Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail sent the first telegram using Morse code, and the first in America, on January 11, 1838 in Morristown, New Jersey from the Speedwell Ironworks. It was the beginning of a revolution in communications, as soon there were lines linking all the major cities on the East Coast. By 1861, the telegraph connected the West Coast to the East Coast, bringing an end to the Pony Express.
NJ Vote 100 Mock Election marks the centennial of New Jersey’s ratification of the 19th Amendment
The 2020 New Jersey Social Studies Survey is now available online for all New Jersey schools, kindergarten to twelfth grade.
Now Seeking Designs to Represent Revolution NJ, New Jersey’s Initiative to Commemorate 250 Years of United States history
Conference to Explore and Celebrate the Stories of Women throughout NJ State History
NJ Women Vote: The Nineteenth Amendment at 100 Partnership is Planning Events and Programs in 2020 that will Explore Women’s Suffrage in New Jersey
Funding to Support History Organizations, Projects, and Programs across all 21 Counties
Advancing its mission to raise awareness of the state’s unique historical legacy and chronicle its ongoing impact on the nation and world, the New Jersey Historical Commission board today approved $2.4 million in Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 20) grant funding to 72 historical organizations, museums, historic sites, archives, libraries, individuals, and county re-grant agencies across the state
NJ Women Vote: The Nineteenth Amendment at 100 Partnership will Explore Suffrage and Beyond in New Jersey
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area has been selected as the private sector partner to work with the New Jersey Historical Commission in planning the state’s activities marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States in 2026.
Announcing the 2020 New Jersey History Conference, The Battles for the Ballot: New Jersey Voting Rights, Then and Now, to be held virtually on Friday, November 13, 2020. Deadline extended! We are now accepting submissions to the posters and projects deadline of October 1, 2020
Read the latest, peer reviewed scholarship in New Jersey history.
It has been 400 years since the first arrival in English-occupied North America of enslaved people from Africa. To mark this anniversary, the Commission is highlighting resources related to the history of slavery in New Jersey.
On November 11, 2018 at 11 a.m. New Jersey will join in a nationwide bell-tolling to honor the 116,516 American men and women who died in WWI.
Attention New Jersey educators! NJHC is now offering a free, comprehensive guide to New Jersey’s field trips in history and social studies.
The NJ Historical Commission, NJ Division on Women, and Thomas Edison State University are pleased to present a full recording of the NJ Women Vote: The 19th Amendment at 100 Women’s Equality Day virtual event, which took place on August 26, 2020.
The NJHC presented a webinar series this May, June, and July 2020 for cultural nonprofits navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, co-hosted with the NJ Council for the Humanities. Full recordings of each webinar and accompanying resources are now available
Please join the New Jersey Historical Commission and Crossroads of the American Revolution on Wednesday, July 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the next update meeting on plans for NJ’s commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States.
The NJHC is releasing a second survey to gather data about the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s history community. Please take a few minutes to complete this important survey. Your response will help inform our strategies for support moving forward.
Announcing report findings from 150 Revolutionary-era historic sites in New Jersey commissioned by NJHC partners Crossroads of the American Revolution.
We have compiled a list of resources for museums and cultural organizations grappling with the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak to be updated on a bi-weekly basis.
View the results of our survey about the impact of COVID-19 on NJ history & cultural organizations.
We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 awards and prizes. Nominations for the Richard P. McCormick Prize are due on April 30, 2020. Nominations for all other awards may be submitted by July 1, 2020.
The NJHC wants to hear from you, the state’s history community, about the impact of COVID-19 on your organization. Please take a few minutes to complete this important survey. Your response will help inform our strategies for support moving forward.
The NJHC is pleased to announce two upcoming Project Grant workshops for potential NJHC FY 2021 Project Grant applicants.
Help us create a visual identity for Revolution NJ, the state’s upcoming commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026. Contest prize of $1,500 to the winning design!
Join us on Oct. 10 & 11 for best practices workshops with fundraising professional, Jamie Simek.
We are now accepting nominations for the Awards of Recognition, the Richard J. Hughes Prize, the Richard P. McCormick Prize, and the Mildred Barry Garvin Prize. Nominations are due June 1, 2019 with the exception of the McCormick Prize due June 3, 2019.
We are now accepting paper and presentation proposals for the 2019 NJ History Conference, New Jersey Women Make History, scheduled for Friday, November 1st at Douglass Residential College, Rutgers – New Brunswick.
Read the NJHC’s 2018 report on series of focus groups with members of New Jersey’s Latino and Hispanic communities about making history more inclusive for all.
The Historical Commission invites arts, culture, and history organizations to join the new Families First Discovery Pass Program.
Registration is now open for New Jersey’s Telling Untold Histories Unconference on Friday, April 26th at Rutgers University-Newark.
What visitation trends have you seen at your historic site over the last few years? AASLH is conducting a national visitation survey and wants your feedback! Please take five minutes to complete the survey and share it with other interested institutions.
Sign-up today for GOS grant workshops offered this February 2019
Access the Winter 2019 Edition of NJ Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the latest scholarship in New Jersey history. The journal is available online free of charge.
The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) releases FY 2020 Project Grant Guidelines and announces two workshops for perspective applicants.
A workshop for museums, historic sites, libraries, and other cultural institutions.
Read about all the award winners and their contributions to NJ history.
NJ Historical Commission Chair, Maxine Lurie, and Commission Member, Richard Veit, receive 2018 AASLH Leadership in History Award of Merit for their publication Envisioning New Jersey: An Illustrated History of the Garden State.