Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
The Waterfront South Neighborhood is fortunate to have the Heart of Camden community development group spearheading plans for the revitalization of this historic neighborhood. Guiding recent development activities is the Waterfront South Neighborhood Redevelopment Plan funded by the N.J. Department of Community Affairs. This dynamic and imaginative plan was developed by H.of C. with ample citizen input. It calls for new and rehabilitated housing, parks, a communty center, a new theater, new businesses and now with the coming of light rail service to the community, this community will become a transit-oriented village, so beloved by urban planners and ecologists because of their low carbon footprint. Also featured in this neighborhood plan is our maritime museum which will provide a strong institutional anchor on Broadway, and a valuable educational and recreational resource for Camden school children and their families.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
On March 31st Emeritus Professors Michael Lang and John Giannotti gave a presentation to Rutgers faculty about the Camden Shipyard and Maritime Museum and the new Henson statue, designed by Giannotti, that graces its front yard. The presentation stressed the museum’s relationship to extensive community development activities sponsored by the Heart of Camden Inc. in the Waterfront South neighborhood. This event was co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden (MARCH) and the Science Preparation Alliance of Rutgers and Camden (SPARC).
Rutgers faculty and students have been involved in various aspects of this museum during its formative years, with several current faculty members serving on its Board of Trustees. Lang, a retired Professor of Urban Studies and Public Administration, serves as the museum’s director. Additional support has been extended by the School of Business, as well as professors, staff and students in the Graduate Criminal Justice Program, the Rand Institute and the Urban Studies Program.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Church Of Our Saviour
Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Capital Preservation Grant, Level II
Grant Award: $750,000 (2008)
Grant Recipient: Camden Shipyard and Maritime Museum
The Church of Our Saviour is noted in the National Register nomination as “an excellent example of small-scale Gothic architecture designed by noted Philadelphia architect George W. Hewitt in 1880.” The church campus includes a 1892 parish hall and 1912 rectory. The church historically served a congregation linked to the nearby shipbuilding and maritime industries. The buildings fell into a deteriorated condition after the Episcopal Diocese abandoned the buildings. The applicant and a local community development organization purchased the complex in 2007.
The Trust grant will help fund structural stabilization, exterior restoration, and interior rehabilitation of the former church and parish hall for use as a maritime museum and community space.
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Tom Carroll has begun to develop an oral history project at the museum. This project will produce an archive of oral histories of the men and women who were part of Camden’s glorious maritime past. Dr. Carroll is an experienced professional in the field of oral history and is currently working on a project related to the nuclear powered ship Savannah that was built at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation yards in Camden and is a listed national historic site. In conjunction with his current project with the museum, he will focus on people in the community who lived in Waterfront South and/or worked in the various maritime industries in the Camden region. He has already interviewed Joseph A. Balzano, CEO of the South Jersey Port Corporation and President of our Board of Trustees. The resultant oral histories will be archived at the museum and made available to visitors. Selected interviews may be made available on our website in the future. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Carroll and we are very excited about this important new project.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This Spring the museum has housed two Americorps*NCCC teams, and has an Americorps*VISTA working as its Youth Development Director. These young people have decided to serve their country domestically. They serve in the some of the most depressed areas of our nation, while making the poverty level in wages and earning the community's respect. NCCC's vow to get thing done for America; VISTAs have sworn to uphold the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic, and to work towards eliminating poverty in our nations inner cities, Appalachia, and other rural communities. If you are bestowed the honor of working with or housing these youth, take them out for a cup of coffee or simply say thank you. You will end up widening the smiles already on their faces.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
On Apr. 6, New Jersey Network did a segment of John Giannotti's scuplting of Matthew Henson and the subsequent celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the Discovery of the North Pole by Matthew Henson and Admiral Peary. Here is the link to view it in HD: