NJ Historical Commission FY 2022 Project Grants

The deadline to apply for an FY 2022 Project Grant is April 30, 2021. The NJHC encourages projects that engage diverse audiences in the active exploration, enjoyment, interpretation, understanding, and preservation of NJ history.

NJ Historical Commission COVID-19 Grant Program

The deadline to apply for an NJHC COVID-19 grant is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021. $5,000 single grant awards are available. Grants will assist eligible organizations in sustaining essential full and part-time personnel, promoting virtual programming with an emphasis on reaching underserved audiences, and enhancing necessary health and safety protocols in response to the pandemic.

NJ Cultural Trust FY 2022 Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grants

The deadline to apply for an FY 2022 NJ Cultural Trust Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grant is April 30, 2021. The program is designed to assist groups in addressing financial and operational challenges that threaten their stability and to help build greater operational capacity to manage and advance their work and achieve their missions.

Communities of Practice

New Jersey’s history community is struggling to manage operations, recover finances, and plan for an uncertain future. The need for professionals and volunteers to speak with and learn from colleagues is greater than ever. As we mark New Jersey’s one-year anniversary of the virus, the NJHC is pleased to present two virtual discussion groups in early April. Based on the New Jersey State Council on the Arts “Community of Practice” program, participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and concerns with colleagues across the history field.

Two sessions will be offered via Zoom for organizations that self-identify as Developing or Mature. ​For the purposes of this initiative, Developing Organizations ​are those that have budgets under $100,000 (or primarily volunteer), and Mature Organizations have budgets over $100,000. The Commission established these criteria to enable groups to meet with organizations with similar concerns and capacity.

Please select the group you would like to join and register. ​We also invite you to submit topics you would like discussed on the registration form.

Developing Organizations
(Organizations with budgets under $100,000, or mostly volunteer)
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Mature Organizations
(Organizations with budgets over $100,000)
Friday, April 9, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

2021 NJHC COVID-19 Impact Survey
In March of 2020, the NJHC released its first COVID-19 impact survey. A second survey was released in June 2020 to measure the effect of the public health crisis on the history community. Thank you to the more than 400 participants who contributed information.

We are releasing a third survey as New Jersey marks the one-year anniversary of the pandemic. Your assistance by taking a few minutes to complete the survey is greatly appreciated. You may take the survey even if you have not completed the first two.

Take the Survey

2021 NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference
Save the dates! The New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference is back with an exciting all-virtual program. Taking place on June 3, 10, and 17, this year’s conference will explore three major themes: advocacy and preservation, underrepresented histories, and climate change and sustainability.

Recording of Rising Together: Black Sororities in Pursuit of Leadership and Service
A recording of Rising Together: Black Sororities in Pursuit of Leadership and Service, a webinar hosted by the NJ Historical Commission on March 29 in celebration of Women’s History Month, is now available.

The panel was moderated by Secretary of State Tahesha Way and featured the following panelists: Tamala Edwards, Weekly Co-Anchor, Action News Mornings, 6-ABC Philadelphia; Kori Davis Porter, Senior Vice President, Content and Business Operations, NBA; Kimbrali Davis, Manager, Bureau of Aeronautics and Multimodal Safety Programs, NJ Department of Transportation; and Lauren Nance, CEO, Nance Communications LLC.

Revolution NJ
Crossroads of the American Revolution Annual Meeting and Revolution NJ Quarterly Update

You’re invited to the Crossroads of the American Revolution Annual Meeting and Revolution NJ Quarterly Update scheduled for Thursday, April 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Learn more about the work of Crossroads and updates on planning for Revolution NJ, New Jersey’s commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the formal founding of the United States.

We will welcome guest speaker Dr. Eileen Ka-May Cheng for a special talk entitled, “America’s First Civil War: The Loyalists and the American Revolution.” Visit the Crossroads website for participation information.

The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook is a reference source that supports inclusive and equity-focused historical work in public settings. The handbook offers accessible examples of how to make history work more relevant by focusing on equity, inclusivity, diversity, and public service. This month’s featured article, “Heritage Tourism,” explores how historic sites and museums can better engage and serve regional visitors, offering recommendations for reaching new audiences, developing “constant ambassadors,” and ensuring that inclusive stories remain front and center.

Around the Field
NJ Arts and Cultural Recovery Fund – Phase II Applications

The deadline to submit a grant application for Phase II of the New Jersey Arts & Culture Recovery Fund (NJACRF) is April 12. NJCARF was created by a coalition of funders to ensure the strength and survival of the nonprofit arts, cultural and historical sector statewide. In the first phase of funding, NJACRF awarded over $2.6 million to 100 NJ-based non-profits. NJACRF is now launching Phase II of grant funding. Details including fund priorities, eligibility criteria, and application requirements can be found on the NJACRF website.

Educating for American Democracy

Educating for American Democracy is a new national effort to transform “the teaching of history and civics to meet the needs of a diverse 21st century K–12 student body.” A group of scholars and educators convened to develop A Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy, a comprehensive resource offering guidance and an inquiry framework for states, local school districts, and teachers working towards this effort. Check out the roadmap today and learn more.

NCPH Public Archaeology Call for Proposals

The Public Historian is accepting submissions for a special section on public archaeology. In particular, the publication is looking for papers that consider the challenges and opportunities of interpreting complex topics in archaeology to the public, as well as working with the public in archaeological research and presentation, including with school, educational, and volunteer groups.

Especially welcome are “reports from the field,” intended to convey the work of public historians by highlighting specific projects or activities in which the author is directly involved. Submissions should be about 4000-5000 words. International submissions and co-authored pieces welcome.

Send one-paragraph proposals to: Sarah Case, editor, by May 21, 2021. Please include contact information. Authors of successful submissions will be notified by early June. Full papers of proposals that are accepted will be due by December 31, 2021.