History advocates will meet at Historic Walnford, April 16 

            UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ – Historic Walnford will host “Tools of the Trade,” the New Jersey Living History Advisory Council’s second annual workshop for nonprofit history based organizations, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

            Participants will learn how to best use several of the key “tools” of living history while meeting and interacting with colleagues from across the state.

            “Historic Walnford is a 36-acre mill site that is remarkable for what has survived over the course of its rich, 200-year history and for the interpretation of the mill, Waln House and the other unique features,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “We are so pleased to be able to showcase one of the county’s living history sites and share it with our fellow living history advocates.”

            The workshop is being hosted by the Monmouth County Park System at Historic Walnford on Walnford Road. Advance registration for this free workshop is required. Space is limited to staff from non-profit, history based organizations. For information about the day’s activities or to register online, log onto http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/historic/njlhac/index.html.

            Topics to be covered during the workshop include volunteer management, “Historical Reproductions: Process and Product,” and “Actively Engaging Your Audience” and “Historical Demonstrations: an Interpretive Tool,” by Tom Kelleher of Old Sturbridge Village.

            Historic Walnford is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The site is open for public visitation every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., free of charge. The mill operates for weekend demonstrations, April through November. For information, please call

609-259-6275 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

            “We are also gearing up for two other history events in Monmouth County,” Burry said. “The fourth annual Weekend in Old Monmouth tour is April 30 and May 1 when 40 historic sites are open all at the same time. And there is the NJ State History Fair at Allaire Village in Allaire State Park on May 7.”