Cornelius Van Vorst, ca.1620; 
Jersey City Free Public Library; Farm Map of Hillsboro, Somerset County, 1860; 
Historical Maps of New Jersey Collection; An Afternoon at Atlantic Gardens, Elysian Fields, Hoboken, NJ 1851; 
 Atlantic Gardens (Hoboken); Bathing Beauties, 1890-1930; 
American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark Collection; Flag Salute, 1950; 
Seabrook Farms Collection; Kalmyk dancers; 
Photo by David Sanderson; 
Courtesy of RU Press;

Bayonne Public Library partners with Rutgers University to digitize historic maps

dcrcLargeFormatThe Bayonne Public Library has partnered with Rutgers University Scholarly Communication Center to digitize hundreds of historic maps, some of which date back to the 19th century. This collaboration was made possible in large part due to the efforts of Timothy Hickey, a part time librarian at Bayonne. The ambitious project looks not only to preserve these historic artifacts but also to help organize them in a way that is useful for modern researchers. Hickey says “The ultimate goal is to have a searchable database of the 19th century maps and have a working overlay on Google maps.”

Click here to see the New Jersey Star Ledger article on the project. Click here to see a photo gallery.

The New Jersey Governor: From The Age of The Town Crier to Twitter

newJerseyGovernorEventOn Saturday, November 16, 2013, a conference will be held to explore the history and development of the position of Governor in New Jersey and to commemorate the publication of an updated edition of The Governors of New Jersey, 1664-2010. The conference is the product of a collaboration between the New Jersey Historical Commission as well as the Eagleton Institute’s Center on the American Governor. The event, titled The New Jersey Governor: From The Age of The Town Crier to Twitter, will feature a panel on the impact of the media on the position of Governor consisting of former NJ Governors Christine Todd Whitman, James Florio, and Brendan Byrne, who will be moderated by Steve Kornacki, the host of MSNBC’s Up. The keynote address will be provided by Dr. Michael Birkner, Franklin Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of History at Gettysburg College. An additional panel discussion featuring Barbara Salmore, John Wefing, and Marc Mappen will be held to discuss the evolution of Gubernatorial policy.

The event will be held on in the Douglass Campus Center at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Directions can be found here.

For more information, click here for the New Jersey Historical Commission’s event page and here for a page of research and links relating to the position of NJ Governor provided by Eagleton Institute’s Center on the American Governor

Digitization Basics Workshops Available

Program will help NJ institutions get started in development of a digital program.

9:30am – 3:30pm on these dates/locations:
April 9, 2013 – Morris Museum, Morristown
April 10, 2013 – Monmouth County Archives/ Monmouth County Library
Headquarters, Manalapan
April 23, 2013 – WheatonArts, Millville
April 24, 2013 – Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights, Hasbrouck Heights
Registration Fee: $25
Speaker: Thomas F.R. Clareson, Senior Consultant, Digital & Preservation Services, LYRASIS.
For additional program information and to register visit

Questions? Call CCAHA at 215.545.0613, or email us at

Digitization Basics is part of New Jersey Collections Care Network
training programs, part of a two-year initiative to address urgent
collections care needs in New Jersey through educational programs and
training.  Intended to reach collections care professionals and
volunteers, these programs will encourage the use of best practices,
support targeted fundraising and marketing, increase the use of existing
resources, and accelerate the development of collaborative strategies.

Garden State Legacy Revealed in Cultural Artifacts

Prized Artifacts of the Garden State …  museums, archives, historical sites and libraries that have identified their most-prized, historically significant artifacts for a marvelous publication.  Kudos to Gordon Bond!  But this is a continuing project.  Organizations are encouraged to artifacts highlighted in the forthcoming book that honors 350th anniversary of the state.  Send and email to with the word “Artifacts” in the subject line.

Public History Internships and the General Internships

A new listing of Public History Internships and General Internships offered to undergraduate history majors at Rutgers.  Contact: Internships Coordinator, Gary Saretzky.

Objects of our Affection: Are artifacts still necessary in a Digital Age?

The 19th Annual History Issues Convention will explore how history organizations are adapting to the Digital Age. The convention will be held on March 30, 2012 at the Trenton War Memorial.

Register at before March 5 to receive the Early Bird discount! The registration fee for the conference includes all conference events, including continental breakfast, lunch, exhibits and presentations.

Teachers: Professional development credit is available. Call 609-943-3307 or email:

The event is co-sponsored by:
Advocates for New Jersey History
League of Historical Societies of New Jersey
New Jersey Historical Commission
New Jersey Historic Trust
Preservation New Jersey

For general information call 609-296-8868 x107 or email: nickw@tuckertonseaport.

SECC trustee John Fuyuume receives the Order of the Rising Sun

John Fuyuume, Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center (SECC) trustee and former Project Director, was honored with the Order of the Rising Sun, with Gold and Silver Rays at a joint SECC and Japanese American Citizens League Boards and Volunteers Dinner on September 7, 2011. SECC is a valued NJDH partner.

The Order of the Rising Sun is the highest decoration awarded by the Japanese Government. It is reserved for civilians and non-heads of state. Mr. Fuyuume was conferred the award for his outstanding contributions to preserving and promoting the history and culture of the Japanese American community and for promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.

All Aboard: Railroads in New Jersey Exhibition Opens on Thursday, October 27

All Aboard: Railroads in New Jersey, 1812-1930 , a major exhibition at the Rutgers University Libraries, will open on Thursday, October 27 , 2011, and will be on display at the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery until January 6, 2012.

The exhibition features rare broadsides, pamphlets, and images documenting the history of railroads in the Garden State from Rutgers University Libraries’ collections. Lorett Treese, author of Railroads of New Jersey (2006) will speak at the exhibition opening, which will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Remigio U. Pane Room at the Archibald S. Alexander Library in New Brunswick.

For more details about the exhibition and program or to RSVP, see

Save The Date! New Jersey in the Crucible of the Civil War

The impact of the Civil War was felt throughout New Jersey, profoundly affecting communities, politics, schools, businesses, neighborhoods and families. On November 19, 2011, the New Jersey Historical Commission will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war with its 28th Annual Conference. The event will be held at Princeton University. Keynote speaker Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, will examine the events and experiences that shaped Lincoln and his attitudes toward slavery. Exhibits, lectures, and panel sessions will explore the effects of the conflict throughout the state. To end the day, Nell Irvin Painter, Princeton University’s Edwards Professor of History, Emerita, will present a plenary lecture titled “Black American Artists Limn Slavery and the Civil War.”

Program and Registration Information are available at

Historical Society of Princeton
Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience
New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association
New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee


On Rutgers Day, April 30, 2011 from 10am-4pm , bring up to 5 photographs of your family, house, community or local events to the 4th floor, Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue  for inclusion in  MyJerseyRoots (see Spotlight at left), a digital collection offering  New Jersey citizens an opportunity to document the everyday life of our cities, small towns and rural communities from past to present. The first 25 participants will take home a free USB flash drive with their digital images, and as part of the formal launch of MyJerseyRoots, members of the Libraries staff will select the three most striking photos brought in on Rutgers Day. The owners of these photos will each receive a free framed print of their image.  Visit the Rutgers Day website to find out more about this and other events.