2014 April 3 meeting minutes

Present: George Apgar, Ron Becker, David Fowler, Raymond Frey, Bonita Craft Grant, Joe Grabas, Paul Israel, Maxine Lurie, Marc Mappen, Jessica Meyers, Fernanda Perrone, Laura Poll, Gary Saretzky, Julia Telonidis, Bob Vietrogoski, Carla Zimmerman, E. King Adams, Karina Benas?, Rebecca Russo, Rachel Mark, Joseph Mark, Meryl Mark, Jarrett M. Drake.

Maxine Lurie, chairperson, convened the meeting at 3:10pm.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting: The minutes of the previous meeting were approved

Financial Status: The treasurer’s report indicated that our opening balance for February 1 was $1,205.79. The closing balance on March 31 was $1,187.07. The balance will decline as we expend money for awards. We still have not heard from the IRS about our application as a non-profit organization.

Author Awards: Laura reported that nominated books have been coming in. April 30 is the deadline. Maxine announced that the New Jersey Council for the Humanities also has a book award program.

Award for Librarians (McDonough Award): According to Ron, the committee will come out with a request for nominations. The recipient will be announced at the Archives and History Day in October.

Teaching Award: Raymond reported that in order to advertise the award program he is keeping a contact list of people who should be informed. The deadline for nominations is October 1. Nominations can be made for teachers at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels. The award will be presented at the Historical Commission’s annual conference in November.

Stellhorn Award for Undergraduate Student Papers: No report.

Graduate Student Award: Paul will send out announcements of the award program. The papers of previous winners will appear in the new publication: “New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.” The New Jersey Historical Commission, and the Rutgers Libraries will sponsor this e-journal, edited by Brooke Hunter of Rider University. The deadline for the submission of graduate papers for the 2014 award will probably be July 1.

NJSAA Speakers Series: Laura announced that the speaker at the next meeting will be Bob Vietrogoski. His topic will be “How New Jersey’s Governors Created the State Medical Education System.”’

Update on the 350th Anniversary: Maxine reported on the activities underway. There were comments that the website needs improvement.

Membership Report: Carla said no new members had signed up since the previous meeting. She will send a reminder to the 34 members whose dues come due on July 1st Carla is looking for more New Jersey themed items. Laura showed off the New Jersey shaped earrings as one possibility. Bags of M&Ms and tote bags were also mentioned.

The business segment of the meeting adjourned at 4:05, and was followed by impressive presentations given by students who won NJSAA awards for undergraduate research:

-Rebecca Russo, Rider University, “Infanticide in Colonial New Jersey”

-Rachel Mark, Columbia, “Reputation and Reality in America’s Model Town

And for Graduate research:

-Jarrett Drake, University of Michigan School of Information, “The Production of Evidence in 19th-Century New Jersey”

Next meetings: October 21, 2014; December 2, 2014 (panel of book award winners)

Respectfully submitted,

Marc Mappen

NJSAA Secretary