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Education

Preservation New Jersey hosts and co-sponsors educational programming throughout the year, including workshops, walking tours, and other activities geared to learning about historic preservation and history. Many of our programs offer continuing education credits for architects and planners.

Upcoming Programs & Events

  • HPC Round Table: Working with your Construction & Zoning Officials
    HPC Round Table: Working with your Construction & Zoning Officials
    Tue, Jul 23
    Via ZOOM
    Jul 23, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Via ZOOM
    Jul 23, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Via ZOOM
    Join PNJ for its first roundtable of 2024. This round table will focus on and discuss ways to navigate and work with your local construction and zoning officials for successful preservation outcomes.
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  • Preservation New Jersey - Annual Meeting
    Preservation New Jersey - Annual Meeting
    Thu, Jul 25
    T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center
    Jul 25, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, 94 Drs James Parker Blvd, Red Bank, NJ 07701, USA
    Jul 25, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, 94 Drs James Parker Blvd, Red Bank, NJ 07701, USA
    Join Preservation New Jersey at our Annual Meeting for an evening of networking, tour and presentation on the T. Thomas Fortune House, and to hear updates on PNJ activities this past year.
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  • Offices Hours with PNJ
    Offices Hours with PNJ
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Jul 29
    Virtual via Zoom
    Jul 29, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Virtual via Zoom
    Jul 29, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Virtual via Zoom
    Meet with PNJ's Executive Director and Board Members through weekly office hours. PNJ will host open office hours on Monday nights from 6:00 - 8:00pm via zoom.
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  • Q&A with PNJ: Bergen County Cultural & Heritage Affairs
    Q&A with PNJ: Bergen County Cultural & Heritage Affairs
    Tue, Aug 06
    Via ZOOM
    Aug 06, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Via ZOOM
    Aug 06, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Via ZOOM
    Join Preservation NJ via Zoom as our "Q&A with PNJ" series sits down with staff at the Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs. We will share and discuss important projects and programs on history and historic preservation within North Jersey.
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  • HPC Round Table: Preservation Law & Understanding Legal Resources for HPCs
    HPC Round Table: Preservation Law & Understanding Legal Resources for HPCs
    Sat, Aug 24
    Sayreville Senior Center
    Aug 24, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Sayreville Senior Center, 423 Main St, Sayreville, NJ 08872
    Aug 24, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Sayreville Senior Center, 423 Main St, Sayreville, NJ 08872
    Join PNJ and the Sayreville Historic Society for a round table to discuss the legal aspects of local preservation and introduce participants to the case law that establishes the ability to regulate historic resources.
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  • Talks with Our Ten Most: Hinchliffe Stadium
    Talks with Our Ten Most: Hinchliffe Stadium
    Thu, Sep 19
    Via ZOOM
    Sep 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Via ZOOM
    Sep 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Via ZOOM
    Join Preservation NJ as we sit down with the City of Paterson Historic Preservation Commission on Hinchliffe Stadium.
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  • Tour with PNJ: Perth Amboy History
    Tour with PNJ: Perth Amboy History
    Sat, Sep 21
    Perth Amboy
    Sep 21, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Perth Amboy, 149 Kearny Ave, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA
    Sep 21, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Perth Amboy, 149 Kearny Ave, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA
    A bus and walking tour of historic Perth Amboy with the City Historian and Preservation NJ. A reception by the Ferry Slip will follow.
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  • Workshop: Creating Your Own Heritage Trail
    Workshop: Creating Your Own Heritage Trail
    Sat, Sep 28
    Sayreville Senior Center
    Sep 28, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Sayreville Senior Center, 423 Main St, Sayreville, NJ 08872, USA
    Sep 28, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Sayreville Senior Center, 423 Main St, Sayreville, NJ 08872, USA
    Creating a heritage trail can be a fantastic way to learn more about your area, share your passion and engage others with your local heritage. Join PNJ for a workshop on defining your scope, creating a team, planning strategies, and implementing your trail.
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  • On Tour with PNJ: Cemeteries
    On Tour with PNJ: Cemeteries
    Sat, Oct 19
    Location is TBD
    Oct 19, 2024, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Oct 19, 2024, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • HPC Round Table: Preventing Demolition & Adaptive Reuse Strategies
    HPC Round Table: Preventing Demolition & Adaptive Reuse Strategies
    Sat, Oct 26
    Location is TBD
    Oct 26, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Oct 26, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • Workshop: Focusing on Your Visitors with Public Programs & Exhibits
    Workshop: Focusing on Your Visitors with Public Programs & Exhibits
    Sat, Nov 09
    Sayreville Senior Center
    Nov 09, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Sayreville Senior Center, 423 Main St, Sayreville, NJ 08872, USA
    Nov 09, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Sayreville Senior Center, 423 Main St, Sayreville, NJ 08872, USA
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  • Preservation New Jersey - Annual Awards Dinner
    Preservation New Jersey - Annual Awards Dinner
    Thu, Nov 21
    Location is TBD
    Nov 21, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Location is TBD
    Nov 21, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Location is TBD
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The events below are not open to registration at this time. Once available, they will appear above.

Programs for 2024

July 20, 2024: On Tour with PNJ

August 20, 2024: HPC Round Table

October 8, 2024: HPC Roundtable

November 14, 2024: Talks with Our Ten Most

December 12, 2024: Q&A

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PNJ Programs

Preservation New Jersey's diverse array of history and preservation education programs is designed to cater to a variety of interests, learning preferences, and organization type. Our offerings include interactive workshops, webinar series, and hands-on sessions, each structured to enhance knowledge and skills in specific areas.  Additionally, PNJ programs are available in different formats, such as in-person, online, and hybrid models. 

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Talks with Our Ten Most

Talks with our Ten Most is a virtual discussions with historic site owners and interested groups on where the sites are now. For nearly 30 years, PNJ has hosted a 10 Most Endangered Places in NJ list initiative which spotlights replacement, historic, architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources in NJ that are in imminent danger of being lost. The act of listing these resources acknowledges their importance to the heritage of NJ and draws attention to the predicaments that endanger their survival and the survival of historic resources statewide. This program provides a “look back” on the sites listed throughout the years. These stories look for lessons learned in both successful restorations, demolitions, and years of preservation work by those who are actively engaged in the site. The format of the program is PNJ Board Member opens the program and passes it to the team or persons associated with the 10 Most listed site who provides a presentation. Following the presentation, questions are then opened to the public that attend.

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Q&A with PNJ

Q&A with PNJ is a virtual discussion with historic site owners, preservation commissions, and/or various organizations, government and business leaders who are navigating various preservation projects and key issues. The format of the program is PNJ Board Member Melissa Ziobro interview the guest panelists/speaker creating an open dialogue on said preservation topic. The goal of the program is to showcase both success and unsuccessful preservation stories to NJ’s preservation community in hopes that our community can learn from each other. Following the interview, questions are then opened to the public that attend.

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On Tour with PNJ

This program is a series of walking or bus tours of historic districts around New Jersey. They focuses on topics such as main street and downtown architecture, best practices in design guidelines for district and streetscape, creating heritage tourism destinations with historic sites, integrating creative placemaking within downtowns and historic neighborhoods/districts, and cemetery and monument preservation. The tours are designed to introduce both professionals and the general public to the importance of historic preservation in communities.

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Workshops

To further expand public outreach and raise awareness of preservation, PNJ hosts hands-on and in-person workshops. Topics of the workshops are for preservations, planners, architects, engineers, historians, preservation commissioners and board members, contractors and other interested persons to gain in-depth knowledge about important preservation issues. These programs will offer continuing education credit available including AIA credits.

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Resources & Tool Kits

PNJ provides technical assistance for emerging developers, property owners, government agencies and local organizations, and the general public in all preservation issues. By doing so, PNJ maintains resources aimed to equip constituents with information and tools they need to acquire, rehabilitate, and preserve structures within in their communities.

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Advocating & Lobbying

Each year, through partners at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Action hosts various 'Historic Preservation Advocacy Week' events. They serve as a focused mini-conference for the preservation community, which makes for networking opportunities with other preservation groups throughout the U.S. Through advocating and lobbying, PNJ participates in supporting and implementing changes in policies that affect preservation funding, regulation, and best practices.

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