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.
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.
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.
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.