FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Event Is Being Held on June 7-9, 2018 at Passaic County Community College in Paterson

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Historic Trust, an affiliated agency of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), is joining the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the City of Paterson, and the Friends of New Jersey Heritage in co-hosting the New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference at Passaic County Community College in Paterson on June 7 and 8.

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver will kick off the June 8 opening plenary with welcoming remarks that will stimulate discussion throughout the day.  

“The Murphy Administration recognizes the growing importance of historic preservation and the important role historic sites and heritage tourism bring to our state’s economy,” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, DCA Commissioner. “This year’s conference theme, “Building a Place for History,” is fitting. Through heritage tourism, we look to promote the state’s numerous historical destinations, many of which are central to American history, and open New Jersey’s cultural doors to the public.”

Additional speakers will join the “Embracing the Future” panel discussion on the future of historic preservation in today’s evolving social, environmental, political and demographic climate. Participants will include Dr. Briann Greenfield from the NJ Council for the Humanities, Robert Guarasci, founder of the New Jersey Community Development Corporation, Professor Randall Mason from the University of Pennsylvania, and Bernice Radle, owner of Buffalove Development. 

Sixteen additional educational classroom sessions will showcase studies in architectural preservation and planning, address site management issues and fundraising for nonprofits, offer best practices for local historical commissions, and much more. Walking tours will explore the architecture of Paterson’s historic commercial district. American Institute of Architects (AIA) continuing education credits are offered for specific sessions.

Tickets are still available for the opening reception on June 7 at the Hamilton Club, the elegant neoclassical landmark that house’s the College’s art collection. Attendees will enjoy light refreshments and hear Leonard Zax’s story of “Hamilton’s Paterson: The Making of a National Park.”

Visit the conference website at for event details and register at  

The registration fee for the June 7 opening reception is $50, and the full conference on June 8 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
Tammori Petty
(609) 292-6055