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 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.
September 20, 2020
Camp Albocondo: Then and Now
Our speaker Melissa Ziobro, Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University and a Historical Society trustee, will present her fully illustrated talk, “Camp Albocondo: Then and Now”, which focuses on the large tract of land near the intersection of Rt. 571 and Whitesville Road in Toms River Township, NJ. The land has an undeniably fascinating and little-known history. Numerous Native American artifacts recovered at the site show the Lenape once frequented the area. A grist mill operated there for a period, if the telltale stones, nails, and other artifacts pulled out of the river that runs through the site are to be believed. Much of the land was covered by naturally occurring cranberry bogs into the 20th century. Our focus in this talk, though, will be how, as a private home and a campground in the 20th and 21st centuries, the site was a source of joy for generations of children and adults alike. The Camp Albocondo story is more than just a piece of local history. It is a story that can teach us much about recreational patterns, community service, philanthropy, and environmentalism, as well as the many different lives that a piece of land can lead.
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.
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.