Historical Society of Ocean Grove

About Us

Since its founding in 1969, the Historical Society of Ocean Grove has pledged itself to preserve, document, and encourage community interest in the history of Ocean Grove.

The purpose of this nonprofit Society is to sustain the heritage and honor of being designated a National Historic District. Ocean Grove was entered as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places District (1976) and the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places District (1975). It is designated in the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail, the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail, the Monmouth County Historical Trail, and the Methodist Heritage Trail.

That legacy of past tradition is preserved in our Museum and Archives and includes information or items about:

The Camp Meeting heritage of Ocean Grove and Ocean Grove’s unique history

The family seashore resort of natural beauty that has welcomed and delighted vacationers, including U.S. presidents and other well-known people

The Historic District buildings, structures, and objects that the Society controls and maintains, such as the Centennial Cottage (live link to that page)

The largest assemblage of authentic Victorian architecture in the nation established as
a 19th century planned community.

The Historical Society holds three general meetings each year, one in April, one in June, and one in August. Each meeting generally features a guest speaker with a focus on local history.

We are grateful for the support of:

New Jersey Historical Commission

Kearny Bank

Provident Bank

Monmouth Historical Commission

Executive Board

Executive Board 2018-2020


President: Bob Waitt

First Vice-President: Michael McGraw

Second Vice-President: Jean Buckley

Treasurer: Lorrie Losapio

Assistant Treasurer: Louise Olshan

Corresponding Secretary:  Candice James

Recording Secretry: Deadra Hubbard

Standing Committee Chairs


Architectural Historian: Jen Shaffer

Archives: Deborah Osepchuk

Centennial Cottage: Deborah Osepchuk

Constitution & Bylaws: Michael Kzirian

Development: Michael McGraw and Patricia Gigon

Docents: Mary Solecki

Education: Pat Gigon

Exhibits: Deb Osepchuck 

Fountain Program: Cindy Bell and Bob Waitt 

Curator and Historian: Dell O’Hara

House Tour: Michael McGraw

Membership:  Marlene Bednarczyk

Museum Shop: Jean Buckley

Parliamentarian: Michael Kzirian

Past President: Sam Olshan

Publicity: Bob Waitt

Walking Tours: Bob Waitt

Members at Large:  Ted Aanensen and Darrell Dufresne