Township of Ocean Historical Museum
An Open Door To History
HOMETOWN HISTORIES
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Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Address: 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
Mailing: P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755-0516 

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(732) 531-2136
​E-mail us at OceanMuseum@yahoo.com
Funding for Hometown Histories was provided by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.
The continuation of our Hometown Histories series with a discussion with former Ocean Township Mayor Richard English. Mayor English discusses his life at the Shore, his time as a Councilman then Mayor of the Township, and the changes he has seen over the years, with Paul Edelson, President of the Township of Ocean Historical Museum and lifelong friend. Dallas Grove, Executive Producer; Produced by Ted Dellinger; Music by Bill Madden. 

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is a 501(c)(3) charity, and a 100% volunteer organization, that tells the story of Coastal Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA. 

Funding for Hometown Histories was provided by the New Jersey Cultural Trust. Here.
The continuation of our Hometown Histories series with a discussion of historic postcards about the activities along Deal Lake. Joe Bove discusses his collection of Deal Lake Postcards, and the history they represent, with Marjorie Edelson and Gary Edelson from the Township of Ocean Historical Museum. Dallas Grove, Executive Producer; Produced by Ted Dellinger; Music by Bill Madden. 

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is a 501(c)(3) charity, and a 100% volunteer organization, that tells the story of Coastal Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA. 

Funding for Hometown Histories was provided by the New Jersey Cultural Trust. Here.

The latest episode of “Hometown Histories,” our oral history TV program and webcast, taps the memories of three people who were there in the 1970's when Deal Test Site (today’s Joe Palaia Park) was saved from development and set aside permanently as open space. Host Dallas Grove, herself a former Environmental Commissioner active in the campaign for the park, interviews long-time commissioner Ken Lutz and landscape architect and local business CEO Ray Hodnett. Their on-camera conversation conversation covers the site’s history. But most fascinating are their recollections of the visionaries who worked to win the hearts of the public, overcome resistance, secure matching state funds, and create Ocean’s own “Central Park.” More.
The continuation of our Hometown Histories series with a discussion about Ross-Fenton Farm. Ron Gorski and Bruce Horn discuss Ross,Fenton and their nightclub, which brought the wealthy and famous to the Jersey Shore, with Brenda Wityk. Dallas Grove, Executive Producer; Produced by Ted Dellinger; Music by Bill Madden. 

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is a 501(c)(3) charity, and a 100% volunteer organization, that tells the story of Coastal Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA. 

Funding for Hometown Histories was provided by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.  More.

Asbury Park and the Peterson restaurants

Ninety-one-year-old Bess Peterson was born and raised on the west side of Asbury Park. She describes the diversity of the neighborhood, “We walked to the school in a gathering wave of children from Greek, Jewish, African-American, and Catholic families. Greek was my first language. I didn’t learn to speak English until I started school and it took just a few weeks.”

At 19, she married Frank Peterson and helped build the family business. Restaurants started by the Peterson brothers were in Red Bank, Asbury Park, Shrewsbury, Colts Neck, Brick, and Lakewood. Bess creates a vivid picture of the life of a 20th century restaurateur. And whether or not you remember the Peterson eateries, you’ll find her walk down memory lane a charming stroll. More.
The continuation of our Hometown Histories series with Marie Siciliano, long time Ocean Township resident, volunteers and longtime realtor with her late husband Gavin Siciliano, discusses coming to Ocean Township and the changes she has seen with her son, Ocean Township Mayor, Chris Siciliano. This program is introduced by Dallas, Grove; Produced by Ted Dellinger; Music by Bill Madden. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is a 501(c)(3) charity and a 100% volunteer organization. More.
The latest episode of the Museum’s “Hometown Histories,” now on Ocean TV and our website oceanmuseum.org, features an oral history interview with World War II combat veteran and Museum Trustee Bob Landis. Hosted by Dallas Grove. More.
The pilot produced a charming and captivating interview between Gail Levenson and her 90-year-old mother Florence Harris.

Florence Harris, subject of the “Family Stories” pilot, shared memories of her grandparents, Russian émigrés who settled in Brooklyn around 1910. He was a Talmudic scholar; she was a determined survivor who led the family to the U.S. and helped it survive the Depression by brewing bathtub gin. Florence’s husband joined the Marines in 1939 at 18. Before his wartime deployment overseas, he was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps that accompanied Franklin Roosevelt on his recuperative visits to Warm Springs, Georgia. Family stories include recollections of first-hand impressions of the President. Florence herself had a connection with the Roosevelts. She worked for 17 years for a children’s organization founded by First Lady Eleanor. Trudie Lash, the wife of Eleanor’s biographer Joseph Lash, was her co-worker.

The continuation of our Hometown Histories series with a discussion of the Ocean Township Summer Showcase, which took place in the Deal Test Site (now Joe Palaia Park) in the summers of 1974 to 1977. Marilyn Michaels and Charles Pavarini discuss the theater production that took place when the Township first purchased the Deal Test Site, and were a summertime escape for the residence and others who performed, and who came to the shows. Dallas Grove conducts the interview, and is also Executive Producer; Produced by Joe Bove and Ted Dellinger; Music is recording from the shows of Summer Showcase. 

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is a 501(c)(3) charity, and a 100% volunteer organization, that tells the story of Coastal Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA. 

Funding for Hometown Histories was provided by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.