Press release from Monmouth County Historical Association
Close to 100 employees, board members, volunteers and friends were in attendance on May 12, during a ceremony honoring C. Glenn May upon his retirement after 30 years with The Monmouth County Historical Association, most recently as Senior Education Coordinator.
The event was held at the Rumson home of trustee Mark and Andrea Aikens. The couple welcomed everyone to their home; introducing MCHA president Linda Bricker (who served as mistress of ceremonies), Association director Dr. Evelyn C. Murphy, Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry, as well as many other representatives of the board, staff and volunteers.
May was presented with gifts commemorating his three decades of teaching thousands of visitors and school children about historic Monmouth County homes and the area’s role in the American Revolution, in particular the Battle of Monmouth. Bricker also noted that the retiring educator received notes of congratulations from Governor Chris Christie, Senators Joseph Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck, Brooks Von Arx of the Monmouth County Historical Commission, and others who have benefitted from May’s programs over the decades.
Bricker introduced Eric Hartmann, founder of the award-winning film production company SeaLight Entertainment, in a presentation of a video capturing May’s history with the Association, and tributes from many who have worked with him. The historian initiated and designed the Traveling Trunk program for the Association, and led hundreds of programs in local schools. He also led Hearth Cooking demonstrations at the Covenhoven House, one of the five historic homes owned by the Association, as well as led candlelight programs and other celebrations at Allen House in Shrewsbury.
Freeholder Burry presented a Proclamation to May denoting that the County Board of Freeholders had resolved that May 12, 2015, was Glenn May Day in Monmouth County.
In honor of his service, the Association created the C. Glenn May Legacy Fund which will enable the education department to continue to interpret history to the residents of Monmouth County through trunk shows, site tours and the public programs which Glenn did so much to establish.