FREEHOLD, NJ – Lisa Maher has been named Director of Development and Communications for the Monmouth County Historical Association. In announcing the appointment, Director Dr. Evelyn C. Murphy said, “We are delighted to welcome Lisa to the Association team. She brings a wealth of knowledge of fundraising practice, public relations skills, and a wonderful enthusiasm for our programs and mission.”

At the Historical Association, Ms. Maher will be responsible for fundraising from events, corporate, foundation, individual and government sources in addition to promoting strong public awareness for the Association through traditional media and social networking opportunities. Maher has held a number of development positions at Columbia University and was most recently associate director of individual giving. She is a graduate of George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where she earned a BA in international affairs, and New York University where she earned an MPA in nonprofit management. 

Established in 1898 and headquartered in Freehold, Monmouth County Historical Association operates a Museum, a Library and Archives and five Historic Houses in Monmouth County. Its museum collection holds more than 30,000 artifacts; its library and archives hold over 10,000 primary and secondary resource materials related to the history and genealogy of the area dating from the 17th century to the present; its historic houses give visitors a unique glimpse of the past. The Association has an active education program sharing history with school children and with the general public.

“Dr. Murphy and the Association have spearheaded excellent ideas and programs to meet the Association’s goals over the years,” Maher said, “they have set a high standard for me to follow. Given the enthusiasm of the staff, the importance of Monmouth County in the history and formation of the country, and the vitality of this section of the nation, I am confident my fund raising involvement will be well received by a public so proud and aware of the history of this area.”

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.