RUMSON, NJ - Monmouth County Historical Association will be installing a loan exhibition with a maritime theme at the 2011 Two Rivers Antiques & Art Show.  Paintings by the New York maritime artist James Bard will be shown, as well as other works.  Bard, who worked during the mid-1800s, is known for his portraits of steamships. “The Thomas Hunt,” which will be displayed in the exhibition, was built for the Red Bank Steamboat Company and ran between Red Bank and New York City for many years.

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Monmouth County waterways in the nineteenth-century were alive with steamboat travel and trade.  Many visitors to the shore resorts arrived by steamboat and local farmers sent their produce to New York markets via steamboat.  Keyport was home to the largest shipyard in the state, producing steamboats until it closed in 1881.

The Two Rivers Antiques & Art Show benefits the Monmouth Medical Center’s Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center.  It will be held at The Rumson Country Day School and will feature a select group of 25 nationally respected dealers.  The show will be open on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, October 16th from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a preview party planned for Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m.  For further information about the antiques & art show, please visit tworivershow.org or call Monmouth Medical Center Foundation at 732-923-6886.

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, 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 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.