The Historical Society of Ocean Grove
uses its Museum, Centennial Cottage, exhibitions, collections, archives, library, tours, events, and anticipated education programs to create opportunities for lively discussions of historical, social, political, and cultural contexts – with relevant connections to today.
A place becomes a community when wrapped in human memory as told through family stories, community traditions, and civic commemorations, and from our roles and responsibilities to each other and the places we call home.
Democracy thrives when people convene to express opinions, listen to others, and take action. Weaving history into discussions about contemporary issues clarifies differing perspectives and misperceptions, reveals complexities, grounds competing views in evidence, and introduces new ideas. All of this leads to greater understanding and viable community solutions.
History provides today’s leaders with role models as they navigate through the complexities of modern life. People’s stories from the past offer direction to contemporary leaders and help clarify their values and ideals.
History, preserved, is the foundation for future generations. Historical knowledge is crucial to protecting democracy. By preserving authentic and meaningful documents, artifacts, images, stories, and places, future generations have a foundation on which to build and know what it means to be a member of the civic community.
Adapted from the History Relevance Initiative of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
Our purpose is to sustain the heritage and honor of being designated a National Historic District. The legacy of a treasured past is preserved in our Museum and living history museum, Centennial Cottage. Learn more about this unique seashore resort, one that has the largest assemblage of authentic Victorian architecture in the nation established as a 19th century Victorian planned community.