MCHA Presents

A Virtual Lecture Series

- Co-Sponsored by the Monmouth County Library -

Register below today for FREE Zoom lectures given by Monmouth County's most interesting and well-respected historians! You'll even have the chance to engage in a Q&A at the end! 

Browse our upcoming line-up to join us on the specified date at 7 PM:

Wed., November 16th

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Rick Geffken presents

The History and Legacy of the 1850 Black Burying Ground in Lincroft, Cedar View Cemetery

CVC is among the most historic Black gravesites in Monmouth County. Several of the interred souls resting there are former slaves and their manumitted descendants. The cemetery was neglected and overgrown for decades until the recent efforts of the Friends of Cedar View to restore it. On November 16th, Founding Board Members of the Friends of Cedar View, Joelle Zabotka, Rob Shomo, and Rick Geffken will present the fascinating history of Cedar View in Lincroft and the valiant efforts to restore it and honor the people resting there.

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January 19th, 2023

Melissa Ziobro presents

American Women and Royal Marriages:

NJ’s Dollar Princesses

"Downtown Abbey" enjoyed immense popularity as the fictitious story of a fabulously wealthy English noble family. Lady Cora Crawley was an American however, and embodied the real-life experience of many women of the Gilded Age. Advances in American industrialization created a sect of "new money" families; while they had wealth beyond belief, they could not compete with the social standing of the more established "old money" families. To remedy this, daughters from these American families traded wealth for titles as they married into the nobility of Europe...particularly those families who were experiencing a shortfall of cash. 

February 16th, 2023

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Bernadette Rogoff presents

Julia's Wardrobe

In 1868, Julia Norton Hartshorne ordered a brand new wardrobe to take advantage of the latest style trends. Her husband, Benjamin Minturn Hartshorne, was born and raised in Monmouth County and ran a successful steamboat company along the West Coast. The couple and their three children traveled from their home in San Francisco for an extended summer visit with Benjamin's family in Middletown. Upon returning, Julia fell ill and died in February 1869. Benjamin packed away all of Julia's things and returned with his children to Monmouth County. Through the generosity of Hartshorne family descendants, Julia's Wardrobe is now part of the Association's historic textile collection. Director of Collections Bernadette Rogoff will introduce you to Julia and explore her style and personality with an enjoyable virtual fashion show through Julia's Wardrobe.

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Register with the last name of each lecturer you would like to attend, or just type "All" if you would like to be automatically registered for all future lectures. You will receive a reminder email a few days before the lecture date, and the link will be emailed a couple of hours prior to start time.

See you there!