2012 New Jersey Forum Awards
The New Jersey Historical Commission honored six individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to New Jersey history at the 2012 New Jersey Forum held at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, November 17, 2012.
Richard J. Hughes Award
Marc Mappen received NJCH’s highest honor, the Richard J. Hughes Award for lifelong contributions to New Jersey history. After receiving a Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University, Dr. Mappen went on to serve the university in a variety of positions.
In 2000, he retired as an associate dean and became the executive director of the New Jersey Historical Commission, a position he held until 2010. As an educator, author and speaker, Dr. Mappen is widely considered one of the preeminent voices on the history of the Garden State.
Alfred E. Driscoll Dissertation Prize
Greg Walsh received the Alfred E. Driscoll Dissertation Prize for his work, Splintered Loyalties: The Revolutionary War in Essex County, New Jersey.
The well-researched study focuses on popular commitment to the Revolution and argues that loyalties were more fluid than scholars have typically shown.
Awards of Recognition
The Newark History Society received recognition for ten years of innovative and educational programming celebrating the city’s rich and vibrant historical legacy, made possible by the commitment and foresight of its founders Warren Grover, Tim Crist and the late Charles Cummings.
The Chinkchewunska Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution received recognition for its historic preservation, educational and patriotic programming in Sussex County.
Joseph M. Laufer received recognition for his tenure as Burlington County Historian and for an exemplary 30-year career spent educating audiences of all ages on the historical wonders of Burlington County.
David Kimball received recognition for an exceptional career as a longtime National Park Service historian and for his fine stewardship in leading and reshaping the Historic Burlington County Prison Museum Association.