Follow this link to an article about the VAF paper session Janet Sheridan participated in entitled “Building at the Margins: African American Places in New Jersey and Beyond.” It was chaired by Dr. Amber Wiley of Tulane University. The other speakers were Dr. Wendell White, photography professor from Stockton College, and Paul Schopp, a West Jersey historian.
"Down Jersey: From Bayshore to Seashore" is the title of VAF's 2014 Annual Conference. Over two days, May 8 and May 9, participants will have opportunity to visit buildings and landscapes southern New Jersey. Four all-day tours will highlight resources in the Pinelands, the bay coast, the seashore, and Salem County. The conference venue is the historic Seaview Hotel in Galloway Township, Atlantic County (on the main land near Atlantic City).
I am organizing "Salem County: Pattern Brick and Beyond" to feature my field work over the past four years and other sites in Elsinboro, Salem City, Mannington, Alloway, and Pittsgrove.
VAF is concerned with ordinary buildings and landscape, local and traditionally-built architecture, regional distinctions, and the social meaning of buildings and communities. It takes in the relationships between people and their environment, and the influences of their cultural origin, among others. We examine "the places that people build and experience every day: houses and cities, farmsteads and alleys, churches and courthouses, subdivisions and shopping malls....Historians and architectural historians, preservationists and architects, geographers, anthropologists and folklorists, and others whose work involves documenting, analyzing, and interpreting vernacular forms—approach the built environment as a window into human life and culture, basing their scholarship on both fieldwork and archival research." (from the VAF web site)
Registration will start in January. Consider attending!
For more information about the conference and VAF, go to
Official conference web site http://intraweb.stockton.edu/eyos/page.cfm?siteID=69&pageID=509
Conference Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/VAF2014NJ
VAF Web site http://www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org/
VAF Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/VAF2014NJ
The National Register of Historic Places has listed Marshalltown as of July 17, 2013. Here is how it appears:
The South Jersey Times has selected my farms recording grant project for a "Cheer."
My state legislators have picked up on the story in their latest newsletter.
My farms recording project just received some wonderful publicity in the South Jersey Times.
I'm happy to announce that I've been awarded a new grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission for studying three farms in Salem County. Read more at my new blog, Fieldwork Down Jersey.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden Public History Blog has a piece on Marshalltown written by Mandi Magnuson-Hung.
See the VAF conference website for the latest details.
Map of Marshalltown Historic District via ArcGIS Online. The boundary encloses 166 acres of farmland, meadow, and house lots owned, inhabited, and built upon by African Americans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. An African Union Methodist Protestant Church, two cemeteries, a school house, and three houses survive out of some 30 buildings that stood in the past.