NJCH Community History learning opportunity and pilot project


Hi everyone, 

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) offers a "Community History" program that helps organizations learn how to engage with the history of the communities we serve. An overview of the Community History program is available on the NJCH website at: https://njhumanities.org/programs/community-history/

This is a really good opportunity, especially for libraries who don't have a designated "local history" department, to learn more about ways to capture and preserve historical moments or people in our communities, and to receive support while developing a pilot project that uses the skills you will learn in the program. 

I first learned of this program from Piscataway Public Library, and I learned A LOT when my library participated in one of the 2023 cohorts. Participants in the current cohort include Haddonfield Public Library and Union Public Library.  

The application period for the 2024 cohort begins later this month and applications are due by January 17th. If you are even remotely interested in finding out more about this opportunity, you may want to consider attending their information session this coming Monday, December 11th at noon. You can register for it here: https://njhumanities.org/event/community-history-information-session/ 


Mary Martin, DIrector
Wanaque Public Library
martin [at] wanaquelibrary.org