Welcome to the New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference

12:00PM - 1:00PM



Location: Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal

Time: 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Check-in at the registration table in the Train Shed before stepping inside the impressive waiting area in the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal.  

1:00PM - 4:00PM

Guided Tour of Ellis Island


Tour | (T-1) Guided Tour of Ellis Island

Location: Train Shed - Track 10 The Blue Comet

Audience: H

Time: 1:00 pm 4:30 pm

This Activity is Sponsored by: Save Ellis Island

Join us on a journey through Ellis Island’s past and present! In this exclusive two-part tour, participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing preservation activities occurring on both the north and south side of Ellis Island. On the south side, Save Ellis Island and Mills + Schnoering Architects will lead participants on a hard-hat tour through Ellis Island’s Contagious Disease Hospital where they will talk about Ellis Island’s medical history as well as the current New Jersey Historic Trust funded stabilization projects in the passageways, staff house, and kitchen. On the north side, participants will join HMR Architects and Pullman Services in a tour of the Beaux-Arts style Main Immigration Building where 12 million immigrants were processed and entered the United States. They will discuss the history of the building, the current exterior restoration project, and the treatment approaches being utilized in the project.  

Please note this tour is not ADA accessible and requires participants to wear closed-toe shoes. Hard hats will be provided by Save Ellis Island and HMR Architects for their portions of the tour. 

Tour Leaders:

  • Jennifer Arnoldi

  • Nicholas Schiavone

1:00PM - 3:30PM

Historic Harbor Tour


(T-2) Historic Harbor Tour

Location: Train Shed – Track 7 Crusader

Audience: H HT

Time: 1:00 pm 3:30 pm

Explore the industrial history of New York Harbor’s western shore on this guided sail. Climb aboard the historic 1885 schooner Pioneer for a tour led by Andrew Gustafson, a tour guide and museum consultant with Turnstile Tours & Studio who has developed tours and educational programs about the local waterfront for over 15 years. As you cruise past landmarks such as Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, as well as lesser-known sites along the waterfronts of Jersey City and Bayonne, you will learn how industry and transportation—by ship, canal boat, train, truck, and airplane—have shaped the waterfront over the past two centuries.  

Please note that the tour is subject to change or to cancellation due to weather and/or docking limitations. 

Tour Leaders:

  • Andrew Gustafson

1:00PM - 4:00PM



(W-1) Placemaking & Storytelling: A Workshop

Location: Blue Comet Auditorium

Audience: NP

Time: 1:00 pm 4:30 pm

Featuring representatives from the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, the New Jersey Historical Commission, Night Kitchen Interactive, and Saltworks Interpretive Consulting, this exciting half-day workshop will focus on Placemaking and Storytelling! Identify strategies to integrate history, artwork, and technology to make your site or community’s stories more engaging and interactive! Learn how participatory frameworks and community engagement strategies can lead to meaningful public connections. Explore how creative placemaking can help you attract and engage more participants in history. Discover a tried-and-true framework for designing exciting stories that encourage exploration. Information regarding funding opportunities for completing these types of projects will also be discussed. The Workshop is geared towards non-profits and small organizations, but all are welcome

Workshop Leaders:

  • Valentina Miller

  • Leonardo Vazquez

  • Danielle De Laurentis

  • Michelle Moon

  • Marc Lorenc

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Welcoming Event

Welcoming Event

Location: Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal

Time: 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Hear welcoming remarks and featured speaker, Darley Newman, a pioneering entrepreneur known for her Emmy Award-winning series “Travels with Darley” and “Equitrekking. Guests will also receive a special edition Travels with Darley mug. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.  


  • Darley Newman