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John T. Cunningham

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John T. Cunningham long has been known as "New Jersey’s popular historian," a title bestowed on him by the New Jersey Historical Commission. His prolific contributions to New Jersey history in his books, magazine articles, documentary films and talks in every section of the state leave no doubt that he knows, writes and talks about his native state from experience and diligent research. Cunningham’s writings also encompass a wide number of magazine articles on the state’s ecological wonders, from the Great Swamp to birding at Cape May Point. He has been honored by The New Jersey Audubon Society and The Great Swamp Watershed Association. His first book, This is New Jersey, published in 1953, has never gone out of print, although it has been revised four times and is now in the process of being revised for a record fifth time. His twenty-plus documentary films include several in the New Jersey Historical Commission’s series on historical New Jersey, in which he has acted as host. In 1986 he was awarded a television Emmy for his documentary film, Dreams of Distant Shores. Cunningham was one of the founders of the New Jersey Historical Commission and founding president of the Friends of the Newark Public Library. His book on Harry C. Dorer’s famed photography career will be offered in the Rutgers University Press spring catalogue.

 

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