M. Claire French Award Winner 2017

2017 – Gerry Scharfenberger
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Middletown Mayor and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Monmouth University, Gerry Scharfenberger exemplifies all of the important aspects of the M. Claire French Award through his dedication to maintenance and preservation of historic sites in Monmouth County. He has been an active member of the Middletown Landmarks Commission since 1996 and was appointed Chairman in 2012.  He has reviewed alterations and additions to historic district properties, as well as assisting in designating these districts.  Dr. Scharfenberger has volunteered on many archaeological projects to retrieve historical information before destruction of these sites.  He is the founder and heads the Friends of the Macleod-Rice House (1893) in Middletown.  Dr. Scharfenberger wrote the ordinance that created a Historic Preservation Committee and helped create a municipal Historic Preservation Award to encourage historic building rehabilitation. Among numerous other projects, he is dedicated to cleaning and maintaining Middletown’s 38 historic cemeteries.