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Rowan University-Gloucester County partnership to preserve local history

Date: July 23, 2012

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Jennifer Lawrence Janofsky has been named the first recipient of the Megan Giordano Fellowship, a joint Gloucester County-Rowan University effort to enhance preservation and educational programming efforts at the James and Ann Whitall House and Red Bank Battlefield Park. The fellowship is named in memory of the former site curator, who passed away last year.

Currently Dr. Janofsky is a public history instructor at Villanova University.  She has also served as a visiting instructor at Rutgers University in Camden and as a historical consultant to the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic site as well as several other prominent museums and institutions in the Philadelphia area.  Dr. Janofsky earned her Ph.D. in History from Temple University, where she specialized in Social/Cultural History of the Early American Republic, Public History/Material Culture, and Race and Ethnicity.

Rowan students will directly benefit from this new initiative, as internships will be offered on site.  Additionally, Dr. Janofsky will bring her expertise into the classroom through American Studies and History offerings this upcoming spring.