Kean University Hosts Vernacular Architecture Workshop
Best Practices Workshop: Build a Better Board
Postponed! New Date TBA - Getting Your House (Museum) in Order - Foundation Documents for Managing Your Historic Property
Save the Date! 2016 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference
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Kean University Hosts Vernacular Architecture Workshop

Wyckoff House

Kean University will host a workshop on Vernacular Architecture, or "building without architects," on Saturday, September 19.

The workshop will provide an overview of New Jersey's regional architecture, illustrating the design nuances that inform vernacular building and their influence on traditional architecture.

Janet W. Foster, a member of the New Jersey State Review Board and board of the New Jersey Historic Trust, will conduct the workshop. The former Associate Director of the Urban Planning & Historic Preservation Programs at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Foster has been studying and teaching New Jersey's vernacular architecture for many years.

AIA Continuing Education Credits are available.

Click here for details and registration

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Best Practices Workshop: Build a Better Board

Best Practices

As part of its Best Practices for History Organizations workshop series, the New Jersey Historical Commission and New Jersey Historic Trust are pleased to partner with the New Jersey State Library to offer a board training workshop. The workshop will feature Nancy Davis and Pam Fitzgerald of the Ivy Group, Ltd.

Every not-for-profit board has a fundamental responsibility for establishing structures, policies, and procedures that support good governance. From routine matters to decisions with broader consequences, boards face unprecedented institutional challenges that call on a range of skills and more-than-a-passing knowledge of strategic planning, budgeting, leadership development, fundraising, and change management.

This workshop will cover topics to help non profit organizations build a better board, including:

  • Getting the right people on the board
  • Orientation and training
  • Characteristics of successful board members
  • Who does what: delineation of roles and responsibilities
  • Understanding the needs of your constituents
  • Board involvement in the community/be a player
  • Advocacy
  • Board maladies
  • Measuring progress and success/board self-evaluation

The workshop will be offered in three locations from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.:

September 29th Haggerty Education Center, Morristown
September 28th Monmouth County Library, Manalapan
September 30th Atlantic County Library, Mays Landing

There is a fee of $15/person to cover the cost of refreshments. Please register by September 23.

Directions and workshop details HERE
Register HERE

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Postponed! New Date TBA - Getting Your House (Museum) in Order - Foundation Documents for Managing Your Historic Property

This one day- workshop is open to volunteer and professional stewards of historic house museums who are looking to improve the preservation and interpretation of their site. The course provides in-depth information about the planning documents that serve as the foundation for preserving, maintaining and interpreting historic house museums. The workshop will focus on the components of each plan and how, together, the plans become the framework for site management. The workshop includes a tour of Liberty Hall as a case study based on information presented.

Topics to be covered:

  • Why plan in the first place?
  • First step: Historic Structure Report
  • Building on the Historic Structure Report
  • Safety and Accessibility
  • Working with consultants
  • Tour of Liberty Hall

Dominique Hawkins, Partner, Managing Principal, Preservation Design Partnership
Dorothy Hartman, Principal, History in the Making

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Save the Date! 2016 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference

Thank you to all who attended and supported the 2015 NJ Historic and Historic Preservation Conference. The 2015 conference was a great success and attracted more than 400 attendees over the two days of classroom sessions, tours, workshops and keynote presenters. View a slideshow of conference highlights HERE. (PDF)

Save the Date! The 2016 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference will be at Seton Hall University in South Orange on June 8-9, 2016!

Get the latest conference news and updates by signing up for e-mail alerts and following the conference on Twitter @NJHistPresConf.

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