Posted Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Changing Attitudes Towards Preserving History and the Environment: A Forum Inspired by the National Park Service Centennial

2016-nj-forum-logoThe 2016 New Jersey Forum of the State Historical Society will be held in Morris County this year, on Nov. 18 and 19, at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morris Township, with a special emphasis on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the state’s environmental history.

The keynote speaker will be Pulitzer Prize winning author Dan Fagin, who won the Pulitzer for his work, “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.’’

Dan Fagin

Dan Fagin

Fagin, who is a science journalism professor at New York University, was an environmental writer at Newsday for 14 years, during which time he was twice a principal member of reporting teams that were Pulitzer finalists. He has also won two prestigious science journalism prizes: the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers.

Two unique tours of the Morristown National Historical Park also have been set up as part of the event on Friday, Nov. 18.

The first is a “Drive-By History Tour’’ that will be led by a NPS historian who will take participants by bus through Morristown, Jockey Hollow and surrounding areas.

It will include discussions on a wide variety of issues ranging from Revolutionary War encampments and the Morristown summer homes of New York millionaires to the history of Morristown National Historical Park – the nation’s first national park — and to the tales of farmers, generals, Depression-era CCC workers and park rangers who lived, worked and died in this area.2016-1118-nj-forum-logos

The second tour will be a behind-the-scenes curator’s look at the Morristown National Historical Park’s archives at Washington’s Headquarters. You’ll learn about and see some of the 99 percent of the historical collection that is NOT normally on display to the public.

Group size will be strictly limited, so you must sign up early for these tours.

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For more information about the forum and the New Jersey Historical Commission, visit: