Exhibit on World War I to take center stage
PHOTO: Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon and Monmouth County Archivist Gary Saretzky prepare for Archives and History Day, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan, NJ.

MANALAPAN, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is reminding residents and visitors that Archives and History Day will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Dr.

“After many months of hard work, the planning for Archives and History Day is now completed,” said Hanlon. “This year promises to be a great event with something for everyone to enjoy. So, bring the family, enjoy the exhibits and presentations and learn something new about New Jersey’s history.”

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

“As in previous wars, New Jersey played a significant role during what was then often called the Great War or the World War,” Monmouth County Archivist Gary Saretzky said. “Almost 70,000 New Jersey men, including many African Americans, were inducted into military service. Large military camps were established, including Fort Dix and the facility, initially called Camp Little Silver, then Camp Alfred Vail, which became Fort Monmouth.”

The exhibit draws on the holdings of the Archives, other repositories, and personal collections. The exhibit features aspects of the pivotal 1910-1920 decade with an emphasis on New Jersey. There are items that relate to innovations in transportation and agriculture, the attractions of the Jersey Shore and the women’s suffrage movement, along with other challenging issues such as child labor, race relations, extremes of wealth and poverty and the spiraling cost of living.

Archives and History Day will also feature a Monmouth County History Forum on Fort Monmouth, World War I and Monmouth County, 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.

During the plenary session from 11 a.m. to noon, the inaugural M. Clare French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation will be presented to Lillian G. Burry for her historical preservation efforts and the Jane Clayton Award will be presented to Joseph W. Hammond for his work in the fields of historical research, archival processing, historic preservation and curatorial work.

“Both of these recipients are very deserving of recognition,” Hanlon said.


At 12:10 p.m., Monmouth County Historian Randall Gabrielan and featured speaker, Melissa Ziobro, will host a discussion on Fort Monmouth, World War I and Monmouth County. At 1 p.m., Melissa Ziobro will present “Fort Monmouth and Monmouth County in World War I.”

A tour of the Monmouth County Archives will be available by advance registration. If you are interested in the 2:15 p.m. tour, contact Shelagh Reilly at sreilly@co.monmouth.nj.us.

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Archives and History Day registered organizations:


3rd Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry

1719 William Trent House Museum

Allaire Village

Asbury Park Historical Society

Battleground Historical Society

Belmar Historical Society

Brick Township Historical & Genealogical Society

Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education, BCC

Colts Neck Twp. Historical Preservation Committee

Crossroads of the American Revolution

Eatontown Historical Society

Elizabeth Public Library

Essex County Parks Archives

Friends of Monmouth Battlefield

Genealogical Society of New Jersey

Historic Cold Spring Village

Historic Society of Highlands

Historical Society of Ocean Grove

InfoAge Science-History Society

Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Library

Kalmyk American Culture and Arts Foundation

Keansburg Historical Society

Keyport Historical Society

League of Historical Societies of NJ

Long Branch Free Public Library

Longstreet House

Madison Twp. Historical Society—Thomas Warne House

MARAC New Jersey Caucus/CAPES

Matawan Historical Society

Medical History Society of NJ

Millstone Twp. Historical Preservation Commission

Monmouth County Archives

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon

Monmouth County Genealogical Society

Monmouth County Historical Association

Monmouth County Historical Commission

Monmouth County Park System - Historic Services Division

Monmouth University – Dept. of History & Anthropology

Morris County Historical Society

Morristown & Morris Twp. Public Library

National Guard Militia Museum of NJ

New Brunswick Free Public Library

New Jersey Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society

New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission

New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association

New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center, Newark Public Library

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, DEP

New Jersey Historic Trust

New Jersey Historical Commission

New Jersey Living History Advisory Council

New Jersey State Archives

New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance

Ocean County Historical Society

Old Barracks Museum

Old Wall Historical Society

Parker Homestead--1665

Princeton Preservation Group

Red Bank Public Library

Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections

Shrewsbury Historical Society

Squan Village Historical Society

Tinton Falls Historic Preservation Commission

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Trenton Free Public Library

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum

Union Landing Historical Society of Brielle

Wainright House Museum & Craft Center