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.

  • Telling (Untold) Histories Unconference
    Every place, every person, and every object has a history, but not all histories are told. Telling Untold Histories – New Jersey’s annual unconference – looks for human stories yet to be told, explores these histories, and asks why some stories remain untold. The unconference puts you at the center. Participants create the program by suggesting and choosing sessions on the day of the unconference. Workshops offer attendees the chance to learn new skills to help you tell stories. Discussions and activities connect you with new people and leave you inspired.

    Thursday, May 11
    Rutgers University, Newark
    Untold Histories website 

  • Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair
    Experience five centuries of New Jersey history in one place at this free, award-winning event that is a fun-filled adventure into the past. Featuring living history demonstrations, military re-enactors, tours, exhibits, period music and dance, and historical organizations and museums from around the state. Don’t miss the chance to meet Ulysses S. Grant, actress Mabel Fenton, Emily Roebling, Walt Whitman, Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman, as portrayed by re-enactors. History comes alive at the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair!

    Saturday May 13, 11 am – 5 pm
    Monmouth Battlefield State Park
    Rain or Shine
    State History Fair website

  • Building a Place for History: 50th Anniversary
    The Friends of New Jersey Heritage and the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission invite you to a festive day in honor of the creation of the New Jersey Historic Trust, New Historical Commission and New Jersey Historic Sites Council in 1967. The program includes a choice of two tours in the afternoon, and a reception at the Cornelius Low house in the evening.

    Wednesday June 7
    Tours 1 pm – 4:30
    Reception begins at 4:30
    Learn more 

  • Understanding Audiences through Evaluation
    Why do visitors come to your museum? What excites (or disappoints) them about your new exhibit? Do they find your institution important in their lives? Why? Why not? Wouldn’t you love to know the answers to these questions? Imagine what it would mean to your museum to find ways to ask these questions and build a conversation with your visitors.

    Beverly Sheppard, former director of the Institute for Learning Innovation, will host this participatory workshop and introduce the basics of evaluation, in addition to incorporating numerous examples of practical evaluation techniques.

    There will be a “Part II” of this series offered over the summer which will provide more in depth training on how to gather information on your audience and apply it to your organization’s programming.

    Monday June 12 at Plainfield Public Library or
    Tuesday June 20 at Wheaton Arts in Millville
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Registration $25, lunch included