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As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, we want to focus on what the Declaration of Independence...
07/02/2021

As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, we want to focus on what the Declaration of Independence historically meant to different communities. We emphasize exploring the experiences of Indigenous communities as part of the NJHC's 2021 programmatic theme. Although many Americans remember the Declaration of Independence affirming that all men are created equal, Native Americans were not included in such declaration. Instead, signers' negatively painted Native Americans as part of their grievances against the king:

“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

The emergence of the United States as a newly independent nation vastly diminished Indigenous culture and land. In 1883, Congress passed the Religious Crimes Code to regulate Native American ceremonial and religious life. As a result, Indigenous superintendents and agents justified reservations to conduct ceremonies on July 4th for Native Americans to learn patriotism to the United States. That is why many Native American tribal gatherings take place on or near the 4th of July. Over time, cultural ceremonies became tribal homecomings, specifically honoring the Native American veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Read more about the many ways Indigenous communities celebrate on the 4th of July here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2020/07/01/do-american-indians-celebrate-4th-july/

As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, we want to focus on what the Declaration of Independence historically meant to different communities. We emphasize exploring the experiences of Indigenous communities as part of the NJHC's 2021 programmatic theme. Although many Americans remember the Declaration of Independence affirming that all men are created equal, Native Americans were not included in such declaration. Instead, signers' negatively painted Native Americans as part of their grievances against the king:

“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

The emergence of the United States as a newly independent nation vastly diminished Indigenous culture and land. In 1883, Congress passed the Religious Crimes Code to regulate Native American ceremonial and religious life. As a result, Indigenous superintendents and agents justified reservations to conduct ceremonies on July 4th for Native Americans to learn patriotism to the United States. That is why many Native American tribal gatherings take place on or near the 4th of July. Over time, cultural ceremonies became tribal homecomings, specifically honoring the Native American veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Read more about the many ways Indigenous communities celebrate on the 4th of July here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2020/07/01/do-american-indians-celebrate-4th-july/

The NJHC has a new Instagram! Follow @newjerseyhistory as we continue to be dedicated to the advancement of public knowl...
07/01/2021

The NJHC has a new Instagram! Follow @newjerseyhistory as we continue to be dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history on a new platform. Find us here: https://www.instagram.com/newjerseyhistory/

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The NJHC has a new Instagram! Follow @newjerseyhistory as we continue to be dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history on a new platform. Find us here: https://www.instagram.com/newjerseyhistory/

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The NJHC approves $230,000 in supplemental COVID-19 grant assistance to New Jersey non-profit history organizations. The...
07/01/2021

The NJHC approves $230,000 in supplemental COVID-19 grant assistance to New Jersey non-profit history organizations. The funding will address essential institutional financial needs as the history field navigates the pandemic’s impact. Read the press release here: https://nj.gov/state/press-2021-0630.shtml

The NJHC approves $230,000 in supplemental COVID-19 grant assistance to New Jersey non-profit history organizations. The funding will address essential institutional financial needs as the history field navigates the pandemic’s impact. Read the press release here: https://nj.gov/state/press-2021-0630.shtml

Happening now! Register to join the webinar live: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZcIoaGjnQQCPV8sKHZuK1Q
06/28/2021

Happening now! Register to join the webinar live: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZcIoaGjnQQCPV8sKHZuK1Q

Tonight, Monday, June 28 at 7 PM! Moderated by Rev. Dr. John Norwood of the Nanticoke Lenape Tribe, don’t miss the Indigenous Theatre Makers in Conversation | A Virtual Panel Discussion, sponsored by New Jersey Historical Commission.
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The discussion will touch on the greatest achievements and joys of making theatre as an Indigenous artist, the panelists' visions for the future of theatre and performance, and how Indigenous arts leadership can, should, and will be part of the future of the field.
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The Panel will include, Ryan Pierce (The Eagle Project), Madeline Sayet (@madsay) (Red Eagle Soaring), and DeLanna Studi (@delannastudi) (Native Voices at the Autry).
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Check it out >> https://bit.ly/3do5VeO

Tomorrow! There is still time to register for "Indigenous Theatre Makers in Conversation," a panel hosted by the New Jer...
06/27/2021

Tomorrow! There is still time to register for "Indigenous Theatre Makers in Conversation," a panel hosted by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and scheduled for 6/28 at 7 p.m. The discussion will touch on the greatest challenges and joys of making theatre as an Indigenous artist, the panelists' visions for the future of theatre and performance, and how Indigenous arts leadership can, should, and will be part of the future of the field. Register today: https://njtheatrealliance.org/events/indigenous-theatre-makers-conversation-virtual-panel-discussion.

Tomorrow! There is still time to register for "Indigenous Theatre Makers in Conversation," a panel hosted by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and scheduled for 6/28 at 7 p.m. The discussion will touch on the greatest challenges and joys of making theatre as an Indigenous artist, the panelists' visions for the future of theatre and performance, and how Indigenous arts leadership can, should, and will be part of the future of the field. Register today: https://njtheatrealliance.org/events/indigenous-theatre-makers-conversation-virtual-panel-discussion.

Don't miss it! Join the New Jersey Theatre Alliance this coming Monday 6/28 for "Indigenous Theatre Makers in Conversati...
06/24/2021
New Jersey Theater Alliance Hosts Indigenous Theatre Makers In Conversation

Don't miss it! Join the New Jersey Theatre Alliance this coming Monday 6/28 for "Indigenous Theatre Makers in Conversation," a candid and collegial conversation among Indigenous theatre makers based in our local area of Lenapehoking (colonially known as New Jersey and New York) and beyond. This virtual event is free to attend with registration: https://www.broadwayworld.com/new-jersey/article/New-Jersey-Theater-Alliance-Hosts-Indigenous-Theatre-Makers-In-Conversation-20210623.

The NJHC is proud sponsor of this program.

New Jersey Theatre Alliance, one of the state's largest arts service organizations, invites the public to join them virtually on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm for Indigenous Theatre Makers in Conversation: A Virtual Panel Discussion, sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission.

There's still time! Submit a proposal to the 2021 New Jersey History Conference, "We're Still Here: Indigenous History a...
06/22/2021

There's still time! Submit a proposal to the 2021 New Jersey History Conference, "We're Still Here: Indigenous History and Persistence in NJ." The conference is dedicated to promoting and exploring the diversity of Indigenous life in contemporary and historic New Jersey. The submission deadline is June 28: https://bit.ly/njhc21CFP.

There's still time! Submit a proposal to the 2021 New Jersey History Conference, "We're Still Here: Indigenous History and Persistence in NJ." The conference is dedicated to promoting and exploring the diversity of Indigenous life in contemporary and historic New Jersey. The submission deadline is June 28: https://bit.ly/njhc21CFP.

This Wednesday! Join us for a conversation with folks across the state about plans to commemorate the 250th anniversary ...
06/22/2021

This Wednesday! Join us for a conversation with folks across the state about plans to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the formal founding of the U.S. We will address questions, ideas, and responses related to the Revolution NJ Interpretative Framework https://bit.ly/34qhg9h

This Wednesday! Join us for a conversation with folks across the state about plans to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the formal founding of the U.S. We will address questions, ideas, and responses related to the Revolution NJ Interpretative Framework https://bit.ly/34qhg9h

Missed last week's webinar "New Jersey, The Last Northern State to End Slavery"? Check out a full recording today: https...
06/21/2021
New Jersey, The Last Northern State to End Slavery - Juneteenth Commemoration 2021

Missed last week's webinar "New Jersey, The Last Northern State to End Slavery"? Check out a full recording today: https://youtu.be/OwrPefQy4T0. In observance of Juneteenth 2021, the program explored the people, laws, and economic leaders that kept African Americans enslaved in New Jersey until 1865.

The discussion featured Dr. James Amemasor, "Will Likely Endeavor to Pass for Free’: Runaway Slave Advertisements in New Jersey Newspapers, 1777-1808," and Dr. James J. Gigantino, "The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865." Noelle Lorraine Williams, Director, African American History Program at the NJHC moderated.

This program was the kickoff of the NJHC’s virtual series "Black Is: African American History and Sites in New Jersey."

#blackisnjhc #njhc #juneteenth #njhistory

New Jersey’s newest state holiday - Juneteenth, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. This is a recording of a virtual program, "New J...

06/19/2021
2021 Juneteenth Commemoration - Part 3

To close out their conversation about Juneteenth in New Jersey, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way and Noelle Lorraine Williams, Director, African American History Program at the NJ Historical Commission, talk about different resources available in the state for those wanting to learn more about the lives of Black people in the years following emancipation and how people across the nation, historically and today, choose to commemorate and celebrate the holiday. #Juneteenth2021 #NJhistory New Jersey Department of State

Want to learn more the legacy of Juneteenth in NJ? Check out “New Jersey, The Last Northern State to End Slavery” by Noelle Lorraine Williams, Director, African American History Program at the New Jersey Historical Commission: https://nj.gov/state/historical/his-2021-juneteenth.shtml.

06/19/2021
2021 Juneteenth Commemoration - Part 2

In this second part of their conversation about Juneteenth, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way and Noelle Lorraine Williams, Director, African American History Program at the NJ Historical Commission, explore New Jersey’s connection to Juneteenth and the people and families who were still impacted by slavery in the state immediately following emancipation. #Juneteenth2021 #NJhistory New Jersey Department of State

Image credits:
Cropped image of an article from the New York Times in January of 1866 announcing the inauguration of New Jersey Governor Marcus L. Ward.

Image of Lockey White’s 1860 census entry indicating that she was a “slave for life”

06/19/2021
Juneteenth 2021 Commemoration - Part 1

Today we commemorate Juneteenth 2021. Join New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way and Noelle Lorraine Williams, Director, African American History Program at the NJ Historical Commission, for a conversation about the origins of Juneteenth and why the holiday is special to New Jersey. Stay tuned throughout the day to catch all three clips in the series! #Juneteenth2021 #NJhistory New Jersey Department of State

Image credits:
Early Juneteenth Celebrations (1): Stephenson, Mrs. Charles (Grace Murray). [Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900], photograph, June 19, 1900; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124053/m1/1/: accessed June 18, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Early Juneteenth Celebrations (2): Juneteenth celebration in 1900 at Eastwoods Park (Austin History Center via NMAAHC)

Francis Ellen Watkins Harper: Hallie Quinn. “Mrs. F. E. W. Harper.” Courtesy of Documenting the American South.

Save the date and register today! We are thrilled to support "Indigenous Theatre Makers in Conversation," a virtual pane...
06/16/2021

Save the date and register today! We are thrilled to support "Indigenous Theatre Makers in Conversation," a virtual panel event hosted by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and scheduled for Monday, June 28, at 7 p.m.

Monday, June 28: Indigenous Theatre Makers in Conversation - a virtual panel discussion hosted by New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZcIoaGjnQQCPV8sKHZuK1Q

Sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission - NJHC
Moderated by Rev. Dr. John Norwood of the The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation #NJarts

Grant opportunity! The New Jersey Council for the Humanities has announced a new round of COVID-19 response grants for N...
06/15/2021
New Jersey Council for the Humanities

Grant opportunity! The New Jersey Council for the Humanities has announced a new round of COVID-19 response grants for New Jersey humanities organizations.

At the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, we harness the power of the humanities to strengthen our pluralistic society.

Join others throughout New Jersey on Wednesday, June 23, at 12:30 p.m. to discuss commemoration efforts and plans for th...
06/11/2021

Join others throughout New Jersey on Wednesday, June 23, at 12:30 p.m. to discuss commemoration efforts and plans for the upcoming 250th anniversary of the formal founding of the United States. This one hour virtual session is an opportunity to dive into the Revolution NJ interpretive framework, ask questions, discuss approaches, and brainstorm ideas with fellow members of the public. Learn more and register today: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvc-ihpzkvGdfTFFWIfBQd3lDWsrDBybET

Don't forget to check out the Strategic and Interpretative Frameworks for Revolution, now available online: https://revolutionarynj.org/revolution-nj-strategic-interpretive-framework-released/.

Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area

Join others throughout New Jersey on Wednesday, June 23, at 12:30 p.m. to discuss commemoration efforts and plans for the upcoming 250th anniversary of the formal founding of the United States. This one hour virtual session is an opportunity to dive into the Revolution NJ interpretive framework, ask questions, discuss approaches, and brainstorm ideas with fellow members of the public. Learn more and register today: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvc-ihpzkvGdfTFFWIfBQd3lDWsrDBybET

Don't forget to check out the Strategic and Interpretative Frameworks for Revolution, now available online: https://revolutionarynj.org/revolution-nj-strategic-interpretive-framework-released/.

Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area

Join the Alice Paul Institute this Saturday, June 12, for "Trailblazers: African American Women in New Jersey Government...
06/10/2021

Join the Alice Paul Institute this Saturday, June 12, for "Trailblazers: African American Women in New Jersey Government." This virtual program will feature Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, along with New Jersey Department of State's own Secretary of State Tahesha Way and Civil Services Commission Chair Deirdre Webster Cobb to discuss their experiences as trailblazing African American women in the legal and political realm. Hosting the conversation is Kennedi Avent, a high school junior in the Girls Leadership Council and the Camden County NAACP. Register today! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1gJFBtZRTZmbzkj7kC5AnA

Join the Alice Paul Institute this Saturday, June 12, for "Trailblazers: African American Women in New Jersey Government." This virtual program will feature Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, along with New Jersey Department of State's own Secretary of State Tahesha Way and Civil Services Commission Chair Deirdre Webster Cobb to discuss their experiences as trailblazing African American women in the legal and political realm. Hosting the conversation is Kennedi Avent, a high school junior in the Girls Leadership Council and the Camden County NAACP. Register today! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1gJFBtZRTZmbzkj7kC5AnA

“This year forty-seven states including New Jersey will observe Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Da...
06/10/2021

“This year forty-seven states including New Jersey will observe Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day) as a state holiday—a holiday that commemorates when enslaved Blacks in Galveston, Texas learned that they were, in fact, freed by President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation two and half years earlier. The date was June 19, 1865.”

Learn more about Juneteenth and its legacy in New Jersey in this new piece, "New Jersey, The Last Northern State to End Slavery," by Noelle Lorraine Williams, Director, African American History Program at the NJ Historical Commission: https://nj.gov/state/historical/his-2021-juneteenth.shtml.

#blackisnjhc #njhc #juneteenth #njhistory

Image collage: Peter Lee who may have been illegally enslaved as a young man by the Stevens Family in Hoboken, NJ, and Lockey White’s 1860 census entry indicating that she was a “slave for life.”

“This year forty-seven states including New Jersey will observe Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day) as a state holiday—a holiday that commemorates when enslaved Blacks in Galveston, Texas learned that they were, in fact, freed by President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation two and half years earlier. The date was June 19, 1865.”

Learn more about Juneteenth and its legacy in New Jersey in this new piece, "New Jersey, The Last Northern State to End Slavery," by Noelle Lorraine Williams, Director, African American History Program at the NJ Historical Commission: https://nj.gov/state/historical/his-2021-juneteenth.shtml.

#blackisnjhc #njhc #juneteenth #njhistory

Image collage: Peter Lee who may have been illegally enslaved as a young man by the Stevens Family in Hoboken, NJ, and Lockey White’s 1860 census entry indicating that she was a “slave for life.”

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New Jersey’s people and varied resources have helped shape the mid-Atlantic region, the Nation, and the world for more than 350 years. Its notable diversity of inhabitants was evident from its beginning in 1664. Due in no small part to its location, it has seen all the great themes of the Nation’s history play out within its borders. Its pivotal role during the American Revolution and early industrialization, and continuing legacy of technological innovation, distinguish it in the historical record. For these and many other reasons, the study of New Jersey history is both engaging and relevant to the state’s residents and visitors.

The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is a state agency dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. Established by law in 1967, its work is founded on the fundamental belief that an understanding of our shared heritage is essential to sustaining a cohesive and robust democracy.


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Please share this petition to save the Tomlinson Mansion.
The story of America’s oldest white oak, 619 years, stood guard over a meeting between George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette. Distributed by 1091 Media, our film is now available for rent or purchase. Perfect for tree lovers and history buffs! #ArborDay
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We are pleased to introduce and welcome another new and timely addition to the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair muster roll for 2019 - Save Ellis Island, Inc.! What better time for this organization to join the ranks of participants at the #NJHistoryFair as our country once again grapples with the heated issue of immigration. Along with the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island has become a symbol of our immigration past. It stands as a reminder that we are a country built on the foundation of immigrant moxy and determination against all odds; on the dream and belief that a new and better life was possible here. It is that dream that continually fueled the growth of our country from the early colonial period through to the present day. Most among us have immigrant roots in our own family histories and it is high among the goals of Save Ellis Island Inc. to help us connect to those stories. While its primary mission is to rehabilitate the historic Island buildings and create compelling exhibitions it’s broader objectives are to “communicate, tell stories and begin dialogues about those who bravely came before us to help build the country we live in today; remind us where we came from, and tell us who we are;” and to create “a place of learning and intellectual exchange.” So make sure Saturday, September 14th is on your calendars and plan to spend a few hours at the #SpiritoftheJerseys State History Fair at #MonmouthBattlefieldStatePark in Manalapan. Look for the Save Ellis Island table, learn about what they do and get inspired to connect with your own family immigration stories - whatever they may be! #immigrantsgetthejobdone #immigrationhistory #SaveEllisIsland #EllisIsland #SpiritoftheJerseysStateHistoryFair #NJStateHistoryFair #NewJerseyHistoryFair #NewJerseyHistory #NJHistory #socialstudiesteachers #historyteacher #njteacher #njteachers #teacher #teachers
Father’s Day Celebration – Tribute to Captain James Elwood McBride.... Edited for Tribute from The McBride Family Oyster Enterprises by Ambassador Dr. Jacqueline McBride-Jones, Daughter of Captain James Elwood McBride, June 16, 2019 In Remembrance…Honors Bestowed on Father’s Day, 2019 Captain James Elwood McBride was the first African American boat owner, captain, and entrepreneur in the oyster industry, within the Mid-Atlantic region. He was the owner of boats: Popeye, Ronnie and Melvin, Ariel, and W. L. Rose. After Captain McBride’s tragic death in 1963, Mrs. Lucy McBride, an entrepreneur, became CEO and one of the first “Women CEO of the Maritime” to own and operate a fleet of boats. Also, Mrs. McBride was the first African American women to serve as the Parent Teachers Association, P. T. A., President in the region. Let's add Capt. McBride to NJHS events and recognition. Thank you, Ambassador Dr. Jacqueline McBride Jones
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I wrote this for the The Record yesterday about New Bridge Landing's open-house summer tour. I absolutely loved the spot. Thanks to the Bergen County Historical Society for their overwhelming hospitality.