2022 was a very busy year for NJCH, filled with important programs, discussions, debates, and celebrations for NJCH and for the state. Take a look back at some highlights from the year past.

Our Mission

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

Our Work

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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In the Weeds: Expertise in Humanities Programs

January 26, 3:00 pm
Piscataway Public Library – Kennedy Branch, 500 Hoes Ln, Piscataway, NJ, 08854, United States

Expertise comes in many forms, from deep learning to the value of lived experience. This roundtable of NJCH grantees and program partners will take a deep dive into how their projects balance different types of expertise to create dynamic and meaningful programs.

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Resource Roundup December 2022

The Resource Roundup is a monthly email newsletter for the NJ Humanities community with helpful information, including notifications of funding, professional development events, meetings, and conferences from both NJCH and […]

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Update: Application Deadline and Class Dates Revised for Free Clemente Veterans’ Initiative Class

The application deadline for the course has been extended to April 20, 2023. The class is now scheduled to run online February 27 through June 12, 2023. Collaboration will offer […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]



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."

We're Hiring

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

Sponsors & Partners

Mellon Foundation
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Dodge Foundation
NJ Historical Commission
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Engaging with community members throughout New Jersey is key to our mission. Wherever you are in our circle, we value your partnership and support!