If you are interested in the history of New Jersey I encourage you to check out (and subscribe to) Gordon Bond’s online magazine, “Garden State Legacy.” It is your one-stop shop for all things Jersey. The website contains sample articles, a speakers bureau, and a directory of local historical sites. It is a very useful public history resource:
The most recent issue is entitled “Prized Artifacts From the Garden State.” Bond asked New Jersey’s historical sites, museums, archives, and libraries to “identify three artifacts from their collections which they most-prize for their historical significance.” These cultural institutions responded and Bond has assembled stories and pictures of their treasures in the magazine (and what appears to be a future book).
Learn about the original program from the “Pageant of the Paterson Silk Strike” at the American Labor Museum in Haledon; early lifeguard surfboards at the Avalon Public Free Library History Center; neon signs from the Doo Wop Experience and Neon Sign Garden in Wildwood; and a mahogany clock from Liberty Hall Museum in Union.
A lot of what Bond is doing here reminds me of the “History Harvest” idea made popular by the University of Nebraska.