PHOTO: C. Glenn May (right) Is honored for 30 years of service to the Monmouth County Historical Association.
RUMSON – Close to 100 employees, board members, volunteers and friends attended a reception May 12 to honor C. Glenn May, who retired this month after 30 years with Monmouth County Historical Association, most recently as Senior Education Coordinator.
The event was held at the home of trustee Mark and Andrea Aikens, with Association President Linda Bricker serving as mistress of ceremonies with Aikens.
Representatives of the board, staff and volunteers cited particular memories they held of their association with May and presented gifts commemorating his three decades of teaching thousands of visitors and school children about the American Revolution, historic Monmouth County homes, and in particular about the Battle of Monmouth.
Aikins welcomed everyone to their home and introduced Monmouth County Historical Association President Linda Bricker, Dr. Evelyn C. Murphy, Association Director, Freeholder Lillian Burry and members and volunteers who made presentations to May. Bricker also noted the retiring educator received notes of congratulations from Governor Chris Christie, Senators Joseph Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck, Brooks Von Arx, representing the Monmouth County Historical Commission, and acknowledged letters from others who have benefitted from May’s programs over the decades.
Bricker presented Eric Hartmann, founder of SeaLight Entertainment, who had who had been working with Bricker over the past several months, capturing on video May’s history with the Association, the advances he made, and tributes from many who have worked with him. SeaLight is an award-winning film production company that has done work for Google, Comedy Central, Ford and others, and Hartmann was present at the event to show the May video for the first time.
Dr. Murphy thanked Glenn for his dedication to his history and his generosity in sharing his knowledge and expertise with everyone who visited any of the Association’s five historic sites or museum. The historian initiated and designed the Traveling Trunk program for the Association, and led hundreds of programs in local schools, teaching thousands of children principally about the Battle of Monmouth and the role New Jersey played in the American Revolution and founding of the country. He also led Hearth Cooking demonstrations at the Covenhoven House, one of the five historic homes owned by the Association, as well as led candlelight programs and other celebrations at Allen House in Shrewsbury.
Freeholder Burry presented a Proclamation to May denoting that the County Board of Freeholders had resolved that May 12, 2015, was Glenn May Day in Monmouth County.
In accepting the gifts and platitudes, May noted he had first come to the association as a volunteer, but accepted a position because of his own interest in American history and the importance he feels of educating the public to Monmouth County’s role in creating the United States.
In honor of his service, the Association created the C. Glenn May Legacy Fund which will enable the education department to continue to interpret history to the residents of Monmouth County through trunk shows, site tours and public programs which Glenn did so much to establish.
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. The Historic Houses are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For membership or admission fees and further information, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit our web site at www.monmouthhistory.org.
Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.