The 2018 New Jersey History
and Historic Preservation Conference
AIA credits have been approved. AICP credits are pending. Use the key above to sort sessions by audience.
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You may register for Day One events individually or combine them with Day Two.
Registration is now open.
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Free Tours of Paterson: Paterson Great Falls, Overlook Park Project and Hinchliffe Stadium
This free tour is sponsored by the Paterson Historic Preservation Commission and led by its Executive Director, Gianfranco Archimede.
This tour will provide abundant insight about the Great Falls itself and the historic features surrounding it, suited for those who may not have visited before as well as those who come often. The tour continues with a guided walk through two premier public projects adjacent to the falls within the national park that are under construction and will be close to finished: the dramatic Overlook Park project and restoration of Hinchliffe Stadium, a large New Deal-era stadium with a over a 7,000 seating capacity. Most aspects of the projects will be demonstrated through both historic and project background information.
Free parking is available on site. Conference registration is not required to join this free tour, but pre-registration is advised. Contact email@example.com or 973-975-2432 to register.
Some portions of the tour will not be fully accessible.
12:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Going Dutch: Preservation of a Regional House Type
This half-day tour of so-called “Dutch Colonial” houses will give participants an opportunity to see four of the stone walled, gambrel-roofed houses that are typical of a distinctive historic architectural type found in Passaic County and nearby Bergen County. Properties newly restored and others still in the process of restoration will offer a look at the steps and stages of well-planned projects, including the role of archaeology in developing interpretation of the sites. Three of the houses have not typically been open to the public in recent years, and this is a rare opportunity to tour all of them with knowledgeable guides. At this time, the planned visits will be to The Van Houten House (1741, c. 1830) in Paterson; the Vanderhoef House (c. 1690, ca. 1830) in Clifton; the Dey Mansion (1772) in Wayne ; and the Hester-Schuyler-Colfax House (c. 1694, c. 1783) in Wayne.
Tour leaders include Janet W. Foster, an architectural historian with a particular interest in and knowledge of New Jersey’s regional vernacular architecture; Dr. Gregory Lattanzi, Curator/State Archaeologist, who will focus on the role of archeology in restorations and the relationship of building preservation to cultural landscapes; and Kelly Ruffel, Director of the Passaic County Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs.
The tour will take place rain or shine; dress accordingly but always with close-toed, sturdy shoes. The tours will require some walking and getting on and off the bus at each stop.
The tour is limited to 30.
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Discovery and Alignment: Pathways and Progress in Telling African American History as New Jersey History
This workshop will share the experiences and lessons learned from convenings on African American history. Over the course of 2017, a consortium of organizations held three events to explore opportunities and challenges in presenting and discussing African American history. The workshop will present detailed information on planning for and executing these events and consortium members will describe how their institutions contributed to and benefited from the series. Workshop materials will be shared and participants will have ample time to raise questions, offer insights from their own experiences, discuss concerns, and offer suggestions.
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Free Tours of Paterson: Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
This free tour is sponsored by the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park and led by park rangers.
This tour will provide abundant insight about the Great Falls itself and the historic features surrounding it, suited for those who may not have visited before as well as those who come often.
Free parking is available on site. Registration is not required to join this tour.
Some portions of the tour may not be fully accessible.
3:00 pm to 3:45 pm
Free Tours of Paterson: Paterson Museum
This free tour is sponsored by the Paterson Museum and led by Museum Director Giacomo Destefano.
The museum boasts an extraordinary collection of significant Paterson artifacts including the first two submersibles developed by John P. Holland, inventor of the modern submarine, the largest collection of Paterson Colt firearms, various machines for silk textile manufacture and steam locomotives made in Paterson. Also learn about the early history of the Paterson area, including geological specimens and life size dioramas demonstrating the life ways of the Lenape Native Americans.
Free parking is available on site. Conference registration is not required to join this free tour, but pre-registration is advised. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-321-1260 to register.
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
2018 New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony
Sponsored by the NJ State Historic Preservation Office and the NJ Historic Sites Council, and Preservation New Jersey.
The NJ Historic Preservation Office and the NJ Historic Sites Council, along with Preservation New Jersey, honors important contributions to the preservation of New Jersey’s historic and archaeological resources, and recognizes those who are dedicated to advancing preservation in New Jersey.
For the first time this year, the awards will be presented as part of the annual NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference. The awards presentation will take place June 7 at the Hamilton Club in Paterson, prior to the Opening Reception.
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Gaetano Federici Sculptures & Workroom Open Studio
A docent will be on hand from 4:30 – 7:30 for those interested in viewing Paterson artist Gaetano Federici’s sculptures and workroom located in the Hamilton Club.
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
You are cordially invited to the Opening Reception of the 2018 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference, hosted by Preservation New Jersey.
Leonard Zax, President of the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, will speak on “Hamilton’s Paterson: The Making of a National Park”
Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. $50/person
The site is fully accessible; please call (609)984-0473 if you will need assistance.