This week on The Historians Podcast, researcher and living historian Phil Weaver discusses his new book, The 3rd New Jersey in New York: Stories from The Jersey Greys of 1776. [Read more…] about Stories from the Jersey Greys of 1776
The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs launched its fall season with an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War in Jersey City, New Jersey.
WWI: Beyond Flanders Fields curated by Michelle Vitale, HCCC Director of Cultural Affairs honors New Jersey veterans and features unique military items from the National World War I Museum and Memorial, lectures by distinguished scholars, and interactive displays. [Read more…] about Jersey City World War I Centennial Exhibition Opens
“A Gentleman’s Pursuit: A Symposium on the American Greenhouse” has been set for Saturday, May 12th from 11 am to 4 pm at the Morven Museum & Garden’s Stockton Education Center, 55 Stockton Street in Princeton, New Jersey.
This symposium will explore the glamour and passion surrounding America’s “glass houses” with this expert panel of speakers, including: [Read more…] about Symposium Set On The American Greenhouse
Wendy E. Harris and Helene van Rossum are set to give a lecture on African enslavement among the Dutch Reformed Churches of New York’s Ulster County and New Jersey’s Raritan Valley on Saturday, April 7th at 4 pm at Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz. [Read more…] about New Paltz: Enslavement Among Dutch Reformed Churches
The 39th Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institute will take place for the first time in the state of New Jersey.
Located between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers, New Jersey has often been neglected in favor of more dramatic developments to the east and west. However, as the site of Pavonia, an early patroonship with major agricultural potential, and as the geographic connection between New Amsterdam and the Delaware River settlements, the Garden State’s seventeenth-century origins well deserve attention. [Read more…] about Annual New Netherland Conference Being Held In NJ
In the film Back to the Future Part II (1989), the characters of Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the future year of 2015. Not to go too far into the plot (which many of you may already know), while in the future Marty gets the idea to buy a sports almanac to bring back from the future and make money betting on sports. But before they leave 2015 (October 21st to be exact) Doc discovers the almanac and gives the reasoning behind the building of his time machine. Doc say to Marty: “I didn’t invent the time machine for financial gain. The intent here is to gain a clear perspective on humanity. Where we have been. Where we are going. The pitfalls and the possibilities. The perils and the promise of perhaps an answer to that universal question – why?” [Read more…] about Jim Blackburn: Time Traveling in Tuckerton, NJ
The New Jersey Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for the Mildred Barry Garvin Prize, an annual award given to a New Jersey teacher, guidance counselor, or school librarian for outstanding teaching of African American history at an grade level between kindergarten and high school.
The prize ($1,500) is also awarded to individuals demonstrating outstanding performance in a related activity such as developing curriculum materials. [Read more…] about NJ Historical Commission Seeks Prize Nominations
One of the news items in a recent summary of “This Week’s Top New York History News” here at The New York History Blog had a link to an article from the Albany Times Union (reprinted from the New York Times), entitled “New York Won’t Celebrate 350th Birthday.” The article noted that neither the city nor the state was commemorating the takeover of New Netherland by the British in August, 1664.
The writer suggested that “a dispassion for the past” among the public was a basic explanation. [Read more…] about Ignoring New York’s 350th Birthday
This simple statement closed an op-ed by four former New Jersey governors in the New York Times last week. In the piece, the governors — two Democrats and two Republicans — write about the threat LG’s proposed tower in Englewood Cliffs would pose to the Palisades, and they highlight a win-win solution: [Read more…] about New York Times Op-Ed: The Threat to the Palisades
Like many historical events, the American Revolution is often shrouded in romantic myth and stubborn stereotypes. Perhaps no event offers a better example than General George Washington’s famous crossing of icy Delaware River on Christmas night to lead the Continental Army’s defeat of the Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey, an event which revived the flickering morale American revolutionaries.
In George Washington’s Surprise Attack: A New Look at the Battle That Decided the Fate of America (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014), Phillip Thomas Tucker attempts to parse fiction from fact. He provides an in-depth look (more than 600 pages, with notes) at the events of the Battle of Trenton, presenting new insights and analysis about a battle that holds a mythical place in American national history. [Read more…] about Battle of Trenton: George Washington’s Surprise Attack