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Battleship New Jersey to receive first-of-its-kind historical marker

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Camden County Freeholder Bill Moen speaks at the unveiling of the Camden County Historical Alliance's new Historical Marker Program on Tuesday, May 24. Credits: George Woolston
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Camden, NJ—The Battleship New Jersey will be one of the first seven historical sites in Camden County to receive the Camden County Historical Alliance's full-color historical interpretive signs.

The historical alliance launched its new Camden County Historical Marker Program on Thursday, May 24 at the Camden County Historical Society [CCHS].

The program—funded by a grant from the Camden County Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historical Preservation Trust Fund—features interpretive signs feature colorful graphics and significant information that will increase awareness of historical properties, events and subjects throughout Camden County.

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"The diverse culture that we have here in the county is emblematic of each of these signs that we have today," said Freeholder Bill Moen. "I think these will be a source of pride, a source of conversation in our communities and something that Camden County should be absolutely proud of."

Seven different historical organizations nominated a subject for a historical interpretive sign, and representatives of each organization attended the unveiling event.

According to Joshua Lisowski, collections director at the CCHS, work began on the signs about a year-and-a-half ago, and cost approximately $6,000. The signs are made out of a graffiti-resistant aluminum material, and are double-sided for prolonged use. Lisowski said that each side of the sign is expected to last about 10 years.

"Each of these markers is an attempt give context to a historical site," said Lisowski. "Each one focuses on something a little different, but hopefully provides the same wealth of information."

Lisowski added that the information on each sign was peer-reviewed by members of the CCHS.

"I think this sign will help add some flavor and additional details to visitors from out of town and just wanted to come by the Battleship New Jersey," said Moen. "This would highlight the things that we, as a county, feel are important to know about the battleship and the history behind it."

The sign explains the history of the warship, including that its the longest battleship in the world, and the most decorated in the nation's history. It also tells the story of the workers from Camden County who helped build the ship. It will be installed at 1 Clinton St.

Each historical organization will also host their own unveiling ceremony at the sign’s permanent location over the next few weeks. Other signs will be posted at Champion School in Haddon Township; Collins and Pancoast Hall in Merchantville; Gloucester City Waterworks in Gloucester City; Peter Mott House in Lawnside; Saddlertown in Haddon Township; and Spring Garden Inn in Winslow Township.

The Camden County History Alliance is an association of over 40 Camden County history organizations, historic assets, and support agencies. It was created in February 2016 to identify resources, increase the number of visitors, and institute projects that promote Camden County heritage.

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