Exhibit on prohibition to take center stage

MANALAPAN, NJ– Monmouth County Archives and History Day will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Rd.

As the County’s caretaker of historic documents for the past 26 years, the staff has prepared a month-long exhibit, opening Oct.1, entitled, “The Bootlegger Era: Prohibition in New Jersey.” 

“The 1920s and early 1930s was a fascinating period with many trend setting events that had a lasting impact on American life,” Monmouth County Archivist Gary Saretzky said. “This exhibit focuses on just one aspect, the prohibition on the manufacture and sale of liquor except under very limited circumstances.”  


Included in the exhibit are documents and photographs from a number of archives in New Jersey, including the Monmouth County Archives, that show how Prohibition was advocated by the Temperance movement and how after it was adopted through a constitutional amendment, it caused a polarization in New Jersey between wets and drys and led to a proliferation of organized crime.

“Some of the moral, ethical, and political issues associated with Prohibition continue today with respect to drugs and other social problems,” said Saretzky.   

Archives and History Day will also feature a Monmouth County History Forum on the Prohibition Era, a history game with prizes, and more than 60 exhibitors from across New Jersey showcasing and promoting the history of the area. A complete schedule of the day’s events can be found at www.visitmonmouth.com.

At 1 p.m., the featured speaker, historian Marc Mappen, who co-curated this year’s Prohibition exhibit, will discuss topics related to his recent book, Prohibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation.  At 2 p.m., historian Joan Ruddiman, will talk about National History Day. 

At 11:30 a.m. the Jane Clayton Award will be presented to that Cheryl A. Cook of Freehold who is recognized for her work to preserve and enhance historical resources in FreeholdTownship.

“Without question, Cheryl Cook is deserving of this recognition of her achievements,” said French. “I look forward to presenting the award to her on Archives and History Day.” 

As the County Clerk, Mrs. French is responsible for the keeping of the County’s records. And it was French’s predecessor County Clerk Jane G. Clayton who established the Monmouth County Archives in 1987 and for whom the annual award is named.

A tour of the Monmouth County Archives will be available by advance registration.  If you are interested in the 2 p.m. tour, contact Shelagh Reilly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Archives and History Day registered organizations:

3rd Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry

Battleground Historical Society

Belmar Historical Society

Bordentown Historical Society

Brick Twp. Historical Society

Captain Joshua Huddy Chapter National Society, D.A.R.

Colts Neck Historical Preservation Commission

Crossroads of the American Revolution

Farmingdale Historical Society

Francis Hopkinson – Monmouth Court House Chapter NSDAR

Freehold Twp. Heritage Society

Friends of Monmouth Battlefield

Friends of White Hill Mansion

Genealogical Society of New Jersey

Hamilton Twp. Historical Society

Historic Cold Spring Village

Historical Society of Highlands

Historical Society of Ocean Grove

Holmdel Historical Society

Howell Historical Society

Kalmyk American Culture and Arts Foundation

Keansburg Historical Society

Keyport Historical Society

Long Branch Free Public Library

Long Branch Historical Association

Longstreet House

Madison Twp. Historical Society & Thomas Warne Museum


Matawan Historical Society

Millstone Township Historic

Monmouth County Archives

Monmouth County Genealogical Society

Monmouth County Historical Association

Monmouth County Historical Commission

Monmouth County Park System – Historic Services Division

Morristown & Morris Township Library

National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey

Navesink Maritime Heritage Association

New Jersey Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society

New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission

New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association

New Jersey Historic Trust

New Jersey Historical Commission

New Jersey Living History Advisory

New Jersey Scout Museum (Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts)

New Jersey State Archives

Ocean County Historical Society

Old Barracks Museum

Old Wall Historical Society

Philip Freneau Press

Puerto Rican Community Archives of NJHRIC at the Newark Public Library       

Red Bank Public Library

Rutgers Library Special Collection/University Archives

Rutgers University Press

Shrewsbury Historical Society

Squan Village Historical Society

T. Thomas Fortune House Project

Tinton Falls Historical Preservation Commission

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Tuckerton Seaport

Union County Clerk

Union Landing Historical Society