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.
This photograph of Building 74 was taken the morning of the 50th Anniversary commemoration. Building 74, formerly Army barracks for the C-Battery company, has housed Laboratory administrative staff and scientists since the late 1970’s. After the destruction of the original Laboratory facilities by arson in September 1985, Building 74 became the de facto Laboratory headquarters; this status became official when NOAA agreed to keep the Laboratory at Sandy Hook after deliberating closure or relocation. The 35,000 square foot building, leased by the State of New Jersey from the National Park Service, underwent a renovation that was completed in 1994. This photograph was taken from the Laboratory building across the street; the Laboratory's new outdoor interpretative sign under cover can be seen at the left-side of the building.
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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.