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.
Claire Steimle, the Laboratory’s Biological Sciences Librarian and the event organizer, introduces Pete McCarthy, the National Park Service Unit Coordinator for Sandy Hook, at the unveiling of the Laboratory’s new outdoor interpretative wayside. The wayside, which was designed by Kris Taft Miller of KT Design LLC, was installed in front of Building 74 and across the street from the Laboratory building to highlight the Laboratory’s identity within the historic Fort Hancock educational and environmental community and to provide visitors to Sandy Hook, which is part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail, with information about the Laboratory buildings and history. The interpretative wayside was funded by a competitive grant, the NOAA Preserve America Initiative, that was awarded to the Lionel A. Walford Library and which is a part of a larger federal initiative aimed at preserving, protecting and promoting our nation's rich heritage. The Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area was a key partner in the endeavor and the sign was designed and fabricated to be consistent with National Park Service standards.
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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.