The award is given in recognition of the NJ Historical Commission’s overall organizational excellence, and in particular for the agency’s role in supporting historical interests in the Garden State.
The mission of the New Jersey Historical Commission is to improve the quality of life in the state by preserving the historical record and advancing public knowledge and awareness of the Garden State’s rich heritage. The agency awards $4 million in grants each year to organizations such as museums, community groups, historic sites, archives, and individual educators. The agency also holds conferences and workshops and issues publications in print and digital format to help school students and the general public learn about the history of the Garden State.
The American Association for State and Local history is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. The AASLH’s award program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout America. For 2007, the 62nd year of the award program, a total of 72 organizations and individuals received these awards, which will be presented at the 2007 AASLH Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, September 8, 2007.