mcha 2017 annual meetingPHOTO: Attendees at MCHA’s 118th Annual Meeting 

RED BANK – Monmouth County Historical Association recently elected four new members to its Board of Trustees at its 118th Annual Meeting held at the Two River Theater. Over 100 members of the Association and the general public attended the meeting which included a presentation by the T. Thomas Fortune House Committee.

Board President Linda Bricker presented an overview of the activities in the 2016 year for MCHA and commended the work of the Association and its Trustees, while also discussing the needs of the buildings and programs which include a new HVAC system in Taylor-Butler and a new roof at Malrpit Hall.

The four new members added to the MCHA Board of Trustees are:

Vera Vaughan Hough is a fourth-generation resident of Little Silver, where she serves on the Planning Board. She holds a BA from Princeton University and an MA from NYU, both in English Literature. This past year, she served as a Children's Literature Fellow with SUNY Stonybrook Southhampton. She lives in Little Silver with her family, including four children.

Sandy Jones is a lifelong resident of Monmouth County. She holds a BA from West Virginia University and has extensive experience in retail and wholesale supply chains, including product development and strategy. Sandy is a member of the Junior League of Monmouth County for over 10 years and is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Chris Meagher is a native of Middletown and currently resides in Rumson with his family. A graduate of Christian Brothers Academy and Manhattan College, Chris currently is a Director of Equity Sales at the New York office of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

Sean Moran resides in Rumson with his wife and four sons. A graduate of Brown University, Sean currently is Head of Marketing and Partner Solutions at Viacom in New York City. In addition to his work with MCHA, he is a Founding Trustee of Jersey Coast Heritage Museum at Sandlass House.

Currently on view at the Museum in Freehold are both Hartshorne: Eight Generations and Their Highlands Estate Called Portland, an exhibition on the Hartshorne Family over the course of a 276 year period, and That Memorable Sabbath-Day: The Battle of Monmouth in Drawings, Paintings & Prints.

Monmouth County Historical Association, a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898 comprises a Museum, Archives, Research Library in Freehold and Five Historic House Museums located around the county.  The Museum and Research Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold.  Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Research Library hours are: Wednesdays –Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Five Historic House Museums are open seasonally.  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.