We need your help

At times such as these, it may be hard to imagine why history matters because we are dealing with immediate needs of individuals. But if history wasn't preserved, how can we learn what our ancestors went through to improve our communities and society? The crises that our nation is gripped with today, if not preserved, will disappear from future generations and the struggle will not be understood.

At the global and national level, it is easy to see why history is important. 

At the local level, it is even more important. The tiny events, an individual, an object at the county or town level helped grow those global changes. Look around today at the protests in your local communities. They make a difference together and can bring change at the national level.

We at MCHA ask for your help in preserving the history of those struggles. Struggles such as the right to vote for women, diverse lifestyles and families become accepted by all, the names of the enslaved people in our historic houses, a house that withstood the Revolutionary War among other stories from the past need to be saved for the future.

We are a small staff of six employees, five full-time and one part-time. Meg Sharp Walton, Executive Director, leads us to share the stories from the collections with others. Bernadette Rogoff, Director of Collections, along with Joe Zemla, Associate Curator, dive deep into the 30,000+ artifacts of our collections to find those stories , such as putting names and faces to the enslaved people that lived in our historic houses. Dana Howell, Librarian and Researcher, helps those coming to the Library and Archives with their family history, which is often only located at a small museum such as us. She also has created several projects to preserve today's history with the COVID-19 Project and the Digital Diversity Project. Pati Githens, Programs and Partnerships Manager, educates the public about these stories. She gets students marching like Revolutionary Soldiers and organizes lectures that enhance our exhibitions. Beth Gardella, Administrative and Development Assistant, pays the bills to keep the lights on and assists with the fundraising.

It is our duty to keep these and many other stories preserved and available for years to come. We've survived 120 years, but this year is the toughest. Without you and your help financially, we cannot continue the stewardship of Monmouth County history with which we have been entrusted.

Please help us by making a gift today. Your gift of any size will ensure that MCHA survives these unparalleled times.