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Join us as we commemorate the United States’ World War I Centennial by exploring New Jersey’s contributions to the war effort and the international conflict’s impact on the state!

The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is excited to announce its 2017 Annual New Jersey History Conference, “New Jersey and The Great War,” to be held on November 3-4, 2017 at Rowan College at Burlington County and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

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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. New Jersey factories sent supplies to the allies; Camp Dix and other training facilities prepared troops for service overseas; thousands embarked for Europe from Hoboken; and over 140,000 residents ultimately served in the conflict. Many of the changes brought by the Great War, whether economic, social, technological, military, or artistic, continue to impact the Garden State to the present day.

The first day of the conference, November 3, 2017 at Rowan College at Burlington County, kicks-off with a keynote address from historian Christopher Capozzola, along with a full day of presentations by New Jersey history and museum professionals,  scholars, and veterans featuring unique topics – from creating WWI exhibits to understanding monuments and landscapes and the experience of the home front. The NJHC is also pleased to present a teachers’ workshop on teaching World War I history using primary documents.

On the second day of the conference, November 4, 2017, don’t miss a special opportunity to visit Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, established in 1917 as a World War I camp. Tour the base, participate in oral histories, enjoy multimedia presentations and re-enactments, meet the Harlem Hellfighters, and more!

We hope you can join us in commemorating New Jersey’s significant and multi-faceted WWI history!



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About the New Jersey Historical Commission

The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is a state agency dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. Established by law in 1967, its work is founded on the fundamental belief that an understanding of our shared heritage is essential to sustaining a cohesive and robust democracy.