Burry and Hammond To Receive History Awards

Freeholder Lillian G. Burry photo by Art Gallagher

Freeholder Lillian G. Burry

MANALAPAN, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is pleased to announce that Freeholder Lillian G. Burry has been selected to receive the inaugural M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation and Joseph W. Hammond has been selected to receive the 2015 Jane G. Clayton Award at Archives and History Day.

Both awards will be presented at Monmouth County Archives and History Day on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters.

“Both of these recipients are very deserving of recognition,” Hanlon said. “There is no public servant more deserving of the inaugural M. Claire French award than Lillian Burry. Lillian has been an advocate, champion and enthusiast of historic preservation in Monmouth County as a citizen and throughout her entire career as a public servant and elected official.”

Freeholder Burry has made many notable contributions to historical preservation throughout her career, including heading Matawan’s Historic Preservation Program while serving on the Matawan Council, during which time the group purchased and restored the borough’s most historic 1700’s era mansion. She also founded and chairs the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee.

Burry served as the Chair of the County’s 325th Anniversary celebration that featured the County historic sites, programs and resources, serves as the liaison to the County’s Historical Commission and was named the Commission’s 2010 “Person of the Year.”

“Lillian’s numerous contributions to historical preservation are vast and her tireless efforts have contributed to the success of preservation, restoration and education of history in Monmouth County,” added Hanlon.

The M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation recognizes outstanding achievements of an elected official, government employee, public servant or civic organization in supporting historic preservation in Monmouth County through education, development, planning, rehabilitation, advocacy, community leadership or other means.

The award is named after M. Claire French, Hanlon’s predecessor, who was County Clerk from 1997 until her retirement on April 1, 2015. During French’s 18-year tenure, she oversaw the modernization of the Clerk’s Office, including digitizing County records and the electronic reporting of election results, as well as the expansion of the Office’s services with Monmouth County Connection Office in Neptune Township.

Also to be presented on Oct. 3 is an award named after former County Clerk Jane G. Clayton, who was responsible for the creation of the Monmouth County Archives. Created in 1997, the Clayton Award honors individuals who, over a substantial number of years, have made exceptional contributions to the awareness, understanding or preservation of Monmouth County history.

“Without question, Joseph Hammond is deserving of this recognition of his achievements,” said Hanlon. “I look forward to presenting the award to him on Archives and History Day.”

Joseph W. Hammond has been actively engaged in the fields of historical research, archival processing, historic preservation, and curatorial work since 1969.  A past director of the Monmouth County Historical Association (1978-1981), Hammond’s extensive experience includes preparing five State & Historic National Registers of Historic Places Nominations, including the Merino Hill Farm in Upper Freehold, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Freehold and Christ Episcopal Church in Shrewsbury, for which he also served as Restoration Chair in a $1.3 million stabilization and repair project.

A frequent lecturer on Monmouth County history and historic preservation, he has published articles on Monmouth’s artists and craftsmen for national periodicals and is preparing a book about Middletown artist Henry Thomas Gulick.  In 2015, Hammond completed a 315-page guide to the extensive Hartshorne Family Papers, which he organized for the Monmouth County Historical Association.

“These are but a few of Hammond’s many achievements that have enhanced the fields of historical research and education,” added Hanlon.

For more information on Archives and History Day and Archives Week visit the Monmouth County website at www.visitmonmouth.com, contact the Monmouth County Archives at 732-308-3771 or email [email protected].


Posted: September 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christine Hanlon, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “Burry and Hammond To Receive History Awards”

  1. Bizarro world said at 11:38 pm on September 16th, 2015:

    Art, let me get this straight. A freeholder creates an award named for her former employee. The first recipient of the award is the freeholder who created the award. Am I missing something or is this the worst example of conflict of interest ever? What’s next, a realtor of the year award from the county to be given to the same freeholder?

  2. Friends helping Friends said at 2:03 pm on September 17th, 2015:

    You said it, Bizarro world!

    This reminds me of a story I once read about Johnny Cash casting a movie he was making about the life of Jesus. It talked about his long search around the globe, from one country to another, to find the perfect Mary. He finally settled on June Carter Cash….his wife!

  3. Wait a minute, said at 4:37 pm on September 18th, 2015:

    I read it to mean the new clerk got the idea to name it after her predecessor- and, if you do understand Lillian’s career, there is no disputing that she has been all about historic and land preservation for decades)-never mind the fact that announcing the award in a press release, uses the power of the new clerk’s office to get her own name out there, during the campaign season).. follow the mindset and bouncing political ball,here..

  4. My two cents said at 11:09 pm on September 18th, 2015:

    The way I read it, this is Ms. Burry patting herself on the back. She’s a freeholder she should not be getting awards from her own clerk.

    Just my two cents everyone.

  5. Whatever, said at 10:59 am on September 19th, 2015:

    The County Clerk office is Constitutional, and separate from that of County Freeholder.. They have their own trust funds and can spend them as they see fit: if the political party was not the same, as is in this instance, would this clerk give the first such award to this freeholder? -Probably not- but, face it, many awards are given to officials to draw attention either to the individual announcing it, and/ or, (if given at a dinner or event,) to help sell tickets/ promote the person or group: non- profits are especially very big with this custom..merit is certainly a subjective consideration, open for interpretation, and is among several criteria people and groups use, with any “awards..”

  6. Classless in freehold said at 3:16 pm on September 20th, 2015:

    you can spin this anyway you want Whatever but this looks bush league for a freeholder in office to get an award from her own county. Whenever a company or other large group runs a promotion they always say employees and their relatives are not eligible. That’s to maintain the honesty and integrity of the prmotion. Can you honestly say that no pressure was put on to give this award to a certain freeholder? The whole thing smells really bad

  7. Obviously, said at 7:41 am on September 21st, 2015:

    you aren’t a fan of the woman- but the fact remains there is a clear record of achievement, in the topic at hand: why is it so hard for some people to acknowledge another person’s positive records and service in a given vocation or field?? Jealousy?? Sour grapes?? And, we aren’t talking a free trip to Paris or thousands in taxpayer dollars, here, for Pete’s sake..

  8. Go Christine Hanlon! said at 8:59 am on September 30th, 2015:

    When your one of the 45 most admired woman–whether it’s in 2012, or any year–you can nominate any one your precious little heart desires!!!