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Annual student exhibition opens at NJHS


The New Jersey Historical Society will open “Exploring New Jersey,” their annual student exhibition on May 29, 2003 at 52 Park Place in Newark from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The exhibition is the culminating event representing several projects completed by students participating in Adopt-a-School programs.
Since last September, the Historical Society has been working with more than 100 students from Martin Luther King, Jr. School in Newark, Livingston Public Schools, The Community School in Teaneck, and William B. Cruise School #11 in Passaic.

Using primary resources such as letters, maps, photos, books and artifacts from the Historical Society’s extensive library and museum collections, the students explored topics related to their class curricula and expressed their newfound knowledge and skills by creating projects, which will be showcased in the exhibition. This year’s projects include a futuristic model of a section of Newark, a display of advertisements for New Jersey-made products, and poster displays, a scrapbook and three-dimensional rendering of New Jersey’s role in the Civil War.

The Adopt-a-School program involves multiple-visits to the Historical Society, which include gallery activities and extensive library research. Since its inception in 1996, more than 863 students have learned how to think critically and creatively about the past and the community in which they live. Past exhibitions have included collages and poems about the Ironbound section of Newark; a “coffeetable” book of photographs of such historic sites as Trinity Union Episcopal Church and the old Essex County Jail; and a timeline of African American history in New Jersey.

The exhibition is located on the 3rd floor and will run through May 2004.

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