Monday, February 24, 2014

Organization of the Week: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey.

This week, I am featuring the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield. Founded in 1990, the organization is dedicated to protecting, preserving and interpreting the military and social history of the Monmouth Campaign of 1778 and the cultural landscapes of both the battlefield and associated sites within a broader geographic area beyond the Park. Individuals concerned with the deteriorating conditions of the State Park, which opened in 1978, formed the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield. At that time, landscapes were being overwhelmed by vegetative growth obscuring historic vistas. Historic sites and buildings were on the verge of collapse. Beginning in 1990, as a way of bringing attention to the threatened national historic landmark, the Friends initiated the annual Battle of Monmouth reenactment. This historic event is observed in June each year. In addition, the Friends host programming, lectures, and tours of the Battlefield throughout the year.

The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield rely on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield or to become a member or volunteer, please call 609-448-6355 or visit www.friendsofmonmouth.org.

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