mc historical association galleryPHOTO: Museum guest taking photos in our gallery (photo credit: McKay Imaging, LLC)

FREEHOLD – Monmouth County Historical Association has joined other historical organizations around the country to endorse the History Relevance Value Statement and declare the importance of teaching and learning history.

To celebrate, MCHA is urging history fans to post selfies enjoying their favorite historical spot, and use the hashtag #HistoryRelevance.

The Value Statement comprises seven distinct tenets delineating critical ways the study of history is essential to individuals, communities, and our shared future. The full Value Statement can be found at https://www.historyrelevance.com/value-statement.

Endorsement of the Value Statement sends a positive message to raise awareness of the importance of history in American society and help history organizations of all kinds to better articulate the value of history with a common language. History studies create a sense of awareness and identity, cultivate critical thinking and analytical skills, and lay the groundwork for empowered communities. They preserve the past and spark inspiration for the future.

MCHA Director Dr. Evelyn Murphy states “We join the New Jersey Historical Commission in the fundamental belief that an understanding of our shared heritage is essential to sustaining a cohesive and robust democracy. It is our mission to collect, preserve, interpret, and share artifacts and documents related to Monmouth County’s history with the widest possible audience.”

History Relevance comprises over 150 like-minded organizations around the world, from the Smithsonian Institution and National Archives to historical societies and archivists; associations and nonprofits; and museums, trusts, estates, and local institutions. The Value Statement is endorsed by organizations that promote and encourage a sense of awareness, identity, and interconnectivity in a multicultural world through history-driven courses of study.

“We are thrilled with Monmouth County Historical Association’s endorsement in our Values Statement,” said Tim Grove, History Relevance spokesperson. “History – including knowledge as well as the processes of research and reflection – is critically important to our society, culture, and the individual citizens who live it each and every day.”

Visit MCHA online at monmouthhistory.org. For more information about History Relevance, go to www.historyrelevance.com.

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 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.

About History Relevance

History Relevance seeks to foster a dialogue regarding how study of the past links people to the present. The group serves as a catalyst for discovering, demonstrating, and promulgating the value of history for individuals, communities, and the nation. We believe that history can have more impact when it connects the people, events, places, stories, and ideas of the past with people, events, places, stories, and ideas that are important and meaningful to communities, people, and audiences today. For more information, visit www.historyrelevance.com.