Every place, every person, and every object has a history, but not all histories are told.

Telling Untold Histories – New Jersey’s annual unconference that looks for human stories yet to be told – explores these histories and asks why some stories remain untold. Our theme for this year is sanctuary spaces. How can our institutions be sanctuary spaces for diverse communities?

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Because we value the knowledge you bring, this unconference puts you at the center. Participants create the program by suggesting and choosing sessions on the day of the unconference. Feel the suspense building! Workshops offer attendees the chance to learn new skills to help you tell stories. Discussions and activities connect you with new people and leave you inspired. Join us!

May 17, 2018

11:30am-5:30pm with reception and guest speaker(s) following

Newark Public Library

5 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07101

Who should attend? Curators and educators, archivists and archaeologists, oral historians and librarians, historic preservationists and community activists, as well as grantmakers, funders, and history lovers!

  • Using material culture to reveal hidden histories.
  • Lessons from (successful and not-so-successful) collaborations with communities.
  • How public history can address contemporary social issues like mass incarceration, immigration, and police brutality.
  • Showing that parks and other natural places have histories.
  • New Jersey is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse states in the country. Who is telling the histories of Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, and others?
  • The role of archives in defining what counts as history.

Want to see what happened at the 2017 unconference? Check out the Google docs from every session and workshop, and the Storify of our twitter conversation.