PHOTO: 19th century factory-made chairs from Bergen and Hunterdon Counties. Photo credit: McKay Imaging LLC.

FREEHOLD – Joseph W.  Hammond, Curator of Museum Collections for Monmouth County Historical Association, will host a gallery workshop at 10:30am on Saturday, February 13.  The workshop will highlight pieces from the “Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking” exhibition now open at the Museum, 70 Court St.


The special workshop will give attendees the opportunity to explore the history of chair production throughout New Jersey. The workshop will begin with a general introduction to the production of chairs throughout the Garden State. It will be followed by a comprehensive tour of the exhibition in the Washington Gallery, focusing on details in each of the four sections of the exhibition: the Craft of Chairmaking, Windsor Chairs, Common Chairs, and Factory Made Chairs. There will be ample opportunity for questions and a closer examination of the many historic pieces on display. This workshop gives participants the opportunity to study items not normally available to the public in a single setting.

The workshop will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are $10 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 732-462-1466 x11 or emailing

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 in Freehold.  Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.  The Historic House Museums are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from May 1 through September 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  For further information about the Association, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit the web site at

Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.