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2017-05-02 - Rescheduled 2017-05-16 - Winter Speaker Event Email

RESCHEDULED - Winter Speaker Event - "A History of Submarine Warfare Along the Jersey Shore"
RESCHEDULED - Winter Speaker Event - "A History of Submarine Warfare Along the Jersey Shore"
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7:15 pm.
Township of Ocean Board of Education Offices (Old Oakhurst School), Auditorium, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

Speaker to tell the surprising story of submarine warfare off the Jersey coast

The Jersey Shore is known for many things, but a hotbed of submarine activity during World Wars I and II?
In their book, A History of Submarine Warfare Along the Jersey Shore, co-authors Joe Bilby and Harry Ziegler document this surprising piece of maritime history. At 7:15, Tuesday, May 16, at the Board of Education Building, 163 Monmouth Rd., Oakhurst, Joe Bilby shares their findings in the next talk of the Museum’s Speakers Series.
Those findings trace the state’s connections to submarine warfare back to 1776, the year the first (and not very successful) American submarine sank in the Hudson River off Fort Lee.

The connections continue with the story of Paterson resident John Holland (1841-1914), the self-taught engineer credited with inventing the first truly viable submarine. He ran his experiments in the Passaic River.

Most fascinating perhaps are the stories of German U-boats planting mines and sinking ships off the Jersey coast during the World Wars. On “Black Sunday,” June 2 , 1918, the German sub U-151 stopped, evacuated, and sank six commercial ships along our shore. Twenty-four years later, in the early months of our involvement in World War II, German subs were back, destroying merchant ships traveling along our coast.

Please join us May 16 to see the images and hear the full story. Speaker Joe Bilby, a Newark native, Vietnam veteran, and current Historian for the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey, has written over four hundred articles and nineteen books on New Jersey and military history. Over the years, he has generously shared his expertise and personal collection of photographs and memorabilia with our Museum.

A book signing follows the talk. And a very brief general meeting—just long enough for the election of Museum officers—opens the evening.

The speaker event is open to the public, free of charge. Donations are appreciated. Refreshments are served. (We collect and welcome nonperishable items for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.)
The Township of Ocean Historical Museum, founded in 1984, is a member-supported, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey. Its headquarters, the Eden Woolley House, is one of the few 18th century structures still in existence in the Township and is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), Thursday Evenings (7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 15 through December 15) and the first and second Sundays of each month (1p.m. to 4 p.m.). The Township of Ocean Historical Museum offers exhibits on the history of coastal Monmouth County and a full calendar of events. The Museum is also 100% volunteer supported, with no paid staff. The Museum maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest. For more information, please call 732-531-2136 or visit our website at or our other web locations listed below.

Funding for the Township of Ocean Historical Museum provided by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.
Funding has been made possible in part by an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission
Painting and repair of the Stucile Farms Water Tower has been accomplished with financial assistance from The 1772 Foundation in cooperation with and administrated by the New Jersey Historic Trust
Township of Ocean Historical Museum Located in the Historic Eden Wooley House
Address: 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
Mailing: P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755-0516
(732) 531-2136
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