Volume 4 • Issue 2 fall 2006
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People with an interest in the history of the Garden State -- teachers, academics, and just plain history buffs -- will gather at the Marriott Hotel in Trenton on Saturday, November 18 to participate in an exciting new event on the state’s cultural scene: The New Jersey Forum. 

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. 
 
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When the New Jersey Historic Trust helped fund the development of a Walt Whitman-themed bus tour in the city of Camden, the Trust took a giant step into the field of heritage tourism.  Both the staff of the Trust and its grant recipient, the South Jersey Tourism Corporation (SJTC), learned a great deal about the process of bringing different sites and consultants together to develop a marketable product (the tour), and delivering a quality visitor experience.
 
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In October 2006, New Jersey State Archives unveiled a major addition to the “Documentary Treasures” area of its website. In production for many months, the new site features 170 web-pages of history, images and transcriptions of New Jersey’s original federal charters and related documents. To tour the new site, start at the main page:
Documents Relating to the U.S. Constitution
 
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The New Jersey Historical Commission will present the 2006 history awards at its Annual Conference on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at the Trenton Marriott Hotel.

The Commission’s highest honor, the Richard J. Hughes Award, is given for lifetime achievement in the field of New Jersey history.  The 2006 recipient is Anna Aschkenes, Jamesburg, who will be honored for her many years of work on behalf of the history community of Middlesex County. Ms. Aschkenes is the executive director of the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, a post she has held since 1983.

 
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The New Jersey Historic Trust is pleased to announce the completion ofThe Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route In The State of New Jersey, 1781-1783: An Historical and Architectural Survey, by historian Robert A. Selig, Ph. D.  The survey is an in depth and detailed study of military marches through the State of New Jersey during the American Revolutionary War of both French Army troops and Continental Army troops in 1781-1783 in route to the defeat of the British Army and General Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia, October 19, 1781, and their return journey north. 
 
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In February 2005, the State Archives commenced a three-year project—The American Revolution in New Jersey: Preserving our Documentary Heritage—to conserve some of the state’s most significant documents concerning New Jersey's pivotal role in the national struggle for independence. Nearly $700,000 has been dedicated for the repair of a large body of unique, eighteenth-century manuscripts, through a grant from Save America's Treasures—a public-private partnership of the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation—and matched dollar-for-dollar by the New Jersey Public Records Preservation Fund.
 
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The Historical Commission hired a respected consulting firm, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, to evaluate the Commission’s grant program.  We asked the NFF to assess the clarity and effectiveness of our guidelines and procedures, evaluate how the Commission supports the needs of its grantees, assess the program’s impact on short and long-term sustainability of its grantees, and offer recommendations for how the program might be improved.  We also made sure that the results were presented to us in aggregate form, so that organizations that responded to the survey were guaranteed anonymity. 
 
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The New Jersey Historic Trust elected a slate of new officers at its September Annual Meeting held in Cranbury, New Jersey.  Former Vice Chair Carolann Clynes, of Union County, will serve as Chair.  The remaining newly elected officers are Vice Chair Chris Perks (Camden County), Secretary Allen Kratz (Essex County) and Treasurer Edward Fox (Camden County).  During the meeting, Executive Director Barbara Irvine acknowledged the contributions of outgoing executive committee members including former Chair Dr. Thomas Brown, and trustees Mary Anna Holden and John Hatch.
 
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Conversation about the state archives usually brings to mind a facility on West State Street in Trenton that houses a rich collection of historical records about the colony and state of New Jersey.  While the New Jersey State Archives is indeed the state’s official repository for 342 years of documentation on our people and government, few citizens know that a vast “other” state archives exists:  collectively, the “other” state archives  encompasses the trove of historical records in New Jersey’s counties, cities and towns.