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.