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NJ History Advocacy Workshop and Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Tuesday, March 31
1:00-5:oo PM

The Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts
432 High Street
Burlington, NJ 08016

Advocacy for history funding and for policies friendly to history practice and education is critical to the flourishing of New Jersey’s public history, heritage tourism, and historic preservation institutions. In the face of recent advocacy victories as well as continued pressing challenges, Advocates for NJ History will bring together practitioners from across the field – museums, historical societies, consultants, preservationists, and more – to share insights and discuss issues that are central to history advocacy.

The interactive program will include:

  • Overview of History Funding in NJ – Sara Cureton, NJ Historical Commission
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Advocacy for Non-profits and How to Advocate Effectively – Cate Litvack, Advocates for New Jersey History
  • Facilitated Roundtable Discussion – Moderator Pete Watson, Howell Living History Farm – with history professionals discussing key priorities and challenges for the future of history advocacy
  • Audience will share their insights with the panel
  • History Advocacy Call-To-Action: What You Can Do – Varissa McMickens Blair, NOWWellspring Consulting)
  • Networking with fellow history professionals

Participants in the Roundtable Discussion:

  • Tom Ankner, Newark Public Library
  • Carin Berkowitz, NJ Humanities Council
  • Marisa Bozarth, Burlington County-Museum Curator
  • Lilia Fernandez, Rutgers University
  • Janet Foster, NJ Historic Trust
  • Michael Hanrahan, Preservation New Jersey
  • Debbie Kelly, Preservation Partners
  • David Miller, Consultant – Arts & History
  • Beverly Mills, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum
  • Jean Muchanic, Absecon Lighthouse
  • Karl Niederer, Retired, NJ Archives-Records Management
  • Claudia Ocello, Museum Partners Consulting
  • Janice Selinger, Crossroads of the American Revolution
  • Isha Vyas, Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage
  • Guy Weston, Timbuctoo Advisory Commission

Attendees will take away a deeper knowledge of the advocacy issues that face the history community as well as an invigorated sense of the open questions and opportunities for participating in the future of history advocacy. Come ready to think and strategize!

Space is limited, so advance registration is recommended. Registration is free. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP here.

This event is organized by Varissa McMickens Blair, Vonda Givens, Izzy Kasdin, and Cate Litvack, on behalf of Advocates for NJ History.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts
432 High St.
Burlington, NJ 08016 United States
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