County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
March 4, 2021

Historical Commission in search of historic preservation projects
Seeks to recognize important buildings in County

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Historical Commission is accepting nominations for its annual Preservation Awards Program, which acknowledges individuals and groups who have preserved historic structures in Monmouth County.

“The annual Preservation Awards Program recognizes passionate individuals who are dedicated to preserving the history and authenticity of historic structures in the County,” said Commissioner Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Historical Commission. “Preservation is not only a formidable and time-consuming process, but also a costly undertaking. The County strives to honor those who take on these special projects.”

Qualified applicants can be private citizens, organizations, businesses, municipalities or any one group who recently preserved a historic structure. Homes, commercial buildings, houses of worship and other County structures that are more than 50 years old are eligible for the award. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 21, 2021.

Last year, the Presbyterian Church of Shrewsbury was recognized for considerate restoration of the Manse, the home of the Church's pastors. Although it suffered considerable damage, the congregation supported its improvement to 21st century standards, while retaining the appearance and architectural detail of the 19th century.

The Jersey Shore Arts Center was also acknowledged for the "Remember the Forties" room, which is in memory of Herbert G. Herbst. Herbst, an Ocean Grove resident, led the campaign to renovate the vacant former Neptune High School. The award is also dedicated to the ten classes that graduated from the high school in the 1940s, who generously supported this effort.

The application process requires the completion of a nomination form that can be downloaded from the County’s website at or by contacting Executive Director, John Fabiano, at

Completed applications should be mailed to Monmouth County Historical Commission, Hall of Records Annex, 2nd floor, Freehold, NJ 07728 by the deadline, April 21.

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