Monmouth County Women to be highlighted

MANALAPAN, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is reminding residents that the County Clerk’s Annual Archives and History Day will take place this Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters at 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan.

“After many months of hard work, the planning for Archives and History Day is nearing completion and my office is excited to host this annual event during American Archives Month,” said Clerk Hanlon. “Archives Day provides the opportunity to learn about local history and this year’s event will focus on women who have helped shape Monmouth County.”

“This year’s exhibit was conceived to commemorate the approaching centennial of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution,” Monmouth County Archivist Gary D. Saretzky said. “Through our exhibit catalog, and Archives Day and Week events, we will highlight women from four centuries who left a lasting mark here in Monmouth County.”

Archives and History Day on Oct. 12 will feature a panel discussion, performance, and history forum on the theme of women of Monmouth County history. The event will also include a history game with prizes and more than 60 exhibitors from across New Jersey showcasing and promoting their roles in preserving and promoting history.

During the plenary session from 11 a.m. to noon, the M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation will be presented to Patricia “Pat” Butch of Millstone Township and the Jane G. Clayton Award will be announced for Matawan Town Historian John A. Savolaine, who will accept the award on Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the County Library Headquarters.

“Both of these recipients are very deserving of recognition and it is my honor to present these awards to two community leaders who have gone above and beyond to preserve our local history,” Clerk Hanlon said.

Also during the plenary session, the seventh and eighth grade student winners of the County Clerk’s 19th Amendment Centennial Essay contest will be honored.

At noon, a history forum conducted by Monmouth County Historian Randall Gabrielan will focus on the Archives’ exhibit “Four Centuries of Monmouth County Women” and will feature Gabrielan, County Archivist Saretzky and Monmouth University Professor Melissa Ziobro.

At 1 p.m., Keynote Speaker Michele LaRue will perform her production “Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Sattire,” which is a Public Scholars Project program of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. LaRue specializes in one-woman productions, for which she tours nationally and prepares lively, engaging performances.

“Michele LaRue’s presentation is particularly relevant for this year’s Archives and History Day theme and we are thrilled that she will be showcasing her talent and knowledge as the event’s featured speaker,” said Clerk Hanlon.

As the County’s caretaker of historic documents for the past 30 years, the County Clerk’s Archives staff has also prepared an exhibit, which is on display now, entitled, “New Jersey in Focus: Four Centuries of Monmouth County Women.”

Following Archives Day, there will be various Archives Week programs, also at the County Library Headquarters, beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. with a screening of Iron Jawed Angels, a 2004 film starring Hillary Swank about young women activists who fought for women’s suffrage.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Counseling at Monmouth University, Dr. Walter Greason, will give a presentation focused on the economic patterns of land-use and local governance, especially those in Monmouth County, that have historically shaped New Jersey.

At 10:45 a.m., Melissa Ziobro, Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University, will present “American Women and Royal Marriages: New Jersey’s Real-Life ‘Lady Coras’,” highlighting marriages between “new money” American families and relatively impoverished European nobles. Professor Ziobro’s presentation is timely as it follows a year of intense media attention on the royal wedding and daily lives of Prince Harry of Great Britain and the American actress Meghan Markle.

The final Archives Week program will be at 1 p.m., when actor and storyteller Carol Smith Levin will perform as Lillian Feickert, who served as the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association’s President between 1912 and 1920. Levin’s presentation will cover the trajectory of New Jersey women’s involvement in the national suffrage movement and the contributions of many women with connections to the State, including Alice Paul, Lucy Stone, and the Grimké sisters.

A complete schedule of Archives and History Week events can be found on the Monmouth County Archives Division website at

For additional information on Archives and History Day, contact the Monmouth County Archives by calling 732-308-3771 or by emailing

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