2017 October 24 meeting minutes

Attendees: E. Kim Adams, Flora Boros, Tim Corlis, Bob Egan, Bobbie Egan, Raymond Frey, Tom Frusciano, Erika Gorder, Paul Israel, Christie Lutz, Tara Maharjan, Nancy Martin, Fernanda Perrone, Laura Poll, Caryn Radick, Gary Saretzky, Julia Telonidis, Helene van Rossum, Bob Vietrogoski

Laura Poll convened the meeting in the absence of Maxine Lurie

Bob Vietrogoski presented The Roger McDonough Librarianship Award to Tom Frusciano.

Treasurer's Report (Dick Waldron absent, report attached)

Membership Report (Karl Niederer absent, no report)

Website/Facebook Page (Tara Maharjan): 168 Facebook likes. Send any website updates to Tara. Tom Frusciano's bio has been posted and papers of Stellhorn Award winners have been linked.

Committee on Author Awards (Laura Poll for Deborah Mercer): The winners are:

· Scholarly: Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign and the Politics of Battle by Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone

· Reference: Envisioning New Jersey: An Illustrated History of the Garden State by Maxine N. Lurie and Richard F. Veit

· Popular: Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital by Rusty Tagliareni and Christina Mathews

Committee on the Award for a Librarian (Bob Vietrogoski): Bob noted that there were a number of submissions this year.

Committee on Teaching Awards (Raymond Frey): Mary Rizzo (Rutgers-Newark) is the Teaching Award winner for "Place, Community and Public Humanities." There were no entries this year from elementary or high schools, and obtaining such submissions has been a challenge. Ray now has access to a number of mailing lists in order to better spread the word next year.

Stellhorn Award Committee – for Undergraduate Papers (Laura Poll for Richard Waldron): This year's winners are:

· Thomas Federowicz, Rutgers University, “Scarlet Knights, Red Crusade: An Analysis of the Great Red Scare at Rutgers-New Brunswick.” Nominating Professor: Richard L. McCormick

· Samuel Fogelgaren, The College of New Jersey, “The Fight to Save the Last Frontier’: Exclusionary Zoning and Environmental Protection at the Pequannock Watershed, 1975-1985.” Nominating Professors: Christopher Fisher and Robert McGreevey

Graduate Student Papers Award (Paul Israel): No submissions. Paul noted there is a challenge in trying to identify students doing work on NJ history. He has contacted H_grad and H_NJ lists plus graduate program directors.

NJSAA Lecture Series & schedule of future events (Laura Poll): Next meeting is December 6th, and will feature a panel of the Author Award winners. The business meeting starts at 3pm and the panel begins at 4:15pm.

The February speaker is Sandra Moss on the polio epidemic of 1916. The April meeting will feature student paper and teaching award winners. Suggestions for the October meeting were solicited.

The June off-site meeting will possibly be at the Alice Paul Institute and will feature Catherine Hudak on "The Ladies of Trenton: Women's Public and Political Activism in Revolutionary NJ." The August off-site meeting will be at the Elizabeth Public Library and feature Eleanora Dubicki on Carnegie Libraries in New Jersey.

Development Committee (Gary Saretzky for Jessica Myers): Major points from the committee's July meeting are as follows:

· It is time for a strategic plan for the NJSAA

· As a non-profit, we can solicit tax-deductible donations

· The committee outlined ideas for new initiatives in the event we receive more money

New Business and Member News:

A handout on Federal humanities funding was circulated.

Gary Saretzky noted that the NJ Council for the Humanities has terminated its Horizons Speakers Council; however, there is a new website that is a potential source for possible future programs.

Laura Poll solicited suggestions for off-site meeting locations.

Fernanda Perrone reported that the NJ Book Arts Symposium will be held November 3 at Alexander Library at Rutgers, with an accompanying exhibit in the Special Collections & University Archives Gallery. Gallery 50 on the first floor of Alexander Library currently features the "Milton to Milton" exhibition.

Tom Frusciano noted that on October 26th at Rutgers the Carr Library (formerly Kilmer Library) would be dedicated in honor of the university's first African American graduate, along with the Sojourner Truth Apartments on College Avenue and Will's Way, the walkway leading from Old Queens to Voorhees Mall, named for the slave who built the foundation of Old Queens.

Laura Poll announced that Patriots Week in Trenton will once again occur between Christmas and New Years. The program will be online shortly.

Tim Corlis reported on NJCAR and a project to map out all relevant sites in the state as a tool for police to dispatch services. There will be a tristate symposium related to this effort in November.

Following the business meeting, David Haven Blake of The College of New Jersey spoke about his book, Liking Ike: Eisenhower, Advertising, and the Rise of Celebrity Politics.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Christie Lutz