Where the unique history of Ocean County is told
For over 70 years, the Society has been collecting, preserving, and interpreting stories, artifacts and archival resources that celebrate Ocean County’s distinct heritage.
The Elizabeth Sculthorp Force House, a vernacular Victorian home, built in the mid-1800s, was once the residence of a sea captain and then later of an innovative educator and social reformer. Featured are Native American artifacts, period furnishings, late 19th and 20th century local industries, artworks, photographs, and other archival resources. The House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the State Register of Historic Places, and the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail.
The Richard L. Strickler Research Center, a contemporary addition to the house, is an extensive repository of books, maps, and historical and genealogical records that provide students, researchers, genealogists, and history enthusiasts with essential resources necessary for telling the stories of Ocean County.
The museum and research center will close at 2:15 on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
Tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 and the first and third Saturday of the month from 1-3. Tours are by appointment, so please call the museum at 732-341-1880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
Scholarship News! The Robert H. Staples Scholarship will be awarding up to four scholarships of $1000 each to applicants who meet the following criteria:
-Be a resident of Ocean County
-Be at least a graduating high school senior and be accepted at or be attending an accredited continuing education program. (Former recipients are eligible to apply.)
-Be an active member or closely related to a member (e.g. child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or spouse) of Ocean County Historical Society. Student interns/volunteers are considered OCHS members.
-Indicate a current interest in history with an emphasis on volunteering at Ocean County Historical Society.
To receive a complete application, contact Ocean County Historical Society at 732-341-1880. Applications may also be requested by mail. Applications must be received at OCHS by May 1, 2023.
Benefits of Membership
Becoming a member of the Ocean County Historical Society offers an opportunity to meet friends, explore genealogy, and become a partner in telling the stories of Ocean County.Become A Member
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