Friends of New Jersey Heritage sponsors a variety of programming throughout the year, including Best Practices workshops and our signature event, the New Jersey History & Historic Preservation Conference. We will also share events by other organizations that may be of interest to our audience. All events sponsored by the Friends will be indicated. 

  • Best Practices: Audience Evaluation
    The New Jersey Historical Commission and the New Jersey Historic Trust will hold two “Best Practices” learning labs for audience evaluation this October. Many grant programs now place greater emphasis on understanding audiences and the way they experience history. Organizations need to better understand who comes to their museum or historic site, how they feel about their visit, and most importantly, if they will return. Beverly Sheppard of the Museum Group will lead the workshops.

    Learning Lab I
    This lab will focus on techniques for developing and using questionnaires and surveys, as well as visitor talk-back mechanisms. Registrants are asked to bring an exhibit or program from their institutions to use as a basis for practice.Learning

    Lab II
    This lab will focus on the development and guidelines for engaging visitors in focus groups and interviews, as well as exploring creative ways to embed evaluation into exhibit design. Registrants are asked to bring an exhibit or program from their institutions to use as a challenge for their application of the techniques.Dates in North and South Jersey, from October 6 through October 26

    North Jersey details & registration

    South Jersey details & registration

  • Conference: New Jersey and the Great War
    2017 is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. New Jersey’s contribution to the war effort was both large and multi-faceted. Factories sent supplies to the allies, training facilities prepared troops for service overseas, thousands embarked for Europe from Hoboken, and over 140,000 state residents ultimately served in the conflict. The New Jersey Historical Commission’s 2017 annual conference will consider the many impacts of this vast international conflict on New Jersey.November 3 at Rowan College in Burlington CountyKeynote speaker Christopher Capozzola will discuss his book, Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen
    Paper presentations from scholars and veterans exploring New Jersey’s role in World War I
    Teachers’ workshop on teaching World War I history using primary documents

    November 4
    Visit Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, established in 1918 as a World War I camp. Tour the base, participate in oral histories, meet the Harlem Hellfighters
    Details and Registration

  • Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, Their Investigation and Reproduction
    Historic architecture is known to us in primary source materials through drawings or early black-and-white photography. What’s missing is color and the finishing of a building that makes all the difference in its appearance. Through lectures and hands-on lab work, workshop participants will learn what traditional paints were made of, how they were used, and ways to investigate the finishes history of a building.  The workshop will be led by Janet W. Foster, an architectural historian and historic preservation consultant with over 30 years of experience.Saturday November 11, 9 am – 3 pmRutgers Camden
    Continuing education and AIA credits available
    Details and registration

    This workshop is part of the Rutgers Camden Certificate Program in Historic Preservation.