Township of Ocean Historical Museum 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst New Jersey 07755 (732) 531-2136
February 2002 Volume 17, No. 1
Calendar Tuesday, February 12th 7:30 p.m.
ANNUAL MUSEUM MEETING â€“ All Welcome Auditorium, Old Oakhurst Schoolhouse. New officers will be elected and By-laws amended
The nominating committee offers the following slate of officers and appointments for your consideration. Please plan to attend the Annual Museum Meeting. President Vice President Corresponding Secretary Recording Secretary Treasurer Trustees
Museum Director Exhibit Chair Quilts and Crafts Chair Nominating Committee
Virginia Richmond Richard Kurkjian Kathy Parratt Joal Leone Joan Berzansky Kay Zimmerer (2002) Marjorie Edelson (2004) Norma Eberhardt Dauphin (2003) Eileen McCormack Peggy Dellinger Marjorie Edelson Kathy Parratt (Chair) Lesley Dorsett Betty Wilderotter Lois Landis
Respectfully submitted by the Nominating Committee, Kathy Parratt, Chair Lesley Dorsett Betty Wilderotter Lois Landis _________________________________________________________________________
At the annual meeting the following bylaws change will be considered. Article 1, Membership and Dues. Section 3 states: Annual dues for a family or household
shall be $5.00. The proposed change will read: Annual dues for a family or household shall be set by the Executive Board and voted by the members at the annual meeting. Comments: For 18 years, annual dues for a family or household have been $5.00. Operating expense of our museum have increased a deal in this period of time. It will be proposed after this bylaws change that annuals dues for a family or household be increased to $10.00. Dues for a patron will remain at $25.00 and for a benefactor at $100.00.
Our December exhibit, “Attractions of the Jersey Shore 1920 – 1965, was an overwhelming success. More than 650 attendees were counted. We thank the Asbury Park Press and the Coaster for their excellent publicity. The Asbury Park Press published photos and an excellent article on Saturday, Dec. 1 that attracted people from all over Monmouth County. Cablevision spent considerable time on Sunday photographing and interviewing contributors of our production. A week later Channel 70 featured our museum exhibit as part of their weekly neighborhood show. Students from Mrs. Trudy Wolfe-Larkin’s enrichment class in the Ocean Township Intermediate School entertained our members and guests on Friday evening, Nov 30. This time they portrayed a family visiting the shore many years ago. This is the third appearance in our museum of talented students from this class. We commend and thank the students and their director, Mrs. Wolfe-Larkin for their performance. Left to right: Tyler Gaspich, Gavin Berkowitz, Antonio Borelli, Lindsay Kutschman and Laura Malta
OT LIBRARY SHOWCASE
Please take time to visit the Ocean Township Library. Some of the highlights of our recent exhibit, “Attractions of the Jersey Shore 1920-1965,” are now being displayed in the entrance showcase. _________________________________________________________________________
Our dedicated quilters meet weekly during most of the year to complete a handmade quilt to be raffled at our December exhibit. We thank our quilters: Marge Edelson Chairperson, Betty Wilderotter, Lois Landis, Jane Young, Addie Pellicani, Marion Vogler, Ann Stiles, Ann Gasperini, Eileen McCormack, Gerry Applegate, Nora Kirlew and Joan Carmody. Come on out and join these ladies. _________________________________________________________________________
We thank our exhibit committee for its professional presentation in December. Members of this group are: Peggy Dellinger Chairperson, Kathy Parratt, Cheryl Miller, Joal Leone, Eileen McCormack, Kay Zimmerer and Ginny Richmond. _________________________________________________________________________
Approximately 30 new members have recently joined the museum. We welcome and encourage you to attend our meetings and also to visit on Tuesdays, 1-4 pm.
The historic Woolley House is now the property of the Township of Ocean. We are anticipating that it will be moved onto Joe Palaia Park in the near future. The legislative grant of $100,000 obtained for the museum through the efforts of Senator Joseph Palaia has been received by the Township. This grant will be used to begin restoration of this old homestead. The Township of Ocean and our museum have submitted a joint grant application to the Monmouth County Historical Commission for $5000. Notification for this grant is Feb. 2002. For 40 years, 1939-1979, the Wm. T. Henderson family owned, occupied, and kept in pristine condition, the historic home destined to become Ocean Township’s museum. This family is part of the twentieth century history of the old homestead. Many area residents remember the Hendersons. Members of the Henderson family are delighted to know that their former home will be restored to its previous condition as it is readied for its new role in our community. Accordingly the Wm. T. and Marie J. Henderson Foundation Inc. has recently contributed a generous donation to be used towards this restoration. We thank them sincerely for their interest and support. Another corporate donation has been received by our museum. This one comes from Cablevision Inc. A big thank you to this corporation. Our Grants and Funding Chairman, Howard “Doc” Richmond has mailed approximately 40 requests to New Jersey Foundations on behalf of our museum restoration. We are hopeful that some of these will answer favorably. _________________________________________________________________________
Paul Edelson, Chairman of the Memorial Bricks Program reports that more than 100 bricks are now reserved at $100 each. These bricks will be placed on the grounds of the new museum as a walkway. Call our museum 531-2136 or Ginny Richmond 531-4295 to reserve a brick or bricks. This is an important fund raiser for our new museum. _________________________________________________________________________
OAKHURST SCHOOL GRADUATES
Many Oakhurst School 8th grade graduates return to visit our museum and to look for their picture displayed on our wall Our display includes graduation photos from 1902 to 1957. Pictured is Esther Biedermann Grieco holding her 1932 Oakhurst School graduation photo.
Some of our members are available to speak to area groups about the history of Ocean Township. Presentations about the status of our new museum, our memorial bricks program and the history of Ocean Township are scheduled for January 21at the Asbury Park Womens Club and February 14 at the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARD
Every year the Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce presents some awards at their annual installation of officers dinner-dance. On Thursday, Jan 17, Mayor Terrance Weldon received their Business Person of the Year award. Ginny and Doc Richmond received the Community Service award. Congratulations to all. _________________________________________________________________________
THIRD GRADE PROGRAM
All township 3rd grade students are given a bus tour of the historic parts of our town. On a later date each class visits the museum where our teaching members introduce them to life and school 100 years ago along with some of our history. We now have 9 members involved with this program that operates on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. A big thank you to Marge Edelson, Kathy Parratt, Ann Stiles, Lesley Dorsett, Joan Berzansky, Peggy Dellinger, Lois Landis, Maryann Farry, and Ginny Richmond. New teachers are always welcome.
Township of Ocean Historical Museum 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst New Jersey 07755