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Student Projects Showcased at The New Jersey Historical Society's Annual Exhibition


“Exploring New Jersey,” The New Jersey Historical Society’ annual exhibition that looks at the state through the eyes of young people, opens on Thursday, May 20, 2004, at 52 Park Place in Newark from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This year, 40 special needs students make up the ’04 class of historic researchers in the NJHS’s Adopt-a-School program, which was established in 1996.

The topics for this year’s projects include a study of services for people with disabilities in New Jersey, a look at New Jersey in the Revolutionary War, and a photography/writing project inspired by both contemporary Newark and William Cone’s photographs of the city in the early twentieth century.

Since 1996, Adopt-a-School has engaged more than 900 students from grades two through twelve in historical inquiry. For the past year, NJHS has worked with students from three schools: The Community School in Teaneck, Technology High School in Newark, and Integrity House of the Harrison A. Williams Academy for Education and the Arts, also in Newark. Groups from the schools made at least two visits each to the Historical Society’s headquarters, where they used primary sources such as letters, maps, photos, and artifacts from the Historical Society’s extensive library and museum collections.

“This exhibition shows how exciting and energizing it is to learn in a museum,” said Sally Yerkovich, President and CEO of the Historical Society. “We are able to provide documents like an 1879 patent model for an egg carton or a 1777 newspaper to help bring the past to life in an environment that encourages the exploration of new ideas.”

The “Exploring New Jersey,” exhibition is located on the 3rd floor of the NJHS headquarters building and will run through May 2005.

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