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Jun 29, 2020

County Seeking Nominations for History Preservationists

By Lori Draz

The Jane G. Clayton Award was created in 1997 in honor of former Monmouth County Clerk Jane G. Clayton, who was responsible for the formation of the Monmouth County Archives.

The nomination period for the Monmouth County Jane G. Clayton Award and for the M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation is open through Monday, Aug. 3.

“The Jane G. Clayton and M. Claire French Awards will be presented at our annual Archives and History Day in October at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan,” said County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon. “These awards acknowledge exceptional individuals or groups whose involvement has preserved and deepened our understanding of Monmouth County’s history.”

Jane G. Clayton

The Jane G. Clayton Award was created in 1997 in honor of former Monmouth County Clerk Jane G. Clayton, who was responsible for the formation of the Monmouth County Archives. The award is given to individuals who, over many years, have made outstanding contributions to the awareness, understanding or preservation of Monmouth County’s history.

Hanlon established the M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation in 2015. The award is named after Hanlon’s predecessor and recognizes an elected official, government employee, public servant or civic organization’s outstanding achievements to support historic preservation in Monmouth County through education, development, planning, rehabilitation, advocacy, community leadership or other means.

During her 18-year tenure, French oversaw the modernization of the Clerk’s Office, which included the digital collection of county records, the electronic reporting of election results and the expansion of the office’s services, most notably with the Monmouth County Connection satellite office in Neptune.

Nomination forms for the awards can be found online at MonmouthCountyClerk.com/Archives. You may also request a nomination form by phone by calling 732-308-3771 or emailing CountyClerkAwards@co.monmouth.nj.us.