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The New Jersey Historic Trust was created by law in 1967 to preserve New Jersey's historic resources across the state.
The Mission of the Trust is to advance historic preservation in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship and financial investment programs that save our heritage and strengthen our communities.
The Historic Trust seeks to achieve its mission by serving as:
A leading voice for preservation at the state level
A catalyst for preservation and community revitalization activities
A full partner in state policy development
A technical and financial resource for the stewardship of historic properties
The New Jersey Historical Commission is a state agency dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. Established by law in 1967, its work is founded on the fundamental belief that an understanding of our shared heritage is essential to sustaining a cohesive and robust democracy.
The NJHC receives its funding primarily by legislative appropriation. It fulfills its mission through various initiatives, as well as an active grant program. The goal of the grant program is to engage diverse audiences and practitioners in the active exploration, enjoyment, interpretation, understanding, and preservation of New Jersey history. In addition to other awards and prizes, the NJHC offers a free archival evaluation service called Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service (CAPES).
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is a national membership association dedicated to helping the history community thrive. For the better part of a century, AASLH has provided leadership and resources to its members who preserve and interpret state and local history to make the past more meaningful to all people. AASLH is the professional association for history-doers.
The New Jersey Association of Museums is a nonprofit 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.
Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1726, Cranford, NJ 07016
Physical address: 1 S. Union Avenue, 3rd Floor (of the Cranford Hotel), Cranford, NJ 07016
Westfield Architects & Preservation Consultants
425 White Horse Pike
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035
Personal Property Consultants, Inc.
920 Mount Kemble Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
Personal Property Consultants, Inc. was founded in 1994 and became known as The Magnusson Group in the 21st century when more family joined the firm and services broadened. It remains family-owned and has grown to be New Jersey’s leading provider of personal property appraisals, asset management solutions and bespoke estate and auction sales.
Jane McNeill Appraisers
20 King James Lane
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
Thomas Art Consulting & Fine Art Appraisals
29 Bahamia Drive
Toms River, NJ
Thomas Art Consulting welcomes new and past clients to a full-range of art services including fine art appraisals, advising on works of art for purchase and sale, and collections management services.
Artifact Assessment Program (AAP)
This is a service of the New Jersey Association of Museums
AAP, New Jersey Historical Commission
P. O. Box 305
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0305
There are no deadlines for application, apply anytime. AAP evaluations are performed at no cost to the organization. To be eligible to receive this service organizations must:
be nonprofit organizations located in New Jersey
have collections related to New Jersey
make their collections available to the public
hold artifact collections in the public trust
do not receive primary funding from a governmental entity
Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service (CAPES)
The New Jersey Historical Commission would like to take this opportunity to encourage your organization to consider CAPES, which provides free professional assessment of archival paper collections by consultants of the New Jersey Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.
If your New Jersey history organization has a collection of paper items such as manuscripts, books, photographs, and maps, you may take advantage of a FREE assessment from a professional archivist of how your collection can best be conserved.
CAPES consultants are available to evaluate archival collections held by New Jersey archives, libraries, historical societies, and other agencies. The linked document below is a letter from CAPES coordinator Frederic Pachman, and provides background information on the program, contact information, and other important details.
Advocates for New Jersey History
101 Hunter Rd
Titusville, NJ 08560
Since its founding, the Advocates for New Jersey History had sought to build awareness of public history activities in the state, to increase support for high quality, responsive and professional state and private agencies engaged in public history, to advocate for public support for historical agencies as well as public history and history education, heritage tourism and historic preservation.
Membership is open to all concerned citizens who wish to join in the effort to give New Jersey a pride in its past, to celebrate the contributions of all peoples to the development of this state and nation, to encourage the researching and writing of New Jersey history, and to stimulate support for the public and private institutions, agencies and resources engaged in public history, education and preservation.
NJ Keep It Green Campaign
c/o New Jersey Audubon
118 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
NJ Keep It Green (KIG) is an active coalition of more than 150 statewide, local, and regional organizations committed to land conservation, agriculture, historic preservation, environmental protection, urban parks, hunting and fishing, and other forms of outdoor recreation, working together to sustain and properly guide funding for the preservation and stewardship of New Jersey’s waterways, wildlife habitat, natural areas, farmland, forests, parks, and historic sites for our quality of life and future generations. NJ KIG led efforts to pass statewide bond measures, such as those in 2009 and 2011, which together provided $600 million for the State Green Acres, Farmland Preservation and Historic Preservation programs.
P.O. Box 7815
West Trenton, New Jersey 08628
Founded in 1978, Preservation New Jersey is a statewide member-supported non-profit historic preservation organization. PNJ promotes the economic vitality, sustainability, and heritage of New Jersey’s diverse communities through advocacy and education.
Preservation New Jersey…
publishes the annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in NJ list, which draws attention to remarkable sites and to their many challenges. We believe that listing them will be a catalyst for change and that positive solutions can be found for their preservation;
publishes instructional and informative toolkits and other educational materials and publications;
maintains an informative newsletter, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds;
advocates for sound public policy at the local, state and federal levels on behalf of the historic preservation community in New Jersey;
conducts tours, workshops, lectures and conferences to educate the public about historic sites and preservation and sustainability issues;
provides a network of and informative training opportunities for professionals through the Building Industry Network and;
serves as a clearinghouse for technical assistance and information to homeowners, municipalities, historic preservation commissions, nonprofit agencies and other individuals and groups;
has leased the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, and is managing the rehabilitation of this landmark, with the goal of eventually duplicating this process with additional historic resources statewide
NJ Caucus, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
The New Jersey Caucus of MARAC welcomes you! The Caucus is comprised of professionals representing state, county, and municipal governmental agencies, colleges and universities, public libraries and historical societies, medical, religious, ethnic, and other public and private organizations. Students are also welcomed and encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities we offer. We gather several times throughout the year for meetings and tours of institutions and serve as a forum for news relating to MARAC and New Jersey archives, library, history, and other topics. Please join our Facebook Group for current events and news of interest. We look forward to meeting you!
Tara Maharjan, Processing Archivist
Special Collections and University Archives
Rutgers University Libraries
NJ Studies Academic Alliance
Organized in 1992, the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance (NJSAA) promotes the teaching of New Jersey studies, collaboration on projects, and sharing of materials. The Alliance received an Award of Recognition for their role in promoting New Jersey history from the New Jersey Historical Commission in 1997.
The NJSAA recognizes notable work in New Jersey studies by presenting awards for a variety of categories:
Tara Maharjan, Processing Archivist
Special Collections and University Archives
Rutgers University Libraries
Archaeological Society of NJ
c/o New Jersey State Museum
Bureau of Archaeology & Ethnography
205 West State Street
P.O. Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625-0530
The Archaeological Society of New Jersey (ASNJ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated on November 12, 1931. The ASNJ’s mission is to promote and encourage the study of historic and prehistoric archaeology, especially in New Jersey. Its main purposes are to support preservation of important archaeological sites and artifacts, and to assist and encourage their investigation and interpretation by approved professional methods; to promote the establishment of local archaeological organizations; and to record and publish archaeological information. The ASNJ also seeks to be consulted on permit-related archaeological surveys conducted in the state.
Continuing Education & Workshops
Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities
Mailing address: c/o Department of History, Rutgers–Camden, 429 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102
Physical address: 325 Cooper Street, in the Cooper Street Historic District of Camden, New Jersey
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) is a lively co-working center for experiential learning and professional development located in the Cooper Street Historic District at Rutgers-Camden. Across the Mid-Atlantic region, we promote collaboration and innovation in public humanities. Find us at 325 Cooper Street on weekdays or attend one of our events or workshops on and off campus.
What can you do at MARCH?
Meet in small groups or find a quiet spot to work on public humanities projects. Work on public humanities projects in groups or on your own. Add to your research, writing, and digital skills in collaboration with students, faculty, and professionals.
Attend a class or workshop about historic preservation or a live-streamed webinar about trends and issues in public humanities.
Undergraduates: Get hands-on experience by enrolling in Public History Practice to build your research, writing, and digital skills with The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia or the Cooper Street Historic District. Periodically, we also offer internships.
Graduate students: As funding permits, we offer part-time and project-based employment on public humanities projects both before and after graduation. Build your portfolio to impress future employers.
Seasoned and aspiring public humanities professionals: Connect with MARCH and regional colleagues through our CrossTies newsletter and social media. Join us for professional development workshops and watch for news about our co-working affiliates program, currently in development.
Organizations and individuals: MARCH Professional Services provides historical consulting services at a reasonable cost to non-profit and community organizations across the Greater Philadelphia area.
Kevin M. Hale Publication Awards
The Hale Publication Awards are open to all societies who are current members of LHSNJ. All entries must have been published during the current calendar year. Only one issue of the newsletter per organization should be submitted for consideration. Five copies of each entry are due no later than January 31 of the following year. They should be mailed to JB Vogt, Chair, Publications Committee, 6 Forty Oaks Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889. Leave phone messages at 908-534-4600 or email email@example.com with questions. A cover letter must accompany all submissions. The letter will include a contact email. The letter should state the frequency of publication and whether or not it is available online.
Frequency of publication?
Is it eye-catching?
Does it clearly identify the name of the group, the site, the date, the location?
Is there a web address given?
Does it contain articles that add to our historic knowledge or understanding of a topic?
Does it encourage participation in the organization’s activities? Does it encourage membership?
Does it contain articles about events that are current (or were at the time it was published)?
Does it review previous activities and successes?
Does it promote other heritage tourism? Does it promote other sites? Does the group partner with other sites?
Can it be viewed online?
Do they have historic or cultural value?
Are they clearly labeled and credited to the photographer?
Graphic quality—Are they eye-catching?
Is it easy to contact the group or editor for more information? Is there an address, phone number, and/or email to contact?