This collection consists of exhibits, digital ephemera and digital photographs taken at the 50th Anniversary of the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory's September 28, 1961 dedication. On September 20, 2011, guests that included representatives from NOAA, NMFS, and the State of New Jersey; neighboring environmental organizations and partners, such as Clean Ocean Action, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, and the American Littoral Society, which was also celebrating its own 50th Anniversary; and former staff gathered to commemorate the Laboratory's record of research and oftentimes challenging history. The event program included a morning ceremony with speakers who addressed the Laboratory past, current and future scientific research, followed by unveiling of a new National Park Service interpretive sign, tours of the Laboratory’s Research Vessel Nauvoo and both Laboratory buildings, and scientific research exhibits.
Skies were sunny the day before the Laboratory’s 50th Anniversary commemoration, as shown in this photograph of the Laboratory. A banner announcing the milestone is affixed to the entrance of the Laboratory, which was constructed from 1989 to 1993. The building was designed to be consistent with historic Fort Hancock and cost approximately $19 million dollars to construct. Construction of the 35,000 square foot Laboratory and renovation of Building 74 was funded by the State of New Jersey, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Laboratory campus was named after the New Jersey 3rd District Representative, James J. Howard, who advocated to have the Laboratory remain in New Jersey after the original laboratory facility was destroyed by arson in September 1985. The state-of-the art Laboratory includes a 32,000 gallon aquarium and an extensive seawater system.
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The items in this collection consist of exhibits, digital ephemera and a selection of photographs taken by three NEFSC staff members at the Laboratory’s 50th Anniversary commemoration. The photographers provided Lionel A. Walford Library with copies of their photographs of the event, and the Library is maintaining the images, as well as other related 50th Anniversary files, on a server to ensure their long-term availability.