NJSAA Events


December 7, 2016 

3:00pm - 5:30pm

Annually, the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance accepts nominations for materials published in the field of New Jersey studies for its Author Awards. Come hear a panel of this year's winners discuss their books.


Non-fiction scholarly category:

Molly Makris. Public Housing and School Choice in a Gentrified City: Youth Experiences of Uneven Opportunity, New York (NY): Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Non-fiction popular category:

Dale Russakoff. The Prize: Who’s In Charge of America’s Schools? Boston, MA: Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt 2015.

Reference category:

Joseph R. Klett. Understanding New Jersey’s Geography in the Proprietary Period, Trenton (NJ): Genealogical Society of New Jersey, 2014.

Edited Works category:

James J. Gigantino II (ed). The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Home Front, New Brunswick (NJ): Rutgers University Press, 2015

The awards are meant to recognize works that reflect a new understanding of New Jersey's history and culture, demonstrate evidence of original research in the application of New Jersey resources and/or reveal new insights into a topic.


Panel will begin at 4:15 pm in the Pane Room, first floor Alexander Library (around the corner past the circulation desk), 169 College Avenue. Business meeting will be at 3 pm in the Hughes Room (adjacent to the Pane Room). Both the meeting and the panel are open to the public. Parking is available in lots 26, 30 & College Avenue Deck without permits.




This event will be held at the Trenton Free Public Library (120 Academy St, Trenton, New Jersey 08608)

December 29, 2016 

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us during Patriots Week as we welcome Maxine Lurie and Richard Veit, authors of "Envisioning New Jersey: An Illustrative History of the Garden State" (published Sept. 2016). This lecture is co-sponsored with the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance.

"Envisioning New Jersey" brings together 650 images that illuminate the course of the state’s history, from prehistoric times to the present. 

Maxine N. Lurie and Richard F. Veit, two leading authorities on New Jersey history, will present pictures, ranging from paintings and photographs to documents and maps. 

"Envisioning New Jersey" is the first illustrated book on the Garden State that covers its complete history, capturing the amazing transformation of New Jersey over time.


February 28, 2017

3:00pm - 5:30pm

Join NJSAA as we welcome Frank J. Esposito and Donald Lokuta, authors of "Victorian New Jersey - Photographs by Guillermo Thorn from the Kean University Collection." The presentation will be in the Pane Room, first floor Alexander Library (around the corner past the circulation desk).

The Thorn Collection at Kean University documents the architecture and life in small town America. Images of country fairs, family reunions, and parades offer a glimpse of public life at that time, providing a brief social history. Thorn captures storefronts and signs in his photographs as he transforms the utilitarian into aesthetic. His landscape vistas reveal New Jersey as an unspoiled wonder. After the Civil War, New Jersey increasingly became a destination for tourists and vacationers. These images offer an appreciation of what the state looked like over a hundred years ago, and an understanding of just how much the physical environment has changed.

The authors will discuss the collection as well as their research into it. The presentation will begin at 4:15 pm, preceeded by the business meeting at 3 pm. Both are free and open to the public and will be held in the Pane Room, first floor of Alexander Library, Rutgers-New Brunswick (169 College Ave.). Parking is available in lots 26, 30 & College Avenue Deck without permits.


Past Events


  • Robert McGreeveyThe College of New Jersey, "Trenton's Early Civil Rights Activists" (co-hosted with the Trenton Free Public Library)
  • Phillip Papas, Union County College, "Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee
  • Jean Soderlund, Lehigh University, "The Lenape Indians and Colonial West Jersey"
  • Brian Regal, Kean University, "The Jersey Devil: The Real Story"
  • John Delaney, Princeton University Library, “Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888”
  • Bob Vietrogoski, Rutgers University, George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences, “How New Jersey’s Governors Created the State Medical Education System”
  • Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi, author, “The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion”
  • Raymond Frey, Centenary College, “The History of Centenary College in Hackettstown”
  • Gary Saretzky, Monmouth County Archives, "Photographers of Middlesex County" and “New Jersey’s Civil War Photographers”
  • Lucia McMahon, William Paterson University, “Mere Equals: The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic”
  • Bill Marsh, Monmouth University, “Why Lincoln Lost New Jersey Twice”
  • Gordon Bond, author, “My Patron: The Friendship of James Parker and Benjamin Franklin”
  • John Fea, Messiah College, “Philip Vickers Fithian: An 18th Century Jersey Boy”
  • Maxine N. Lurie, Seton Hall University, "17th Century New Jersey"

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