County competition encourages visiting historic sites

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County’s fifth-grade students are invited to write a one-page, 300-word essay about a piece of Monmouth County history and submit it to the Monmouth County Historical Commission by March 11. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Monmouth County’s fifth graders to get connected to history and to share their experiences,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “The Historical Commission has expanded its themes to encourage more essays.”  

A completed essay should cover one of these themes:

  • Write about a visit to a local historical place and how it helped you appreciate Monmouth County’s history more, or
  • Write about an event that is important to your family’s history (grandparents’ generation or earlier) and tell why it is important to them.

Eligibility information and rules are available on the Monmouth County Web site at  Members of the Monmouth County Historical Commission will judge the essays for writing skills, accuracy and neatness.  First-, second- and third-place winners will receive savings bonds.  

“This essay contest gives our local fifth graders an opportunity to get out and see the wonderful historic treasures here in Monmouth County,” Burry said. “The county’s historic treasures at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Monmouth Battlefield and Historic Longstreet Farm all have stories to tell. We are looking to hear some youthful interpretation of these and many other places in the county.”

Completed essays should be postmarked or delivered by March 11, 2012 to the Monmouth County Historical Commission, Hall of Records Annex, 2nd floor, Freehold, NJ 07728.

For additional information, call 732-431-7413 or visit the County’s Web site at