Welcome to the Ocean County Historical Society
Welcome to the web site of The Ocean County Historical Society, one of New Jersey’s outstanding historical societies. We’ve been a part of Ocean County, NJ since 1950. We’re happy to be using the World Wide Web to help keep the rich, proud history of Ocean County alive.
If you’d like to visit the museum, the hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM, and the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. General tours of the museum are available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. School tours and other group tours can be arranged by calling our office. Our Research Center is open every Tuesday and Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
Our current exhibition, Putting on the Ritz, is a display of Victorian formal wear and accessories. The Pierson Emporium is open on the upper level, showcasing even more clothing items.
OCHS is proud to host the 2019 New Jersey League of Historical Societies Winter Conference. It will be held on Saturday, April 6 at the Ocean County Library. The theme of our guest speakers will be World War I. Please call 732-341-1880 for more information.
Upcoming 2019 Programs and Trips
Theodore Roosevelt Comes to the Ocean County Historical Society. Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 PM. Be entertained, educated, and inspired by Peyton Dixon’s portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt. Presented by the American Historical Theatre and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Call 732-341-1880 for reservations. Refreshments served. Free admission.
Bus Trip to the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township. Thursday, April 18. Bus departs OCHS at 9:00 AM and returns at approximately 5:00 PM. $50 members/$60 non-members. Stroll the grounds and view contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists. Dine on your own at the Peacock Cafe. Also on the itinerary is the New Jersey State Museum, located in downtown Trenton. Call 609-339-9134 for information and reservations.
Book and Collectible Sale. Friday April 19 and Saturday April 20 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. All books $1.00 each, $5.00 per bag! All proceeds benefit OCHS.
Spring Flea Market. Saturday, May 4 from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the Ocean County parking garage (across from OCHS). Besides vendors, there will be baked goods, used books for sale, a 50-50, and more. Our Victorian style museum will be open for tours. This event is rain or shine. For information or to inquire about a vendor space, call 609-339-9134.
A Victorian Lady’s Wardrobe. Sunday May 5 at 2:00 PM. Learn the secrets of how Victorian women managed to create the fashionable silhouette long admired by all. Presented by Lydia Chiappini, adjunct professor of art and history. Call 732-341-1880 to make your reservation. Refreshments served. Free admission.
Spring Victorian Tea. Wednesday May 8 in the Victorian Tea Room at 600 Main Street, Toms River. Choose the 12:00 PM or 3:00 PM seating. $30 members/$33 non-members. Reservations can be made on or after April 15 by calling 732-814-2979.
Bus Trip to Longwood Gardens. Tuesday May 14. Bus departs OCHS at 9:00 AM and returns approximately 8:00 PM. $60 members/$70 non-members. Call 609-339-9134 for information and reservations.
OCHS Gift Shop right here on our web site! Click the Gift Shop button at left, or click here to begin shopping.
Did You Know… You can now join OCHS or renew your membership from our website. Click here or click the Membership button at left and join now! New members even receive a free gift!
Did you know… You can make a donation to OCHS from our website. Click here or click the Donate button at left to contribute to our annual appeal. We’re grateful for your financial support.
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Ocean County Historical Society received funding this year from a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission from funds granted by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.