Sites Promoting NJ History

Here are some web sites of subjects related to the NJSAA and the teaching of New Jersey history.  If there is a pertinent site that is not on this page but should be, please inform the website manager.

Publications


Our state's venerable history journal, New Jersey History (NJH) as a peer-reviewed electronic journal.  

New Jersey History was founded as the Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society in 1845 and published under the direction of Society until 2005.  The new NJH will be published twice a year under the supervision of a state-wide editorial board, with primary responsibility and direction coming from the New Jersey Historical Commission.  New Jersey Digital Highway will provide additional access to the journal, and ultimately the articles will be preserved via the RUcore platform.

The development of the e-version of NJH was conducted under the direction of Rutgers University Library's Committee on Scholarly Communication (CSC). This electronic version of New Jersey History is available free of charge to the public and is searchable by author, title, abstract, index terms, and full text.

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Subscription web journal Garden State Legacy covers interesting topics in New Jersey history. The website has sample articles, a blog, a directory of services and trades, a directory of historical agencies and organizations by region, links to GSL videos, and a kid's page. NJSAA member Gordon Bond is the website's founder and editor-in-chief.

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Rutgers University Press specializes in General New Jersey and Midatlantic Region.  These publications are both of scholarly and general interest.


Websites

The New Jersey Digital Highway  website presents information, links, and activities on New Jersey history and culture. The NJDH administers an online database of images from the collections of New Jersey libraries, museums, archives and historical societies. There are sections for Educators and Students and instructions for Librarians and Curators to add their collections to the database. 

Activities


The National History Day program is a year-long education program that culminates in a national contest every June.   It engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.  


Organizations / Agencies


Under the State of New Jersey, Department of the State. The mission of the New Jersey Historical Commission is to enrich the lives of the public by preserving the historical record and advancing interest in and awareness of New Jersey's past. Their web site contains information regarding their upcoming events, grants and prizes, materials for teachers, media projects, news releases, publications, and NJ history resources.  This is the "go to" site for links to sites about New Jersey, as well as organizations and repositories of New Jersey materials.

State of New Jersey. Department of Education.  Core Curriculum Content Standards.

The goal of NJCSS is to bring together educators from all the social studies disciplines, including history, economics, political science, sociology geography, anthropology, and psychology and serve as a forum for scholarly dialogue and a catalyst for the continuing development of Social Studies education.

MARAC is a professional organization for archivists and anyone working with archival materials.  It provides educational opportunities with workshops and conferences.  The New Jersey Caucus operates the CAPES archival consulting program, which is available to repositories of archives and manuscript materials.


Political Action


The Advocates for New Jersey History has sought to build awareness of the public history activities in the state, to increase support for high quality, responsive and professional state and private agencies engaged in public history, to advocate for public support for historical agencies, and to serve on public history and history education, heritage tourism, and historic preservation.  The organization is politically active and lobbies for support for New Jersey history issues.  They co-host an annual convention on New Jersey history issues in the Spring.

Let your voice be heard!  Promote New Jersey history to your representatives.





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