2019 New Jersey History Conference

New Jersey Women Make History

Friday, November 1, 2019

Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University – New Brunswick


The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is pleased to announce New Jersey Women Make History, the 2019 New Jersey History Conference, scheduled for Friday, November 1, 2019 at Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University – New Brunswick. From the Lenape women who first inhabited the land we call New Jersey and artist and spy Patience Lovell Wright to suffragist Reverend Florence Spearing Randolph and Seabrook community leader Ellen Noguchi Nakamura, the history of the Garden State is a history of women breaking barriers and leading change. The 2019 conference will explore and celebrate the stories of the diverse women who made and continue to make New Jersey history.

The 2019 NJ History Conference keynote speaker is Dr. Keisha N. Blain, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, Editor-In-Chief of The North Star, and President of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). Dr. Blain is the author of the award-winning book, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).

Register today for a special early-bird rate through October 7, 2019. For more information and updates, including the AC19 Preliminary Program, please visit history.nj.gov and follow the NJHC on Twitter @OfficialNJHC and Facebook @NewJerseyHistoricalCommission.

The 2019 event is co-sponsored by Douglass Residential College, the Department of History, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, the New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey State Museum.

We are now accepting submissions for the 2019 Conference Posters and Projects Session through October 7th! See the guidelines to learn more: AC 2019 Call for Posters and Projects

Want to help us get the word out? Share the 2019 Conference Publicity Flyer: UPDATED_2019NJHCConferenceFlyer.

Conference graphic image credits:

Women working on a destroyer ca. 1940s courtesy of the Newark Public Library.

“Moll Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth” courtesy of the Monmouth County Historical Association. Gift of Mrs. Delphine B. O’Donnell. 

Portrait of Sarah Vaughan at Cafe Society, NYC, ca. August 1946. William P. Gottlieb, photographer. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.