March 30, 2019 - The Lifesaving Stations of New Jersey. Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department’s Chief Naturalist German Georgieff has researched lifesaving stations all along the Jersey Coast and what has become of them. Some were turned into Coast Guard Stations, some are private homes and some are gone. Georgieff took pictures that he will compare with photos or prints of the stations in olden days. He’ll give a history of the lifesaving service that had one of its early proponents in Dr. Charles Newell, a Jersey congressman who in 1848 addresses Congress for funding to help save shipwreck victims. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, 609-294-1547, 2-4PM.
April 27, 2019 - Tuckerton’s Oyster and Clam History. Dale Stewart Parsons is a fifth generation baymen and seafood purveyor in Tuckerton. His family has been making their living from the bounty of the bay since 1909. Beginning in the 1990s Parson began teaching himself aquaculture and now raises clams and oysters from larvae to plant them on his clam beds in Great Bay. Parsons is part of the Barnegat Bay Partnership’s Shellfish Working Group that is rebuilding an oyster reef in Little Egg Harbor Bay. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, 609-294-1547, 2-4PM.
May 18, 2019 - What’s So Special About Tuckerton. Starting with the Lenni Lenape who settled along the Tuckerton Creek through the Colonial period of commerce, boatbuilding, oyster and clam shipping, through the Revolutionary War, Civil War and Tuckerton Wireless, Historical Society President John Yates will give an overview of Tuckerton history using artifacts in the museum as prompts. Come and learn about the wealth of history in the place where you live. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, 609-294-1547, 2-4PM.
June 15, 2019 - Restoration of the Cedar Bridge Tavern. Ocean County Historian Tim Hart will speak about the restoration of the Cedar Bridge Tavern, site of the last skirmish of the Revolutionary War. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, 609-294-1547, 2-4PM.
July, 20, 2019 - Josephine: A Memoir. Editor and writer Margaret Thomas Bucholtz discusses her book about her mother, Josephine Lehman Thomas. During World War I, before women had the right to vote in America, a young Josephine answered the patriotic call from Washington, D.C. and became one of the pioneering “government girls.” Josephine worked for legendary journalist Lowell Thomas and traveled the world until the Great Depression dropped her and her new family, on LBI. Bucholtz will bring copies of her book Josephine for a book signing. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, 609-294-1547, 2-4PM.
August 17, 2019 - Pre- and Post-Revolution: Jonathan Mercantini is acting Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor in Kean University’s Department of History where he teaches a wide variety of courses on New Jersey and American history. His talk will explore the creation of East and West Jersey and the legacies of those separate colonies. He will also examine the state’s important role as part of the Crossroads of the American Revolution. This program is supplied through the Public Scholars Project and the New Jersey Cultural and Humanities program. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, 609-294-1547, 2-4PM. [Unfortunately this event was cancelled due to scheduling issues.]
September 7, 2019 - The 45th Ye Old Clamtown Antiques Flea Market. Tip Seaman Park from 8am-4pm. This marks its 45th year. Appraiser Table. Approx. 70 antique dealers. Selected food vendors. RAIN DATES 8th or 14th. Dealers ($45 for 20’ x 20’ space) call 609-294-1547.
October 19, 2019 - Eilvese Book Presentation. Eilvese telegraph station near Hanover Germany became operational in 1913 in concert with the Tuckerton Wireless telegraph station. Both stations used the Goldschmidt transmitter for telegraph. A history book about Eilvese has been translated into English and outlines the activity from Eilvese station to Tuckerton. Tuckerton Historical Society Vice President Donald Caselli will give this presentation. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, 609-294-1547, 2-4PM.
November 16, 2019 – Great Storm Book. Margaret Thomas Buchholz will return with author Scott Mazella and an expanded and updated book, Great Storms of the Jersey Shore. The authors have combined exhaustive research of archival reports and old news accounts with interviews of more than 200 people who experienced major storms first-hand such as the 1962 March Storm, the Hurricane of 1944 and Superstorm Sandy. Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, 35 Leitz Blvd., Little Egg Harbor, 609-294-1547, 2-4PM.
December, 2019 - Annual Christmas Party. Christmas in Tuckerton is something to look forward to as part of our holidays. Clam Chowder, punch and cookies after 5 PM at Little Borough Hall, 220 S. Green St. Happy Holidays! Date to be announced. (this will be sent in when the date is set in stone).