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Hudson River Valley Tour
HSOG holds Election
The First Forty Years
Dollhouses of the Past
Library & Archives report
Bits & Pieces
Spring Theater party
Hudson River Fall Foliage Tour The HSOG's first overnight tour to the historic Hudson River Valley had lovely fall weather, beautiful scenery, wonderful food and exceptional tours. We are so pleased we were able to reach out and enjoy the company of guests from other areas at the shore. Some of the highlights were the guided tour of West Point with a 1995 graduate of the academy who was filled with “insider” information, followed by a delicious lunch at the historic Thayer Hotel overlooking the Hudson. That evening several students from the Culinary Institute
HSOG holds election The Historical Society of Ocean Grove held its annual election at the general program meeting on September 27 at Francis Asbury Manor. Elections are held every two years with the President limited to two terms.
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Elected this year were President Gail Shaffer; 1st Vice President, Elizabeth Ogden; 2nd Vice President, Philip May; Recording Secretary, Gayle Aanensen; Corresponding Secretary, Lottie Smith; Treasurer, Dan Garrow. All of the new officers have served on the previous Executive Board except Lottie Smith who is new to the Society. The officers look forward to getting acquainted with you in the coming year.
of America showed us the aspiring chefs at work, which was followed by an elegant dinner at their Italian restaurant ‘Caterina de Medici’, Hyde Park, the Vanderbilt estate and a relaxing and scenic ride along the Hudson River on the Rip Van Winkle filled the second day. The forty two guests on this trip wanted to know when and where we are having our next tour. As soon as we catch our breath we will be planning another trip. Thanks to all for your support.
HELP! We would like to communicate with you more often in the future, but our mailing costs continue to rise. So we would like to communicate with you electronically. Send us your e-mail address, attention ; Susan.
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Rose Garden Remembrance Bricks Are Still Available --- Call Museum
By Gail Shaffer
As this is my first message as President I would like to take the opportunity to thank Ray Russomano for his five years as President of the HSOG. Ray came aboard at a time when the Society was in flux. Under his leadership the HSOG reorganized becoming a strong and viable organization and an important part of the Ocean Grove community. Among his many accomplishments were the paying off of the mortgage as well as the installation of Rose Garden Remembrance. Though his term as President is over, Ray will not be retiring but will continue as an active member of the HSOG. I am honored to be your president, and I only hope I can continue to help the organization grow and flourish as it has in the past. My goals as President are to involve more of our nine hundred members in the society’s every day activities, as volunteers, as docents, archivists and researchers; to increase the membership, to communicate with the membership electronically and most important activities which educate our members and friends about the history of Ocean Grove.
Gail Shaffer picture courtesy of Blogfinger
By Dan Garrow
Hello, I’m Dan Garrow your new HSOG Treasurer. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Treasurer, Herb Bachmann, for all of his hard work over the last five years. He almost singlehandedly took the organization’s books, which were not in good shape, and created the efficient and well organized systems that I am now inheriting. He leaves the Society in excellent financial condition. As you may know, we paid off the Museum mortgage earlier this year. This was a sound financial decision that made best use of your Society’s money given the low interest rates currently available for our funds. President Gail Shaffer First Vice President Liz Ogden 2nd Vice President Phil May Treasurer Dan Garrow Assistant Treasurer Vacant Recording Secretary Gail Aanensen Corresponding Secretary Lottie Smith
Following is a high level breakdown of our financial situation as of October 31, 2010. Account Balances: Operational Account Fountain Fund Savings Account Angel of Victory Fund Mary Buckman Cottage Endowment Fund Endowment Fund Savings 18 mo CD
$28,539.18 $2,439.12 $887.81 $6,692.69 $5,173.61 $1,463.38 $22,727.96
Remembering HSOG in your Will Your participation will allow us to continue to preserve and educate people about the proud history of Ocean Grove and the Camp Meeting heritage. You can, by remembering the Historical Society of Ocean Grove in your will. We are registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(3) c nonprofit
The First Forty Years
Metal Dollhouses of the Past Vicki Bacolo
I am currently
in the process of writing a brief history of the HSOG entitled “Historical Society of Ocean Grove- The First Forty Years”. I hope to include the following topics in this presentation: OG Centennial-1969 Founding of HSOG -1970 Past presidents and what was accomplished during their administration Museum Locations-when, how long, during whose presidency Major acquisitions and collections Major grants and fundraisers Major events and programs Gallery and special exhibits Information on our 4 properties outside the museum: Founders Park Urn Founders Park Fountain Broadway Urn Civil War Cannon Memorial I am asking for your help. I don’t want to leave out any major events or accomplishments. With your help, I will be able to put together a more comprehensive history of our organization. I’m sure you will be amazed, as I am, at all that we have accomplished since our humble beginnings in 1970.
“Metal Playthings of the Past" is the theme of this year's Dollhouse Exhibit for the holidays at the HSOG Museum. After World War II, metal became readily available again and was the material of choice for many “modern” children's playthings. We are celebrating the mid-century modern world of the later 1940s and 1950s. We plan to feature houses, a supermarket, a rare Grand Central Station, a western town, and a fort. We will also show examples of lithographed tin which were manufactured in the 1940s and 1950s. In addition, there will be child-size metal toys from the same period such as a fire engine complete with ladder and hose, an airplane and tow truck. Metal kitchen appliances and their accessories are just a few more glimpses of this period. The show will be on exhibit Saturdays, November 27th, December 4th and11th, and Sunday, December 12th. Saturday hours, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, 12 PM to 4 PM.
Send an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me, Phil May at the museum, 732-774-1869.
As always, Phil May,
Christmas Greetings From his scrapbook, 1864 By EH Stokes (First
Turkey ‘s rue out, and the ducks not about, So here is a chicken for you; Here’s a nice piece of cake, of old Trenton bake, And I think there’s some apple sauce too.
What else I don’t know, a notion or two, I am sending this welcome to all, By the by, here’s a fine mince pie, And a “ Happy New Year,” to you all.
Florence Holl Mary Meade Louise Nixon Judy Ryerson
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Centennial Cottage Report Mary Solecki
Centennial Cottage welcomed over 1,100 visitors, who displayed an excitement and enthusiasm for the history of Ocean Grove. The feedback we received was extremely positive. Once again, workshops were held throughout the summer, and 66 people signed up for classes in: Large Paper Flowers & Decoupage Vase, Vintage Hand Sewing Techniques, Calligraphy, Paper Beading: Necklaces & Bracelets, Altered Books, and Beginning Quilting: Hand Piecing. Classes were held under a canopy in the gardens of Centennial Cottage. The Historical Society also hosted an evening Illumination Party to honor those who contributed to the Rose Garden Remembrance Bricks. Guests were treated to music provided by Holly Horn, delicious food, and an opportunity to view the Cottage by the light of paper lanterns. All who purchased a brick had their loved ones’ names announced.
Museum Report Liz Ogden
The Museum was buzzing with activity this summer. We had a record number of visitors both upstairs in our lovely Museum & downstairs in our Philip May Gallery featuring a “What Style Is Your Home?” display, about the architectural history of Ocean Grove. There were 4,400 people who made their way through the Museum. We added many new items to our store, including two new books; “Ghosts of Central Jersey” and “A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot.” Other great gift ideas include Christmas dollhouse note cards, beautiful miniature tents made by Karen Cranford, “Ocean Grove Girl” tote bags, and assorted other books, souvenirs, and ornaments. Our Walking Tours were a major success again this season. We had over 325 people take tours, including many varied groups from colleges to senior centers to school reunions. June Docent Tea at the Museum
In July, the Teddy Bear Tea hosted children, adults, and most importantly, teddy bears, for a two-hour event with several activities. The gardens were used for a story hour, while the Cottage had over 75 teddy bears hidden for a hunt by the children. Another activity was making bracelets at Day’s. Lunch was served to all who attended and the event ended on a bright note with an ice cream sundae from Day’s. We wish to thank Day’s for their generosity in allowing us to use their porch for our crafts, lunch, and of course, ice cream! The Cottage would not be able to open without the assistance of our invaluable docents. We thank all who generously gave of their time and talent in volunteering and look forward to working with you next year. Plans are being formulated for 2011, and you can expect another educational and interesting summer both inside and outside Centennial Cottage. Stop by, wander inside, participate in a workshop, or simply come to sit in the peaceful gardens. We look forward to seeing you in 2011. Paper Beading:Necklaces & Bracelets Workshop
Beginning Quilting: Hand Piecing Workshop
Development Report Rose Myers
Mortgage on “Your Museum” Paid Off We are so pleased to report that the three year “Your Museum” campaign is complete. And thanks to your donations and pledges the mortgage was completely paid. Pictured are Carolyn Glynn, Vice President and Ocean Grove Branch Manager of Central Jersey Bank receiving the final check from Ray Russomano, past President, and Herb Bachmann, past Treasurer
Library & Archives Report Harriet Russomano
It’s been a busy year for the Archives. I’ve been joined by Kathy Arlt, who has catalogued thousands of pieces of paper, including maps, posters, photos, etc. She is quite computer literate, so I think we are finally seeing the light at the end of a very long tunnel! Luisa Paster has also come aboard. As a retired librarian, she is taking on the very time-consuming job of reviewing hundreds of books and putting them in order, so members and others will be able to come to the Museum and easily find whatever information they need. We’ve also been helping Paul Goldfinger’s informative Ocean Grove blog (http://blogfinger.wordpress.com), by supplying him with photos and old postcards for his articles. We also hope to supply the blog with unique historical tidbits that will be of interest to its readers! As usual, we are always looking for photos, letters, postcards or anything else Ocean Grove. We can scan them, if you want to hold on to the originals. We have sold several items donated to us, but not related to Ocean Grove, on E-bay or at our auctions. With the profits from these, we have purchased items to add to our Archives, including a banner showing skee ball at the North End Amusements, porcelain prizes from the North End arcade, and others. These are wonderful additions and will be used in future exhibits. Thank you to everyone who donated items to the Museum; as you can see, we put everything to good use.
Museum Donations Grants and Awards We continue to receive support from the State of New Jersey Historical Commission, the Monmouth County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. A grant has also been awarded from the Kearny Savings and Loan, and we pursue appropriate funding opportunities where appropriate. The Group Civic Beersheba award was presented to the 3 Fire Companies of Ocean Grove. Pictured below are Ray Russomano, past President, Washington Co. Asst. Chief Scott Liddick, Lt. Gene Lewis, Capt. Kelley Hagermann, Treas. Bob Temple.
Thank you to the following people who donated to our collections this year. Please let us know if we’ve inadvertently omitted a donation. Marit Fredericks--Photo album David Fox--Stereograph, Boy & Girls Handy Books, “Craftsman Homes” by Gustav Stickley, photos of E. H. Stokes’s grave Judy Matthies--Objects from the Edgemore Hotel, 1885 marriage certificate, front desk bell & photographs Joanne Ebersbach--Two post cards Alice Singer--Several dolls D. Joseph Lopez--“Bench of Wisdom” watercolor of retired businessmen of the shore area on Ocean Grove boardwalk Virginia Hershey--Photo slides from World War II showing parades in Ocean Grove, including one with the first servicewomen Jim Eberle & Herb Bachmann--Antique metal-framed Chinese checkers game, antique stove-top 4-slice toaster, antique sewing kit basket, antique wood ironing board W.J. Schlenger, artist-(below) His painting of the Manchester Inn
Bits & Pieces .A Grand
4th of July
Several members of the HSOG dressed in historical costumes for this year’s 4th of July Parade. Shown here (right) is Rose Myers in the Ocean Grove Girl swimsuit and Gayle Aanensen as a suffragist with a “Votes for Women” banner. In front, wearing an antique dress, is Kathy Arlt. The men of HSOG marched in black pants, white shirts, derby or straw hats, and suspenders. Thanks to Tony and Sandy Denarski for the truck. How about you? Want to dress up and march (or ride)? Got a vehicle we could use? We invite all members to join in the fun. Call Susan at the Museum or Gayle Aanensen.
William T. Kresge scholarship The HSOG is pleased to announce that in June a scholarship for History and Journalism has been awarded to Jotham Wells, a graduating senior from Neptune High School in memory of William T. Kresge, Sr. Jotham is majoring in History and Psychology at the University of Southern Indiana.
June general meeting Mr. Clem Labine, past publisher/ editor of the “Old House Journal,” will be the guest speaker at the June 27 general meeting at Francis Asbury Manor.
Ocean Grove History Day
April general meeting Drawing from research he has completed on local amusement parks, author and historian Christopher Flynn is proud to present Vintage Amusement Rides—A Multi-Media Lecture on April 25. The talk will examine the fascinating history of the development of amusement park rides from the earliest carousels and scenic railways through the numerous classic rides produced immediately after World War II.
The 2011 Ocean Grove History Day will be held on Saturday, July 9, at 10:30 AM in the Community Room on Pilgrim Pathway. The subject of discussion will be the "Great Auditorium" led by Ted Bell, Darrell Dufresne, and Cindy Bell, who are collaborating on a book about the history of this historic building. After the presentation there will be a short tour of the Auditorium.
Beersheba Awards Nominations The 2011 Beersheba Preservation Awards Banquet will be held on Monday, June 20, 2011, at the Starving Artist. Right now is a good time of year (before the snows of winter begin) to look around our Historic District and evaluate recent renovations. Nomination forms are available at the Museum or online. This announcement is being made now so that pictures of the houses can be taken before spring and summer, when trees may block our views.
Nomination Form for Preservation Award We wish to nominate the following:
Person or Group
Name of Nominee Address Your name and phone number and e-mail Return by March 31, 2011, to: HSOG, PO Box 446, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756 Please list below the reasons for your recommendation.
Retrospect From the files of Richard Gibbons. Mr. Gibbons wrote for the Ocean Grove Times for many years. The HSOG has permission to use his articles in our newsletter . This was published December 17, 1992.
Last week in this space, we reviewed Ocean Grove events of 1910, which included emphasis on the construction of the North End Pavilion east of the boardwalk just south of Wesley Lake. That report ended with a reminder that there was no hint of what was to come next, so let’s move forward. Open the pages of the 42nd Annual Report published in 1911. What came first? A full-page picture captioned “The New North End Hotel.” Here we see a five-story structure maybe 500 feet along the west side of the boardwalk, with a wing of nearly the same dimension along Wesley Lake. A close “reading” of the photograph shows the Scenario Theater (later the Strand) at boardwalk level near the northeast corner of the mammoth new hotel. A sign at second- floor level facing Wesley Lake reads “North End Restaurant.” We see several stores at boardwalk level, a Merry-Go-Round building to the west along Wesley Lake. A further large picture zeroes in on the east elevation of the hotel and we find an open walkway at the second level, connecting the hotel with the 1910 pavilion east of the boardwalk. All of those landmarks except the pool were created sometime between the end of the 1910 season and the beginning of the 1911 season. The reading matter with reference to same is found on page 73 in a small item called “Improvements,” which mentions the cement walk which had been installed the length of Ocean Pathway and “the whole reconstruction of the North End property.” Retrospect has dwelt on this subject in the past, with reports on the years the North End Hotel was a year round operation, the life & times of the theater, the carousel, the bowling alleys, shooting gallery, and the skee ball concession. All came to an end when depreciation, taxes, insurance costs & other considerations dictated the demolition of all of the vast North End resort except for the pavilion which started it all and which is about to start a new life.
SPIDER-MAN THEATER PARTY Bus arrives at 3:00pm at Fireman’s Park, Main Ave. Ocean Grove, (Bus will leave as soon as everyone arrives, but no later than 3:30pm) Destination- Foxwoods Theatre- 213W 42nd St.
FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 20, 2011 COST: “FLYING CIRCLE” SEATS –$150.00 (Cost includes ticket and bus transportation)
Make check payable to the Historical Society of Ocean Grove And send to HSOG, PO Box 446, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756 You may also use a credit card to purchase tickets
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL THE MUSEUM AT 732-774-1869 OR PHIL MAY AT 732-604-3011
Donâ€™t Miss the Dollhouse Show November 27, December 4,11, & 12 in the Museum 50 Pitman Ave.
The HSOG is the Historic Society of Ocean Grove that is a National Historic Site in New Jersey.