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PNJ looks forward to welcoming you to the 2023 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference


Preservation New Jersey is once again proud to be a “Neoclassical” sponsor of the entire NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference (NJ H+HPC) being held on June 12th to the 13th. Stockton University’s Atlantic City educational complex will be the conference nexus located right on the historic AC boardwalk. PNJ will have an active exhibition table on day two of the event and its members will be leading several Educational Sessions. Come by and meet our Executive Director Kelly Ruffel. And of course, the PNJ table is always a popular place to meet- up with your conference friends and associates.


New Jersey Historic Trust is the conference organizer and this will be the event’s 33rd presentation. “Fun and Fury” is this year’s conference theme and it will be 2023’s most popular educational and social event for the history and historic preservation communities. Last year saw well over 300 attendees so it is prudent to reserve your tickets asap.


You can expect June 13th, the second day of the conference, to be packed full with facts jammed inside of the “Fun and Fury” theme. Starting at 7:30 with breakfast you will be hard pressed to choose from a fantastic 4hr tour of “Atlantic City by Land and Sea,” or any of the day’s 17 fact filled Educational Sessions and six furiously fun 15 minute “Lightning Sessions.” Catch a breath on a famous Atlantic City tram ride to and from the noon to 2pm lunch at the fabulous Tropicana Resort. But be back and ready for all the afternoon action.

Several Preservation New Jersey members will be leading Educational Sessions during the day. Explore the unique, mid-century origins and precious future of The Wildwoods in Session 1 with Professor Taylor Henry, Wildwood Historical Society President and the 2021 recipient of PNJ’s Young Preservationist Award. In Session 7, PNJ Vice President, Billy Neumann will lead a discussion how many NJ Real Estate Agents, who are also solidly qualified in historic preservation practices, are serious “Stakeholders in Historic Preservation”. In Session 15, PNJ Board member, Professor, Melissa Ziobro will examine the impact and recovery of how climatic events such as Superstorm Sandy had on New Jersey’s historic assets. This will be a timely discussion set on the Jersey Shore.


Come a day earlier and don’t miss the first day of conference (Monday June 12th ) as breakfast is 8-9am. Then get ready for a full day of “The Building Blocks of Historic Preservation.” Starting with a 9am to noon workshop featuring comprehensive information on eligibility and evaluation within the context of integrity when applying to the National Register of Historic Places. After Lunch from 1-4pm you can resume two more intensive workshops on National Register preparation and all the regulatory provisions of historic preservation found in federal and state laws, rules, and regulations. Then from 5:00 to 7:30 the Opening Reception will be held at Boardwalk Hall and will feature the Honorable, Nelson Johnson Author of Boardwalk Empire and The Northside:


African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City. We also look forward to hearing important remarks from New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver (a self-described “Jersey Girl,) and keynote speaker Adam Markham the Acting Director from the Union of Concerned Scientists and author of World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate, who will discuss global climate impacts on historic and archaeological sites.


Once a year the history and historic communities come together to share our knowledge and experiences. Preservation New Jersey looks forward to seeing you at the 2023 NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference.

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