Archives Day 2014








Morning Refreshments

Library Gallery & Lobby

Exhibit: The Civil War: New Jersey in Focus

NJ History Room

New Jersey History Room: Local and State History Reference Books


Exhibition Tables: Archives and History Organizations


Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem


Exhibition Tables: Archives and History Organizations
11:00 – Noon


Plenary Session

Watch Video

M. Claire French, County Clerk, Monmouth County
Jane G. Clayton Award: Jack and Angel Jeandron, Keyport Historical Society
Greetings from Freeholders, Monmouth County
Renee B. Swartz, Chair, Monmouth County Library Commission
Video: Four Score and Twelve Years: A History of The Monmouth County Library
Niquole Primiani, New Jersey Historical Commission
Gary D. Saretzky, Monmouth County Archivist
Ronald Becker, Head, Rutgers University Special Collections
Roger McDonough Award: Janet Riemer
Linda Wilson, President, Monmouth County Genealogy Society
Barbara Carver Smith Award: Richard Veit and Cynthia Kiefer

12:00-1:00 Exhibition Tables: Archives and History Organizations
12:00 Lunches delivered to participants (by prior arrangement)


History Forum, conducted by Monmouth County Historian Randall Gabrielan with Featured Speaker Joe Becton. Discussion of Civil War History. (Attendees may bring lunch to the Forum)


Featured Speaker: Joseph W. Becton, “Music of the Civil War Era” Joseph W. Becton of Philadelphia is an educator, historian, tour guide, and musician. Becton formerly served as Park Ranger Supervisor at Independence National Historic Park and Director of Visitor Services at Historic Fort Mifflin, and is cofounder of the 3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops Civil War re-enactors. He presents programs regularly on Civil War Music, African American Troops in the Civil War, Evolution of the Blues, and other topics, and performs as leader of the Cobalt Blues Band.
2:00 – 2:45


Exhibit tables open


Drawing for New Jersey History Game Prize Winners

Tour of the Monmouth County Archives (Reservation Required)


Other History Programs During Archives Week in the Monmouth County Library

Tuesday, October 7: 2 p.m., movie on a Civil War theme, hosted by the Monmouth County Library: Cold Mountain (2003) (R). In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina, to reunite with his sweetheart. Based on the book by Charles Frazier.

Wednesday, October 8, 9:30 -11:45 a.m.: Workshop, Best Practices for Public History and Library Internships. Presenters include experienced internship supervisors, former interns, and representatives from the MLIS program, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, and Public History Internship Program, History Department, Rutgers University. (Participants will have a short reading assignment before the workshop. To register, 732-308-3771 x3776)

Wednesday, October 8, 1-2:30 p.m.: Lecture by Gary D. Saretzky, “Ere the Shadow Fades”: New Jersey’s Civil War Photographers (registration not required).

Notes and Acknowledgements

Archives and History Day is an event that celebrates Archives Week, designated by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference; Archives Month, proclaimed by the Society of American Archivists; and Humanities Festival Week, sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Authorized and under the direction of the Monmouth County Clerk, M. Claire French, the festivity was planned by the Monmouth County Archives with the cooperation of the Monmouth County Library. Monmouth County Archives staff involved included Gary D. Saretzky (planning), Shelagh Reilly (coordination), Joya Anderson, Dennis Billingsby, Patrick Caiazzo, Frank DeSpigna, George Joynson, Hank Koch, Margaret Mara, Eugene Osovitz, Mark Pizza, Chuck Steiner, and Gail Tomlinson. Archives volunteer Eunice Mayfield also helped with preparations. A special thank you to Valería Pasko of the Monmouth County Art Department and her staff for promotional bookmarks and posters, and for exhibit installation. Also, many thanks to Felicia Santaniello, Deputy County Clerk, for arrangements in regard to the Clayton Award.

For publicity, the following are acknowledged with gratitude: Director Laura Kirkpatrick, Danielle Garske, and Tricia Ring, Monmouth County Department of Public Information; Colleen Berry, Donna Mansfield, and Joan Moss, Monmouth County Library; Linda Barth, ed., League of Historical Societies of New Jersey News; Judy Bretzger, ed., The Monmouth Connection (Monmouth County Genealogy Society); Ryan Anthony Donaldson, President, Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York; Sarah Hull, ed., The Chronicle, and Danny Klein, Chair, New Jersey Library Association History & Preservation Section; Michael P. Martin, ed., Mid-Atlantic Archivist; Joanne McKinley, ed., Archival Arranger (DVAG); Laura Poll, MARAC/NJ Caucus; Deborah Rice, cont. ed., Views (SAA); and Patricia Tumulty, New Jersey Library Association.
The exhibit in the Library gallery of the Monmouth County Library, “The Civil War: New Jersey in Focus,” was curated by Gary D. Saretzky, with exhibit preparation by Eugene Osovitz and contributions by about a dozen collaborators as listed in the exhibit catalog. Editorial assistance for the exhibition catalog was ably provided by Joe Bilby and Patrick Caiazzo; Aaron Townsend designed the attractive covers. Additional exhibits in the Library lobby were provided courtesy of Ted Bell, Tom Burke, David Martin, and Elsalyn Palmisano. In addition, institutional contributions to the lobby exhibit were facilitated by Laura Poll, Monmouth County Historical Association; Joe Klett, Veronica Calder, and Joanne Nestor, New Jersey State Archives, and Elizabeth McDermott, Red Bank Public Library. Principal funding for Archives Week was provided by Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The grand prize for the New Jersey History Game is a luncheon with the County Clerk, M. Claire French. Other prizes include books and other items donated by the Monmouth County Archives; Monmouth County Genealogy Society; Monmouth County Historical Association; Elsalyn Palmisano; Rutgers University Special Collections & University Archives (courtesy of Ron Becker); Gary D. Saretzky; and the late George H. Moss, Jr.

Archives and History Day Table Exhibitors
Monmouth County Library Headquarters October 2014

3rd Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry
Asbury Park Historical Society
Battleground Historical Society
Becton Tours and Historical Services
Belmar Historical Society
Brick Township Historical Society
Colts Neck Twp. Historical Preservation
Crossroads of the American Revolution
Elizabeth Public Library
Essex County Parks Archives
Farmingdale Historical Society
Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Friends of White Hill Mansion
Genealogical Society of New Jersey
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore
Grabas Institute for Continuing Education
Historic Cold Spring Village
Historic Society of Highlands
Historical Society of Ocean Grove
Holmdel Historical Society
Keansburg Historical Society
Keyport Historical Society
League of Historical Societies of NJ
Living History NJ
Long Branch Free Public Library
Longstreet House
Madison Township Historical Society
MARAC New Jersey Caucus/CAPES
Matawan Historical Society
Millstone Township Historical Preservation Commission
Monmouth County Archives
Monmouth County Genealogical Society
Monmouth County Historical Association

Monmouth County Historical Commission
Monmouth County Park System – Historic Services Division
Monmouth University – Dept. of History & Anthropology
National Guard Militia Museum of NJ
Navesink Maritime Heritage Association
New Brunswick Free Public Library
NJ Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society
NJ Civil War Heritage Association
NJ Hispanic Research & Information Center, Newark Public Library
NJ Historic Preservation Office
NJ Historic Trust
NJ Historical Commission
NJ Living History Advisory Council
NJ State Archives
NJ Studies Academic Alliance (at Rutgers table)
Ocean County Historical Society
Old Barracks Museum
Old Wall Historical Society
Princeton Preservation Group
Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections
Rutgers University Press
Shrewsbury Historical Society
Squan Village Historical Society
T. Thomas Fortune House Project
Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum
Union County Clerk
Union Landing Historical Society
Wainright House Museum & Craft Center
William Trent House Museum