Volume 5 • Issue 1 spring 2007
Willows at Fosterfields
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the New Jersey Historic Trust and Historic Sites Council through legislation signed by Governor Richard J. Hughes.  A special reception on May 22, co-hosted by the Morris County Visitors Center and the Friends of Fosterfields, will commemorate this occasion on the eve of the Historic Preservation Conference in Morris County.
professor theodore rabb
Gazette Readers are cordially invited to attend an important conference on teaching history and the social studies in New Jersey:  the 14th annual New Jersey History Issues Convention.  The theme is "What's Happening to History in the Classroom."  The main sponsors are the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Advocates for New Jersey History, and New Jersey Council for History Education. 

Friday, March 23rd, 2000, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., War Memorial Trenton
black family manuscript
In June 2006, William T. Black Jr. donated an incredible treasure of family papers, printed maps and Burlington County tax and militia records to the New Jersey State Archives. This cache of manuscripts, spanning three centuries, was created, preserved and passed down through the generations of the Black and Newbold families—prominent early settlers of Chesterfield Township and the surrounding area. After carefully sorting this heirloom archive, Mr. Black realized that he had a unique collection that not only provided insight into his ancestors’ lives and business ventures, but also documented the public history of early Burlington County.
New Jersey Historic Trust Executive Director Barbara Irvine is among 14 women, who are being honored by the National Women’s History Project in acknowledgement of Women’s History Month 2007. 

The theme for this year is “Generations of Women Moving History Forward”, and Ms. Irvine is being honored as the Founding President of the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation (now the Alice Paul Institutue).  The organization was founded in 1984 to recognize the centennial of suffragist Alice Paul’s birth.

sara cureton
Sara Cureton has been named Director of the Grant Program at the New Jersey Historical Commission.  She replaces Mary Murrin, who retired from the NJHC after 25 years of service.
“Stewardship and Support” is the next topic to be explored in Doing Your Best: A New Workshop Series on Best Practices for Nonprofit History Organizations.  The workshop series is sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey Historic Trust and the New Jersey State Museum.  The spring workshops are scheduled for April 26 at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville and April 27 at East Jersey Olde Towne Village in Piscataway.
stephanie baptiste
Steffany A. Baptiste and Brenda C. Brooks are the recipients of the New Jersey Historical Commission’s 2007 Mildred Barry Garvin Prize for teaching about black history.  The award of $1,000 is given annually to a New Jersey educator for exceptional work in making New Jersey students more knowledgeable about the African American past.  The award was presented at the 27th annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series on February 17, 2007.  First presented in 1995, the award is named in honor of Mildred Barry Garvin (1926-1993), a member of the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Historical Commission.