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Lantern Tours

Friday, December 4, 6pm and 8pm

Christ Church

380 Sycamore Avenue, Shrewsbury, NJ

On this special evening, the historic buildings at the corners of Broad Street and Sycamore Avenue will be open to welcome the public. Tours begin at Christ Church at 6:00pm and 8:00pm and are by reservation only. Children (12 and under) $8. Adults $20. Reservations are required and space is limited.

Christ Church will also be offering a dinner served at 5pm and 7pm for an additional $10 per person. 

The tours will include four historic properties: Monmouth County Historical Association's Allen House c. 1710; the Presbyterian Church, c.1735; Christ Church c.1769; and Shrewsbury Friends Meeting House c. 1816.  

At Allen House, which served the community as a tavern in the mid-18th century, visitors will be greeted by the tavern keeper and his family who will illustrate tavern life through dramatic first-person storytelling. Live instrumental music and singing will be followed by cookies and cider, and general merriment.  

Please call Elaine at Christ Church at 732-742-1227 to reserve a place on the tour.


Beautiful Childhood: Portraits From The Permanent Collection 

Open Thru December 31, 2015

At the Museum: 70 Court Street, Freehold


This exhibition features portraits of children shown in various stages of development from toddlers to teenagers from the Museum's own collection of eighteenth century art.

These portraits from middle and upper-class Monmouth County families served as pictorial records of family history as well as mementos of childhood. The works on display reveal how girls and boys were portrayed within the context of the time. Clothing and objects such as jewelry, flowers, or books offer clues as to gender and socioeconomic status and the various ways in which parents wished to commemorate their children during these special years. 

This exhibition is curated by Dr. Carol Lowrey.

Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking 

Opening on December 12, 2015

At the Museum: 70 Court Street, Freehold

This exhibition explores the craft of chairmaking in New Jersey from the 1790s to the end of the nineteenth century. This was an era when chairmakers worked actively in virtually every corner of the state, from large cities and towns to small crossroads communities. Many local craftsmen in the New Jersey  area are known today through census records, business directories, account books, and research conducted by furniture students and local historians. Examples of documented New Jersey chairs show the range of seating furniture produced in the area. The chairs selected from the exhibition are accompanied by chairmaking tools and equipment drawn from the collection of William H. MacDonald of Trenton, which was given to the Association in 1958 and later. Other items in the exhibition include portraits, photographs, advertisements, and plates from sales catalogs.

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Updated 17 November 2015



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Monmouth County Historical Association received a general operating grant from the the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, and an Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grant from the New Jersey Cultural Trust, a division of the Department of State.
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