FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Registration Open For 2014 History And Historic Preservation Conference

“Celebrating Past, Present & Future,” pays tribute to New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary

NEWARK, N.J. – The New Jersey Historic Trust, an affiliated agency of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), today joined the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, and the Common Wealth of New Jersey in announcing the New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference being held on June 5, 2014 at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft.

This year’s conference theme, “Celebrating Past, Present & Future,” pays tribute to New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary in 2014.   An opening reception will honor past accomplishments, while 22 educational sessions will explore the historic community’s current needs and opportunities and suggest ways to develop future partnerships, funding sources and cooperative programming.  Special tracks will explore disaster recovery for historic buildings, focusing on Sandy damaged areas, and development of effective heritage tourism programs.

“During this celebratory year of New Jersey’s history, it is vital that history and historic preservation leaders acknowledge past success and work together to achieve future goals that will benefit the residents of this great state,”  said DCA Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III. “This conference provides a valuable forum for all history enthusiasts to discuss the most urgent issues, including disaster recovery and the preservation of New Jersey’s historic communities.”

Registration for the June 5 event includes educational sessions, field workshops or tours, breakfast and lunch, admission to the Marketplace exhibit area and a closing reception.  Register online at: for $90. After May 31st the fee is $100.

The June 4 opening reception, hosted by the Advocates for New Jersey History at Thompson Park in Lincroft is a $35 fee.  Register online at: 

Plenary speakers are Ned Kaufman, author of Place Race and Story; Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation and John Durel, consultant to museum and cultural organizations and author of Building a Sustainable Nonprofit Organization.  Conference field workshops include bus tours of Sandy-damaged communities that are under recovery, Camp Evans National Historic Landmark, and the former Bell Labs headquarters and redevelopment.  In total, 22 educational sessions are offered, with many eligible for AICP, AIA and ASLA continuing education credits.

For complete information about the 2014 Historic Preservation Conference, go to  For more information about the New Jersey Historic Trust, visit

Established in 1967, the Historic Trust is the only nonprofit historic preservation organization in New Jersey created by state law. It provides financial support and technical assistance to historic preservation projects throughout the state of New Jersey.

Lisa Ryan
Sean Conner
(609) 292-6055