This remarkable Smithsonian exhibit is currently touring six community college sites throughout New Jersey in 2022-23, as we celebrate NJCH's 50th anniversary. Learn more about this Museum on Main Street exhibition and find out when it will be at a site near you.

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 anniversary of strengthening communities and connections in New Jersey through our support of the public humanities.

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Stanley N. Katz Prize

The award will recognize an organization that has demonstrated significant engagement with and impact through community-focused public humanities work in New Jersey.

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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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September 29, 2022 | Morven Museum & Gardens


NJCH Announces 2022-2025 Strategic Plan

We’re excited to share that our new strategic plan, which includes a revised mission statement and new values statement, has been approved by the NJCH Board of Trustees.

Carin Berkowitz and Dan Fatton

Op-Ed: Creating a more inclusive history of the Garden State

New Jersey Council for the Humanities Executive Director Carin Berkowitz, PhD, and Board President Dan Fatton penned an op-ed titled “Creating a more inclusive history of the Garden State” published […]

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NJCH sees largest-ever response to incubation and action grants cycle

At the conclusion of the LOI stage of its 2021-2022 cycle for Incubation Grants and Action Grants, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities has received 83 approved Letters of […]


Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, a Traveling Exhibition, to Arrive in New Jersey in April

(Camden, NJ) – The New Jersey Council for the Humanities announces that Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, a traveling exhibition about civic engagement and participation in our democracy, will […]


The NJCH Team is growing

We’d like to introduce you to the newest members of the NJCH team, Valerie Popp, Ph.D. and Colleen Tryner. Valerie joins the Council as a Program Officer; Colleen joins the […]



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.

Grantee Spotlight

Ukrainian History and Education Center

Somerset, NJ

"In this time of war, we at the Ukrainian History and Education Center have been supporting Ukraine by doing what we do best: telling non-Ukrainians about Ukrainian history and culture, and teaching Ukrainian folk arts."

Vietnamese Boat People

Vietnamese Boat People

Montclair, NJ

"Their stories are ones of loss, separation, survival and resiliency. The Vietnamese Boat People generation is an aging population with stories of courage and hope and refugee experiences that need to be preserved as part of the Vietnam War history."

Sponsors & Partners

Mellon Foundation
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Dodge Foundation
NJ Historical Commission
Journalism + Design

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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!