The Township of Ocean Historical Museum occupies Eden Woolley House, located at 703 Deal Road, Oakhurst, New Jersey 07755. The Eden Woolley House, circa 1747, is one of the few 18th Century Homes surviving in Ocean Township. It was saved from destruction in 2005 and moved 1,000 feet east to its present location in Joe Palaia Park. It has been historically restored and open to the public to tell the story of Ocean Township and its surrounding communities.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
2017-06-25 - New Exhibition - New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War I
Exhibition New Jersey and the Great War Local Stories of World War I
opens to the public in the Richmond Gallery, Sunday, June 25
Though overshadowed by its sequel,
World War One had profound and lasting effects on politics, social order, and
individual lives. “New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War
One,” the exhibit opening to the public at the Eden Woolley House, Sunday, June
25, sets out to make that case—with particular emphasis on the people and
happenings of our state.
The big picture
The Great War reshaped the world.
The U.S. emerged a world power. The seeds were sown for the rise of fascism and
the spread of communism. Middle Eastern national boundaries were redrawn,
fueling ethnic conflicts that continue to threaten.
At home, the scope and power of the
U.S. government grew. A national army took over state militias. National
security clashed with civil rights. Ethnic tensions grew--as did opposing
organizations that either fed or defended against them. Women entered the work
force in unprecedented numbers—and developed a irreversible taste for
New Jersey was an industrial
powerhouse that supplied the Allies even before we entered the war—and for that
drew the attention of saboteurs. Once in the war, we boosted our manufacturing
output. The army built facilities here that played major roles in the war
effort, including Camps Dix, Merritt (a major embarkation base), and Vail (later
New Jersey supplied two
high-profile figures of the war era, most notably, the President himself. Wilson
was a former New Jersey governor who ran his presidential campaigns from right
here in Monmouth County. His nemesis during the war years, Alice Paul, was a
militant suffragist from Burlington County who labelled the president “Kaiser
Wilson.” Her White House picketing and arrest drew national attention and in
large part led Wilson to reverse his opposition to the 19th
One man’s story
Behind the headlines are the stories of
people. The exhibit tells, among others, of Joe Marino (born Giuseppe
Maranaccio). Joe ended up in Asbury Park, U.S. citizen, father of four, and
owner of Marino’s Bar on Main St. But he started life in Accadia, Italy.
Italy, originally allied with Germany,
remained neutral at the onset of war, then sided with the Allies. Nearly 6
million Italians served—including a teenaged Joe Marino. He was captured and
imprisoned for years in Austria. Near the end of the war, he escaped and walked
under cover of darkness the hundreds of miles back to his village. His
sweetheart, assuming him dead, had married. Heartbroken, Joe moved to Rome where
he worked three years to save the money to immigrate to the states.
Join us June 25 to learn more. The new
exhibit runs through June 2018.
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 http://www.OceanMuseum.org or our
other web locations listed below.
for the Township of Ocean Historical Museum provided by the New Jersey Cultural
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
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