Telling (Untold) Histories Unconference
Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair
Building a Place for History: 50th Anniversary
Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshops
Understanding Audiences through Evaluation
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Telling (Untold) Histories Unconference

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

untold historiesTelling 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. How can the community members who lived these histories shape how museums, historic sites, libraries, and schools tell them in the future?

The unconference puts you at the center.
Participants create the program by suggesting and choosing sessions on the day of the unconference. Feel the suspense building! Workshops offer attendees the chance to learn new skills to help you tell stories. Discussions and activities connect you with new people and leave you inspired.

Who should attend? Curators and educators, archivists and archaeologists, oral historians and librarians, historic preservationists and community activists, as well as grantmakers, funders, and history lovers!

Thursday, May 11
Rutgers University, Newark

Visit the Untold Histories website for more information.

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Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair

 2017 history fair

The State History Fair is the only statewide event where visitors can experience five centuries of New Jersey history in one place. This free, award-winning event, is a fun-filled adventure into New Jersey’s past with living history demonstrations, military re-enactors, tours, exhibits, period music and dance, and historical organizations and museums from around the state. Don’t miss the chance to meet Ulysses S. Grant, actress Mabel Fenton, Emily Roebling, Walt Whitman, Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman as portrayed by re-enactors. History comes alive at the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair.

Saturday, May 13, 11 am - 5 pm, Rain or Shine
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 16 Business Route 33, Manalapan

FREE Admission (suggested Parking Donation of $10 per vehicle)

Visit the State History Fair website



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Building a Place for History: 50th Anniversary

50th logoThe Friends of New Jersey Heritage and the Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage invite you to a festive day in honor of the creation of the New Jersey Historic Trust, New Historical Commission and New Jersey Historic Sites Council in 1967.

Wednesday June 7 at the Cornelius Low House in Piscataway

From 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., choose from two tours:

  • "Look, Up in the Sky! Perth Amboy's Terrific Terra Cotta," or
  • "Learning from our Late-Modern Legacy: Collaboration and Social Responsibility on a Corporate Campus" (a tour of Johnson & Johnson's World Headquarters in New Brunswick)

Each tour is limited to 40 participants. $35 per person. View tour details here.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., 50th Anniversary Reception and Program:

  • Tour the house, view the "Cornelius Low House: 275 Years" exhibit, and meet Cornelius Low himself!
  • Enjoy musical entertainment, hearty hors d'oeuvres, and drinks
  • Network with colleagues and friends
  • Welcome from Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios
  • Keynote speaker Max Page will engage the audience with ideas for the "The Next Fifty Years of Preservation"

$50 per person.

Eventbrite - Building a Place for History: 50th Anniversary

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Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshops

In June and August, the New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, and the New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR), will present a series of disaster preparedness training for libraries and humanities-collecting institutions. Each two-session workshop will take place in three locations in the state.

The workshops will focus on risk assessment, disaster plan development, salvage priorities and salvage methods, and wet material recovery. At the conclusion of the first session, workshop attendees will have learned the tools necessary for their “homework” of creating draft disaster plans or revising old plans for their institutions. At the second session approximately six weeks later, attendees will review their plans together with the workshop leader, Thomas Clareson of LYRASIS, and continue their training. Statewide organizational members of NJCAR (who comprise its Steering Committee) will provide in-person follow-up with workshop attendees three months after the training.

The workshop and follow-up activities will help New Jersey’s small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve their humanities collections and addresses the significant risk to New Jersey’s cultural heritage materials from natural disasters and other types of emergencies.

These workshops are supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Both sessions of the workshop must be attended!

$50 for both sessions for continental breakfast and box lunch on both days.

Dates, Locations, and Registration HERE

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Understanding Audiences through Evaluation

Why do visitors come to your museum? What excites (or disappoints) them about your new exhibit? Do they find your institution important in their lives? Why? Why not? Wouldn't you love to know the answers to these questions? Imagine what it would mean to your museum to find ways to ask these questions and build a conversation with your visitors.newark museum

Beverly Sheppard, former director of the Institute for Learning Innovation, will host this participatory workshop
and introduce the basics of evaluation, in addition to incorporating numerous examples of practical evaluation techniques.

There will be a "Part II" of this series offered over the summer which will provide more in depth training on how
to gather information on your audience and apply it to
your organization's programming.

Monday June 12 at Plainfield Public Library or
Tuesday June 20 at Wheaton Arts in Millville
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Registration $25, lunch included


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