A Special Dinner at Centennial Cottage

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!

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The high bidders of our Candlelight Dinner at Centennial Cottage auction package enjoy a violin serenade by Mary Badger.

48th Annual House Tour, July 15, 2016

Outstanding renovations and restorations, ocean views, and fantastic kitchens are featured on the 48th Annual House Tour. The all-day self-guided tour includes seven historic homes as well as two tent homes, an inn, and other historic buildings.

Friday, July 15, 2016
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Rain or Shine

Tickets $30 Advance | $35 Day Of

Online ticket sales will end Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

An additional $1.50 will be charged for processing payments through PayPal.


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Please note:

Children under 12 are not admitted.

All homes have stairs and are not generally accessible for those with mobility impairment.

Tickets on sale June 1st at these locations:

Gingerbreads Tea & Treasures | Main Avenue, Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove Trading | Main Avenue, Ocean Grove

The HUB | Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove

The Comfort Zone | Main Avenue, Ocean Grove

Historical Society of Ocean Grove Museum | Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove

Questions?  Call the Historical Society: (732) 774-1869

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Women’s History Walking Tours are Back for Summer 2016

Our Women’s History Walking Tour of Ocean Grove is back by popular demand! Led by history professor Dr. Lyndell O’Hara, this tour takes participants to various stops in Ocean Grove where women made history. Costumed performers portray history’s characters, such as physician Margaret Coleman, evangelist Phoebe Palmer, and innkeeper sisters Lydia and Matilda Bull. Tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

This year you have three opportunities to join the tour:

Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Tickets $12, $10 for seniors

Tour meets at the Historical Society of Ocean Grove, 50 Pitman Avenue

To reserve, call 732-774-1869

Just for fun, we made a movie-style trailer for the tour (see below). Looking forward to seeing you in Ocean Grove this summer!

Spring Auction Items: Sneak Peek!

Our spring auction is coming up on May 28, 2016. Consignors and donors are already bringing in some fantastic items, including a 19th century primitive bread bowl trencher, decorative stained glass windows, Victorian dining chairs and more. Have a sneak peek at some of the items below.

If you’re interested in donating or consigning items to our auction, please call us at (732) 774-1869 or send an email. We’ll schedule an appointment for you to bring your items in. Items must be received no later than April 25, 2016.

 

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Photos from our “Suffragettes of Ocean Grove” Event

If you came out yesterday to our “Suffragettes of Ocean Grove” event, thank you! We loved having your smart and curious collective energy in the room.

The audience was treated to three speakers: Mary Walton, author of A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot; Dell O’Hara, history professor from Nyack College in New York City; and Gayle Aanensen, author of Summer of the Suffragists.

Enjoy these event photos courtesy of Mary Solecki.

Audience members settle in for a great presentation.
Audience members settle in for a great presentation.

 

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The registration table was buzzing!

 

Our special guest, Mary Walton, author of A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot, had us captivated.
Our special guest Mary Walton, author of A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot, had us captivated.
History professor and Ocean Grove historian Dell O'Hara discusses how the women's suffrage movement was received in 19th century Ocean Grove.
History professor and Ocean Grove historian Dell O’Hara discusses how the women’s suffrage movement was received in 19th century Ocean Grove.
Gayle Aanenesen, author of Summer of the Suffragists, talks about women's suffrage supporter Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt.
Gayle Aanensen, author of Summer of the Suffragists, talks about women’s suffrage supporter Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt.
Reproduction of a tea set commissioned by Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt for a women's suffrage rally on her property in Newport, RI.
Reproduction of a tea set commissioned by Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt for a women’s suffrage rally on her property in Newport, Rhode Island.
The speakers take questions from the audience.
The speakers take questions from the audience.
Top row (L to R): Event organizer Kim Brittingham, speaker Gayle Aanensen; Bottom row (L to R): Speakers Dr. Lyndell "Dell" O'Hara and Mary Walton.
Top row (L to R): Event organizer Kim Brittingham, speaker Gayle Aanensen; Bottom row (L to R): Speakers Dr. Lyndell “Dell” O’Hara and Mary Walton.
Congratulations to our door prize winner, Fred Pachman!
Congratulations to our door prize winner Fred Pachman!
Some of our attendees posing by the photo booth.
Some of our attendees posing by the photo booth.
Left: Kim Brittingham, event organizer; Right: Author and speaker Gayle Aanensen
Left: Event organizer, Kim Brittingham; Right: Gayle Aanensen, author and speaker.

If you’d like to buy our speakers’ books, click on the book covers below.

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Funding has been provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission. 

Event: Suffragettes in Ocean Grove

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Suffragists campaigning on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. 

With the release of the major motion picture Suffragette on October 23rd, many will grow curious about the suffragette movement as it played out locally. Ocean Grove, a town known for its Victorian architecture and unspoiled shoreline, is one of New Jersey’s most important sites of women’s history. Here, suffrage conventions were hosted in the tabernacle and the Great Auditorium, an impressive wooden structure completed in 1894 and still standing. On Sunday, October 25, 2015, author Gayle Aanensen and history professor Lyndell O’Hara will speak about the historical intersection of suffrage and Ocean Grove. Attendees will also have the opportunity to pose as circa 1905 suffragettes in photos for friends and family.

What’s the difference between a suffragist and a suffragette? Gayle Aanensen will explain!

Dr. Lyndell O’Hara is a professor of history and the Department of Humanities Chair at Nyack College in New York City. She is the creator of the popular women’s history walking tours from the Historical Society of Ocean Grove and a frequent curator of exhibits for their museum.

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A New Jersey suffragist band. 

Gayle Aanensen is a familiar literary figure of Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Since moving to Ocean Grove in 2000, she has authored two books of historical fiction: Summer of the Suffragists and The Little Rough Rider at the Jersey Shore. Her latest book, the Christmas novella Greater Than Goldtravels through time to ancient Bethlehem.

The “Suffragettes in Ocean Grove” history talk takes place Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Historical Society of Ocean Grove, 50 Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove. Admission is a $20 donation per person. Advance reservations are a must. To reserve, call (732) 774-1869. Free on-street parking available. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Event is wheelchair accessible.

Women’s History Walking Tour of Ocean Grove, NJ

Are you curious about our Women’s History Walking Tour? We don’t blame you! Last summer it was such a huge success, we’re bringing it back again! Led by historian Dell O’Hara, the tour travels on foot through charming Ocean Grove, New Jersey, stopping at sites connected to remarkable women who lived or visited here in the past. It’s partly a “living history” tour, with volunteer residents dressed in costume, portraying real women from the 19th century — innkeepers, a spiritual leader, a physician and more.

You have three opportunities to catch the tour in 2015:

June 25th – 10:30 AM
July 23rd — 1:00 PM
August 20th — 1:00 PM

Reservations are a MUST. Tour is $10 per person, $8 for seniors. Call 732-774-1869.

Hope you enjoy this video trailer we put together with scenes from last year’s tours:

Video by Mary Solecki
Funding has been provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission.