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Monmouth County Archives Earns Statewide Award for Transportation Booklet

From left, Monmouth County’s Aaron Townsend, Gary Saretzky and Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon visit the Manalapan library where a transportation exhibit resulted in an award-winning booklet. Credits: Monmouth County

MANALAPAN NJ — The Monmouth County Clerk’s Archives Division was recently honored by the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey for a booklet that highlights Monmouth County’s transportation history.

Earning the league’s Kevin M. Hale Booklet Award, “New Jersey in Focus: History of Transportation in Monmouth County” documents an exhibit for Archives and History Day that is currently on display at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan, The exhibit continues through Labor Day weekend at the archives, located on the lower level of the library, 125 Symmes Drive.

The award-winning booklet was compiled and edited by Monmouth County Archivist Gary Saretzky, with the help of County Historian and Co-Curator Randall Gabrielan, the archives staff and numerous contributors. The cover was designed by graphic artist Aaron Townsend of the Monmouth County Department of Public Information and Tourism.

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“It is a great honor for the county to have one of our publications chosen for statewide recognition,” said Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon. “I commend Monmouth County Archivist Gary Saretzky and everyone who worked so hard on this beautiful and informative booklet about the history of transportation.”

The booklet documents the current exhibit at the county's library headquarters in Manalapan, which was curated by Saretzky and Gabrielan and opened in October 2016.

“Monmouth County continues to be a big transit hub for commuters to and from New York City and the Jersey Shore,” said Saretzky. “The booklet highlights the history of Monmouth County’s aviation, vessels, vehicles, and railroads.”

The county was honored at the league’s spring meeting held earlier this summer at the Liberty House in Union Township. The Kevin M. Hale Publication Awards categories included books, booklets, brochures, calendars, DVDs, journals, newsletters, pamphlets and posters. The booklet created by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Archives Division won first place out of numerous entries.

The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey, founded in 1966, is composed of more than 220 organizations that represent with over 45,000 individual members. While most of the organizations in the league are local historical societies, it also includes statewide societies and related institutions, county agencies, museums, libraries and archival groups, historic preservation agencies, and a variety of other organizations devoted to and interested in New Jersey history.

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