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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An Evening with Stephen Crane

A famed son of Asbury Park comes home, in an “Evening with Stephen Crane,” Saturday., Nov. 16 and Sun., Nov. 17 at the Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park.

As a teenager and young adult, he made his home at what was then known as Arbutus Cottage — attending the original Asbury Park High School; covering the waterfront by bicycle or pony as he reported for his brother’s news service; composing his first attempts at short stories and poems. On the weekend of Nov. 16 and 17, the famed author of “The Red Badge of Courage” returns to the house at 508 Fourth Ave., for an up-close and intimate “Evening With Stephen Crane.”

Performances of “Evening with Stephen Crane” are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sat., Nov.16 and 3 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 17. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showtime, with complimentary refreshments served and general admission seating available for all shows. A suggested donation of $10 will be taken at the door, or tickets can be reserved in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4427290.

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Didn't Win the Mega Millions? APHS' Annual Raffle to be Drawn at the End of November

The Asbury Park Historical Society’s annual 50/50 raffle will be drawn at the end of November and tickets to enter the contest are available now.

“Like they say, you have to be in it to win it,” APHS President Don Stine said.

Stine said that the historical society has been spending a great deal of money recently renovating the Stephen Crane House, which it acquired a few years ago.

“We always appreciate any financial support we can get and entering the 50/50 raffle is a good and fun way to support us,” he said.

The raffle will be drawn at the society’s regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 each or a book of five tickets for $20.

To enter, send your payment for the number of tickets you want to: APHS/ Stephen Crane House, 508 Fourth Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712. You then will receive your entry stubs in the mail. Make sure to include your return address.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Stephen Crane House on Sundays between noon and 2 p.m.

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Asbury Park and Ocean Grove Historical Societies Present NYC Christmas Lights Tour

On Sunday, December 8th, The Historical Societies of Asbury Park and Ocean Grove will be hosting their annual NYC Christmas Lights Tour including lunch in Little Italy as well as visits to Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park. For additional tour features and to sign up, click here.


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APHS Presents Asbury Heroes Award Dinner

Asbury Heroes Award Dinner will be held October 10th, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm at Jimmy's Italian Restaurant. Tickets can be purchased at Heaven Art & Antiques.

Honorees:
Tom & Regina Hayes - The Historic Preservation Award
Charlie & Pam Horner - The Distinguished Historian Award
Bob Stewart - The Historic Stewardship Award
Don McLain - The Community Service Award

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World War II Era Studies Institute’s fall calendar of events

To view the World War II Era Studies Institute’s fall calendar of events, click the link below. If interested in attending any of the programs, please contact the person in charge noted on the calendar. All the programs are designed to be informative as well as educational.

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No August Monthly Meeting

Please note that there will be NO August meeting for the Asbury Park Historical Society. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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Do you own, rent, or know of an interesting or historic commercial or residential building in Asbury Park?

If so, then the Asbury Park Historical Society would like to hear from you.

"There are all types of old, unusual, or unique buildings in Asbury Park and we want to start registering them into a comprehensive inventory,” APHS President Don Stine said.

He said he hopes the effort will eventually lead to an historic house tour sponsored by the Historical Society, hopefully as early as this fall.

"Now that we have taken on the responsibility of the Stephen Crane House, we need to come up with long-term funding efforts,” he said.

Stine said the building being registered does not have to necessarily be old, but at least have some sort of unique history. So far, the oldest known residential dwelling in Asbury Park is the Historical Society’s Stephen Crane House on Fourth Ave., built 1878.

"But who knows, let’s see what comes out of the woodwork. There are lots of historic and interesting homes and commercial buildings in the city,” he said.

To register your home into the program, complete an application and return it to the Crane House at 508 Fourth Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712. Forms are available here; at the Public Library at Grand and First avenues, at the Stephen Crane House on Sundays from noon to 2 pm, and through other online media sources.

Stine said you need to know your block & lot numbers to fully complete the application. He said that a small, special team is being assembled to look into registry information but it is also helpful for owners to become involved in researching their own property.

"I think this entire project will end up being very interesting,” he said.

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APHS 50/50 Raffle Winner
2018 50/50 Raffle winner Andy Skokos

Asbury Park Historical Society President Don Stine presents the 50/50 raffle winner, Andy Skokos, a check for $742.50. The society holds a raffle every year to support its mission with the drawing in November.

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Gaynor McCown thank you letter to APHS

For the second year in a row, APHS has welcomed students from Gaynor McCown, a NYC based Expeditionary Learning School, to Asbury Park to tour and meet with members of the Lake House Academy, House of Independents, The Stone Pony, The Paramount and Convention Hall.

Below you can view a photo from the trip as well as a copy of the thank you letter sent to APHS for their help in bringing the students to 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.

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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Learn about our Preservation Committee
Our preservation committee works to maintain our City's historic landmarks. To know more about their mission and how you can help, read more.