Thursday, May 28th, 2015
May 20, 2015 (Morristown, NJ) The 2015 NJ History & Historic Preservation Conference – New Perspectives on the Past, will have an abundance of Morris County historians and heritage tourism advocates participating this year. Speakers include Katie Humphreys, Historical Program Specialist at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Andrea Proctor, Resource Interpretive Specialist, Waterloo Village, Leslie T. Bensley, Executive Director, Morris County Tourism Bureau, Joe Macasek, President, Canal Society of New Jersey, and John Manna, President, Canal Day Association.
One session of particular note – Exploring the Morris Canal Greenway, will focus on the technical marvel that was the Morris Canal which ran 102 miles across northern New Jersey from the 1820’s to the 1920’s. Today, stakeholders are working to create a greenway along the original canal. This panel session will explore preservation accomplishments, stewardship challenges and progress made to interpret the resource and create a tourism destination that is lively and engaging for repeat visitors.
The event is being held in Mount Laurel which is located in the southern part of the state, and will enable attendees to take advantage of the historic resources in Burlington and Camden counties, and to learn from western neighbors in Pennsylvania.
The conference has expanded to a two-day event, with a pre-conference workshop or tour and an Opening Reception on June 3, before the full-day conference that offers 20 educational sessions and workshops on June 4. For further information and registration details please go to www.njpreservationconference.org/registration.html.