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August 19, 2019 - September 28, 2019 | Toms River, NJ | Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch

Water/Ways @ Ocean County Library Toms River

The Smithsonian Institution's "Water/Ways" exhibition dives into water - an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.

Traveling to six New Jersey communities, all shaped by water in different ways, "Water/Ways" will encourage individuals to consider the different ways water impacts every day life.

Public Scholars Project

September 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM | Phillipsburg, NJ | Warren County Library, Southwest Branch

Annie Oakley: "Aim for a High Mark"

Annie Oakley, a diminutive sharpshooter and exhibition shooter, competed in a sport and in a world dominated by men. She felt strongly that women were just as capable as men and insisted that they should strive to achieve any goal or occupation that interested them. Her motto was to “Aim for a high mark…for practice will make you perfect.” and her hope was that all women would reach the “Bulls-eye of Success.”

Kim Hanley
First Person Interpreter

NJCH Events

September 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM | Surf City, NJ | Ocean County Library, Long Beach Island Branch

What is your water story?

The great state of New Jersey is shaped by water, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Raritan River, Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware Bay. Our lives, just like our geography, are shaped by water too. Recreation and travel (ever spent time at the Jersey shore?), water management and delivery infrastructure in our own communities (ever flushed a toilet?), and economic impact and transportation (ever purchased something from overseas?) – just like turning on the kitchen faucet, it’s all a part of our every day.

As part of building a statewide water story archive, NJCH is asking residents to reflect upon and share their perspectives and memories about water. We are hosting these hour-long public discussions in every county of the state (June 2019 – April 2020) to capture stories about the different ways water matters to New Jerseyans. What New Jersey water source or waterway is most meaningful to you? How do you want to preserve such resources for the future? Why? We want to know!

Each community conversation invites participants to share and/or listen and to meaningful memories and experiences of water in New Jersey. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute their water story to a statewide public archive documenting personal connections to water and waterways in New Jersey.

Why join the discussion?

- Your voice matters – contribute your water story to the archive for future generations.
- No prior preparation is needed to attend, and all are welcome to share or listen.
- Explore the connective role of water among diverse New Jersey communities.
- We rarely dedicate time and space to dive into dialogue about our most vital resource.
- Documentation of what water sources we value is critical for ensuring their protection.
- Everyone has a water story. What's yours?

What’s your water story? will be hosted in every county in the state between July 2019 and April 2020. For a complete listing of dates and locations, visit njhumanities.org.

Public Scholars Project

September 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Haddonfield, NJ | Haddonfield Borough Hall, Auditorium

The World Changed, so Did the Music

Did Prohibition change the music of the 1920s? And did the Cold War impact the music of the 1950s? Yes, music - concert and popular - music was influenced by the technological and political changes. From the late 1800s to today, the times have shaped what and how American hear and experience opera, concert works, musicals, jazz, country and folk music, and rock and roll. In this session, participants can tune into a discussion about the sounds, aesthetics, and auras of each decade in the modern era.

Robert W. Butts, Ph.D.
Conductor & Educator

Public Scholars Project

September 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Oradell, NJ | Oradell Public Library

Springsteen and his Layered Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen expects attentiveness of his listeners. How do we know this? Over the past 50 years, Springsteen has written songs and created music that have been experienced by countless fans. But many don’t know the extent to which his work has been influenced by the American folk tradition. Through experimental reinterpretation and the creation of new traditions, The Boss has worked within known folk traditions, but at the same time, created new sounds and messages. In this session, participants can learn about some of the works that have influenced one of Jersey’s most celebrated musical artists.

Prudence Jones, Ph.D.
Professor at Montclair University

Public Scholars Project

September 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Montville, NJ | Montville Senior House

The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln

Discover the personal side of Abraham Lincoln. The program covers the great man’s formative years, his courtship and marriage, the beginnings and development of his abolitionist view point, and his first – though not very successful – trip to Congress. Discussion points also include the causes of the Civil War, major events and turning points within the war, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Gettysburg Address.

Bob Gleason
First Person Interpreter

NJCH Events

September 10, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Hoboken, NJ | Hoboken Public Library

What is your water story?

The great state of New Jersey is shaped by water, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Raritan River, Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware Bay. Our lives, just like our geography, are shaped by water too. Recreation and travel (ever spent time at the Jersey shore?), water management and delivery infrastructure in our own communities (ever flushed a toilet?), and economic impact and transportation (ever purchased something from overseas?) – just like turning on the kitchen faucet, it’s all a part of our every day.

As part of building a statewide water story archive, NJCH is asking residents to reflect upon and share their perspectives and memories about water. We are hosting these hour-long public discussions in every county of the state (June 2019 – April 2020) to capture stories about the different ways water matters to New Jerseyans. What New Jersey water source or waterway is most meaningful to you? How do you want to preserve such resources for the future? Why? We want to know!

Each community conversation invites participants to share and/or listen and to meaningful memories and experiences of water in New Jersey. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute their water story to a statewide public archive documenting personal connections to water and waterways in New Jersey.

Why join the discussion?

- Your voice matters – contribute your water story to the archive for future generations.
- No prior preparation is needed to attend, and all are welcome to share or listen.
- Explore the connective role of water among diverse New Jersey communities.
- We rarely dedicate time and space to dive into dialogue about our most vital resource.
- Documentation of what water sources we value is critical for ensuring their protection.
- Everyone has a water story. What's yours?

What’s your water story? will be hosted in every county in the state between July 2019 and April 2020. For a complete listing of dates and locations, visit njhumanities.org.

Grant Deadlines

September 10, 2019 at 1:30 PM | Trenton, NJ | New Jersey Council for the Humanities

Grants Questions & Answers, A Facebook Live Event

NJCH Action & Incubation Grant Program

The next NJCH grant application (Intent to Apply) period opens on September 1st. What information will help you to submit a strong grant proposal? What questions about audience do you have? Which examples regarding scholar involvement in public humanities projects would help to clarify your understanding?

Join us at 1:30 p.m. on September 10th for a Facebook Live Q&A. Director of Grants & Programs Gigi Naglak will answer questions about the NJCH grant program during this time. Feel free to log on and have a listen. If you already have a question or two, feel free to post in the discussion section below ahead of time or simply submit them during the live Q&A. We will cover all your questions and more.

The Intent to Apply period for either Incubation and Action grant applications is from 9/1 to 9/15.

The recording of this event will be available on our Facebook page after the Q&A concludes.

Questions? Feedback? Contact us.

Grantee Events

September 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Landing, NJ | Lake Hopatcong Foundation

The Rehabilitation of the Lake Hopatcong Train Station

From the purchase of the Lake Hopatcong Train Station by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation in 2014, to its present use as an Environmental and Cultural Center, this program will explore the four-year rehabilitation process featuring Lake Hopatcong Foundation Chairman Martin Kane and Margaret Hickey from Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects.

Public Scholars Project

September 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Manville, NJ | Somerset County Library, Manville Branch

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Preservation and Grace, and American Legacy

She was a Kennedy. She was an Onassis. She did not define herself by her husbands. Realizing that future generations would need the insights of the past for guidance, her preservation efforts galvanized the rest of the country to protect its historic monuments. Aided by her public profile, her work helped bring about the Historic Preservation Act of 1966: the most far-reaching preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States.

Jill Lawrence
First Person Interpreter

Public Scholars Project

September 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Shrewsbury, NJ | Monmouth County Library, Eastern Branch

Go, van Gogh!

At one point, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother that since he had no children, he viewed his paintings as his progeny. A painter and pastor, van Gogh produced more than 2,000 “brilliant children.” In this session, dozens of his works of art, with a focus on pieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be explored. An overview of his life experiences and how it influenced his art will lead to a lively discussion, which will include talking about the differences between experiencing original artwork and reproductions.

Michael Norris, Ph.D.
Art Historian

Grantee Events

September 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM | Madison, NJ | F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

A Staged Reading of Marisol by Jose Rivera

Written by the acclaimed Puerto Rican playwright José Rivera, Marisol is the darkly imagined tale of Marisol Perez, a twenty-six-year-old Latina woman living in the Bronx. Marisol leads an unremarkable life as an editor for scientific textbooks.

Public Scholars Project

September 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Englewood, NJ | Englewood Public Library

The Life and Writing of James Baldwin

The influence of writer and social critic James Baldwin reached far and wide. In this unique exploration of Baldwin’s groundbreaking literary and social justice work, actor/comic Grant Cooper and scholar Dr. Lindsey Swindall engage participants in an interactive dialogue that unravels the truths of racism in this country and examines other themes in Baldwin’s writings. Mr. Cooper’s dramatic interpretations of Baldwin’s writing are complemented by historical context from Dr. Swindall, leading to thought provoking questions that spark audience participation.

Lindsey Swindall, Ph.D. & Grant Cooper
Educator at Stevens Institute of Technology & Comedian

NJCH Events

September 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Lavallette, NJ | Ocean County Library, Upper Shores Branch

What is your water story?

The great state of New Jersey is shaped by water, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Raritan River, Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware Bay. Our lives, just like our geography, are shaped by water too. Recreation and travel (ever spent time at the Jersey shore?), water management and delivery infrastructure in our own communities (ever flushed a toilet?), and economic impact and transportation (ever purchased something from overseas?) – just like turning on the kitchen faucet, it’s all a part of our every day.

As part of building a statewide water story archive, NJCH is asking residents to reflect upon and share their perspectives and memories about water. We are hosting these hour-long public discussions in every county of the state (June 2019 – April 2020) to capture stories about the different ways water matters to New Jerseyans. What New Jersey water source or waterway is most meaningful to you? How do you want to preserve such resources for the future? Why? We want to know!

Each community conversation invites participants to share and/or listen and to meaningful memories and experiences of water in New Jersey. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute their water story to a statewide public archive documenting personal connections to water and waterways in New Jersey.

Why join the discussion?

- Your voice matters – contribute your water story to the archive for future generations.
- No prior preparation is needed to attend, and all are welcome to share or listen.
- Explore the connective role of water among diverse New Jersey communities.
- We rarely dedicate time and space to dive into dialogue about our most vital resource.
- Documentation of what water sources we value is critical for ensuring their protection.
- Everyone has a water story. What's yours?

What’s your water story? will be hosted in every county in the state between July 2019 and April 2020. For a complete listing of dates and locations, visit njhumanities.org.

NJCH Events

September 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM | Howell, NJ | Monmouth County Library

What is your water story?

The great state of New Jersey is shaped by water, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Raritan River, Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware Bay. Our lives, just like our geography, are shaped by water too. Recreation and travel (ever spent time at the Jersey shore?), water management and delivery infrastructure in our own communities (ever flushed a toilet?), and economic impact and transportation (ever purchased something from overseas?) – just like turning on the kitchen faucet, it’s all a part of our every day.

As part of building a statewide water story archive, NJCH is asking residents to reflect upon and share their perspectives and memories about water. We are hosting these hour-long public discussions in every county of the state (June 2019 – April 2020) to capture stories about the different ways water matters to New Jerseyans. What New Jersey water source or waterway is most meaningful to you? How do you want to preserve such resources for the future? Why? We want to know!

Each community conversation invites participants to share and/or listen and to meaningful memories and experiences of water in New Jersey. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute their water story to a statewide public archive documenting personal connections to water and waterways in New Jersey.

Why join the discussion?

- Your voice matters – contribute your water story to the archive for future generations.
- No prior preparation is needed to attend, and all are welcome to share or listen.
- Explore the connective role of water among diverse New Jersey communities.
- We rarely dedicate time and space to dive into dialogue about our most vital resource.
- Documentation of what water sources we value is critical for ensuring their protection.
- Everyone has a water story. What's yours?

What’s your water story? will be hosted in every county in the state between July 2019 and April 2020. For a complete listing of dates and locations, visit njhumanities.org.

Grant Deadlines

September 19, 2019 at 10:30 AM | Piscataway, NJ | East Jersey Old Town Village

Workshop: Effective Program Evaluation

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-effective-program-evaluation-tickets-66320994881

This workshop will be held at East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway.

Why does evaluation matter when it comes to your programs? How do you define successful efforts? At what point in the project do you consider assessment? Facilitated by consultant Sheri Levinsky-Raskin of SJLR Solutions, this workshop will help participants consider how incorporating evaluation and assessment into early planning stages could benefit your public humanities project.

Participants will explore options for defining assessment metrics and how to best use the insight gained from evaluation. Also, a brief overview of the NJCH Grant program will be included in this workshop.

Public Scholars Project

September 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM | Hillsdale, NJ | Hillsdale Free Public Library

Theodore Roosevelt: “American in the Arena”

Bringing his vigorous persona (and his boisterous family) to the White House, “TR” helped catapult the U.S. into a new century. War hero to Nobel Peace Prize winner, naturalist to imperialist, The 26th President promoted progressive reform and stronger government control of business. Believing that the security of the American People would be achieved through leadership on the World Stage, President Roosevelt expanded U.S. influence around the globe.

Peyton Dixon
First Person Interpreter

Public Scholars Project

September 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM | Fanwood, NJ | Fanwood Presbyterian Church

Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield

Clara Barton was born on December 25, 1821, in Massachusetts. In 1852 she founded one of the first free public schools in New Jersey. During the American Civil War, she headed for the front lines, taking supplies to wounded soldiers and earning the title “Angel of the Battlefield.” She established the first chapter of the American Red Cross. Clara’s example of indomitable strength, dogged determination and boundless good will is a model for all Americans.

Pat Jordan
First Person Interpreter

Public Scholars Project

September 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Sewell, NJ | Margaret E Heggan Free Public Library

Cancer Alley or the Garden State?

It’s time to talk about the environment in New Jersey, but it’s definitely not a new discussion. Land use from 400 years ago still impacts our health and land today. Progressive thinkers in the 1970s prompted a closer look at protection, preservation, and stewardship, which resulted in protective legislative policies. Through the lens of human interest stories and environmental events, participants will discuss the environmental history of the state and how citizens can be informed and empowered to act.

Thomas Belton
Research Associate in Science Writing with the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Public Scholars Project

September 28, 2019 at 1:30 PM | Plainfield, NJ | Plainfield Public Library

The Best Kept Secret in American Journalism: The Associated Negro Press

A story of persistence, creativity, and determination, the Associated Negro Press and its founder Claude Barnett delivered national and international news coverage that was remarkable for its substance and scope. Barnett, a Tuskegee Institute graduate, founded the ANP in 1919. Despite limited resources and numerous difficulties, the ANP ran for over forty years. Eventually, the black press was often referred to as “the greatest single power in the Negro race.” In this session, the story of the black press and it influence, then and now, will be discussed.

Lawrence Hogan, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of History at Union County College

Public Scholars Project

September 29, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Burlington, NJ | Burlington County Historical Society

Over Here, Molly Pitcher

This interpretive storytelling program relates the legend of “Molly Pitcher” (Mary Hays McCauley), the heroine of the 1778 Battle of Monmouth Courthouse – and explores the daily lives of the “women of the army” who followed their husbands to war during the American Revolution. Molly reminisces about when she accompanied her husband through summer battles and winter encampments from Valley Forge to Monmouth to Morristown. Relating her tales of firing a cannon in the heat of battle to trudging “behind the baggage,” she provides a glimpse into what it was like to be a “camp follower” in the days when American independence was a dream rather a certainty.

Stacy Roth
Historical Interpreter and Educator