The Forum will be an all-day event, featuring panels and presentations on New Jersey history. Session topics include the history of slavery, women, archaeology of Dutch settlements, the 20th century, the built environment, and the shaping of memory, and the concluding campaign of the Revolutionary War.
The 22 presenters at the event will include recognized experts, graduate students, and independent scholars. There will be an emphasis on new scholarship and first-time presenters. Among the institutions represented will be Rutgers, Seton Hall, the Archeological Society of NJ, Colonial Williamsburg, the Alice Paul Institute, and Monmouth University. The event will also include exhibits from dozens of New Jersey history organizations, plus an awards lunch.
The keynote address will be given by Professor Mark Lender of Kean University, who will speak on “The Future of the Past: The State of New Jersey History.”
“It is our intention that the Forum will become an annual event; one that will help to inform and educate our citizens about the history of our great state,” said Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells.
The primary sponsors of the conference are three agencies within the New Jersey Department of State with a history focus: the Historical Commission, the State Archives, and the State Museum. Cosponsors are the Advocates for NJ History, the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, the NJ Association of County Cultural and Historic Agencies, the NJ Council for the Humanities, and the NJ Studies Academic Alliance.
The registration fee is $35 per person ($30 for students and senior citizens), which includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon reception, conference packet, and admission to all conference events. Copies of the conference brochure and registration form are available at the website www.newjerseyhitory.org or can be requested by calling (609) 984-3458 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.