Events
March 24, 2015 - Best Practices for History Organizations Workshop Series
March 28, 2015 - Preservation in Practice: A Primer for Historic Preservation Commissions
April 10, 2015 - Telling (untold) Histories: An Unconference
June 3 & 4, 2015 - New Perspectives on the Past: 2015 NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference
Save the Date - April 25, 2015
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March 24, 2015 - Best Practices for History Organizations Workshop Series

Serving Audiences in New Ways (Part II of Audience Series)

The New Jersey Historical Commission and New Jersey Historic Trust are pleased to continue the Best Practices for History Organizations Workshop Series with its second learning opportunity devoted to engaging audiences.

Declining attendance in cultural experiences is a trend that has plagued cultural organizations since the early 1990s. Serving Audiences in New Ways, featuring Robert Kiihne and Catherine Fukushima, will explore strategies, techniques and examples of how to more effectively engage audiences in history.  This workshop will help history organizations to better understand how people make choices to participate and how to maximize their potential to engage audiences. The workshop will include a discussion of:

  • Demographics of future cultural consumers
  • How to engage families
  • Identifying opportunities
  • Designing exhibits
  • Understanding learning styles
  • A framework for developing participation and how to apply it
  • Model projects

Date: Tuesday March 24
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Cost: $20 registration fee to cover the cost for breakfast and lunch.

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March 28, 2015 - Preservation in Practice: A Primer for Historic Preservation Commissions

This one-day workshop is open to all preservationists, but specifically geared toward those serving on a local commission. This program is designed to benefit both new and experienced commission members as well as being relevant for planning and zoning board members and elected officials. The course provides an in-depth examination of current topics and issues relevant to integrating preservation into community planning and zoning. Focus will be on legal parameters for implementing a commission, conducting an effective public meeting, knowing and using the survey and ordinance to support decision making, in addition to introducing the commission member to vulnerabilities that can impact your ability to protect your resources.

Date: Saturday March 28
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Kean University Ocean County Campus, Toms River, Gateway Building 500
Cost: $75, includes lunch

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April 10, 2015 - Telling (untold) Histories: An Unconference

The first unconference in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region that will bring public historians and history organizations together to tackle difficult historical topics with the public. Explore the hows and whys of engaging subjects that challenge our audiences’ expectations and expand our thinking.

Visit the conference website for more info or register here.

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June 3 & 4, 2015 - New Perspectives on the Past: 2015 NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference

 

This year’s event in Mount Laurel is located in the southern part of the state, enabling us to take advantage of the historic resources in Burlington and Camden counties, and to learn from our western neighbors in Pennsylvania. The conference has expanded to a two-day event, with a pre-conference workshop or tour and an Opening Reception on June 3, before the full-day conference that offers 20 educational sessions and workshops on June 4.

Plenary speakers Ruth Abram and Elizabeth Silkes will challenge us to consider “New Perspectives on the Past” that make history activities relevant and necessary in today’s society, and historic preservation inclusive of new interpretive measures and technologies. Choose from a variety of registration and sponsor opportunities that will allow you to network with other professionals, nonprofit managers, historic preservation commissioners and others who have an interest in making our historic communities the very best that they can be.

Visit the conference website for full details and to register.

Attention Students!

Call for Posters - the 2015 Conference invites proposals from undergraduate and graduate students.  The Poster Session is a visual format for historic preservation, history, archaeology, architecture, planning, museum studies and public history projects. It is a venue to show off material and visual work, present preliminary data on a research topic, and gather advice from experts in the field. Posters will be presented at the main conference event on June 4, 2015.

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Click here for submission details (PDF).

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Save the Date - April 25, 2015

Getting Your House (Museum) in Order - Documents for Managing Your Historic Property

Details to follow soon!

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