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.
October 18, 2020
Great Storms of the Jersey Shore
Authors Margaret Buchholz and Scott Mazzella will discuss their book “Great Storms of the Jersey Shore”. Originally published in 1993 by LBI researchers Larry Savadove and Margaret Buchholz, now, seven years after Superstorm Sandy, the book has been reissued and completely redesigned – with additional stories and pictures from the past three decades. Scott Mazzella, author of the national award-winning 2013 book “Surviving Sandy: Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore”, wrote the new sections and included dramatic survivor and first responder narratives. He updated the book with significant meteorological events from the past three decades. Also included is an essential commentary about climate, sea level rise, and the future of the coast in an Afterword by a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner with LBI roots as a lifeguard and surfer, Gilbert M. Gaul. Documenting the earliest recorded storms and the 20th and 21st century’s monster storms, this “bible of Jersey Shore storms” also explores the mythic nature of great storms and considers the environmental implications of coastal living.
November 15, 2020
How to Support Your Favorite Candidate
Attorney William Huneke will return to Ocean County Historical Society for a fascinating presentation. Bill has enjoyed an almost lifelong hobby of collecting political campaign memorabilia, which now number over 5,000 pieces! You will enjoy learning about the history of campaign items – badges, banners, ribbons, metal tokens, and celluloid covered pinback buttons- and what they tell us about elections. Some focus on the issues, some purely on personalities. Selling a candidate is in many ways just like selling cereal or other consumer products. Bill’s collection contains something from every major candidate from 1840 on and is non-partisan/bi-partisan, all in good fun. Bring your interest, your questions, and if you have any items at home you’d like to share or ask questions about, they are welcome too!
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.