Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti and her staff will host the Seventh Annual Archives Day Presentation and Archives Tour on Wednesday, October 12, 2010 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Old Historic Court House, located at 11 N. Main Street here. Coffee and tea will be served at 9:30 a.m.
Fulginiti will offer historical document exhibits and present an overview of the historical records collections maintained in the County Clerk’s Archives. The presentation will focus on Prohibition Era (1920-1933) criminal court matters in Cape May County. “Maintaining law and order here was challenging because the Prohibition Against Intoxicating Liquors created an underground of illegal activity by rum runners and others making and distributing liquor. It was a colorful and interesting time in our history.” Architectural Historian Michael Conley of Dennisville will present historical tid-bits that look at the wild and turbulent years of Cape May County during Prohibition. “Atlantic City may have had their ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ but we had our own ‘Beach and Back-Bay Empire’ here.” Conley said. His presentation entitled “Politics, Booze & Scandal in Cape May County in the 1920’s” was developed from his research at the County Clerk’s Archives and other local sources.
At the conclusion of the program, all are invited to return to the County Clerk’s Archives for a tour and hands-on training session in the use of public records for research. County Clerk Archivist Diana Hevener and Michael Conley will lead the session.
“The presentation, exhibits and tour will be interesting to anyone who enjoys history and researching public records” Fulginiti said. “There is always something interesting to discover from the past.” This is the seventh in an annual series held during the month of October which is celebrated as American Archives Month by the Society of American Archivists. The presentation and tour is free and open to the public.