Awards recognize those dedicated to preserving Monmouth County’s history

MANALAPAN, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is seeking nominations for the Monmouth County Jane G. Clayton Award and for the M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation. If you know a person or an organization that has gone above and beyond to preserve the history of Monmouth County, submit a nomination by Monday, August 3, 2020.

“The Jane G. Clayton and M. Claire French Awards will be presented at our Annual Archives and History Day in October at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan,” said Clerk Hanlon. “These awards acknowledge exceptional individuals or groups whose involvement has preserved and deepened our understanding of Monmouth County’s history.”

Created in 1997, the Jane G. Clayton Award honors individuals who, over many years, have made outstanding contributions to the awareness, understanding or preservation of Monmouth County’s history. The award is named after former Monmouth County Clerk Jane G. Clayton, who was responsible for the formation of the Monmouth County Archives.

Prior Clayton Award winners include John A. Savolaine, Kevin Coyne, John Belding, Margaret W. Dellinger, Joseph W. Hammond, Angel and Jack Jeandron, Cheryl A. Cook, Wayne T. Bell, Joseph G. Bilby, Edward J. Raser, Garry Wheeler Stone, Lydia Wikoff, Karen L. Schnitzspahn, Gerald Ceres, Flora T. Higgins, Lee Ellen Griffith, Michael S. Adelberg, Gail L. Hunton, Douglas F. Foulks, Wesley Banse, J. Louise Jost, Mary Lou Strong and George H. Moss.

Clerk Hanlon established the M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation in 2015 to recognize an elected official, government employee, public servant or civic organization’s outstanding achievements to support historic preservation in Monmouth County through education, development, planning, rehabilitation, advocacy, community leadership or other means.

The M. Claire French Award is named after Clerk Hanlon’s predecessor, who assumed the position of Monmouth County Clerk in 1997 and served until her retirement in 2015. During her 18-year tenure, French oversaw the modernization of the Clerk’s Office, which included the digital collection of County records and the electronic reporting of election results in addition to the expansion of the Office’s services, most notably with the Monmouth County Connection satellite office in Neptune.

Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, Fred Carl, then Middletown Mayor and current Assemblyman Gerry P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D., the Preservation Alliance of Spring Lake and Patricia “Pat” Butch are all previous French Award recipients.

Archives and History Day takes place in October during American Archives Month. Clerk Hanlon and the Monmouth County Archives Division of the County Clerk’s Office have hosted this annual event since 1996.

Nomination forms for the Clayton and French Awards can be found online at

For more information or to request a nomination form, please visit our website by clicking here, or by contacting us by phone at 732-308-3771 or email to

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