Salem County History Project

Index of the Salem County History Project

The History Project is compromised of two levels: Unit #1 for grades 4 – 6 and Unit #2 for grades 6 – 8, but both are great for all ages!

  1. Introduction to the project – The intent of the project and its suggested use.
  2. Mapping the project outline of the curriculum – Curriculum for both units 1 and 2
  3. Native Americans in Salem County – History of the native Americans in the county – unit 1
  4. The Dutch and Swedish Colonies along the Delaware – The earliest of the white settlers – unit 1
  5. East and West Jersey – Early English history in Salem County 1664-1688 – unit 1
  6. Salem County and the Revolutionary War – County involvement in the War – Unit 1
  7. Salem County Monarch to President – Changes in the county British colony to independence – unit 1
  8. Salem County’s Economic Development – The beginnings of the modern world – units 1& 2
  9. The Underground Railroad – A northern county on the southern border – unit 2
  10. Salem County in the Civil War – Prisoners of war, troops and care givers – unit 2
  11. Town and City Names – History of the current and past names of area developments – units 1 & 2.
  12. Faces in History –  The people who affected the who and what of the county- units 1 & 2
  13. Facts and figures – Interesting, question and discussion provoking items – units 1 & 2
  14. Mapping with Maps – Two maps, one of the colonial period and one created for the Constitutional 150th anniversary that includes an index of the locations marked – units 1 & 2
  15. Hands on Activities & Projects – Suggestions for student involvement – units 1 & 2

Thanks to the contributors

  • Rebecca Purchase, Project Coordinator
  • Salem County Historical Society
  • Rae Svecz
  • Curt Harker
  • Alicia Bjornson
  • Doris Tice
  • The Salem County Book Mobile Library

Additional Thanks

Thanks to those who have written books, pamphlets, articles, newsletters and more about the county’s history without which this project could not have happened.

To those who have taken the time, effort and money to preserve the homes and other buildings that make Salem County unique in its preservation of history.

Thanks in advance to the teachers who will share this history with a new generation.

NJ Historical Commission

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders & The Salem County Cultural & Heritage Commission.