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Paving the Way for My Service to New Jersey

Millicent Fenwick was a great example of a public servant, and was far ahead of her time when it comes to the qualities of leadership she exhibited in office four decades ago. After she was elected to Congress in 1974, she developed a media personality that even had her featured, it is widely agreed, as […]

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A Woman Trailblazer in Baseball’s Negro Leagues

There are 35 people enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame for their contributions to the black side of segregated major league baseball that existed prior to its integration in 1947.  One of the plaques honors a woman, Newark Eagles owner Effa Manley.  She is cited as “a trailblazing owner and tireless crusader in […]

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Joining Alice Paul on the Picket Line, A Century Later

It is common for biographers to develop a relationship with their subjects, even those no longer living. And so it was with me and Alice Paul, the famous Quaker suffragist, who led the battle for a constitutional amendment giving women the vote. Our relationship went through phases. She was most accessible in her youth, when […]

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Teaching New Jersey History

One of the things that I was particularly interested in during the twenty-eight years I was on the staff of the New Jersey Historical Commission was how, if at all, New Jersey history was taught in the New Jersey public schools. I personally feel that this is one of the most important roles that the […]

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Ben Shahn: A Reconsideration

In preparation to write this entry, I began to think about when I first became aware of the work of Ben Shahn (1898-1969).  Surely, it was in college art history classes in the early 1980s.  So, I pulled out my notebooks from that time and scoured through them to see what youthful ideas I had […]

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A Reflection on Bordentown

Memories of the Manual Training and Industrial School at Bordentown By Arthur L. Symes The Manual Training and Industrial School [MTIS] was established in 1886 by one Reverend Walter Rice in the city of Bordentown, NJ. “The school, which was a boarding, vocational junior and senior high school, was the only one of its type […]

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Thomas Mundy Peterson’s Historic Vote

I first became aware of Thomas Mundy Peterson many years ago in graduate school at Columbia University while conducting research at the New Jersey Historical Society for Professor Eric Foner’s Civil War and Reconstruction colloquium.  New Jersey’s reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation was the focus of my research.  The colloquium paper served as the basis […]

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Rediscovering Women Who Made New Jersey History

In the summer of 1994, many preservationists and women’s history scholars gathered in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania for the first national “Conference on Women and Historic Preservation.”  From this dialogue, the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail was born. It’s not as though no one had thought about historic sites associated with New Jersey women before. A […]

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Historic Preservation as Catalyst for Reinvention: A Case Study

The G. G. Green Building in Woodbury, Gloucester County was listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places in 2001 for its significance in the area of community development and its architectural significance as a vernacular example of the Romanesque style applied to a commercial building.  Despite this protection, after a period […]

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