MANALAPAN, NJ — “Buildings in Monmouth: Stories and Styles,” is the theme of Monmouth County’s 23rd annual Archives and History Day on Saturday, October 13, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county’s library headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan.

 “This great event provides the opportunity to learn about the history of Monmouth County, with a specific focus on Monmouth County buildings, past and present,” said Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon.

For the past year, the exhibit and catalog has been prepared by the clerk office’s Archives Division, under the direction of archivist Gary D. Saretzky, along with several volunteer historians who contributed to its content.

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“From hundreds of possible buildings to feature in our annual exhibit, we have selected an important sample that includes both the well-known and the long-forgotten,” Saretzky said. “The exhibit will highlight examples of both the grand and the utilitarian, some noted for their architectural fireworks and others for their quiet simplicity.”

The daylong event will feature a history forum with a panel of historians who helped prepare the exhibit, a history game with prizes, and more than 60 exhibitors from across New Jersey showcasing and promoting their roles in preserving and promoting history.

In his portrayal of President Ulysses S. Grant, Richard Hill will reminisce about the time Grant spent in Long Branch at 10 a.m. During the plenary session from 11 a.m. to noon, the M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation will be presented to the Preservation Alliance of Spring Lake and the Jane G. Clayton Award to historian Kevin Coyne.

In addition, the Innovative Archives Award, sponsored by the New Jersey Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, will be presented to the New Brunswick Music Scene Archives at Rutgers University. The Barbara Carver Smith Award of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society will honor Judy Bretzger this year. T

Winners of the Roger McDonough Librarianship Award winner and the second annual photography contest have yet to be announced.

At 1 p.m., keynote speaker Gail Hunton, chief of the Monmouth County Park System’s Acquisition and Design Department, will discuss “Open Spaces, Historic Places: The Story of Monmouth County in Our Parks.”

At 2 p.m., there will be a drawing for numerous prizes for those who participate in an easy and informative history game based on the exhibit.

After the Saturday event, there will be several programs held throughout the week:

  •  Tuesday, October 16  at 2 p.m.: A screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940).
  • Wednesday, October 17 at 10 a.m.: A lecture titled “Dog-eared and Dusty?: How to Organize and Care for Your Home Library” by Kimberly Avagliano, chief librarian and branch manager, Monmouth County Library-Eastern Branch.
  • Wednesday, October 17 at 1 p.m.: A talk by Kristen Norbut, historic preservation specialist, with the county’s park system on “Reading Historic Alterations in the Frame Dwellings in Monmouth County.”

A complete schedule of events and an exhibit catalog can be found on the Monmouth County Archives Division website at

For additional information on the 2018 Archives and History Day, contact the Monmouth County Archives at 732-308-3771, ext. 3772, or email

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