INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE TO COLLEGE STUDENTS

TWO REMAINING PAID INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE TO COLLEGE STUDENTS

SECC has been awarded grant funds by the Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission for two interns who will catalog and perform as museum docents. Send letter of interest to Beverly Carr, Executive Director at seabrookhistory@gmail.com by April 1.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Rutgers University Internship

Social Media Internship – Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center awarded to Chanina Wong

1.5 credits in American Studies 
 
The Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center (SECC) in southern New Jersey, in partnership with American Studies & History professor Andy Urban, has engaged student, Chanina Wong to manage its Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts. This will occur in concert with the SECC’s efforts to update its museum exhibits and online content exploring the history of Seabrook Farms (see below). Using an extensive database of photos and other visual materials collected by Rutgers, the SECC, and Prof. Urban, the intern is responsible for curating posts designed to generate interest in the SECC’s work and Seabrook Farms’ fascinating, difficult, and layered histories.
 
The SECC is devoted to telling the history of Seabrook Farms, an agribusiness and company town based in southern New Jersey. At peak production during the Second World War, the company employed 6,000 laborers in its fields, factories, and trucking fleet, and was a major supplier to the U.S. military. Faced with recurring labor shortages, Seabrook Farms partnered with the federal government to recruit stateless workers. Most prominently, this included 2,500 Japanese Americans who, after their forced removal from the West Coast to concentration camps, were paroled to government-approved employers. Following the war’s end, Seabrook Farms added Eastern European Displaced Persons from occupied Germany to its workforce, as well as Japanese Peruvians interned by the U.S. as enemy aliens and facing deportation to Japan. Seabrook Farms was also a destination for guestworkers from Barbados and Jamaica, and migrant farm laborers from the U.S. South and Appalachia. Founded in 1913 by C.F. Seabrook, a man described as the “Henry Ford of Agriculture,” Seabrook Farms was also famous for its technical and scientific contributions to the growth of industrialized agriculture, and for its political and social prominence as a company town  in southern New Jersey.