FREEHOLD, NJ - The Monmouth County Historical Association presents a special loan exhibition of vintage Santas on view now through January 15, 2011 at the Museum & Library, 70 Court Street, Freehold.  Santa figures and toys have been a part of holiday decorating since the nineteenth century.  The examples on view were imported from Japan or Germany or made in this country.  They served as banks, pull toys and candy containers or just decorative figures and dolls.


Among the figures on view are several molded cardboard “egg crate” Santas from the 1930s, celluloid Santas imported from Japan in the 1920s, a cast iron example from 1890, and hard plastic Santas made after World War II. Whatever their use or media, Santas remain a popular and well-loved symbol of the season.

The Museum is currently decorated for the holidays and also features the exhibition, “Craftsmen & Clients,” which shows furniture and silver made by Monmouth County craftsmen from 1695 to the 1830s; as well as a display of Chinese Export porcelain and permanent exhibitions relating to the Battle of Monmouth.


The 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 MCHA’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.  For membership or admission fees and further information, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit our web site at

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