2015 February 17 meeting minutes

New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance

Minutes of the February 17, 2015 meeting

Pane Room, Alexander Library

In Attendance: Jon Lurie, Maxine Lurie, Jane McNeill, Laura Poll, Paul Israel, Christie Lutz, Ron Becker, Gary Saretsky, Joe Grabas, Bob Vietrogoski, John Delaney, Bob Egan, Bobbie Egan, Dave Fowler, Jim Liessen, Fernanda Perrone, Al King, Linda Langschied

Call to Order – 3:19pm

Maxine Lurie passed around the Committee List and asked for volunteers interested in serving. Maxine announced that Deborah Mercer accepted the Chair of the Author Awards Committee.

The minutes of the January Meeting were presented and approved.

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Maxine Lurie on behalf of Treasurer Dick Waldron. There were two reports presented 1) The 2014 Fiscal Year Report 7-1-2013 to 6-30-2014; and 2) the current Report 12-1-2014 to 10-31-2015 showing a closing balance of $975.25.

Lurie made particular note of the fact that the balance from had increased threefold since 7-1-2013 – ($315.79 to $975.25)

The Membership Report was presented for Carla Zimmerman by M. Lurie, 3 new members and 1 renewal, for a total of 73.

Lurie asked for volunteers to bring NJSAA brochures to the various upcoming NJ History Day events.

It was reported that Carla Zimmerman has updated the Website.

A motion was made to reimburse Carla the sum of $65.00, which she advanced to renew the website domain name for another 5 years. The motion passed unanimously.

Laura Poll reported that the NJSAA Facebook page has 94 followers, much discussion ensued (including how to get more of them to become members of the organization). It was recommended that members continually interact with the Facebook page and LIKE the posts which will help to support the page.

It was reported that announcements were sent out for the Teaching, Author and Student Awards. Gary Saretszky advised that the announcement for the Librarian Award would go out in April. It was suggested that the announcements be sent out to MARAC and H-Net for broader distribution.

Laura Poll reported on the Lecture Series stating that three of the five Stellhorn Award winners will appear at the April 7th meeting. Brian Regal, author of a new book on the NJ Devil will be appearing at the October meeting. We are looking for more speakers and there was a discussion about the possibility of expanding the Lecture Series to include more events.

A new committee was created to handle Fundraising, Publicity and Planning, it is initially comprised of Laura Poll, Carla Zimmerman and Dick Waldron. Those interested in serving should contact President Lurie. It was stated that there is a need to raise funds to support the Student Awards.


Karl Niederer is working on a new student historic preservation award. No report was given.

There is a dire need for Judges for NJ History Day. President Lurie implored the membership to support this important event.

Rutgers runs workshops in historical research for History Day students. Ron Becker is looking for volunteers to assist with these workshops. Please contact him if interested.

It was mentioned that the Marion Thompson Wright Program would be held on this Saturday (February 21) at Rutgers Newark. President Lurie noted that the program was originated by the recently departed Clement Price of Rutgers and Giles Wright of the New Jersey Historical Commission.

Paul Israel noted that he continues to work on the Edison Papers with another volume coming out soon.

Ron Becker announced that the NJ Before the Revolution Exhibit is still open in the Alexander Library and Special Collections.

Gary Saretszky announced that the Civil War Exhibit at the Monmouth County Library will soon close. He also noted that the Monmouth County Archives has recently completed the creation of a Naturalization Database which contains 50,000 naturalization records available online.

It was noted that the NY Public Library offers an extensive collection of NJ information through an online database: Jersey Genealogy: A Research Guide Using Local History Collections by Andy McCarthy, Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Posted February 9, 2015.

It was recommended that the NJ350 site be given a longer life and to be kept alive into the future. This possibility is being explored by the website creators.

It was recommended that all members consider joining Advocates for NJ History.

4:08pm Business Meeting is Closed

4:18pm – John Delaney presented a program on his new publication of mapping in New Jersey – Nova Caesarea.

5:17pm – Lecture was ended and meeting Adjourned

Respectfully Submitted,

Joseph A. Grabas

NEXT MEETING April 7th. Business meeting at 3pm, Speakers 4:15 (Student winners of the Stellhorn Prize).