FREEHOLD, NJ - Monmouth County Historical Association will present a special exhibition, “Marching Away:  Monmouth County in the Civil War” to open on Sunday, September 18, 2011 and run through July 2012.  The exhibition will be on view in the Washington Gallery at the Historical Association’s Museum and Library building, 70 Court Street, Freehold, New Jersey.  Funding for the exhibition has been provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Since this year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, it is timely to explore how this conflict impacted the brave Monmouth County men who volunteered to join the Union Army.  The exhibition will include a full selection of letters, photographs, diaries, uniforms, flags, personal items and military weaponry to evoke the experiences of these men who left home for up to four years.  Their lives prior to the War, their wartime experiences and their struggles as they returned home will be the focus, providing a very personal viewpoint of the Civil War era.

The photographs, documents and artifacts in the exhibition have all been donated over the years to the Monmouth County Historical Association, many from direct descendants of Monmouth County’s Civil War veterans.  With the rich histories of their ownership, they represent a link to the past and an opportunity to explore the lives of their original owners.

In conjunction with the exhibition’s opening, there will be an encampment of Civil War reenactors held on the grounds of the Historical Association’s Museum and Library.  The 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry Company D will be encamped for the weekend of September 17 & 18, providing demonstrations of military drills and maneuvers as well as aspects of everyday camp life.

Please visit monmouthhistory.org or call 732-462-1466 for further information about the exhibition and related programming.

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 monmouthhistory.org.  Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.