Building a Place for History
Sara Cureton joined the staff of the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) in 2004 and now serves as its executive director. She also holds the position of director of the New Jersey Cultural Trust, a title she assumed in 2008. She oversees funding programs totaling $3 million that support cultural organizations and activities across New Jersey and beyond. The NJHC also offers a variety of programs in New Jersey history, including an annual conference, professional development training, and an online journal, New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Activities surrounding New Jersey’s 350th anniversary in 2014 provided Ms. Cureton with ample opportunity to launch new programming initiatives at the Commission, including an updated series of teaching resources in New Jersey history and a video series titled It Happened Here: New Jersey, for which she serves as an executive producer. The series was recognized with Emmy® nominations in both the New York and Mid-Atlantic regions. Ms. Cureton is actively engaged in preparations for the Semiquincentennial in 2026, both as executive director of the New Jersey Historical Commission, and as chair of the Semiquincentennial Coordinating Committee of the American Association for State and Local History. A native of Seattle, Washington, she is now an enthusiastic resident of South Jersey.