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‘Tracking Sandy’ opens at Monmouth County Historical Association

More than 120 guests attended the Monmouth County Historical Association’s preview reception for its newest exhibition, “Tracking Sandy: Monmouth County Remembers,” on Oct. 29 at the association’s museum at 70 Court St., Freehold Borough.

The exhibition marks the fifth anniversary of superstorm Sandy making landfall along Monmouth County’s shore and explores the impact of the record storm and its effects on people and communities in the area, using their own words, photographs and artifacts, according to a press release.

“After altering the lives of so many people and communities in such a dramatic way, Sandy deserved MCHA’s immediate attention,” MCHA President Linda Bricker said. “The turnout at this event shows that superstorm Sandy is a story of great interest which should be documented while those impacted can relate personal experiences.”

The Monmouth County Historical Association began its efforts to document Sandy’s impact on the county with an eye toward this exhibition nearly a year ago, according to the press release.

“Tracking Sandy” reminds visitors that after five years not everyone has rebuilt, nor has everyone been made whole, nor can anyone be sure what Sandy means going forward.

Five years later, the county is still “Tracking Sandy” and hoping that lessons learned in the aftermath can help in the future. The exhibition includes oral histories, interactive activities, artifacts, internet and print resources, and preparedness education.

The association acknowledged guest curator Melissa Ziobro, Specialist Professor of Public History, Department of History and Anthropology, at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, and the assistance of many institutions and individuals in the preparation of the show, according to the press release.

The exhibition will be open through mid-2018. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to association members. General admission is $5 with special group rates and reduced prices for students and senior citizens.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Amboy Bank, Investors Bank, J. McLaughlin, Manasquan Bank and New Jersey Natural Gas. For more information, call 732-462-1466 or visit www.monmouthhistory.org

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