Monday, April 30, 2012

Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair - Saturday May 12, 2012 - 11:00 am, Titusville, NJ

This year, the Township of Ocean Historical Museum will be making its second appearance at the “Spirit of the Jerseys” State History Fair at Washington’s Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ. Join us at our tent and browse the collection of treasured artifacts from our township’s past. Our museum store will be at the fair offering various museum wares from books to t-shirts.

Volunteers will be... on hand to illustrate the township's history, as well as demonstrate crafts such as spinning, weaving, and old fashioned children's toys & games. Mrs. Phoebe Woolley will regale visitors with stories and songs from the 18th Century on her folk harp.

The “Spirit of the Jerseys” State History Fair started as an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of New Jersey's state owned historic sites. Its purpose is to cultivate the public's awareness and appreciation of NJ's historic resources by providing visitors with the opportunity to experience history in a fun and engaging manner. 2012 marks the 8th year of the fair, and annual attendance has averaged 5,000 visitors. Last year over 130 exhibitors participated in the event, including the Township of Ocean Historical Museum!

This year’s fair will include a juried Art Show, Antiques Appraisals, a colonial magic show, and more! Each year the Fair attracts exhibitors from all around the Garden State. The State History Fair is a fun-filled adventure into New Jersey's past that is appropriate for all ages.

Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Where: Washington’s Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ.

Time: 11am to 5pm. Rain or Shine!

Admission: Free (parking is $5 per car)

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spring Speaker Event - 75th Anniversary of the Hindenburg Disaster - May 8, 2012, 7:15 pm

Spring Speaker Event - 75th Anniversary of the Hindenburg Disaster
May 8, 2012, 7:15 pm
Old Oakhurst School Auditorium, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

Four times larger than the Goodyear blimp, the German airship Hindenburg was described by its designer, Hugo Eckener as “. . . a fabulous silvery fish, floating quietly in the ocean of air . . .”
The grandest of all airships carried its wealthy travelers in splendor.  (Famous passengers on previous trips included a young Nelson Rockefeller, actor Douglas Fairbanks and German world-heavyweight boxing champion Max Schmeling.)

A one-way ticket cost $400, about the price of a small car in those days.  Passenger staterooms included sinks, with a shower available.  An observation deck provided a spectacular view.  The kitchen was stocked with the finest foods, which were enjoyed in an elegant dining room.  There was a dance floor with a band stage, and a baby grand piano adorned the lounge.  There was even a smoking room!

Anyone alive during the late 1930’s will never forget the fiery nighttime crash of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst Naval Air Station May 6, 1937.  The now famous narrated newsreel of the fatal flight elicited gasps and screams from horrified movie audiences.  This tragic event signaled the death knell for dirigible travel.   

On Tuesday, May 8 at 7:15 pm at the Old Oakhurst School auditorium, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, Navy Lakehurst Historical Society president Carl Jablonski will conduct a program detailing this moment in history and provide an overview of WWII and Cold War era airship operations.  Information about the Joint Base—McGuire, Dix, and Lakehurst will also be featured.  Hindenburg photos and artifacts will be displayed.

Open to the public free of charge.  (Donations are welcome.)  Refreshments will be served. 

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Weekend in Old Monmouth - Sat, May 5, 2012 - 10:00 am - 5:00pm; Sun May 6, 2012 - 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712

Also this Weekend At The Eden Woolley House -

- "The Return of Dracula" - the film classic starring Norma Eberhardt, Sat., May 5th, 1:30 pm and Sun. May 6th, 1:30pm

- Tours of the Stucile Farm Property

- Opening of the Norma Eberhardt Art Show, Terner Gallery, Ocean Township Library (Sun. May 6th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

FREEHOLD, NJ ––““Weekend in Old Monmouth”” returns again with 40 historic sites throughout Monmouth County opening their doors to visitors interested in local history. Hours for most sites are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

It's time to take a visit to over 40 historic Monmouth County sites, that illustrate a piece of local history These independent and local historic sites are generally operated independently of one another, but this special tour project synchronizes the hours of operation so history buffs can walk or drive to many of the county’s richest historic places and enjoy them in the spring. Visitors may see the places in any order or no order at all. You can start planning your route by previewing the tour sites on the county’s Web site at There is a detailed tour book and tour map available on the Web site. On the tour dates there are maps and booklets available at each tour stop If you have questions, please e-mail Executive Director, Randall Gabrielan, or
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