Building a Place for History
Sally Lane, a fourth-generation member of a Trenton newspaper family, worked as an editor and columnist at the city’s two newspapers for 19 years. As an advocate for the importance of the city’s rich history, she was asked by Capital City Redevelopment Corp. to design a plan for tourism development in 1990. She served as director of the nonprofit Trenton Convention & Visitors Bureau for 14 years before joining the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in 2004, on the staff of the Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources. In 2014, she left NJDEP to become Director of Special Projects, Office of the President, at Thomas Edison State College, overseeing creation of the school’s archives until her retirement five years later. Her great-grandfather was one of the five commissioners who oversaw the building of the War Memorial. Sally’s first behind-the-scenes tour of the building was as a child, when she met Gene Autrey and his horse, Champion, backstage after the show.