Historical Society of Ocean Grove

March 24, 2020

To our visitors, members, and volunteers:

The Historical Society of Ocean Grove is concerned about your well-being. We hope you, your family, and friends are taking care of yourselves during these challenging and uncertain times. As part of the fabric of our Ocean Grove community, the HSOG wants to help us come together and support one another.

To this end, we need your help. In turn, together we can help others. The HSOG needs your donation so that together we can ensure the HSOG will meet its 2020 operating budget. As part of that, we want to pay it forward, so we will donate 10% from this appeal to Fulfill, the Monmouth and Ocean counties food bank, whose “mission is to alleviate hunger and build food security.” We can’t think of a better way to help our wider community. – Donate

Unfortunately, the HSOG is closed until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With your safety in mind, we’ve cancelled all events including our general meetings, walking tours, and 52nd Annual House Tour.

The HSOG faces a serious revenue shortfall from these cancelled events which brought in 49% of last year’s budget. We operate on a tight annual budget from the above revenue sources and your donations. Prior to the pandemic we purchased with a mortgage the adjoining space behind the Museum, which doubles our footprint. It will provide space for more in-depth exhibitions and research, and space for revenue-generating lectures and education programs. We ask that you please donate what you can to help make up expected losses. – Donate

Like everyone, we steadfastly hope this crisis ends quickly. In crises, cultural institutions like the HSOG offer solace, education, and diversion. We can still offer a bit of this to you. Please visit the HSOG YouTube channel. There you can watch many inspiring and humorous videos on Ocean Grove history, and ones that rekindle memories.

Thank you for considering our appeal and making a donation now. – Donate


Bob Waitt, President
Historical Society of Ocean Grove

The Historical Society of Ocean Grove is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. HSOG financial information: – Guidestar.

The Historical Society of Ocean Grove welcomes visitors five days a week during the summer season.

Our purpose is to sustain the heritage and honor of being designated a National Historic District. The legacy of a treasured past is preserved in our Museum and living history museum, Centennial Cottage. Learn more about this unique seashore resort, one that has the largest assemblage of authentic Victorian architecture in the nation established as a 19th century Victorian planned community.

Our Events

The Historical Society offers various events, tours and programs during the summer to residents and the many visitors to Ocean Grove. They are highlighted on this website.  Welcome!