FREEHOLD, NJ - The Monmouth County Historical Association will hold its 113th Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, January 24 at the Thompson Park Visitors Center, 805 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft.  A brief business meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m., to be followed by a program, “An Evening with Mrs. Lincoln,” at 7:00 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend and admission is free. 

Mrs. Lincoln will be portrayed by Judi Cox, who has been interpreting the life of Mary Todd Lincoln for over five years at museums, libraries, schools and parades throughout the state.  She calls Mrs. Lincoln “one of the most misunderstood women in our nation’s history,” and is committed to presenting the former first lady as accurately as possible.  Ms. Cox also does living history as a member of a civil war reenactors group, the Second Rhode Island Volunteers.  She will be accompanied by Paul Serge, who portrays Elmer Ellsworth Hager, Mrs. Lincoln’s bodyguard.  Mr. Serge will play authentic Civil War music on classical guitar as background to Ms. Cox’s performance. Following the program, Mrs. Lincoln will make herself available for questions.  Refreshments will be served at that time.  Please call 732-462-1466 for further information or to let us know that you wish to attend.

During this, the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, Monmouth County Historical Association will be presenting a number of programs and exhibitions on the Civil War.  Currently on view at the Museum and Library in Freehold is “Marching Away:  Monmouth County in the Civil War,” an exhibition that explores the experiences of Monmouth County’s Civil War veterans through their letters, period broadsides, uniforms, weapons and mementos brought back from the war.

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 

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