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Education Programs

Digital Education 

Our award winning exhibit on slavery in New Jersey, Beneath the Floorboards: Whispers of the Enslaved at Marlpit Hall, is now the focus of two NJ curriculum-based digital companions, complete with applicable standards. Thank you to our advisors and supporters:

Hank Bitten, Executive Director, New Jersey Council for the Social Studies

Dr. Wendy Morales, Assistant Superintendent, Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Commission

Dr. Jason Fitzgerald, Dr. Rich Veit and Dr. Bill George, faculty of Monmouth University School of Education

Gary Melton, Manager, Human & Civil Rights, Equity and Governance at the New Jersey Education Association

Noelle Lorraine Williams, Director of African American Education at the New Jersey Historical Commission

Patrice Maillet, Executive Director, New Jersey School Boards Association

Beneath the Floorboards: Whispers of the Enslaved at Marlpit Hall

Using primary sources and artifacts from the MCHA collections and material culture from the historic c. 1756 Marlpit Hall in Middletown, this exhibit tells the stories of seven of the 12 known enslaved individuals who inhabited this residence. The larger story of slavery in New Jersey is also explored through careful research and documentation. 


Upper Elementary Level 

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Middle School / High School

Monmouth County Education Page


This intermediate/high school resource focuses on archival material and museum objects from the collections of MCHA and beyond to help illustrate the rich history of Monmouth County, New Jersey! Colonial era documents, WWII artifacts and ephemera, newspaper articles, and other unique objects help students connect American history to local history.  

In addition to curriculum-based content, educators and students will find unique and interesting topics to explore. Please contact dhowell@monmouthhistory.org for questions or suggestions!

        Washington Rallies the Troops at Monmouth by Emanuele Leutze

MCHA Collection

Class Trips 

MCHA also offers on-site programs at Marlpit Hall. Programs are tailored for the grade level attending.

Marlpit Hall, Middletown

5th Grade through High School

This c. 1756 house features our award-winning exhibit, Beneath the Floorboards: Whispers of the Enslaved at Marlpit Hall. 5th grade students tour the museum and investigate the process of creating historically accurate stories using primary sources. Older students take our Primary Source Workshop after the museum tour to learn about the processes involved in breaking down primary sources such as birth records, inventories, manumissions, "for sale" ads, and runaway ads. 


Want to book a trip? Have questions? Suggestions? Compliments (yes, please!)??? Contact Dana at dhowell@monmouthhistory.org

Many Thanks to Our Education Sponsors

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Paula and Larry Metz