Preservation New Jersey is celebrating 25 years of listing the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey. Since 1995, we have been spotlighting irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources that are in imminent danger of being lost. The act of listing these resources acknowledges their importance to the heritage of New Jersey, and draws attention to the predicaments that endanger their survival and the survival of historic resources statewide.
This initiative is a valuable resource to grassroots efforts to preserve New Jersey’s historic resources.
The 10 Most Endangered list gave credence to what we were saying…someone other than us thinks this school is valuable.
– Dr. Doris Carpenter, Local Activist (about Camden High School, a 2017 10 Most Site)
Being on the 10 Most Endangered list got us really interesting attention. Everybody has a little place in their heart for an endangered species. And, a lot of people helped…from the preservation community and the private sector, through to the congressional offices.
– Keith Kilgannon, Roamer Shoal Light (a 2014 10 Most Site)
It was an aha moment for everybody…we really do need to do something. Not only did the 10 Most listing spur local governmental activity, but it also made funding sources aware.
– Dan Wrieden, Jersey City Historic Preservation Officer (the Van Wagenen/”Apple Tree” House, a 1996 10 Most Site)
It is through the support of donors like you that Preservation New Jersey is able provide this and other assistance in support of preservation.
Thank you for helping us to advocate for New Jersey’s historic resources.
As a thank you, sustaining supporters may choose to receive a beautiful piece of WheatonArts Glass.
Donations of $500 or more:
Donations of $1,000 or more:
These pieces of Contemporary Glass Art are made by WheatonArts Glass Studio resident artists. Using texture, color, and form, the artists create exciting new surface treatments on this beautiful line of work including vases, bowls, ornaments, and paperweights. The result is a studio glass line with one-of-a-kind pieces, each handcrafted without the use of blow molds. Each piece is signed WheatonArts. Colors may vary.
The American glass industry began in southern New Jersey because of its availability of natural resources such as wood, sand, soda ash, and silica. The nation’s earliest successful glass factory was founded in 1739 by Caspar Wistar in nearby Salem County. Many of the nation’s foremost glass factories operate in South Jersey. In 1888, Dr. Theodore Corson Wheaton, a pharmacist, began making his own pharmaceutical bottles in a glass factory in Millville. From these beginnings, today’s giant glass manufacturer, DWK Life Sciences (formerly Wheaton Industries, Inc.), evolved.
In the early 1960s, Dr. Wheaton’s grandson, Frank H. Wheaton, Jr., started collecting American made glass, wanting to display it in the area it originated from, South Jersey. In 1970, the first buildings at WheatonArts opened to the public, and today the Center consists of over 45 acres with 18 buildings. Its Museum of American Glass houses over 22,000 objects, both historic and contemporary. The fully operational Glass Studio presents daily, interpretive demonstrations of artists performing traditional and innovative glassblowing techniques. In the Artist Studios, artists demonstrate the traditional southern New Jersey crafts of pottery and flameworking. The Down Jersey Folklife Center, Education Studio, 1876 Centre Grove Schoolhouse, Museum Stores (General Store, Arthur Gorham Paperweight Shop, Brownstone Holiday Shop, and The Gallery of Fine Craft), Nature Trail, and Event Center complete the complex.
For more information on WheatonArts and Cultural Center please visit wheatonarts.org.