FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Historical Association is celebrating the 30 year career of C. Glenn May with the organization at a retirement reception to be held Tuesday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.
May, who retired earlier this year, has been associated with the Historical Association for 30 years, beginning first as a volunteer, and then becoming a valued member of the education staff. Immediately before retirement, he served as Senior Education Coordinator.
Known by many as the “Face” of the organization, May created the Trunk Program, the Association’s highly popular method of presenting historical programs in school classrooms. Six different Trunk Programs cover an array of history topics. Included are “From Fiber to Fabric,” “Reading an Artifact,” “Lenape Life,” “School Days,” “The Blue and the Grey” and “Battle of Monmouth in the American Revolution.” Schools throughout New Jersey use the “Battle of Monmouth” Trunk Program to enhance an important facet of the required curriculum. The program, presented by educators in 18th century dress, covers the events which led up to the Revolution and accents the importance of the Battle of Monmouth in both New Jersey and national history. May’s method of incorporating both poetry and era-related items from his “traveling trunk” has captured the attention of both elementary and high school students studying the Revolutionary War period.
May has also been an educator in each of the Association’s five historic buildings, the Allen House in Shrewsbury, Covenhoven House in Freehold, Marlpit Hall and Taylor-Butler House in Middletown, and Holmes-Hendrickson House in Holmdel, and has given numerous Open Hearth demonstrations at Covenhoven House.
In recognition of May’s service and outstanding commitment to history education, Monmouth County Historical Association has established the C. Glenn May Legacy Fund, to support the Association’s Education Department for years to come.
Many former employees, volunteers and representatives of schools where May has presented programs are planning to attend the May 12 event in his honor. Persons who would like more information about the event, or who wish to make a donation to the C. Glenn May Legacy Fund are asked to call the Museum at 732-462-1466 x19.