Volume 4 • Issue 1 spring 2006
Issac Collins
Welcome to the New Jersey Gazette, the collaborative newsletter of three state history-related agencies: the New Jersey Historic Trust, New Jersey Historical Commission and Division of Archives and Records Management. The title of this newsletter comes from our state's first newspaper, which was born in December 1777 to support the patriot cause in the American Revolution. The printer, Isaac Collins of Burlington, used the technology of his day to produce his newspaper - a hand turned press, rag paper, ink, and cast metal type.
 
War Memorial
“What’s NEW in New Jersey History: The Latest Techniques, Research, and Practice in the Field” is the theme of the 13th annual History Issues Convention, which will be held at the Trenton War Memorial on Friday, March 24, 2006.  The 2006 HIC, sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Advocates for New Jersey History, and the New Jersey Council for History Education, will include workshops, an awards lunch, a legislative roundtable, and an exhibit section. 
 
Preservation leaders met in 2001 to establish a five-year plan.
In September 2005, the New Jersey Historic Trust, Historic Preservation Office and Preservation New Jersey reconvened representatives of the public-private partner organizations that developed the 2002-2007 New Jersey Historic Preservation Plan for a follow-up workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to assess progress in implementing the plan and develop a focused agenda of high-priority action items to pursue over the next two years.
 
The Concessions and Agreements of the Proprietors, Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Province of West New Jersey in America, 1677
In early December 2005, the Council of Proprietors of West New Jersey formally deposited its vast collection of land surveys, minute and account books, and maps with the State Archives. The collection, spanning three centuries of land sales and settlement in the western half of the New Jersey, was previously maintained in the Surveyor General's Office in Burlington. However, without staff and other resources, the Proprietors were able to make the archive available to researchers on a limited basis only.
 
Pasaic 1926 Wool Workers Strike
In 1926, sixteen thousand wool workers in Passaic, New Jersey, went on strike to protest a ten percent cut in their meager wages. A new, one-hour radio documentary -- Passaic on Strike! -- brings to life this neglected chapter of the history of New Jersey and of the American labor movement.
 
mt zion cemetery
The New Jersey Historic Trust recently hosted a reception at Drumthwacket, the Governor's mansion in Princeton, to acknowledge the recipients of Historic Site Management Grants in the 2005 grant round. Deputy Commissioner Charles A. Richman and the Trust's Board Vice-Chair Carolann Clynes greeted representatives from many of the funded sites and commended their efforts to plan for the preservation of New Jersey's history. Attendees enjoyed the holiday decorations, arranged by Garden Clubs from around the state, in each public room of the Governor's Mansion.
 
John Seller's circa 1677 depiction of New Jersey-the first printed map of the colony-erroneously connects the headwaters of the Walkill River with those of the Delaware.
In June 2005, the State acted decisively to acquire a priceless piece of New Jersey’s history. When it purchased eleven lots on 21 June, the State purchased eleven lots of colonial New Jersey manuscripts, maps, and imprints auctioned by collector Jay T. Snider at Christie’s in New York City.  The collection includes a cache of unique documents originally belonging to Robert Barclay, proprietary governor of the East New Jersey Province from 1682 to 1690. Privately held and essentially unknown to historians for more than three centuries, the Barclay documents now belong to the people of New Jersey.