Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair
Building a Place for History: 50th Anniversary
Understanding Audiences through Evaluation
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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. 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!
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
FREE Admission (suggested Parking Donation of $10 per vehicle)
The 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.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.
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
NJ's 350th Anniversary Event Listings: http://officialnj350.com/
Discover NJ Arts Event Database: http://www.jerseyarts.com/Events.aspx
NJ Travel and Tourism Event Calendar: http://visitnj.org/events