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About Us

Our Mission

Monmouth County Historical Association collects, preserves, and interprets its extensive museum, research library, and archival collections that relate to Monmouth County’s history and culture and makes these resources available to the widest possible audience.

The Association promotes the study and appreciation of regional and national history through educational programming, publications, special exhibits, and research services. The Association also preserves and interprets five significant historic sites that represent the County’s vanishing architectural heritage.

Through its pursuit of these objectives, the Association enriches the quality of life in Monmouth County by preserving and passing on knowledge of its diverse heritage for future generations.

Logo History

Over a quarter of a century ago, MCHA adopted the thistle as the official logo of the organization. The image was taken from a carving in a rare chair in the Association’s collection.


The Rhea Chair is the oldest piece of documented New Jersey furniture and the only surviving wainscot chair made in the state. The chair maker Robert Rhea emigrated from Scotland to America, eventually settling in Monmouth County. Rhea, who was both farmer and carpenter, carved the Scottish thistle along with his and his wife Janet’s initials into the chair back with the date “1695.”

According to James Fenimore Cooper, “The thistle is the order for dignity and antiquity.” The national symbol of Scotland, it is also the emblem of the Order of the Thistle, one of the highest orders of chivalry of Scotland. Throughout Celtic areas the thistle signifies strength, bravery, durability and determination.

As the familiar symbol of the Association, the thistle reflects both the depth of the collection and the qualities central to the MCHA’s ongoing mission.

Photo caption: Carving on chair back crafted by Robert Rhea with thistle along with date and initials.


Executive Committee


Charles H. Jones III, Ed.D.

First Vice President

R. Glenn Cashion

Second Vice President

Betsy O'Connor


Sarah Ashmore Bradley


Christie Baltodano


Elisabeth Casey

Leslie M. Clarke

Lynne Taylor Clemmons

Eugene Croddick

Thomas J. DeFelice III

John Gagliano

Anna Greeley

Peter Izzo

Robert G. Kash

Michael J. McCarty

William J. Mehr, Esq.

Lawrence J. Metz

Lauren Mosley

Luke Mosley

Dwight Pittenger

Candace Sparks

Jessie Specter

Carol Stillwell

Thomas S. Taylor

Lisa Klem Wilson

Melissa Ziobro

Advisory Committee

Robert D. Broege, Esq.

Hope Jones

Ross Millhiser, Jr. 


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49th Annual Garden Party
In honor of Hope Jones, Robert Broege, and Ross Millhiser
Many thanks to all of our supporters! Your generosity helps MCHA to preserve our priceless Monmouth County history, for which we are so grateful.
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