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New Jersey and The Great War

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Rowan College at Burlington County & Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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New Jersey and The Great War

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. New Jersey’s contribution to the war effort was both large and multi-faceted. New Jersey factories sent supplies to the allies before and after April 6, 1917; Camp Dix and other training facilities prepared troops for service overseas; thousands embarked for Europe from Hoboken; and over 140,000 state residents ultimately served in the conflict. Many of the changes brought by the Great War, whether economic, social, technological, military, or artistic, continue to affect the Garden State to the present day. The New Jersey Historical Commission’s 2017 annual conference will consider the many impacts of this vast international conflict on the state.

Join us on November 3rd at Rowan College at Burlington County as we start the day with Christopher Capozzola who will discuss his book, Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen. Following the keynote, enjoy a series of paper presentations from scholars and veterans who explore New Jersey's role in World War I. We are also pleased to present a teachers’ workshop on teaching World War I history using primary documents.

The following day, November 4th, don't miss a special opportunity to visit Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, established in 1918 as a World War I camp. Tour the base, participate in oral histories, meet the Harlem Hellfighters, and more!


Register now to receive the early-bird rate of $50 which expires on October 6th! After October 6th, the cost to attend will increase to $60. Please note that you will be charged additional fees for your registration through EventBrite.

The cost to attend the conference on November 3rd is $50.00 and includes admission to the programs on November 4th at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

There is no charge if you choose just to attend the November 4th program. Boxed lunches including assorted sandwiches are offered on November 4th for an additional charge of $15.

Security Requirement

Joint Base McGuire-Dix is a functioning military base. If you wish to attend the November 4th program you must provide a copy of your driver's license (with your photo) by October 23, 2017. No one will be admitted who is not cleared by the Base in advance of the event. Mail a copy of your driver's license to Dina Erickson, New Jersey Historical Commission, POB 305, Trenton, NJ 08625-0305. You may also fax a copy to 609-633-8168.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing by close of business five weekdays prior to the event. Registrants who do not inform the Commission of cancellation will be responsible for payment even if they do not attend. Please contact Jan Field at janet.field@sos.nj.gov to cancel your registration.

Exhibit Tables

Exhibit space is available and comes with your registration. However, it is very limited so book your table right away. Table coverings will not be provided.

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November 3, 2017 - Rowan College at Burlington County

November 4, 2017 - Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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