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Lees Seminars Spring 2015

This is a reminder that our first Lees Seminar this semester will take place on Friday, March 6th at 4pm. Rick Demirjian will present “THE REAL SOURCE OF OUR REVOLUTION”: EARLY NATIONAL COMMERCIAL POLICY AND AMERICA’S SECONDARY PORTS, 1783-1814. Andrew Fagal will serve as commentator. 

Please RSVP by this Friday, Feb. 27th to if you have not already. 

On Friday, April 3rd at 4pm, Nick Kapur will present; Franz Prichard, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University, will comment.

On Friday May 1 at 3pm, our event, co-sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at Penn, will feature David Silverman, Professor of History at George Washington University.

Internship Opportunity

The Washington Township Historic Preservation Commission is charged with the care and maintenance of the Olde Stone House Village, a 6.5 acre site on Egg Harbor Road which centers on the Morgan/Paulin/Atkinson home, built in 1736. The site also houses the Turnersville Post Office, the Old Bunker Hill Church, the Quay home, and the Blackwood Railroad station.

We are looking for a graduate student in history for 2015 to research and develop a preservation plan for the Olde Stone House Village. Primary tasks would involve reviewing and observing each building in regard to its present physical condition and making recommendations as to the needs of each building structurally and aesthetically. These needs would then be prioritized according to the level of deterioration evident.

If interested, please contact: Constance McCart, Ed. D. Commissioner/ grants researcher Washington Twp Historic Preservation Commission856 227 9017

Oral History Summer Institute @ Columbia University

2015 Oral History Summer Institute at Columbia University

Greetings from the Columbia Center for Oral History Research! We are thrilled to announce our 2015 Summer Institute, “Narrating Population Health: Oral History, Disparity, and Social Change,” to be held June 15-26, 2015 at Columbia University in New York City. The program will focus on ways that scholars and advocates have used oral history to illuminate the impact of inequitable distribution of health resources in local and global communities. Through workshops and presentations, participants will develop skills in interviewing, analysis, interdisciplinary research methods, and digital oral history application; presenters include medical researchers, historians, population health experts and sociologists. Areas of focus include: mass incarceration, reproductive rights, harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, addiction, stigma and discrimination and the impact of the built environment on health.



Congratulations to our Swan Fellowship Winners

Two History graduate students are embarking on research in the vast collection of artifacts and documents of the Swan Historical Foundation as the first two recipients of an annual scholarship provided by the foundation to Rutgers-Camden.  The scholarships, which are given annually, have been awarded to William Buie (for 2014) and Brian Albright (for 2015).

The Swan Historical Foundation Scholarships are awarded to a full-time or part-time graduate student, with preference for students with interests in public history and based on academic merit and financial need. Recipients are encouraged to conduct research using the Swan Historical Foundation collection of eighteenth and early nineteenth century artifacts and documents. The collection includes more than 600 American Revolutionary War items at the National Museum of the American Revolution – founded and developed by the Swan Historical Foundation – in the Visitor’s Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, N.J.

The scholarship is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden.

Some great new public history opportunities


The Alice Paul Institute (Mount Laurel, NJ), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the life and work of suffragist Alice Stokes Paul, is seeking a Co-Facilitator for our Lead-A-Way programs. This semester we are teaching at LEAP Academy Charter School (Camden, NJ) and Holbein Middle School (Mount Holly, NJ) on Monday and Thursday afternoons.  $500 per 10 week workshop series is available ($1,000 total if available for both Monday and Thursday workshops from Feb-May).

 If interested please email Kris Myers at or call 856-231-1885 right away. For more information about the Alice Paul Institute see:


 The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides will hold its annual training series on city history, architecture and culture on two weekends this March, and the public is invited.

“A Guide’s View of Philadelphia” runs 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, and on March 21 and 22. The first weekend covers the city’s founding by William Penn up to its time as the Nation’s capital. The second looks at 19th and 20th century Philadelphia and into the future.  The program includes lectures by top local professors and authors, plus guided walking tours and coach tours by senior APT guides

 Attendance may be limited, advance registration is recommended, and you can choose to take the whole series, one weekend or even just one day. Costs are $285 for the complete program; $175 for one weekend; and $100 for one day. APT members, who pay annual dues of $40, get a 20% discount.

Those successfully completing an exam can be certified as tour guides by the APT. The exam fee is $35.  For more information, visit the website of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides at  or email


The Eastern States Penitentiary is hiring seasonal tour guides.  For  more information go to: