API Spotlight

To mark the 50th anniversary of the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) and emphasize the significant work of history organizations and programs across the state, we asked our FY2017 and FY2018 grant recipients to submit a short narrative and photos describing the impact of NJHC funding. Each week until the end of our fiscal year in June, we will post a spotlight featuring the responses of our grant recipients. Whether NJHC support contributed to general operating, a brand new exhibit, an engaging education program or the restoration of a historic object, it’s truly amazing to see what New Jersey’s history organizations, libraries, and individuals have to offer.

This week we spotlight the Alice Paul Institute at historic Paulsdale in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey:

Group photo of students at Paulsdale

Group photo of students at Paulsdale

We are proud that the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) believes in our mission to honor the legacy of New Jersey’s own Alice Paul and has supported our organization for over 20 years. Thanks to NJHC, the Alice Paul Institute, at historic Paulsdale, has grown from a small historic site to an active center of the New Jersey community.  A series of NJHC project grants in the past specifically funded a redesign of the New Jersey Women’s History website and install the Alice Paul: New Jersey’s Heroine for Equality exhibit, allowing us to serve visitors throughout the week in addition to our select weekend dates.  Today, historic Paulsdale is open to visitors over 200 day a year and has become a must-see destination for visitors to New Jersey.  With NJHC’s general operating support, in 2016/17, API doubled the number of K-12 students that we served in our history and leadership programs and more than tripled the number of guests who attended our events!

Mentors and girls group photo in front of Paulsdale.

Mentors and girls group photo in front of Paulsdale.

For questions about NJHC Grantee Spotlights, please contact Greer Luce, Communications Officer, at 609-633-0776 or greer.luce@sos.nj.gov.

nj-historical-commissionAbout 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.