Humanities Council grant will support NJ State Museum’s next project

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originally published: 08/05/2022

(TRENTON, NJ) — The New Jersey State Museum (NJSM) announced that the New Jersey State Museum Foundation is the recipient of a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) to support the “History Beneath Your Feet: Archeology in the Capital City” component of the exhibit, which will explore the social, cultural and environmental evolution of Trenton through archaeological artifacts.

From April 2023, the Museum will present “History Beneath Your Feet: Archeology in the Capital”. Cities have countless stories to tell and Trenton is no exception. Excavations throughout the city provide evidence of New Jersey’s earliest inhabitants, settlers, and settlers, through to the city’s rich industrial past. The exhibit will detail the stories that shaped Trenton, the state and the country. Since the 1960s, archaeological projects in Trenton have uncovered thousands of artifacts that show prehistoric and historic life is evident and preserved in some of the most unlikely places, such as a 2,000-year-old prehistoric site in New Jersey Department of Labor building. and under the desk of New Jersey’s First Secretary of State in front of the State House.

The grant awarded $15,732 to create a guided mobile phone walking tour of Trenton sites. The tour will provide a unique perspective while exploring the city’s history beneath the current landscape. It will also provide context for the stories told in the exhibit, and attendees with smartphones will also have access to images.

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities has awarded a total of $402,514 in grants to 33 organizations across the state for Spring 2022. For 50 years, NJCH has explored, cultivated, and championed the public humanities. They are dedicated to fostering appreciation for the estate in New Jersey’s diverse community, in every district of the state. To learn more about upcoming grant opportunities and other exciting work at NJCH in New Jersey, visit njhumanities.org.

Located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, the New Jersey State Museum comprises three buildings, including a state-of-the-art planetarium and holds over 2 million artifacts in its collections in archaeology/ethnography, cultural history, fine arts and natural history. The New Jersey State Museum is a center for exploring science, history, and the arts. We preserve and share stories that inspire curiosity and creativity to enrich our communities. The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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New Jersey State Museum Foundation was founded in 1968 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to support the Museum’s collections, exhibits, and programs through fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy, and marketing. The New Jersey State Museum Foundation received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. The Foundation received an action grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In recent years, the Foundation has received generous support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the PNC Foundation, NJM Insurance Group, and the Princeton Area Community Foundation. The Foundation also operates the museum membership program, as well as the museum shop which sells merchandise related to the museum’s exhibits and collections, and New Jersey’s history and culture. Proceeds support New Jersey State Museum collections, exhibits and programs.

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