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New Jersey History Conference: We’re Still Here: Indigenous History and Persistence in New Jersey

Friday, November 12, 2021 - Saturday, November 13, 2021

Free – $35

The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC), a division of the NJ Department of State, will host the 2021 New Jersey History Conference, We’re Still Here: Indigenous History and Persistence in New Jersey, virtually November 12-13, 2021.

The land now known as New Jersey has been home to the Lenape for over 14,000 years. The removal and forced displacement of Indigenous communities by European colonizers resulted in a historic diaspora. Some tribal nations, officially recognized by the state of New Jersey, maintain communities that still thrive in the state today. For federally-recognized tribal nations and First Nations located in other parts of North America, New Jersey and the greater mid-Atlantic region is an ancestral homeland. In addition, intertribal peoples and others who identify as Indigenous are a part of the rich cultural legacy of Native peoples in the state. The 2021 New Jersey History Conference will explore the history, cultural heritage, and contemporary issues facing diverse Native American communities through the lens of New Jersey studies. Click to view the conference preliminary program.

Links to the program website and zoom links will be provided via email following registration. As part of our broader efforts in decolonizing spaces, we are proud to offer free attendance to this conference for Indigenous peoples. Additionally, in regards to our commitment towards diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at an organizational level, we are making the conference free for folks who are experiencing economic hardship. Please email [email protected] for a promotional code to register for the conference free of charge.

We are still accepting submissions to the 2021 NJ History Conference Virtual Posters and Projects Session. View the Call for Posters and Projects to submit.

For more information and updates, please visit history.nj.gov and follow the NJHC on Twitter @OfficialNJHC, on Instagram @newjersyhistory, and on Facebook  @NewJerseyHistoricalCommission. Sign up for the NJHC’s monthly newsletter to learn about upcoming programs and projects.

The 2021 conference was developed in partnership with the New Jersey Commission on American Indian Affairs. Sessions are sponsored by AmeriCorps Diversity Outreach for American Indian Tribes and the Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.


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