


The Brethren: A Story of Faith and Conspiracy in Revolutionary America with Brendan McConville
May 24 @ 7:00 pm

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 event is in person and will be held at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Registration is required to attend. To register for the event, click here. For more information on the event, click here.


New Jersey Association of Museums Annual Meeting @ Morven Museum & Garden
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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.

To purchase in-person or virtual tickets for the meeting, click here.


2022 New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference
Jun 3 all-day

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.