Come join us this summer in Ocean Grove. If you’re a first-time visitor, this is your opportunity to learn about the unique history of the area which was settled as a camp meeting in 1869. If you’re familiar with our history, peruse our busy calendar offering a variety of activities to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of Ocean Grove.
Interested in expanding your knowledge of Ocean Grove? Check out our August offerings.
We’ll be presenting our 49th Annual House Tour on Friday, August 4. Once again, you will have the privilege of touring some of the outstanding homes here in Ocean Grove. The house tour begins at 10:30 AM and runs until 4:30 PM. Tickets are available at the museum at this time. Prices are $30 prior to August 4 and $35 the day of the tour. Please purchase tickets at the museum.
August 9 features our annual Teddy Bear Picnic. Children (and their teddy bears) from ages 4-11 are invited to spend two hours in a variety of activities. Story hour, games, a scavenger hunt, and arts and crafts comprise part of their time with us. Lunch is served to all and a sweet treat from Days Ice Cream completes the activities. The Teddy Bear Picnic runs from 11-1 on August 9 and the cost is $25 for 1 child, 1 adult, and of course, a teddy bear! Pre-registration is required.
The Beersheba Awards will be presented on Thursday, August 10 on the porch of Starving Artist at 7:00 PM. These awards recognize homeowners, businesses, and individuals who commit time and effort to restoring their unique properties that maintain the
quality of the historic district of Ocean Grove. The cost is $8. Tickets are available at the door and the public is welcome to come to learn more about the efforts of these homeowners and discover what makes Ocean Grove so special!
Our second History Day, Saturday, August 12 will focus on
Ocean Grove and the WCTU:
A Dramatic Presentation
Sofia Ebio, a junior at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, NJ, was a 2017 NJ History Day state finalist. She presented her one-woman play, Sarah Downs: Fighting for Temperance and Women’s Rights in New Jersey. Her interest in the NJ temperance president, Sarah Downs, was ignited after attending the Women’s History Walking Tour last summer in Ocean Grove.
Downs was active in the temperance movement and in the suffrage movement in the latter part of the 19th century. Ebio won and then went on to represent NJ at the national finals at the University of Maryland this summer. She has advanced to the state finals five times and was a national finalist twice. This is a young woman who will touch your heart and soul as Ebio brings Sarah alive!
Also presented at the event will be “conversations” with Annie Wittenmyer and Frances Willard, the 1st and 2nd national presidents of the WCTU and how this movement touched the camp meeting of Ocean Grove during the early years. These conversations will be lead by Dr. Lyndell O’Hara, a HSOG Board member and Professor of Women’s Studies at Nyack College. This is an event you will not want to miss! Re-live history today!
On Thursday, August 17, stop by The Tabernacle at 11 AM for a fascinating talk by Leslie Compton, a non-fiction author. She has written the book, “Dearest Minnie- A Sailor’s Story”. It is historically accurate and was inspired by real-life events. You will travel with Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet through the eyes of an enlisted sailor aboard the USS Virginia during 1907-1909. This is a wonderfully accurate portrayal of Roosevelt’s 16 battleships good will tour. The story was extrapolated from over 200 full color postcards sent home to “Dearest Minnie”. You will learn about the battleships, the reason for the cruise, the political climate, the animals aboard, the entertainment at each port and aboard ship, and the unexpected mishaps.
After the talk, meet the author at The Hub where she will have a book signing and refreshments. This is a wonderful book for all ages.
The 28th Annual Postcards and Antique Show will be held on Saturday, August 19 from 10AM- 4PM. Stop by to visit our vendors selling a variety of items. The show will be held at the Great Auditorium Pavilion (directly across from the Auditorium) on Pilgrim Pathway.
Our Women’s Walking Tours will be held on 4 separate occasions this summer. Dr. Lyndell O’Hara leads an intimate tour to various stops in Ocean Grove where women made history. Costumed actors represent Ocean Grove women such as evangelist Phoebe Palmer, Amanda Berry Smith, a former slave who became an inspiration to many, innkeeper sisters Lydia and Matilda Bull, and others. The dates of these tours are Thursday, June 29 at 10:30AM; Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 PM; Thursday, August 24 at 10:30 AM; and Saturday, September 23 at 10:30 AM. Space is limited & you must pre-register, so either call for a reservation at 732-774-1869. Cost is $12; $10 for seniors. The tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes. The tour begins at the museum at 50 Pitman Avenue.
Are you an architectural buff? We’re introducing a new walking tour this summer entitled “From Tents to Turrets: An Architectural History of Ocean Grove Homes”. Dr. Jenny Shaffer, an architectural historian, will consider the exterior of select homes in Ocean Grove, a state and national historic district. Examples will include a camp meeting tent, Victorian cottages, and twentieth-century homes. The date for this tour is Tuesday, July 25 at 10:30 AM. Space is limited and you must pre-register, so either call for a reservation at 732-774-1869 . Cost is $12; $10 for seniors. The tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes. The tour begins at the museum at 50 Pitman Avenue.
****Due to popular demand, a second tour has been added to our schedule- Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:15 AM. Again, reservations are a must, so please call the museum to save your slot!
Want to develop your crafting skills? We offer classes which will assist in that endeavor. Check our workshops page for our exciting classes- quilting, card-making, paper beads, Entangles, paper lanterns, paper-cutting, friendship bracelets, and many more. Many of our participants are repeaters as they’ve gained so much from the talented instructors who present these classes each summer.
We’ve packed our calendar with a number of activities which should appeal to everyone. We look forward to seeing you at one or more events during our very brief season. Questions? Feel free to call our museum at 732-774-1869 or to register for workshops, tours, tickets, etc.
2016 has been a great year for the Historical Society of Ocean Grove. Watch this video below to learn about all the wonderful activities that have taken place so far.
The HSOG would like to thank Holly Horn of the Ocean Grove Violin Academy for introducing us to violinist Mary Badger. Mary performed on the porch of Centennial Cottage for the high bidders of our Candlelight Dinner at Centennial Cottage auction package. A short video clip of her performance is below. We’d also like to thank Sea Grass Restaurant for going above and beyond in providing the cuisine. We appreciate your support!