Garden State Legacy

is creating a quarterly online New Jersey history magazine and resources web




per month


Garden State Legacy is a free online quarterly magazine and resources website devoted to New Jersey history. Started in 2008, GSL has published hundreds of articles by some of the state’s best history and historic preservation writers. The website offers a free database of New Jersey history sites, organizations, museums, archives, etc., a speakers’ bureau, an online museum, architectural history and preservation resources, and a bookstore!

Rather than go into a lengthy description here, I invite you to just visit the site and click around to see everything it has to offer!

Over the years, I have tried different models for funding GSL - from paid subscriptions to advertisement - not always all that successfully. In 2014, GSL adopted a “pay what you can” concept. This is rooted in the principle that your ability to learn from your history shouldn’t depend on how deep your wallet is. Students, seniors, and people of modest means can still access GSL on the computers at their local libraries without paying a cent to me.

But there are costs associated with keeping GSL going - web hosting charges, buying software to improve the services, and most important, being able to compensate GSL’s writers for their hard work. Plus, I need to make some profit from this in order to justify the hours spent away from my “day job” working on GSL business.

The “pay what you can” model means that if you enjoy and value what GSL offers and have the financial means, I ask that you donate what you can to support the effort. I have had reasonable success using the GoFundMe site and GSL continues thanks to the generous support of its readers.

However, this also means I need to keep bugging people with “begging” emails to keep future issues funded. I came across Patreon and thought it might be an easier way for GSL fans to support it. If every current GSL subscriber pledged just a dollar a month, I would make enough to justify continuing. And, obviously, if anyone can afford to do a little more, all the better!

So please consider helping GSL out by making a regular pledge that fits your budget. I will be exploring some of the other options on Patreon - such as using it to support other worthwhile projects once GSL is sustained.

Thank you!

Gordon Bond

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