2019 – John A. Savolaine
Since 2004, John “Al” Savolaine has served on the Matawan Historic Sites Commission, which manages the historic Burrowes mansion and three historic cemeteries. Savolaine served as Vice-President of the Commission from 2004 to 2017. He inventoried all Matawan structures more than 100 years old and designed a new monmument for the St. James AME Cemetery to honor veterans and others buried there. A past docent at the Burrowes mansion for more than ten years and current cemetery tour guide, Savolaine is highly praised for his entertaining stories that bring history alive and wrote the script for the walk that includes 20 historic sites. The author of a book, “Stanley Fisher: Shark Attack Hero of a Bygone Age,” and a play, “Mayhem in Matawan,” about the Prohibition era, Savolaine is both the official Rose Hill Cemetery Historian and, since 2013, the Matawan Town Historian. He was a Trustee of the Matawan Historical Society from 2004 to 2018.