The Life and Times of Cherokee Indian Ike

(Original Hipp Grant Awarded in 1994-- based upon the project Native Americans in Monmouth County)

In 1994, Tinton Falls Middle School teacher Claire T. Garland received one of the first grants from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education for her project dedicated to learning about the Indian heritage of Monmouth County. This year Garland and her teaching partners Jim Brown and Martha Leonhardt will expand the original project thanks to a $5,000 grant from Verizon.

The manuscript for Native Americans in Monmouth County, the original grant project, is part of the permanent collection of the Neptune Historical Society and is in constant demand. The library's reluctance to loan out the only copy was the impetus for seeking this grant to make the document available on CD ROM.

The objective of the project is to make the manuscript available to readers across the nation by producing the material on a website and producing a CD-Rom. About 75 photos would be scanned into the material along with the research, which includes primary sources and official documents such as deeds, military papers, tax records, census reports, marriage, birth and death certificates, and newspaper articles.

For more information about this project, contact:

Claire T. Garland
(732) 747-5709