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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Are you interested in being a tour guide and showing visitors to Asbury Park the city’s unique history and culture?

If so, then you might want to attend a special meeting at the Stephen Crane House on Sunday, March 19.

“The Asbury Park Historical Society is getting many requests for guided tours of the city so we are going to put together a special committee to handle these requests,” APHS President Don Stine said.

An initial meeting of volunteers interested in both organizing and giving the tours will be held at the Stephen Crane House, 508 Fourth Avenue, on Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. You must be a current APHS member to participate.

A representative from Madison Marquette, the city’s boardwalk redeveloper, is expected to be present, as will Bob Waitt, who organizes similar tours in Ocean Grove.

“There is a lot of public interest in Asbury Park right now and we already have tours booked with a theatre group and students from an Outward Bound School in Staten Island,” Stine said.

He said tour guides will have to develop an in-depth knowledge about Asbury Park but that the APHS is willing to educate anyone wanting to participate. A fee will be charged to participants of the tours, similar to the arrangement now made for Ocean Grove tours. Money raised will go toward APHS expenses.

“It should be both fun and interesting and we urge people to get involved. There is a lot of history in Asbury Park to be shared,” he said.

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JOIN THE ASBURY PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY DURING THIS SUNDAY’S ANNUAL ASBURY PARK ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Everyone is welcome to join us to walk in the parade, that begins Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m. Wear a vintage costume or, of course, wear something green. If you have an APHS sweat shirt, then wear that too.

To participate, please ask for the APHS staging area at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Kingsley Avenue. Please arrive by 12:45 pm.

The parade will begin on Ocean Avenue and proceed south and then west through the downtown to the municipal parking lot off main Street. The route is about one mile. Come help celebrate both St. Patrick’s Day and our history’s history by marching. All ages welcome!!

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.

List 1 | List 2

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.

Donations can also be mailed to:
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.