About Us

Historical Society of Ocean Grove tent
Early visitors to the Methodist camp meeting at Ocean Grove, circa 1870.

The Historical Society of Ocean Grove is dedicated to conservation, education and preservation of the history of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, both as a coastal resort community and a camp meeting site.

The Society operates a museum as well as Centennial Cottage, a “living history” museum.

The Society is also dedicated to educating the public about the historic contributions made to the USA by the residents, visitors and governing bodies of Ocean Grove; about Victorian life and architecture, and the restoration of Victorian structures in the community.

The Society is a non-profit organization which has received public grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, and the Monmouth County Historical Commission.

Our Executive Board 2016

President: Sam Olshan

Treasurer: Linda Dousis

Assistant Treasurer: Jean Buckley

Corresponding Secretary: Gayle Aanensen

Recording Secretary: Kim Brittingham

Standing Committee Chairs

Parliamentarian: Phyllis Keutgen

Centennial Cottage: Mary Solecki

Curator: Ted Bell

Education: Mary Solecki

Exhibits: Dell O’Hara, Ph.D.

Development: Ted Aanensen

Historian: Dell O’Hara, Ph.D.

Architectural Historian: Jenny Shaffer, Ph.D.

Archives: Elsalynn Palmisano

House Tour: Michael McGraw, Ph.D.

Membership and Community Outreach: Michael McGraw, Ph.D.

Museum Shop: Jean Buckley

Publicity: Bob Waitt

Technology: Darrell Dufresne

Skold: Ted Aanensen

Workshops: Louise Olshan

Walking Tours: Bob Waitt