2020-10-21 - Fall "Online" Speaker Event - VISIT THE ICONIC CHURCH OF THE PRESIDENTS: Jim Foley

Jim Foley, Borough of Deal Historian and President of the Long Branch Historical Museum Association Board of Trustees will present a ZOOM meeting on Wednesday,. October, 21st to members and guests of the Township of Ocean Historical Museum.  He will walk us through the history of St. James Chapel (Church of the Presidents) which was constructed in 1879 and is located in the Elberon section of Long Branch. In addition to discussing the seven presidents who worshipped there, Jim will talk about the "Summer Capital" during our nation's Gilded Age and the role Edgar Dinkelspiel played in saving this National Treasure from the wrecking ball.

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

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum, founded in 1984, is a member-supported, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey. Its headquarters, the Eden Woolley House, is one of the few 18th-century structures still in existence in the Township and is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), Thursday Evenings (7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 15 through December 15) and the first and second Sundays of each month (1p.m. to 4 p.m.). The Township of Ocean Historical Museum offers exhibits on the history of coastal Monmouth County and a full calendar of events. The Museum is also 100% volunteer supported, with no paid staff.  The Museum maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books, and photographs of historical and genealogical interest. For more information, please call 732-531-2136 or visit our website at 

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