Monmouth County Historical Association to present Sept. 11 commemoration; invites community input

The Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) has announced plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Proposed exhibits and related programs will serve to honor the members of the Monmouth County community who lost their lives that day, according to a press release from the historical association.

In addition, the project will pay tribute to the strength and resiliency exhibited by the citizens of Monmouth County as they joined together to serve the nation, mourn and heal in the tragedy’s aftermath, according to the press release.

An exhibit will be staged at the Taylor-Butler House in Middletown, an MCHA historic home built in 1853, from Sept. 11 through October. Additional details will be forthcoming, according to the press release.

As part of this commemorative effort, the historical association is embarking on an open-ended effort to gather oral histories, documents and ephemera.

MCHA is inviting members of the community to share their unique reminiscences of how this day impacted them in ways both big and small. Material gathered will be included in the MCHA archives in Freehold Borough to ensure perpetual remembrance, according to the press release.

Individuals who are interested in sharing their stories or donating items to the MCHA archives may reach out to guest curator Melissa Ziobro, Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University (mziobro@monmouth.edu) or Linda W. Bricker, president, MCHA Board of Trustees (lwbricker@monmouthhistory.org).

The following individuals are serving on the Sept. 11 Commemoration Advisory Committee:

• Virginia S. Bauer, advocate, activist; trustee of National Sept. 11th Memorial and Museum;

• Lillian G. Burry, Monmouth County commissioner;

• John Fabiano, executive director, Monmouth County Historical Commission;

• Shaun Golden, Monmouth County sheriff;

• Christine Giordano Hanlon, Monmouth County clerk;

• Gail Hunton, chief of acquisition and design, Monmouth County Park System;

• Anthony S. Perry, mayor of Middletown;

• Amy Weinstein, senior oral historian, National Sept. 11th Memorial and Museum.