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NJHS marks end of Preservation Month with opening of Annual Student Exhibition

2002-05-23

Marking the end of National Preservation Month, The New Jersey Historical Society is hosting an opening reception for “Exploring New Jersey,” their Annual Student Exhibition, to be held at 52 Park Place in Newark on Thursday, May 30, 2002 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The exhibition is the culminating event representing several projects completed by students participating in the My School, My Community and Adopt-a-School programs.

Since last September, the Historical Society has been working with 113 students from 15th Avenue and Warren Street Schools in Newark (My School, My Community) and Martin Luther King, Jr. School in Newark and Livingston Public Schools (Adopt-a-School).

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 an architectural “before-and-after” model of the historic University Heights area; a “coffeetable” book of photographs of such historic sites as Trinity Union American Episcopal Church and the old Essex County Jail; a timeline of student reflections of African American history in New Jersey; and an exploration of early and modern New Jersey roads.

Funded by Lillian Nowicke through the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee, My School, My Community is a pilot program that integrates social studies with language arts and other disciplines. Its goal is to teach students how to analyze primary sources as they learn about their school and community through research at the Historical Society, the Newark Public Library and other sources.

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 750 students have learned how to think critically and creatively about the past and the community in which they live. Past exhibitions have included a photographic and written documentation of work and jobs in the community; collages and poems about the Ironbound section of Newark and a three-dimensional, life-sized re-creation of notable New Jerseyans attending a dinner party.

The exhibition is located on the 3rd floor and will run through May 2003.

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