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          Museum: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
                Research Library: Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm 
Offices: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm


The Following Historic House Museums are Open this Weekend: 

Friday, June 16, 1 - 4 pm 
Covenhoven House

Sunday, June 18, 1 - 4 pm 
Covenhoven House
Allen House


42nd Annual Garden Party
Sunday, June 25th
6-8 pm

Join MCHA for our 42nd Annual Garden Party honoring Trustees Alison Riker Friedel and Jennifer Hurtt Mullins for their support of history and historic preservation.

Reservation are required. Tickets start at $135 with sponsorship ticket levels available. All sponsorship levels include tickets, a full page color ad in our Journal and event recognition. Click HERE to purchase tickets or call Deanna at 732-462-1466 x.19

Sponsorship Opportunities
All sponsors receive a full page color ad in our ad journal, event recognition, and tickets. To purchase, click here.
Allen House $1,000 (4 tickets)
Marlpit Hall $2,500 (6 tickets)
Holmes-Hendrickson House $5,000 (8 tickets)
Taylor-Butler House $10,000 (12 tickets)
Collecting Stories and Artifacts for Upcoming Exhibition on Superstorm Sandy
Taylor-Butler House
Saturday, June 17
MCHA invites members of the community to come to the Taylor-Butler House to share stories, artifacts, and photographs for a forthcoming exhibit titled Turning Tides: Stories from Superstorm Sandy. This exhibition will open in October at the Museum to mark the fifth anniversary of the Storm. It will explore the impact of this record storm and its effects on the people and on communities in this area, using their own words, photographs, and artifacts. 

Anyone with photographs or artifacts to share can drop in on the 4th or 17th without an appointment. If you’d like to sit for an oral history interview with our Guest Curator, Monmouth University Professor of Public History Melissa Ziobro, please call 732-462-1466 or email sandy@monmouthhistory.org to book a time and to learn more. If these dates don’t work for you, please reach out to coordinate a date and time.


Current Exhibitions at the Museum

From about 1676 to 1952, eight generations of the Hartshorne family resided on their estate at the Highlands called Portland. At its maximum extent, the Portland tract encompassed more than 2,400 acres between the Navesink River and Sandy Hook Bay, including Sandy Hook.

This exhibition tells the story of those individuals through original documents, artifacts, paintings, textiles, silver and furniture owned by the Hartshornes over those three centuries Of special interest are one of the most complete sets of mid-18th century American crewelwork bed hangings known to survive, a silver-headed walking stick owned by Richard Hartshorne, the immigrant, and a large collection of ancestral miniature portraits and daguerreotypes still owned by descendants. Also included is much material on the California Gold Rush, and the West Coast career of Benjamin Minturn Hartshorne (1826–1900), whose fortune transformed Portland from a working farm into a country gentleman’s estate.

The exhibition draws on the collections of Monmouth County Historical Association, the Monmouth County Park System, and the privately held treasures of Hartshorne descendants.   

This program is made possible in part by funding from a New Jersey Historical Commission Grant and sponsorship from Amboy Bank and Investors Bank.

That Memorable Sabbath-Day: The Battle of Monmouth in Drawings, Paintings & Prints explores artistic interpretations of the Battle of Monmouth. The battle was fought on June 28, 1778, a Sunday. During the mid-nineteenth century, as Americans became increasingly interested in their country’s rise to nationhood, depictions of historical events such as the Battle of Monmouth became popular with audiences throughout the eastern United States. Artists––professional and amateur alike––responded by creating drawings, paintings, and prints that brought the battle to life. The Association’s collections include a large number of such works.

This exhibition features a range of interpretations, from grand manner history painting and pictorial records of a documentary nature to scenes of romance, fantasy, drama, and outright caricature––all of which, whether grounded in fact or fiction, helped shape our awareness of what the American historian Benson J. Lossing (1813–91) described as “that memorable Sabbath-day in June, 1778.”


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