“The Ramapough and the Ringwood Mines Superfund Site – History, Culture, Education, and Environmental Justice,” was awarded the top prize at NJCH’s 50th Anniversary Gala on September 29. In addition, the “Raíces Roots Music Exhibit Series” and the Asbury Park African-American Music Project's Digital Museum received honorable mentions.

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Founded in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Council, the Stanley N. Katz Prize for Excellence in Public Humanities will be awarded annually beginning in 2022.

Our Mission

We explore, cultivate, and champion the public humanities in order to strengthen New Jersey’s diverse community.

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50th Anniversary

Join us throughout 2022 as we celebrate our 50th year of strengthening communities and connections in New Jersey through the public humanities.

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Sponsorships support events, programs, and opportunities that help institutions serving the people of New Jersey explore the public humanities in our lives.

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Our programs, grants, resources, and convenings foster appreciation for the public humanities in every district in the state.

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NJCH Community History Program highlighted by Federation of State Humanities Councils

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities was featured in an article by the Federation of State Humanities Councils highlighting programs around the United States that are helping to expand […]

Humanities Moment with Jonathan Mercantini

Humanities Moment: NJCH Board Member Jonathan Mercantini

Jonathan Mercantini, PhD Current city/town: Moorestown, NJ Title/Affiliation: Acting Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Kean University   What’s the last page-turner biography you read? What podcasts are keeping you going […]

Humanities Moment: Rayman Solomon

Humanities Moment: NJCH Board Member Rayman Solomon

Rayman Solomon Current city/town: Camden, NJ Title/Affiliation: University Professor and Dean Emeritus, Rutgers Law School   What’s the last page-turner biography you read? What podcasts are keeping you going during […]


Round 1 of 2022-23 Grants Cycle Indicates Robust Market for Humanities Programs

In Round 1 of our 2022-2023 grant cycle, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities received 42 grant proposals, comprising a total of $544,476 in requested funds. These requests comprised: […]

Dr. Gregory Waters

Dr. Gregory L. Waters Takes Helm of NJCH Board

Dr. Gregory L. Waters, Professor Emeritus of English at Montclair State University, has been elected chair of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The Council is the Garden State’s […]



Through a competitive application process, we award Incubation Grants and Action Grants ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 to further the impact of the public humanities in New Jersey. Our COVID-19 grantmaking in 2020 and 2021 also helped pandemic-affected organizations recover and reimagine their work at a critical moment.


NJCH recently announced $402,514 in grant funding to 33 organizations across the state for Spring 2022, capping off a banner grant cycle which saw the largest-ever response to an NJCH call for applications.

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Grantee Spotlight

Lawnside Historical Society

Lawnside, NJ

The Lawnside Historical Society’s 2022 Underground Railroad Youth Day Camp was a first-of-its-kind experience for both the dozen-plus children who attended and the state of New Jersey, teaching the often untold history of the Underground Railroad.

Whitesbog Preservation Trust

Browns Mills, NJ

"This decades-long, award-winning project has been especially important in the past year as we collected critical video histories from community members to share as videos and in interpretation, tours and exhibits in the village."

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NJCH is looking for a Development Associate. The Associate is a key player on our staff, helping to support outreach and development efforts. Please read the job description for full information about the position and how to apply.

NJCH Development Associate

NJCH is looking for a Lead Facilitator for our Community History Program. This part-time, contract position leads learning sessions, engages guest speakers, conducts individual meetings with participant organizations, and works closely with NJCH staff to develop and adapt program curriculum based on the cohort’s needs. Please read the job description for full information about the position and how to apply.

Lead Facilitator, Community History Program

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