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When Bipartisanship Mattered: The Life and Career of US Senator Clifford P. Case Bob Fernekes

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

“When Bipartisanship Mattered: “The Life and Career of US Senator Clifford P. Case” For 33 years in the U. S. Congress, nine in the House and twenty-four in the Senate, Clifford Case was a powerful voice for civil and human rights, environmental protection, ethics in government and a global role for the U.S. in combating […]

“War at the Shore”

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

Sunday, March 3, 2024, at 2:00 PM War at the Shore — Timothy Hart “War at the Shore” tells the story of what is now Ocean County in the American Revolution, including a 5-minute documentary. Timothy Hart works as the Ocean County Historian (2012) and is the division director of the Ocean County Cultural & […]

What America Sounds Like: 250 Years of American Music

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

February 25, 2024 at 2:00 PM What America Sounds Like: 250 Years of American Music Location: Ocean County Historical Society This interactive, multi-media talk by Melissa Ziobro provides a look at the iconic music that helps us understand our shared history as we approach the 250th anniversary of American independence. Special emphasis is given to […]

“Continuous Fight for Recognition on Lenape Homelands” Ty “Dancing Wolf” Ellis

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

“Continuous Fight for Recognition on Lenape Homelands” Lenapehoking(k); the land of the Lenape, and the land of our ancestors. The lands that many Lenape people were forcibly displaced from, while others attempted to hide in plain sight for over a century before finally being allowed to claim their culture and heritage as Indigenous People publicly. […]

A War Against Disease and Despair Ryan Radice

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

“A War Against Disease and Despair: Immigrants, Nurses, Soldiers, and the Transformation of Patient Care on Ellis Island During World War I” While known primarily for its use as an immigrant facility, Ellis Island went through several major changes from the time war was declared in Europe in 1914, to the time that the last […]

Victorian Open House Featuring Santa

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

  OCHS will be holding our popular annual Victorian style open house on Saturday November 25th from 10AM to 2PM. We are located in Downtown Toms River at 26 Hadley Ave. Bring your children and grandchildren to meet and take pictures with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus from 11:30 until 1:30 at no charge. Tour […]

Trackside Along the Camden & Amboy Railroad

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

Train travel was an exciting improvement in New Jersey’s early 1800s, over-taking stagecoaches as a way of travel between New York and Philadelphia. The building of the Camden & Amboy Railroad and the arrival of the “John Bull” locomotive introduced a new chapter into New Jersey’s rich rail heritage. Rail historian John Kilbride tells the […]

“Meet George Washington – First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of our Countrymen.”

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

President Washington will be addressing you in December of 1799, as he reflects on his life. He  will discuss his early life, service in the French and Indian War, his service as commanding general in the American Revolution, his role in the Constitutional Convention, his two terms as president, and his views on slavery.   […]

Ocean County History Day

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

The Third Annual Ocean County History Day will take place on Saturday September 16th, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with a rain date scheduled for Sunday, September 17th. The Ocean County Historical Society will be co-sponsoring this fun day with the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Numerous Ocean County Historical Societies and […]

Screening of “The Reluctant Piney”

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

SPECIAL EVENT: Screening of The Reluctant Piney (and bake sale!) Sunday, June 11 at 2PM at the Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753 Admission: $5 (proceeds support ongoing building maintenance; pre-registration is required) Join the Ocean County Historical Society for a screening of the new, 90-minute documentary film, The Reluctant […]

The Traditions of Healing Music by Bonnie Leigh

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

Historically, many societies and cultures have deemed music to be very powerful. It can affect all aspects of our life -- to include being used to aid in relaxation, and even to help the sick and dying. In this program, you will learn about the different types of music that have historically been used, and […]

“Project Paperclips Brings German Scientists to NJ,” by Fred Carl

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

In the fall of 1944, the United States and its allies launched a secret mission code-named Operation Paperclip. The aim was to find and preserve German weapons, including biological and chemical agents, but American scientific intelligence officers quickly realized the weapons themselves were not enough. They decided the United States needed to bring German scientists […]

Hello Girls Get the Message Through

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

Sunday, March 19th, 2PM “Hello Girls Get the Message Through,” by Melissa Ziobro Join Monmouth University Professor and former US Army Fort Monmouth Command Historian Melissa Ziobro for a talk on how the US Army Signal Corps employed women as telephone switchboard operators during WWI. The “Hello Girls” worked long hours to ensure battlefield communications. […]

 “New Jersey’s Lost Piney Culture,” by William J. Lewis

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

 “New Jersey's Lost Piney Culture,” by William J. Lewis Deep within the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, the Piney people have built a vibrant culture and industry from working the natural landscape around them. Foraging skills learned from the local Lenapes were passed down through generations of Piney families who gathered many of […]

“New Jersey’s Lost Piney Culture,” by William J. Lewis

Ocean County Historical Society 26 Hadley Drive, Toms River, NJ, United States

Deep within the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, the Piney people have built a vibrant culture and industry from working the natural landscape around them. Foraging skills learned from the local Lenapes were passed down through generations of Piney families who gathered many of the same wild floral products that became staples of […]

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