Created in 1997, the Jane G. Clayton Award honors individuals who, over a substantial number of years, have made exceptional contributions to the awareness, understanding or preservation of Monmouth County history. The award is named after former County Clerk Jane G. Clayton, who was responsible for the creation of the Monmouth County Archives. Except in 1999, the award has been presented annually at Archives and History Day in October. Some award winner pages include accomplishments after the award was given.
Awarded for the first time at Archives and History Day, October 3, 2015, the M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation recognizes outstanding achievements of an elected official, government employee, public servant or civic organization in supporting historic preservation in Monmouth County through education, development, planning, rehabilitation, advocacy, community leadership or other means. The award is named after M. Claire French who was County Clerk from 1997 until her retirement on April 1, 2015, when she was succeeded by Christine Giordano Hanlon. During French’s 18-year tenure, she oversaw the modernization of the Clerk’s Office, including digitizing County records and the electronic reporting of election results, as well as the expansion of the Office’s services with Monmouth County Connection Office in Neptune Township.