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 email@example.com 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.
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!
February 7, 2021
Congressman Andy Kim is scheduled to present a program on American Policy in the Middle East and his experiences while serving there.
We are honored to have a tentative commitment from Congressman Kim, representing residents in most of Burlington County and parts of Ocean County, to speak virtually about his public service career under both Democrats and Republicans. He served at USAID, the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House National Security Council, and in Afghanistan as an advisor to Generals Petraeus and Allen. We are particularly interested in his past Middle East experiences, with a possible drawdown of US troops about to occur in Iraq and Afghanistan. Make a list of questions you have for Rep. Kim! As soon as we receive confirmation of Rep. Kim’s schedule for 2021, we will confirm the planned presentation.
March 7, 2021
A Great Place to Eat or Drink: Cedar Bridge
Join Ocean County Historical Society as we follow our virtual lecturer and guide, Sean McHugh, into the Pine Barrens to visit Cedar Bridge Tavern in Barnegat, NJ. A Senior Archeologist at a cultural resource consulting firm, adjunct professor at Monmouth University, and co-director of the Archaeological Field School of Monmouth University, Mr. McHugh has over 17 years of experience in archaeology and historic preservation.
The c. 1816 Cedar Bridge Tavern was bought by the Ocean County Parks Department in 2007. The Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission describes it as, “a historic treasure that offers a unique window into the European experience in the NJ Pinelands.” Mr. McHugh conducted numerous archaeological investigations there in advance of the county’s improvement project.
May 15, 2021
Antiques, Crafts, and Collectibles Faire
The Ocean County Historical Society will be partnering with the Toms River South History Club to hold our 34th Annual Antiques, Crafts, and Collectibles Faire in the Toms River High School South Cafetorium located on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. This two-day Faire will take place on Saturday, May 15 from 9:00 – 4:00 and Sunday, May 16 from 9:00 – 3:00.
There will be over 50 tables of antiques, crafts, and collectibles, plus NJ history books, baked goods, local historical societies’ exhibits, local artist exhibits, children’s entertainment, history reenactors, music, food and drink, 50/50, free tours of the Ocean County Historical Society’s Elizabeth Sculthorp Force House, and much more!
Admission is $2 each day for people 18 and over. Masks are required. For general public or vendor information, please call Jeff at 609-339-9134.