Authors Discuss Beach Haven Book on Aug. 9

Aug 01, 2018

Deborah Whitcraft and Gretchen Coyle will give a presentation of their newly released book, Beach Haven, from the Arcadia Publishing Images of America series, on Thursday, Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. at the High Point Firehouse in Harvey Cedars.

This is their second volume in the Arcadia series, having previously written Tucker’s Island. They are also authors of Inferno At Sea: Stories of Death and Survival Aboard the Morro Castle.

The photo collection features scenes of the Beach Haven boardwalk, hotels, fishing and boating, children playing on the beach, churches and various other landmarks.

“Most of the photos were taken in the late 1800s and early 1900s,” said Whitcraft, founder and president of the New Jersey Maritime Museum in Beach Haven.

She said the book focuses on Beach Haven between 1880 and 1940.

“We start out with the hotels and then the many families who came to the hotels and then later built homes,” Coyle explained. “But we also talk about the fire company and the first aid squad, groups that were the backbone of the community.”

Coyle said that while Beach Haven is prominently mentioned in various books on Island history, this is the first volume devoted exclusively to the borough’s past.

“History isn’t history unless it’s shared, which is why it is so important to write about it and have people appreciate the past,” she said.

For more information, call the activities committee hotline at 609-361-7990.  —E.E.

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