New Jersey Historical Commission Salutes Bonita Grant
Tireless Advocate for New Jersey History
The New Jersey Historical Commission salutes Bonita Grant, who retires as New Jersey bibliographer at Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives after 43 years of service. NJHC Executive Director Sara Cureton praised Grant as a tireless advocate for the study and teaching of New Jersey history.
“To list all the ways in which Bonita Grant has contributed to the study of New Jersey history throughout her career would be a daunting task. Perhaps I can summarize her contributions to the work of the New Jersey Historical Commission by saying that Bonita has played an integral and invaluable role in the success of virtually every program that the Commission has undertaken during her tenure at Rutgers. From serving as a grant reviewer, to helping with the planning and execution of programs, to facilitating the research required for countless successful projects funded by the Commission, Bonita has been a hugely important resource for all of us. We will miss her tremendously, but also warmly congratulate her on receiving the Rutgers College Class of 1962 Presidential Public Service Award and her well-deserved retirement,” Cureton said.
Grant was instrumental in advocating for the development of a sustainable source of funding to support New Jersey history and the arts through legislation that created the Hotel/Motel tax. As a founding member and officer of the Advocates for New Jersey History, she also helped establish the annual New Jersey History Issues Convention (now a key element of the annual History and Historic Preservation Conference), a major statewide advocacy event which teaches the public the importance of history and culture to every citizen’s life.