MCHA Presents

Historically Speaking...

A Virtual Lecture Series 

Co-Sponsored by the Monmouth County Library

Please join us on the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm for Zoom lectures given by Monmouth County's most interesting and well-respected historians! You'll have the chance to engage in a Q&A session at the end.

*Register below to be sent the Zoom link and simple instructions to join!

Browse our upcoming line-up:

November 19th

John Schneider presents
History: A Thing of the Past?

Historical Secrets of Monmouth County

John Schneider claims to have more video footage and historical photographs of Monmouth County than any living person. His most recent book, "A Historical Journey Across Raritan Bay," recounts what he's learned during his own nautical voyages to seek out the relics and stories left behind by our ancestors.  His weekly television program on Comcast documents the results of his exploration with almost 250,000 viewers and some 135,000 members from all his Facebook groups.  Learn more about his book at

When asked about his upcoming presentation, John responded by saying he'd be "thinking out loud" and will be showing a lot of "really old photographs from the shoe box." Other organizations who have invited him to speak remark that he always surprises folks with his originality, humor and clever way of looking at history. Recently, he was selected as one of the top 50 historians of the last 50 years in the new book by the Monmouth County Clerk's Office, To Preserve and Protect. He said because he likes the work done by MCHA, he is waiving his standard $1,000 fee for speaking. And then, of course, he said he was kidding and would in fact work for tips.

Join on November 19 to see for yourself what may happen!  

December 17th

Rick Geffken presents 
To Preserve and Protect:

Monmouth County Historians, Past and Present

For almost as long as Monmouth County has existed – over 350 years – people have recorded its history, important events, and personalities. From Henry Hudson, through George Washington, and Bruce Springsteen, there are thousands of books, articles, and dissertations written about the northernmost shore county in the Garden State. Some of these writers made history themselves, such as the elusive Franklin Ellis, the pen name of a compiler who wrote ubiquitous and comprehensive early histories of many locales.

This talk explores the fascinating careers and contributions of past historians such as George C. Beekman, who wrote about the early Dutch settlers, and John Edwin Stillwell, whose exhaustive research and publication of genealogical records have stood the test of time. Contemporary historians such as Dr. Walter Greason and Karen Schnitzspahn are highlighted, too.

Old Tennent Church

by Alessandro Mario,

oil on canvas, 1856.

Painting from

MCHA collection

70 Court Street

Freehold NJ 07728

732 - 462 -1466

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Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.