Monmouth County historic preservation grants presented during virtual event

The Monmouth County Historical Commission awarded preservation matching grant awards totaling $61,215 for 10 restoration projects at the 2021 Grants Presentation ceremony held virtually on Feb. 22.

“The annual awards ceremony for the Preservation Awards Program looked different this year, but it was still my sincerest honor to present grants to these organizations who have devoted so much to the preservation of historical structures in Monmouth County,” said Monmouth County Commissioner Lillian G. Burry, the liaison to the Historical Commission.

“Monmouth County has a rich history and I commend each of these organizations for their commitment to preserving structures for the next generation to learn from and enjoy,” she said.

The Historical Commission is dedicated to remembering the past and preserving history for residents and visitors to learn about Monmouth County’s past, according to a press release from the county.

The projects eligible for funding are preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of historic structures, which are owned by nonprofit organizations or municipalities, and are accessible to the public. The program covers structural work for projects commonly known as “bricks and mortar” endeavors, according to the press release.

“Since 1990, the Historical Commission continues to provide support for preservation undertakings in Monmouth County,” said John Fabiano, executive director of the Historical Commission. “Once again, we have a variety of dedicated grantees that are moving these preservation projects forward.”

The 2021 Preservation Grant recipients are:

• Allentown Historic Preservation Commission – Borough Annex exterior painting;

• Freehold Borough – Historic Firehouse doors restoration;

• Monmouth County Historical Association – Association Headquarters chimney restoration;

• Freehold Township Historic Preservation Commission – Georgia Road Schoolhouse cedar shake replacement;

• Friends of Monmouth Battlefield – Craig House windows replacement and repair;

• Howell Heritage and Historical Society – MacKenzie Museum and Library brick repointing;

• The Parker Homestead 1665, Little Silver, – Parker Homestead kitchen restoration;

• Millstone Township – Baird House front porch replication;

• Ocean Grove Historic Preservation Society – Old Neptune High School Wing wall restoration;

• InfoAge Learning Center – Camp Evans Building 9400 exterior painting, Wall Township.

In addition, the Monmouth County Historical Commission issued history regrants to 13 applicants totaling $29,185 through New Jersey’s County History Partnership Program, according to the press release.

This Partnership Program supports existing local history organizations by providing grant funding for General Operating Support (GOS) and Special Projects (SP) to those same organizations, as well as other nonprofit entities, such as municipalities, libraries and local cultural organizations.

Funding for these matching grants is provided entirely by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State.

The 2021 History Regrant recipients are:

  • Asbury Park African-American Music Project – SP for Turf Club educational booklet;
  • Battleground Historical Society – GOS for insurance and utility costs;
  • Freehold Township Heritage Society – GOS for liability insurance costs and signs;
  • Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County – GOS for executive director’s salary;
  • Twin Lights Historical Society – GOS for curatorial staff salary;
  • Parker Homestead 1665 – GOS for utilities, insurance and outreach;
  • Middletown Township Historical Society – SP for Speaker Series fees and publicity;
  • Friends of Millstone Township Historic Properties – GOS for insurance and utility costs;
  • Township of Ocean Historical Museum – GOS for liability insurance and utility costs;
  • Red Bank Public Library – SP for National Regatta and Monmouth Pictorial digitization;
  • T. Thomas Fortune Foundation – GOS for Americans with Disabilities Act and long-range planning;
  • The Historic Village at Allaire – GOS for Historical Interpretive and programming supplies;
  • InfoAge Science History Museum – GOS for STEAM Education Enhancement.

“On behalf of the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners, I would like to thank the New Jersey Historical Commission for funding regrants through the County History Partnership Program,” Burry said. “Because the grantees received General Operating Support and Special Project support, these recipients will continue to maintain their respective historical organizations.”