Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017-08-22 - Summer Speaker Event - "War Hits Home: Stories of Family Courage"
Summer Speaker Event -
"War Hits Home: Stories of Family Courage"
Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 7:15 pm.
Township of Ocean Board of Education Offices (Old Oakhurst School), Auditorium, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Local Writer Shares “War Orphan” Story

How does war hit home, even if it’s thousands of miles away? Lois Kiely who has recently published an essay in Chicken Soup for the Soul for Military Families will present a program that addresses this question. Ms. Kiely writes about her father who went missing in Italy during WWII. His neighborhood buddies formed an association to honor him and send her to college. As a “war orphan” herself, Kiely shares the obstacles that families face who have lost loved ones in war. She also pays tribute to programs and organizations that provide recognition and support for military families.

The latest edition of the popular Chicken Soup series is dedicated to military families and provides insights from the perspective of those who have kept the home fires burning. The book will have its local debut at the old Oakhurst School auditorium at 163 Monmouth Road on August 22nd at 7:15 p.m. It features accounts of those who worried and prayed for the safe return of their soldiers from Vietnam, Afghanistan, and all major conflicts. It tell of the joys and fears that they experienced. This anthology sparks the question, “Who looks after those who wait behind?”

In researching the topic, Kiely found a support organization called the American World War II Orphans Network (AWON) that brings the children of this conflict together. She also became aware of a nationwide program that pays tribute to our service men and woman. Blue Star Highways and Byways places memorial plaques in places where they can be viewed the road. Two such markers are located in nearby towns.
The Chicken Soup for Military Families book will be sold at this presentation as a fundraiser for a special price of $10.00. All proceeds will go to the Township of Ocean Historical Museum.

Lois Kiely, a Wanamassa resident, serves on the Museum’s Board of Directors; she is a graduate of Monmouth University, a former New Jersey Teacher of the Year, and a retired teacher and school administrator. Her stories have been published in the Phoenix Writers’ Club magazine.

This meeting is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. (Bring your non-perishable donations 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

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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
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