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Monmouth County Historical Association

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We are now recruiting for VOLUNTEERS! We welcome all to volunteer! We are always looking for friendly and enthusiastic people. We have many opportunities available currently and would love to have you on board with us! You do not need specific qualifications to volunteer with us, all we request is a smile. Training is provided for all positions. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the positions available.


Orientation and ongoing training are provided to our Volunteers.

Historic House Docent

Educational programs are offered at each Historic House Museum, which include guided tours by docents. During a number of presentations, the docents wear period costumes to enhance the experience for the students. In addition, volunteers are needed to staff each of the five Historic House Museums during the summer season, from the beginning of May to the end of September on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1-4pm. Extensive training and support are provided for these positions.

Open-hearth Cook

Educational volunteers prepare Colonial era open-hearth meals at the Covenhoven House Museum in Freehold for school groups, organizations and the public, discussing and comparing a modern kitchen to the 1753 kitchen. Volunteers can learn how to cook using the open-hearth, or assist in the presentation. Programs are held during the school year on weekday mornings or for the general public on occasional weekends.

Museum Docent

Docents staff the Museum reception desk in Freehold, greeting visitors and processing admissions. In addition, they are available to assist guests on the floor. Volunteers work in 3-hour shifts: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm or 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Wednesday-Sunday. Orientation and training are provided.

Volunteer Educator

Volunteers present educational "trunk programs" at schools and community organizations, as well as at the Museum and Historic House Museums. Period costumes may be required. Thorough training is provided. Those with strong knowledge of New Jersey history, public speaking and/or classroom experience are encouraged to apply.

Research Library & Archives Volunteer

Volunteers in the Research Library & Archives choose from a variety of projects. These range from simple duties such as preservation photocopying and filing, to more in-depth projects such as manuscript processing. Retired librarians, certified genealogists, and M.L.I.S. students are encouraged to apply.

Bilingual Volunteers

MCHA serves a diverse population and has a special need for volunteers who can deliver programs for non-English speaking for visitors. Currently there is a need for volunteers fluent in Spanish.

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About Monmouth County Historical Association



Mission Statement

The Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) collects, preserves, and interprets its extensive museum, library, and archival collections that relate to Monmouth County's history and culture and makes these resources available to the widest possible audience. MCHA promotes the study and appreciation of regional and national history through educational programming, publications, special exhibits, and research services. MCHA also preserves and interprets five significant historic sites which represent the County's vanishing architectural heritage. Through its pursuit of these objectives, the Association enriches the quality of life in Monmouth County by preserviing and passing on knowledge of its diverse heritage for future generations.


The oldest historical organization in Monmouth County, the Monmouth County Historical Association was founded in 1898 to collect, preserve, and interpret the region's heritage. The Historical Associaton’s headquarters moved to Freehold in 1931, into a newly built brick Georgian style structure designed by architect J. Hallam Conover. Today, the Association is recognized as one of the country's leading local history organizations and is well-known for its outstanding museum and library collections, as well as for its five significant historic properties: the Covenhoven House (1752) in Freehold, the Allen House (before 1740) in Shrewsbury, Marlpit Hall (circa 1756) and the Taylor-Butler House (ca. 1853) in Middletown, and the Holmes-Hendrickson House (circa 1754) in Holmdel.

The Monmouth County Historical Association is in its second century of service to the community. Each year our visitation and membership numbers grow, most noticeably in the area of school groups, who make up well over half of our annual attendance. The members and trustees of the Historical Association are committed to the responsible stewardship of the historic properties and collections in our care, and to sharing them with the public.

To apply to be a volunteer, please go to our website - MonmouthHistory.org - and click on "Volunteers". You can review our various opportunities and then download the Volunteer Application, which is located under the "FAQs" section. Thank you!

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  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum of 3 hours per week
  • Enthusiasm and Friendliness :)

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