Introduction

I got a Canon A620 digital camera in late 2006. Since then, I have found myself photographing places that were visited by Henry Charlton Beck on a regular basis. Beck is best known for his series of books about New Jersey history and folklore that are currently published by Rutgers University Press; some of the pieces in the earlier books originally appeared in the Camden Courier-Post. Although Beck is revered by aficionados of roadside Jerseyana, he was not highly thought of by the historians of his own time (nor the folklorists that came after). At times, he was of the “never let the facts stand in the way of a good story” school. However, he documented places that in some cases no longer exist, and did pioneering work in what we would call “oral history” today. This blog is an attempt to get to grips with Beck’s legacy.

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About Jennifer W. Hanson

I have a BA in Art History from Douglass College and an MLIS from the Rutgers School of Communication and Information (SCI, formerly SCILS). I have worked in publishing, libraries and sundry other places. My writing has appeared in Birding, The Chronicle of the Horse, International Wader Studies and Records of New Jersey Birds. My photographic specialties are historic sites and nature, mainly in New Jersey. My photography has been used for editorial and advertising projects; it can be seen in Weird N.J. magazine and Take a Beach Walk by Jane Kirkland. One of my photos is slated to be used in a permanent exhibit at the New Jersey Pinelands Commission's visitor center.
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