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MCHA Presents

Historically Speaking...

A Virtual Lecture Series 

MCHA Presents

Historically Speaking...

A Virtual Lecture Series 

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Previous Lectures

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Recordings of Season One of our popular Historically Speaking lecture series are now online! Learn about Monmouth County triumphs, tragedies, curiosities, and creepiness! Topics include the Revolution, the Freehold Young Ladies Seminary, 19th Century Photography, the Enslaved at Marlpit Hall, and our Halloween special, among many others! Enter and click the images to access the recor

Previous Lectures 2022

Graham Russell Hodges presents

How Black History Helped Shape New Jersey

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Graham Russell Gao Hodges, author and professor of History, Africana and Asian Studies at Colgate University, details how early African American experiences and contributions helped shape New Jersey. The Revolution is discussed, including the effects of Lord Dunmore's Proclamation, ex-slave Colonel Tye, runaways and abolition. 

Bernadette Rogoff presents

Just Arrived from Ireland:

Irish Indentured Servitude in Monmouth County

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Join us for a lecture that will help you amaze your family and astound your friends with your knowledge of this oft-misunderstood facet of Irish history. Director of Collections Bernadette Rogoff explores the little-known, heartbreaking and fascinating stories behind the importation of Irish men, women, and children into the colonies during the 18th century. Indentured servants - hailing from Ireland, Germany, England, and Scotland - supplemented the demand for colonial labor. By agreeing to sell themselves and their time anywhere from four to seven years, indentured servants hoped for a new life once their commitment was through. The fraught relationship between Caucasian indentured servants, African-American enslaved persons, and their owners, will be examined in this presentation.

Glenn Cashion presents

Baseball Is In My DNA:

The History of Baseball in Freehold, 1857-1973

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Spring is in the air! Grab a hot dog and a cold one and sit down for an evening with baseball historian Glenn Cashion as he brings us the history of this great American pastime through the lens of one small town. The early days of the sport, a 1934 All-Star trip to Japan, the inception of the "colored" teams, and brushes with the Babe will be discussed. Learn about the hopes, opportunities, and thrilling victories of the talented men of Freehold baseball.

Dr. Linda Epps presents

Juneteenth Special


What does Juneteenth mean to you? This is not just an African American celebration - it is an American celebration. There is something to be considered for everyone. Join us as we learn about the significance of this holiday for all!

John Barrows presents

Love, Death and Betrayal:

The Story of Anna and Vito Genovese

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They were both married with children when they fell in love, but they had to be together, no matter what. She was the ultimate mafia wife, but in other ways was so very different from women of her time. He was the most feared gangster in America, but she was not afraid, and when she was a woman scorned, she proved her courage and faced the mafia’s ultimate penalty for violating the southern Italian code of silence. They lived in Monmouth County twice, which he loved, and she loathed. You don’t have to wait for HBO’s new mini-series to learn about Monmouth County’s most fascinating mob queen!  John Barrows, editor of, has been researching this for the past two years and will present the local perspective on Anna & Vito that you won’t get from HBO.

Dr. Stanley Blair presents

Hello from Bushy Hollow:

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Most of us have heard of the fictional places of Narnia, Lilliput, The Shire, Bushy Hollow…oh, you haven’t heard of Bushy Hollow? Let us introduce you to this fictional town based on New Monmouth, Middletown in the 19th century. In 1863, former Middletown resident Henry Morford (1823-1881) published his popular compilation of humorous stories, Sprees and Splashes: or Droll Recollections of Town and Country, which he maintained were true accounts of events that either happened to him or someone he knew. The book describes Middletown life and locations, providing a fun and intimate time portal to the past. Don’t miss this chance to learn about Middletown life, 19th-century style!

Rick Geffken presents

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

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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.

Melissa Ziobro presents

American Women and Royal Marriages:

NJ’s Dollar Princesses

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"Downton 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. 

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