Free Programs and Other Events at the Ocean County Historical Society

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For over 70 years, the Ocean County Historical Society has been collecting, preserving, and interpreting stories, artifacts and archival resources that celebrate Ocean County’s distinct heritage. See more at

Our monthly lecture series remains on Zoom. These are free and open to all. To register for a Zoom program, please e-mail us at stating the date of the program(s) for which you are registering, your zip code, and the email address where we should send the Zoom info. We have three summer programs that we especially hope will be of interest to families! 

May 23rd at 2:00 PM, join Monmouth University Specialist Professor of Public History and former US Army Fort Monmouth Command Historian Melissa Ziobro for a Zoom presentation of how the US Army Signal Corps employed women as telephone switchboard operators during WWI. The “Hello Girls” worked long hours to ensure battlefield communications. After the war, they fought for veteran status and are being considered for a Congressional Gold Medal today.

June 27th at 2:00 PM, join Mindy Voss, a talented Education Specialist with the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium at Fort Hancock. She will present, "Ocean Hazards & Beach Safety: Sharks vs. Rip Currents," preparing family beachgoers for fun in the ocean while increasing their awareness of possible dangers.

July 11th at 2:00 PM, Denise Willis, a naturalist for 13 years at Cattus Island County Park in Toms River, will present "Bees and Butterflies on Barnegat Bay." A former nursey school teacher, Girl Scout leader, and camp counselor, Ms. Willis is charmed by all the flora and fauna that thrive in this environment. Learn about butterfly gardens and beekeeping right here in Ocean County!

August 22nd at 2:00 PM, Chris Crosby, a PhD student in the Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University, will focus on coyotes that arrived in NJ about 80 years ago and can now be found in almost every town across the state. In the past 2 years, coyotes have immigrated to Barnegat Light, reproduced, and are dispersing across Long Beach Island. Learn some history of eastern coyotes, their ecology and behavior, and important guidance for avoiding negative human-coyote interactions.

Also coming up is our....

Antiques, Crafts, and Collectibles Faire

Location: Toms River High School South

The Ocean County Historical Society will be partnering with the Toms River South History Club to hold our 34th Annual Antiques, Crafts, and Collectibles Faire in the Toms River High School South Cafetorium located on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. This two-day Faire will take place on Saturday, May 15 from 9:00 – 3:00 and Sunday, May 16 from 10:00 – 3:00.

There will be over 50 tables of antiques, crafts, and collectibles, plus NJ history books, baked goods, local historical societies’ exhibits, classic car display by the NJ Shore Region National Chrysler Products Club, model railroad display by the Ocean County Railroad Club, World War I reenactors, Civil War reenactors (including musket firing), local artist exhibits, renown Jersey Shore artist Cathleen Engelsen, music, children’s entertainment, snack bar with hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, bagels, soft drinks, etc., 50/50, and more! Displays will include Allaire Village costumed tradesman, 1880s baseball costumes, and a suffragist exhibit with free commemorative giveaways.

Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday from 9:00 – 12:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 – 1:00 for free balloon animals from Freckles the Clown!

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