LBI Historical Museum Monday Night Talks Starting July 9 

Jun 27, 2018

If you’re interested in various aspects of Long Beach Island and Southern Ocean County’s past, the Long Beach Island Historical Museum, located in Beach Haven on the corner of Engleside and Beach avenues, will hold a series of Monday night talks during the summer. All programs begin at 7:30; admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Housed in the original home of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, built in 1882, the facility is owned and operated by the LBI Historical Association and is now in its 43rd year.

The Monday night talks open on July 9 when Tim Hart of the Ocean County Historical and Cultural Commission discusses World War I in Ocean County. He will discuss the establishment of Fort Dix in 1917, and effects in South Jersey of the rapid war response.

On July 16, Reilly Sharp of the Barnegat Light Historical  Association and Ron Marr of the LBI Historical Association present “World War II on LBI.” They will discuss how the war brought about changes on the Island, with submarine warfare right off the coast, Coast Guard patrols and rationing.

Authors Margaret Buchholz and Scott Mazzella present “Great Storms of the New Jersey Shore” on July 23. Dramatic photos will punctuate their program, which also includes the causes and effects of Superstorm Sandy. Books inscribed by the authors will be available for purchase.

“The Tuckerton Wireless” is the topic for July 30. John Yates of the Tuckerton Historical Society will explain the nearly forgotten story of the 1912 high tech transatlantic radio transmitter built by the German Imperial Government on Radio Road.

Cheryl Kirby and Sara Caruso of Things-a-Drift invite you to bring your artifacts to “Beach Finds of New Jersey – and Elsewhere” on Aug. 6.

Beach Haven Borough Historian Jeanette Lloyd presents “Voices of Early Families” on Aug. 13. Lloyd will discuss the baymen, boatmen, merchants and laborers who through hard work, perseverance and mutual effort help shaped the history and culture on the south end of LBI.

On Aug. 20, Reilly Sharp returns to present “The Dirigible Airship Akron,” which was lost off Barnegat Light in 1933.

For the final program, on Aug. 27, Marr will discuss “How We Got Down-The-Shore,” reviewing the trials and tribulations of travel from 1800 to the present.

The museum sponsors walking tours through historic Beach Haven on Tuesdays and Fridays, through Labor Day. The fee is $10 for adults, and $2 for children younger than 12. Participants leave from the museum’s porch at 10 a.m. 

If you have paranormal tastes, check out evening ghost walking tours at the museum with Maggie O’Neill, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through Labor Day. Cost is $15 adults, $8 children under 12. 

Appetizers from various Island restaurants will be featured at a “Taste of the Island Porch Party” on Sunday, July 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person.

Bus tours of historical Beach Haven are scheduled on Wednesday, July 11 and Aug. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 per person.

“All Things Chocolate” takes place Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 for children younger than 12).

The LBI Historical Association holds its craft fair and market on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, across the street from the museum. The event features a bake sale on the museum porch.

The museum is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donation is $5.

For more information, call the museum at 609-492-0700 or log onto

— Eric Englund

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