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 Friday, July 29.
“The Jane G. Clayton and M. Claire French Awards will be presented at the County Clerk’s Annual Archives and History Day event,” said Clerk Hanlon. “These awards acknowledge exceptional individuals or groups whose involvement has preserved and deepened our understanding of Monmouth County’s history.”
The County Clerk’s Annual Archives and History Day will take place at the Robert J. Collins Arena on Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft Campus on Saturday, Oct. 1.
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. The 2021 Jane G. Clayton Award winner was De Hearn.
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.
The Parker Homestead 1665, Patricia “Pat” Butch, the Preservation Alliance of Spring Lake, The Honorable Gerry P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D, Fred Carl, and The Honorable Lillian G. Burry are previous French Award recipients. The 2021 M. Claire French Award recipient was The Honorable Rosemarie D. Peters.
Nomination forms for the Clayton and French Awards can be found online at www.MonmouthCountyClerk.com/Archives. For questions, please contact the Monmouth County Archives at 732-308-3771.
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