The mission of the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey is to preserve and explain the military heritage of New Jersey and enhance public understanding of how armed conflicts and military institutions have shaped our state and national experience. The museum collects, preserves and displays artifacts, documents, and memorabilia that have specific historical significance to the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, and the Naval Militia of New Jersey.


SGT Andrew Walker
Command Historian / Curator

Ms. Carol Fowler
Assistant Curator 
Veteran Oral Histories

Mr. Joseph Bilby
Collections Management

LTC (Ret) William Kale
Assistant Curator, Lawrenceville

COL (Ret) Jon Gribbin
Assistant Curator, Lawrenceville

LTC (Ret) Tom Smith
Assistant Curator, Lawrenceville

Board of Trustees

Committees / Meetings

June 14, 1776
The New Jersey Provincial Congress ordered the arrest of Royal Governor William Franklin, the son of Patriot leader Benjamin Franklin.

May 4, 1862
The Second New Jersey Brigade, composed of the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth New Jersey Infantry regiments, fought its first battle, a vicious fight against the rear guard of a retreating Confederate army, in a driving rainstorm at Williamsburg, Virginia, losing 536 men killed, wounded and missing.

April 3, 1865
The Twenty-second United States Colored Infantry, an African-American unit mostly composed of men from New Jersey, was one of the first Union army regiments to enter Richmond, as the Civil War began to draw to a close.

“Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.”

– Abraham Lincoln

New Jersey Guardsmen training at Camp Drum, New York in the 1960s.

November 30, 1967: Captain Eleanor Grace Alexander, a US army nurse from River Vale, NJ was killed in an aircraft crash near Qui Nhon.

November 4, 1791: General Arthur St. Clair’s army, including a battalion recruited in NJ, met disastrous defeat by Indians in Ohio.

Company B of the 1st Separate Battalion participated in rescue operations for survivors of the Morro Castle ship fire in September 1934.