mc archives award june 2015Receives Kevin M. Hale Award from League of Historical Societies of NJ

RAHWAY, NJ – Monmouth County Archives, a division of the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, was honored with the Kevin M. Hale Booklet Award by the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey.

“It is a great honor for the County to have one of our publications chosen for statewide recognition,” said Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon. “I commend Monmouth County Archivist Gary Saretzky and everyone who worked so hard on this incredible booklet about the Civil War.”


The booklet, entitled “Civil War: New Jersey in Focus,” was compiled and edited by Saretzky. The cover was designed by Aaron Townsend of the Monmouth County Department of Public Information and Tourism.

“The booklet documents the exhibit framed by Eugene Osovitz of the Archives staff that was featured in the Monmouth County Library Headquarters as a part of the annual Archives in History day each October,” said Saretzky. “It highlights the 42 frames with digital reproductions of documents and photographs that were displayed during the exhibit in October 2014 in the Library’s Gallery.”

The exhibit can be viewed outside of the County’s Archives facility on the lower level of the Library Headquarters in Manalapan until July 2015.

The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey’s spring meeting was held at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association in Rahway on June 13. The Kevin M. Hale Publication Awards categories included Books, Booklets, Brochures, Calendars, DVDs, Journals, Newsletters, Pamphlets and Posters.

Originally called the Newsletter Awards, the Kevin M. Hale Publication Awards were created to mark the achievements of member societies, many of whom are all volunteers.

The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey, founded in 1966, is composed of over two hundred twenty organizations that represent over forty-five thousand individual members. While most of the organizations in the league are local historical societies, it also includes statewide societies and related institutions, county agencies, museums, libraries and archival groups, historic preservation agencies, and a variety of other organizations devoted to and interested in New Jersey history.