Welcome Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Area. Asbury Park was incorporated as a city, as of March 25, 1897.

The mission of the Asbury Park Historical Society is to advance the understanding, appreciation, preservation and restoration of anything of historical value to the City of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Read More.
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APHS Annual 50/50 Raffle

You have to be in it to win it! Tickets are still on sale for the Asbury Park Historical Society’s annual 50/50 raffle, to be drawn at our meeting on November 16, 2017. We are looking to ramp up ticket sales to help sustain the operations of the APHS, so if you can help sell tickets (or know someone who can), please contact Susan Rosenberg at susanrosenberg10@gmail.com.

You can also buy your own tickets through the mail! Tickets are $5 each, or a book of five for $20. Just send a check made out to the APHS for the number of tickets you want to purchase, and we will mail the entry stubs to you. Mail check to: APHS/Stephen Crane House, 508 Fourth Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712. Please be sure to include your name, address and telephone number — and ask your friends, relatives, or business associates if they would like to participate. We can always use the support!

APHS's STATEMENT ON THE BRADLEY STATUE

Recently, there has been discussion in Asbury Park about the value of retaining the 97-year-old statue of our city's founder, James A. Bradley, in the park at the eastern end of Sunset Park. That six-block-long glorious stretch of green was donated to the people of Asbury Park by Mr. Bradley himself. In recognition of that, our trustees would like to reiterate the words found in our mission statement: "The mission of the Asbury Park Historical Society is to advance the understanding, appreciation, preservation and restoration of anything of historical value to the City of Asbury Park, New Jersey..." Although he was a visionary in many ways, there can be no doubt that our city's Founder, like so many people of his day (he was born in 1830), was shortsighted and wrong in his advocacy of segregation. Mr. Bradley's planning of a great little city will never erase the hurtful positions he espoused or the words he spoke. Like all of us, he too had feet of clay. Yet he never waged a traitorous war against the United States of America, never condoned slavery, or “owned” another human being. We should never turn a blind eye to the shortcomings of Mr. Bradley or any other historical figure, but openly acknowledge them. The trustees of the Asbury Park Historical Society wish to go on record in complete opposition to the removal of the statue of the flawed but brilliant Founder of Asbury Park.

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The Asbury Park Historical Society was happy to participate in the making of Jim MCGrorry’s documentary about our famous and historic city that is now on the comeback. McGrorry, who graduated from Ocean Township High School, is currently studying media production at Newbury College in Brookline, MA, where he is enrolled in the honors program. As part of his final honors thesis, he created a documentary about his home area, Asbury Park. The film documents Asbury Park’s rich, colorful history and how the city has really emerged as a premiere location on the Jersey Shore, especially over the past decade or so. So, please take a little time and watch his documentary- you will enjoy it.

GAYNOR MCCOWN: A NYC OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL THANKS APHS

To Don Stine and the Asbury Park Historical Society,
I just want to formally thank you on behalf of my students and myself. Thank you so much for supporting my students and the Rock of Ages class that I am currently teaching. It was great to see that Rock n’ Roll is alive and well in Asbury Park, N.J. It was great to be welcomed and to witness first hand new music being recorded live, right in front of our eyes.

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ASBURY PARK'S OFFICIAL ORGANIST GEORGE HOWARD SCOTT

Well-known band director Arthur Pryor wasn’t the only one making music during the early part of the 20th century.

Asbury Park’s official organist George Howard Scott was a nationally-known concert organist, composer, and a music and choir director. In 1931, he accepted the position of municipal organist for Asbury Park at the new Convention Hall, which had a new three-layer Kilgen theatre organ. Read More >

MISCELLANEOUS FAMILY PHOTOS AND ST. JEROME'S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS

Milton Edelman has retained the negatives and numerous images of individual and family photographs from 1961 to the 1980's, as well as many from St. Jerome's Catholic High School in West Long Branch. Edelman has transferred this collection of negatives (and some photographs) to the Asbury Park Historical Society. A listing of more than 500 names of people who had photographs taken by Edelman is posted below. Anyone who recognizes a name on the list can acquire the negatives at the Jan. 19 meeting. There is no charge but a donation to the APHS is also appreciated.

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Anyone interested in viewing the negatives/photographs but cannot make the reorganization meeting can e-mail Kay Harris at kayharrismck@msn.com

Historic Interlaken Air Show: A Video History
ASBURY PARK ARMORY IMPORTANT IN EARLY YEARS OF RHYTHM & BLUES

The former Asbury Park National Guard Armory, now the VFW post at Lake & Bond, dates back to 1915 and once housed troupes heading for World Wars I and II. But in the 1940's and 1950's it also played another historic role. The large hall inside provided space for huge dances, featuring some of the country's leading African American music entertainers. (Asbury Park was a segregated city at that time.) There was no stage in the Armory then, only a large wooden dance floor with an overlooking second floor balcony. Billy Eckstine played there in 1944, with young Dizzy Gillespie in his band. Trade magazines reported bandleader Jimmie Lunceford packing in 1844 fans in September 1946, though we suspect that was an exaggeration. Read More.

ASBURY PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY TAKES TITLE TO THE HISTORIC STEPHEN CRANE HOUSE

The teenage home of famous and prolific American author Stephen Crane is now property of the Asbury Park Historical Society.

"For the first time in the society’s 14-year history we now have our own home and a headquarters from which to operate," society President Don Stine said.

The house was given free-of-charge to the Historical Society by Frank D’Alessandro, who purchased it in 2001. The official closing took place last Thursday, Sept. 24.

Stine said it was a group effort among the trustees, members, and several generous benefactors to obtain the house and he added that the society wants to particularly thank society Vice President Jim Henry and Freehold-based attorney Mark Williams for their "lengthy and tireless efforts" to prepare and file the proper deeds and paperwork.

"And, of course, we would not be here at all without the generosity of Frank D’Alessandro, who has been a good caretaker of the house for the past 14 years" he said.

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ASBURY PARK’S HISTORIC STEPHEN CRANE HOUSE PLACED ON STATE REGISTRY

The teenage home of famous American author Stephen Crane in Asbury Park was officially placed on the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places on Dec. 16.

The 1878 house, located at 508 Fourth Avenue, is slated to be purchased by the Asbury Park Historical Society in the near future and preserved as a museum dedicated to Crane and as a public meeting place for the historical society and other city and educational organizations. Read More.

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APHS, P.O. Box 543, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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Every 3rd Thursday Monthly Meeting | Stephen Crane House @ 7:00pm
Come Join Us at our Monthly Meeting Every 3rd Thursday at the Stephen Crane House , 508 Fourth Avenue @ 7:00pm. There are always a number of exciting things going on, make sure not to miss it! Guests are always invited. Read More.
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Our preservation committee works to maintain our City's historic landmarks. To know more about their mission and how you can help, read more.