FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 29, 2015

Registration is Still Open for 2015 New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference

Event is being held on June 3-4, 2015 at ML Hotel in Mount Laurel



TRENTON, N.J.The New Jersey Historic Trust, an affiliated agency of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), today joined the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, and the Common Wealth of New Jersey in co-hosting the June 3-4, 2015 New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference at ML Hotel in Mount Laurel.


This year’s conference theme, "New Perspectives on the Past" will be explored by plenary speakers Ruth Abram, founder of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and Elizabeth Silkes, Executive Director of The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience on June 4. They will challenge conference participants to make history activities not only relevant but necessary in today’s fast-paced society.


"We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together, it’s very necessary for  New Jersey’s history and historic preservation communities to exchange ideas and discover new commonalities," said DCA Acting Commissioner Charles A. Richman. "This conference provides a valuable forum for all heritage enthusiasts to discuss the most urgent issues involving the preservation of our state historic communities."


Twenty additional educational classroom sessions and field workshops will showcase studies in in architectural preservation and planning, and address the latest in historical interpretation, disaster preparedness and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. AICP, AIA and ASLA continuing education credits are offered for specific sessions.


Optional June 3 activities include a Cultural Resource Management workshop led by the staff of the Historic Preservation Office and a tour of adaptive use projects in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.  The opening night reception at Senator Diane Allen and Samuel Leeds Allen’s historic riverside home will feature guest speaker Robert Wittman, former FBI agent and author of Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.


Visit for event details, and register at:

. The registration fee for the June 3 activities is $35, and the full conference on June 4 is $90 until May 31, and $100 starting June 1. Walk-in registrations are welcome. Call (609) 984-0473 for more information.  Follow @NJHistPresConf on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information.




Lisa Ryan
(609) 292-6055