-- Associations - History
- Statewide and regional
New Jersey Historical Society
Acting Executive Director
Founded 1845, oldest cultural institution in state. Maintains library and museum with manuscripts, books, photographs, artifacts. Sponsors awards program for research, publications on NJ history.
League of Historical Societies of New Jersey
Founded 1966, composed of over 220 organizations representing over 45,000 individual members. Most organizations local historical societies, but also includes statewide societies and related institutions, county agencies, museums, libraries and archival groups, historic preservation agencies, and other organizations interested in NJ history. Members share information and ideas about activities and work of other groups, conduct cooperative activities to advance preservation and knowledge.
Preservation New Jersey
Scot Pannepacker, CPS/ABV
Founded 1978, promotes historic preservation, only statewide private membership-supported historic preservation organization in NJ. Publishes annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in NJ list; IRS qualified organization for accepting historic preservation easements; publishes uarterly newsletter and online magazine, Preservation Perspective and other educational materials and publications; advocates for local, state and federal policies supporting historic preservation; conducts tours, workshops, lectures and conferences about historic sites and preservation and sustainability issues;
Archaeological Society of New Jersey
Founded 1931 to promote and encourage study of historic and prehistoric archaeology. Supports preservation of important archaeological sites and artifacts, to assist and encourage investigation and interpretation by approved professional methods; to promote establishment of local archaeological organizations; and to record and publish archaeological information. Holds four regular meetings each year; promotes contacts among professional archaeologists working in state; encourages participation by Society members in field and laboratory activities. Publishes scientific articles by professionals and amateurs, and newsletter with current activities of archaeological interest. Headquarters at NJ State Museum in Trenton, maintains reference library of several hundred books and journals for members.
Crossroads of the American Revolution
Promotes education and knowledge of NJ role in Revolution, one of 49 national heritage areas across country authorized by Congress, but only NHA dedicated specifically to story of Revolution, with NJ site of nearly 300 battles and skirmishes and some 200 historic houses, battlefields, graveyards, and other locations. Main National Parks partner Morristown National Historical Park, site of Washington's 1779-80 winter encampment of Continental Army commanded by George Washington, also works with hundreds of state and local historic sites, preservation groups, historical societies, friends groups, state, county and local governments, schools, libraries and museums.
Medical History Society of New Jersey
Richard Marfuggi, MD
Founded 1980 to promote interest, research, and writing in medical history and allied fields. Sponsors two lectures in May and October in Princeton by prominent historians and others. Past-president Dr. William Campbell recipient of 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Genealogical Society of New New Jersey
C. Arthur Lawton III
Founded 1921 by group of genealogical scholars dedicated to preservation of NJ family history, particularly through transcribing tombstone information. Publishes quarterly Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey and GSNJ Newsletter provides with articles about genealogical research and methodology, reviews of books and genealogical publications, information on repositories and new collections. Collections of family papers and other materials and artifacts housed at Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
Jersey Central Railway Historical Society
Chapter of National Railway Historical Society founded 1980 to support preservation and restoration of railroad and railroad related equipment, structures, photographs and literature. Group's members have restored, or donated funds for others to restore, several pieces of railroad rolling stock owned by chapter or by United Railroad Historical Society, of which JCRHS a member. NJ restoration projects include restoration and painting of Jersey Central RR engine and caboose on display at Whippany Railway Museum and Centerville and Southwestern RR model railroad at Phillipsburg Railroad Historians site in Phillipsburg. Sponsors annual Train Show, holds monthly meetings in Westfield.
Canal Society of New Jersey
Founded 1969 to foster study of history and preservation of NJ’s two towpath canals: Morris Canal with 102-mile route from Phillipsburg to Jersey City and Delaware & Raritan Canal connecting 42-mile route between Delaware River and Raritan River. Both canals shipped anthracite from coalfields of Pennsylvania eastward to be used in industrial furnaces throughout region, including NY City. Holds 5 meetings annually at Morris County Cultural Center in Morris Township. Sponsors events and acquires property and artifacts related to each canal.
Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey
Executive Director & Curator
Founded 1990 to serve as archival repository of Jewish community of Greater MetroWest, encompassing Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union and portions of Somerset counties.Programs include collecting, preserving, maintaining and making publicly available records of administrative, legal, fiscal or historical value, historical artifacts, books, oral history and manuscript collections. Serves as research center, exhibit center, producer of public forums, and publisher of books and papers on topics of historical Jewish interest.
New Jersey State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution
Organized in NJ in 1891, one year after national organization founded in Washington DC. Currently 46 local chapters throughout NJ. Membership open to those who can trace lineage to a patriot of Revolution, Promotes history, education, patriotic events.
New Jersey Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Robert C. Meyer
Organized 1889 as New Jersey Society 'Sons of the Revolution' in Newark as a branch of New York Society, then formed separate organization as 'New Jersey Society of the Sons of the American Revolution'. Membership open to lineal descendants of those who served in cause of Independence as soldier, sailor, marine or civil officer or other patriotic role. 13 local chapters in NJ. Maintains collection of Revolutionary War and genealogy books housed at Cranford Public Library. Sponsors scholarship program.
Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New Jersey
John E. Idenden Jr.
Open to descendants of voyage on Mayflower landing at Plymouth in November 1620. Holds annual meeting on date near of signing of Mayflower Compact on November 21, 1620. Promotes knowledge and education of Mayflower voyage and its settlers. Publishes Teacher's Guide for Studying the Mayflower Compact.
Society of Model Engineers
Founded 1926, oldest model railroad club in US. Preserves historical significance of American railroads through models, historic artifacts and memorabilia.
- County Historical Societies
Atlantic County Historical Society
Sid Parker, Jr.
Bergen County Historical Society
Burlington County Historical Society
Camden County Historical Society
Cape May County Historical Society
Gloucester County Historical Society
Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society
Hunterdon County Historical Society
Monmouth County Historical Association
Ocean County Historical Society
Passaic County Historical Society
Director and Curator
Salem County Historical Society
Administrator and Librarian
Somerset County Historical Society
Union County Historical Society
Warren County Historical and Genealogical Society
President and Curator