Archives Day 2015


Monmouth County Library Headquarters
125 Symmes Drive Manalapan, New Jersey


Time Room Event


Morning Refreshments
9:00-5:00 Library Gallery & Lobby Exhibit: New Jersey in Focus: The World War I Era: 1910-1920

NJ History Room

New Jersey History Room: Local and State History Reference Books


Exhibit Tables: Archives and History Organizations
* Tables open except where noted


Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem
* Exhibit tables closed
11:00 – Noon


Plenary Session:
Exhibit tables closed during Plenary Session

Greetings from Freeholders, Monmouth County
Renee B. Swartz, Chair, Monmouth County Library Commission

Awards Presentations:

M. Claire French Award: Lillian Burry
Jane G. Clayton Award: Joseph W. Hammond
Presented by Christine Giordano Hanlon, Monmouth County Clerk

Roger McDonough Award: Ronald L. Becker
Presented by Gary D. Saretzky, Monmouth County Archivist and Chair, Roger McDonough Award Committee, and Maxine Lurie, President, New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance

Barbara Carver Smith Award: Ed Raser
Presented by Richard Geffken, Trustee, Monmouth County Genealogy Society

Innovative Archives Award: Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Presented by Dale Patterson, Archivist, United Methodist Archives Center, on behalf of the NJ-MARAC Caucus

12:00 Lunch: Delivered to participants (pre-ordered)


History Forum: Discussion of Fort Monmouth, WWI, and Monmouth County History
Conducted by Monmouth County Historian Randall Gabrielan with Featured Speaker Melissa Ziobro, Monmouth University. (Attendees may bring lunch to the Forum)


Featured Speaker: Melissa Ziobro, Specialist Professor of Public History, Monmouth University, “Fort Monmouth and Monmouth County in World War I”
The name “Monmouth” has been synonymous with the defense of freedom since our country’s inception. Named for the brave soldiers who gave their lives just a few miles away at the Battle of Monmouth Court House in 1778, Fort Monmouth was the site of some of the most significant communications and electronics breakthroughs in military history.
* Exhibit tables closed during Featured Speaker


New Jersey History Game Prize Drawings
* Exhibit tables closed during History Game drawings

2:15 – 2:45



Tour of the Monmouth County Archives (Registration Required)

Exhibit tables close

Other Archives Week History Programs at the Monmouth County Library
September 28-October 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2pm: Movie, WWI era, “The Water Diviner”

Wednesday, September 30, 9:30-11:45am: Seminar, Newspaper Photo Collections in New Jersey
Sarah Hull, Plainfield Public Library (Courier News)
Gary D. Saretzky, Monmouth County Archives (Red Bank Register)
Boris Von Faust, Passaic County Historical Society (Paterson Evening News)

Wednesday, September 30, 1-2:30pm: Lecture by Joe Grabas, “Monmouth County Land Holdings”

Thursday, October 1, 2pm, movie, WWI, “Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World”
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, Christine Giordano Hanlon, the festivity was planned by the Monmouth County Archives with the cooperation of the Monmouth County Library. Principal funding for Archives Week was provided by Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Monmouth County Archives staff involved included Gary D. Saretzky (planning), Shelagh Reilly (coordination), Joya Anderson, Dennis Billingsby, Patrick Caiazzo, Frank DeSpigna, Mary Hussey, 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 and French Awards.

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); Janet Bunde, President, Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York; Sarah Hull, ed., The Chronicle, and Debra Schiff, Chair, New Jersey Library Association History & Preservation Section; Michael P. Martin, ed., Mid-Atlantic Archivist; Celia Caust-Ellenbogen, Archives Month Philly; Laura Poll, MARAC/NJ Caucus; and Patricia Tumulty, New Jersey Library Association.

The exhibit in the Library gallery of the Monmouth County Library, “The World War I Era: 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. Thanks in particular to Laura Poll, at that time archivist/librarian at the Monmouth County Historical Association, who loaned WWI posters that were digitized by the Monmouth County Archives and printed by Aaron Townsend. Editorial assistance for the exhibition catalog was ably provided by Joe Bilby, Randall Gabrielan, and Patrick Caiazzo; Aaron Townsend designed the attractive covers. Additional exhibits in the Library lobby were provided courtesy of Brian Foulkes, with printing by Valerie Pasko, and Renée Kumar.

The grand prize for the New Jersey History Game is a gift card provided by County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon. Other prizes include books and other items donated by the Monmouth County Archives; Monmouth County Clerk; Monmouth County Genealogy Society; Monmouth County Historical Association; Monmouth County Parks; Elsalyn Palmisano; Rutgers University Special Collections & University Archives (courtesy of Ron Becker); New Jersey Historic Trust; Haddonfield Public Library; Gary D. Saretzky; and the late George H. Moss, Jr.

Archives and History Day Table Exhibitors
Monmouth County Library Headquarters
October 3, 2015
3rd Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry
1719 William Trent House Museum
Battleground Historical Society
Belmar Historical Society
Brick Township Historical & Genealogical Society
Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education, BCC
Colts Neck Twp. Historical Preservation Committee
Crossroads of the American Revolution
Eatontown Historical Society
Elizabeth Public Library
Essex County Parks Archives
Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
Genealogical Society of New Jersey
Historic Cold Spring Village
Historic Society of Highlands
Historical Society of Ocean Grove
InfoAge Science-History Society
Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Library
Kalmyk American Culture and Arts Foundation
Keyport Historical Society
League of Historical Societies of NJ
Long Branch Free Public Library
Longstreet House
Madison Twp. Historical Society—Thomas Warne House
MARAC New Jersey Caucus/CAPES
Matawan Historical Society
Medical History Society of NJ
Millstone Twp. Historical Preservation Commission
Monmouth County Archives
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon
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
Morris County Historical Society
Morristown & Morris Twp. Public Library
National Guard Militia Museum of NJ
New Brunswick Free Public Library
New Jersey Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society
New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission
New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association
New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center, Newark Public Library
New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, DEP
New Jersey Historic Trust
New Jersey Historical Commission
New Jersey Living History Advisory Council
New Jersey State Archives
New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance
Ocean County Historical Society
Old Barracks Museum
Old Wall Historical Society
Parker Homestead–1665
Princeton Preservation Group
Red Bank Public Library
Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections
Shrewsbury Historical Society
Squan Village Historical Society
Tinton Falls Historic Preservation Commission
Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Trenton Free Public Library
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum
Union Landing Historical Society of Brielle
Wainright House Museum & Craft Center