FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 3, 2013
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697
History Associates Develops Content for New State-Of-The-Art Visitor Center at Monmouth Battlefield State Park
History Associates, the leading U.S. historical research firm, collaborated with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), designer Gallagher & Associates, fabricator Color-Ad, and others to develop exhibit content for the new Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center in Manalapan, New Jersey. The 13,000 square-foot facility opened to the public on June 14.
“Visitors of all ages will come away with an appreciation for our attention to detail in commemorating this historic battle,” said historian Dr. Garry Stone of DEP, the agency that funded the new facility. “This new exhibit is spectacular, thanks in part to the content developed by History Associates and the team.”
The Battle of Monmouth took place on June 28, 1778. It was one of the largest battles fought during the Revolutionary War, a pivotal victory for George Washington’s Continental Army, and the genesis of the legend of “Molly Pitcher.”
The new visitor center tells the story of the battle using interactive exhibits, artwork, timelines, maps and artifacts from the battle. To develop the storyline, historians at History Associates began with a preliminary content outline, and then worked with the development team to expand on desired themes and ideas. In coordination with the DEP, designers, and fabricators, they researched and wrote the scripts for exhibit displays, bringing the battle to life with added quotes and personal stories from those who were involved in or witnessed the battle.
History Associates historians also identified hundreds of drawings, paintings, prints, and maps at repositories in Washington, D.C., as well as relevant collections within the New York Public Library, the New York Historical Society, and the Museum of the City of New York. They worked to secure high-resolution digital files and licensing agreements for dozens of images that were selected for use in the exhibit.
About Monmouth Battlefield State Park
One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place in the fields and forests that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park. The park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompass miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and a visitor center. For more information, visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/monbat.html.
About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit www.historyassociates.com.