Ziobro to speak on Monmouth County, 9/11 and Its Aftermath

MANALAPAN, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is pleased to announce that Professor Melissa Ziobro will be the featured speaker at the County Clerk’s 26th Annual Archives and History Day on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Brookdale Community College. Ziobro will speak about the impact of 9/11 on Monmouth County as we mark 20 years since the horrific terrorist attacks on the United States of America. Monmouth County lost 147 residents on September 11, 2001 and Professor Ziobro’s keynote address will pay tribute to the lives lost that day, as well as the strength, resiliency, and heroism exhibited by the citizens of Monmouth County as the community joined together to serve, mourn, and heal in the tragedy’s aftermath.

“Professor Ziobro’s presentation is especially relevant for this year’s Archives and History Day theme, ‘Facing Adversity: Monmouth Responds in Times of Crisis,’” said Clerk Hanlon. “We are thrilled that she will be the event’s featured speaker to discuss one of the biggest crises ever experienced in Monmouth County.”

Melissa Ziobro is the Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, and the primary point of contact for the public history minor. Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program and the Department’s social media and newsletter. She serves as the campus coordinator for the National History Day program and the faculty advisor for the History and Anthropology Club.

Ms. Ziobro currently serves as the President of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a joint venture of the NJ Historical Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. She is currently a trustee of the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, InfoAge Science and History Learning Center, and Ocean County Historical Society. She is newly appointed to the Board of Directors of Preservation NJ, and works regularly with other public history organizations such as the Monmouth County Park System, Monmouth County Historical Association, Monmouth County Historical Commission, Monmouth County Archives, National Guard Militia Museum of NJ, and many more.

She also worked as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2011.

In addition to Professor Ziobro’s keynote remarks, this year’s Archives Day event will feature an exhibit, accompanying catalog, and awards presentations. With more than 50 local and state history organizations setting up displays on topics relating to New Jersey history and their organizations, all are encouraged to attend on Sat., Oct. 2 at the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft.

“Archives Day is an incredible opportunity to learn about our county’s history and to meet the people who are dedicated to preserving and sharing it,” said Monmouth County Archivist Julia Telonidis. “The featured speakers are always major contributors to that experience.”

For more information about the 2021 Archives and History Day including a tentative agenda, please visit the Monmouth County Clerk’s Archives Division website at or contact the Monmouth County Archives by phone at 732-308-3771 or email

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