Volume 4 • Issue 1 2006 spring Home
Grant Schedule
Educational Opportunities

Grant Schedule
New Jersey Historic Trust: Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund

The Historic Trust will accept applications for the 2006 grant round of Historic Site Management and Capital Preservation Grants. For more information, visit: http://njht.org/dca/njht/programs/gshptf/index.html

Schedule for the 2006 Grant Round

March 30, 2006
Guidelines and applications are available for downloading.
April 10, 2006 and April 12, 2006
Applicant Workshops (check http://njht.org/dca/njht/currentgrantschedule.html for schedule and registration)
June 1, 2006
Applications due in the NJ Historic Trust office by 4 p.m.
Recommended grant awards will be announced by the NJ Historic Trust in the Fall of 2006.

NJ Historical Commission: Current Grants and GOS Workshop

Last year, the Historical Commission launched as a pilot project a two-year schedule for its General Operating Support grant program.  The goal of this pilot project is to ease the burden on grant recipients by requiring only one proposal for a two-year cycle, and to offer the certainty of some level of funding for the second year.

What this means is that if your organization received a General Operating Support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission for the 2006 fiscal year and you wish to be eligible for continuation funding for the 2007 fiscal year, you do not have to submit a new application.  However, you must send us an interim report on your current grant.  Organizations that do not send the interim report will not be considered for continuation funding. 

The New Jersey Historical Commission will offer a workshop on March 3 in the Lounge of the David Sarnoff Library for those organizations planning to apply for general operating support for FY 2007. On April 3, it will accept proposals for one year of funding from those organizations that either did not apply in FY 2006 or were not awarded grants. This workshop will be tailored to applicants for one year of funding. Commission staff will present an overview of the application process, highlighting updates to the program.

The workshop will run from10:00 a.m. until noon, with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions regarding their own institutional applications.  For more information, you may contact Sara Cureton at the New Jersey Historical Commission, (609) 943-3306, or by e-mail at sara.cureton@sos.state.nj.us

According to Michael Fernandez, acting chair of the Historical Commission, “we want to assess the two year schedule to make sure it meets the needs of the history community.”  Fernandez added that a respected non-profit organization, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, has been engaged to assess the pilot project, in part through a survey of grant applicants, and that the Commission is undertaking its own internal assessment. 

If you have questions or want more information about the grant program, contact Mary Murrin, director of the grant program, 609-984-0954, mary.murrin@sos.state.nj.us.

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April 23-25, 2006
Northeast Preservation Leadership Meeting

A gathering of Historic Preservation leaders, and Main Street and Smart Growth executives from  New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey & Delaware

Portsmouth and New Castle, NH

The Northeast Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation invites you to the Northeast Regional Preservation Leadership Meeting, a convening of leaders in historic preservation, Main Street revitalization and smart growth from ten Northeastern states.   We will be  gathering Sunday, April 23rd through midday Tuesday, April 25th at the historic Wentworth - by - the - Sea Hotel  in New Castle, NH, and in nearby Portsmouth, a true 'poster child' for the power of historic preservation as a revitalization tool.

Neal Peirce, noted Washington Post columnist, will join us for a broad - ranging discussion on the importance of regionalism and creating sustainable communities. In addition to a day with Neal Peirce and conversations around successful preservation/smart growth/main street revitalization collaborations, the agenda will also include:

  • informal meetings and meals with your peers;
  • exploring trends and issues  facing us all, and brainstorming solutions together;
  • in-depth discussions  of issues, including eminent domain,  training for Local Historic District Commissions and Main Street communities, community development through small business ownership, and  more;
  • plenty of time for networking and sharing;  and 
  • Mobile Workshops, with Portsmouth as our learning laboratory .   

For additional information, Wendy Nicholas | Director, Northeast Office
National Trust for Historic Preservation | 7 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4th Floor. Boston, MA 02109 Phone: 617-523-0885 | Fax: 617-523-1199 | Email:
wendy_nicholas@nthp.org| www.nationaltrust.org

Friday, May 12, 2006
HERITAGE TOURISM: Connecting People and Places

Rutgers University, Camden Campus

2006 Historic Preservation Conference
Purpose: Explore ways that heritage can build community and create economic development. Public education and awareness created through heritage tourism support the preservation of historic sites by garnering financial support. May 12th - which falls within both Preservation Month and National Tourism Week - is an opportune time to explore the transformation of the state’s rich history and associated sites into unforgettable visitor experiences.

Who Should Attend? Curators, historic site managers, economic development specialists, community development advocates, Chamber of Commerce members, tour operators, as well as individuals with an interest in historic site promotion and preservation.

For more information, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/hpo/4sustain/sustain.htm


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Educational Opportunities
National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Great Tours program is coming to Batsto

Monday, April 24, 2006, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: $55 (includes all materials, lunch, and refreshments)
To register or for more information, call Vonda Givens at (908) 735-8415.
Registration deadline: Friday, April 7, 2006
Host organization: New Jersey Association of Museums

Discover how to create great tours at historic sites in a one-day workshop for educators, interpreters, curators, and directors of museums, heritage areas, and history organizations. This workshop is based on bestselling book, Great Tours!: Thematic Tours and Guide Training for Historic Sites (AltaMira Press, 2002) and is traveling around the country to reach as many people as possible.

Each participant receives a copy of the Great Tours book and numerous handouts. Large and small group interactive exercises are based on a case study of an historic site, providing participants with practical experience. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • create a thematic tour for an historic site
  • integrate material culture and historic biography into theme-based interpretation;
  • develop and maintain outstanding guides;
  • adapt and respond to various audience types.

These workshops are funded in part by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the host organizations, and sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History and AltaMira Press.

For more information, visit:



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