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.
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 – 3:00 and Sunday, May 16 from 10:00 – 3:00.
There will be over 50 tables of antiques, crafts, and collectibles, plus NJ history books, baked goods, local historical societies’ exhibits, classic car display by the NJ Shore Region National Chrysler Products Club, model railroad display by the Ocean County Railroad Club, World War I reenactors, Civil War reenactors (including musket firing), local artist exhibits, renown Jersey Shore artist Cathleen Engelsen, music, children’s entertainment, snack bar with hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, bagels, soft drinks, etc., 50/50, and more! Displays will include Allaire Village costumed tradesman, 1880s baseball costumes, and a suffragist exhibit with free commemorative giveaways.
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday from 9:00 – 12:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 – 1:00 for free balloon animals from Freckles the Clown!
Admission is $2 each day for people 18 and over. Masks are required. For information, please call Jeff at 609-339-9134.
VENDORS: Please click the links below.
Vendor Contract (Please print, fill out, and mail to Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ. Attention: Jeff)
May 23, 2021
The "Hello Girls" of WWI
Join Monmouth University Specialist Professor of Public History and former US Army Fort Monmouth Command Historian Melissa Ziobro for a Zoom presentation of how the US Army Signal Corps employed women as telephone switchboard operators during WWI. The “Hello Girls” worked long hours to ensure battlefield communications. After the war, they fought for veteran status and are being considered for a Congressional Gold Medal today.
June 27, 2021
Ocean Hazards & Beach Safety: Sharks vs. Rip Currents
Celebrate summer at the Jersey Shore with Ocean County Historical Society! Our goal is to tell the stories of Ocean County, and we are visiting some of the plant and animal residents that you will encounter along the Jersey coastline. On June 27, join Mindy Voss, a talented Education Specialist with the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium at Fort Hancock, NJ, who is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic! She will present, Ocean Hazards & Beach Safety: Sharks vs. Rip Currents, preparing family beachgoers for fun in the ocean while increasing their awareness of possible dangers.
July 11, 2021
Bees and Butterflies on Barnegat Bay
Celebrate summer at the Jersey Shore with Ocean County Historical Society! Our goal is to tell the stories of Ocean County, and we are visiting some of the plant and animal residents that you will encounter along the Jersey coastline. On July 11, Denise Willis, a naturalist for 13 years at Cattus Island County Park in Toms River, will present Bees and Butterflies on Barnegat Bay. A former nursery school teacher, Girl Scout leader, and camp counselor, Ms Willis is charmed by all the flora and fauna that thrive in this environment. Learn about butterfly gardens and beekeeping right here in Ocean County!
August 22, 2021
Is That a Coyote?
Celebrate summer at the Jersey Shore with Ocean County Historical Society! Our goal is to tell the stories of Ocean County, and we are visiting some of the plant and animal residents that you may encounter along the Jersey coastline. On August 22, Chris Crosby, a PhD student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University, will focus on coyotes that arrived in NJ about 80 years ago and can now be found in almost every town across the state. In the past 2 years, coyotes have immigrated to Barnegat Light, reproduced, and are dispersing across Long Beach Island. Learn some history of eastern coyotes, their ecology and behavior, and important guidance for avoiding negative human-coyote interactions.