The Ocean County Historical Society remains closed out of an abundance of caution. Still, we are finding ways to continue our mission, “telling the stories of Ocean County”. In this spirit, we are proud to announce we will resume our popular lecture series online, using the free “Zoom” platform. Attending a Zoom talk is as simple as clicking the link we will send you via email a few days before the event. (You may wish to create a free Zoom account in advance, for the sake of ease, by visiting https://zoom.us/).
To register for a Zoom program, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org stating the date of the program(s) for which you are registering, your zip code, and the email address that we should use to send you instructions for accessing the program.
December 6, 2020
Women Lighthouse Keepers
Celebrate yet one more important role women have played in our national and state history when you tune in to Ocean County Historical Society’s Zoom presentation. Mary Rasa, historian, former National Park interpreter, and former museum curator at Sandy Hook, will present her discoveries as she researched records and artifacts and did oral history interviews. You will learn about the U.S. Lighthouse Service from colonial days until when the Coast Guard took over in 1939, lighthouse technology and administrative history, and the second national paid position given to women in the U.S. beside that of clerk: lighthouse keeper. You will enjoy meeting several of the 140 courageous and hard-working official women keepers who enabled seafarers to navigate the U.S. shorelines more safely.
January 31, 2021
Travel Vicariously with Ocean County Historical Society
Join Dr. Jeff Schenker and his historian friend and fellow traveler, George O’Donnell, on January 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM. They will be our guides via Zoom to many of the fascinating Presidential sites they’ve visited in the United States. These super-knowledgeable history lovers will share the must-see itineraries of their many-year-quest to learn more about the backgrounds of every U.S. President.
You will enjoy the East Wing of the White House as well as a private guided tour of the White House West Wing, and chuckle at the humorous anecdotes of some of the surprises they encountered in their travels elsewhere.
Jeff and George’s travel odyssey will encourage you to read your brochures and pack your bags. You’ll want to be prepared to visit prime historical sites in the United States the minute that the dreaded coronavirus is finally defeated.
There is no fee to register. Please join us as we travel vicariously!
May 15, 2021
Antiques, Crafts, and Collecctibles Faire
While we had to cancel our plans for the 34th Annual Antiques, Crafts, and Collectibles Faire this year, the Ocean County Historical Society will be partnering with the Toms River South History Club to hold the event in the Toms River High School South Cafetorium located on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. This will be a two-day Faire scheduled for Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16. The Cafetorium promises to be an excellent location. It is fully air-conditioned and well lit, and we will now be able to provide tables for vendors. Vendor loading and unloading is very convenient. Many of our past highlights and attractions will be offered at this new location, and we will also be adding many additional surprises.
More detailed information will be made available in early 2021.