Ocean Township: This past weekend, the Township of Ocean Historical Museum (OTHM) held their annual two-day open house. During the weekend approximately 200 community members came to visit the museum. During their stay attendees were treated to a variety of exhibits, which focused primarily on Asbury Park. As previously reported, the OTHM has a wonderful exhibit on the history of Asbury Park; however, the Historical Society was able to procure literature and artifacts about Asbury Park High School from the 1940’s through the 1950’s.
As with all rotational exhibits, the Asbury Park High School display focuses on a small, but unique part of local history. The pieces within this collection were donated by both community and museum members. Each relic is period specific and provides an incredible look at what high school was like in the 40’s and 50’s in Asbury Park.
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In addition to the Asbury Park theme, the Historical Museum had a large cut out of Steinbachs’ blown up and displayed in the center of the train layout, located adjacent to the Asbury Park High School display.
Though the Historical Museum is currently focused around Asbury Park and the town’s many attractions, the rest of the museum was converted into a Holiday Wonderland featuring hand-made children’s clothing, hats, scarves, gloves, and blankets. For those that came hungry, there was little escape from purchasing home made lavender and sugar cookies, fruitcakes, fudge, and cupcakes. Some would say that the food is the reason why there is such a huge turnout. Museum Members simply say, “come hungry, leave happy.”
Outside of the Museum entrance, volunteers helped with the annual holiday wreath sale. Beautiful, hand-decorated wreathes were available for purchase at a reasonable price, which helps to raise funds for the Historical Museum.