Freehold, NJ - Monmouth County Historical Association was recently recognized by the New Jersey Historical Commission and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno for its significant contribution to New Jersey history. The Historical Association received two major grants during the past year from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a general operating grant in the amount of $92,124 and a project grant of $17,885 to support an exhibition on Monmouth County in the Civil War.

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The exhibition, entitled “Marching Away: Monmouth County in the Civil War,” will open at the Monmouth County Historical Association’s Museum and Library in Freehold on September 18, 2011. It will explore the lives of Monmouth County men as they served in the War and illustrate their struggles and successes as they returned to civilian life. Through photographs, documents, diaries and letters Monmouth’s Civil War veterans tell of their experience. Rare artifacts, uniforms and other relics of the period will also be on display.

At the grant recognition ceremony held in Trenton earlier this month, Guadagno presented MCHA with a certificate recognizing MCHA’s efforts to raise awareness of New Jersey history. “We are very pleased to receive this recognition from the Lieutenant Governor and the Historical Commission,” stated Claire Knopf, President of the Board of Trustees of MCHA. “It is MCHA’s goal to increase awareness of the rich history of Monmouth County through our education programs and exhibits.”

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898. The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold, New Jersey. Museum hours are: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Library is open Wednesday through Saturday. For membership or admission fees and further information, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit our web site at www.monmouthhistory.org.