Every place, every person, and every object has a history, but not all histories are told.

Telling Untold Histories is New Jersey’s annual Unconference that looks for human stories yet to be told. We explore these histories and ask why some stories remain untold. How can the community members who lived these histories shape how museums, historic sites, libraries, and schools tell them in the future?

Who should attend? Curators and educators, archivists and archaeologists, oral historians and librarians, historic preservationists and community activists, as well as grantmakers, funders, and history lovers!

  • Using material culture to reveal hidden histories.
  • Lessons from (successful and not-so-successful) collaborations with communities.
  • How public history can address contemporary social issues like mass incarceration, immigration, and police brutality.
  • Showing that parks and other natural places have histories.
  • New Jersey is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse states in the country. Who is telling the histories of Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, and others?
  • The role of archives in defining what counts as history.

Want to see what happened at the 2016 Unconference? Check out the Google docs from every session and workshop, and the Storify of our twitter conversation.

Registration fee includes light breakfast, coffee, tea, and lunch! If you have dietary restrictions, please note them on the registration form and we will attempt to accommodate them.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Rutgers University – Newark

350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Newark, NJ 07102

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Photo credit: Documerica Project by the Environmental Protection Agency.