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NJHS commemorates September 11, 2001 with special memorial display


On Thursday, September 11, 2003, The New Jersey Historical Society will commemorate the second anniversary of September 11, 2001 with the mounting of a special memorial display located on the 2nd floor at 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102. It will be on view through the end of fall 2003 and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Among the objects on display will be newspaper clippings of recent related coverage, memorial artifacts from 2002, and “9/11 Memorial,” an acrylic painting by Glen Ridge artist Joseph Konopka — all of which were collected by the Historical Society after the mounting of its exhibition Changed Lives: New Jersey Remembers September 11, 2001.

The display is an extension of the Historical Society’s statewide collecting project, The Changed Lives Project: Understanding New Jersey in the Aftermath of September 11th. Funded in part by the Charles Emil Thenen Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey Historical Commission and NJN Public Television, The Changed Lives Project includes continued collecting efforts, the exhibition — which recently was awarded a 2003 award from the American Association of State and Local History — and an oral history component.

“The ongoing nature of this project enables us to capture a wide range of public response, from the immediacy of the attacks to the long-term effects of such a tragic event,” said Sally Yerkovich, President and CEO of The New Jersey Historical Society. “Years from now, this kind of information will be key to processing and analyzing the overall impact of that day on New Jerseyans.”

Seeking a Volunteer
Since the project’s inception, NJHS’ Curator of History Adele Oltman has already interviewed and recorded the oral history testimony of nearly 100 New Jerseyans representing a range of experiences. She is currently seeking a volunteer to process the interviews, which will be transcribed and deposited in the Historical Society’s collections and Columbia University’s oral history archive. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Oltman at (973) 596-8500, ext. 262 or email at aoltman@jerseyhistory.org.

New 9/11 Exhibition at Rutgers University, New Brunswick
In addition to its own display, the Historical Society also will have on view several items from its September 11th exhibition on loan to The Art Library at Rutgers University in New Brunswick for an upcoming exhibition entitled Forging Memorial Art for Public Memory. On view from Friday, September 12, 2003 through mid-October, the Rutgers exhibition will feature the Historical Society’s “Response to 911,” a painting by East Orange artist G. Barrington Jackson, several drawings from 1st graders at Abington Avenue School in Newark, and a poster from Student Housing Associates at Rutgers University, Newark. The library is located in Voorhees Hall, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 7l Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901. Call (732) 932-7739 for gallery hours.

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