Welcome Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Area. Asbury Park was incorporated as a city, as of March 25, 1897.

The mission of the Asbury Park Historical Society is to advance the understanding, appreciation, preservation and restoration of anything of historical value to the City of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Read More.
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15th Anniversary Party set for McLoone’s in June

Depending upon which chart you consult, a 15th anniversary celebration is represented by crystal, by roses, or by the gift of a watch. As we get ready to mark the 15th birthday of today’s Asbury Park Historical Society, we do so as keepers of the timeline for our city’s ever-fascinating history...as part of a fast-changing town whose impact is now coming into crystal-clear focus...and as a deeply rooted part of a community that will continue to bloom in years ahead.

On Sunday, June 12 at 6 p.m., the APHS invites the public to help us celebrate 15 years of preserving and promoting the architectural and cultural legacy of Asbury Park here in the 21st century, when we host an Anniversary Party fundraiser at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club on Ocean Avenue.

“If you attended our Morro Castle Monument dedication dinner several years ago, then you know what a great time you’re going to have!” APHS President Don Stine said.

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LOSS OF AN ASBURY PARK ICON

Asbury Park lost one of its most iconic business owners on Sat., Dec. 5 with the death of a well-known local photographer who had his business in the city for more than 60 years. Ed Noumair, 94, died peacefully in his Lincroft home.

Born in Brooklyn in 1921, Edward George Noumair started his business in Asbury Park in 1939 after he graduated from Asbury Park High School. He remained in the city for more than 60 years except for a tour with the Marines during World War II.

And almost everybody knew Ed Noumair, especially for his portrait photography.

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ASBURY PARK ARMORY IMPORTANT IN EARLY YEARS OF RHYTHM & BLUES

The former Asbury Park National Guard Armory, now the VFW post at Lake & Bond, dates back to 1915 and once housed troupes heading for World Wars I and II. But in the 1940's and 1950's it also played another historic role. The large hall inside provided space for huge dances, featuring some of the country's leading African American music entertainers. (Asbury Park was a segregated city at that time.) There was no stage in the Armory then, only a large wooden dance floor with an overlooking second floor balcony. Billy Eckstine played there in 1944, with young Dizzy Gillespie in his band. Trade magazines reported bandleader Jimmie Lunceford packing in 1844 fans in September 1946, though we suspect that was an exaggeration. Read More.

ASBURY PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY TAKES TITLE TO THE HISTORIC STEPHEN CRANE HOUSE

The teenage home of famous and prolific American author Stephen Crane is now property of the Asbury Park Historical Society.

"For the first time in the society’s 14-year history we now have our own home and a headquarters from which to operate," society President Don Stine said.

The house was given free-of-charge to the Historical Society by Frank D’Alessandro, who purchased it in 2001. The official closing took place last Thursday, Sept. 24.

Stine said it was a group effort among the trustees, members, and several generous benefactors to obtain the house and he added that the society wants to particularly thank society Vice President Jim Henry and Freehold-based attorney Mark Williams for their "lengthy and tireless efforts" to prepare and file the proper deeds and paperwork.

"And, of course, we would not be here at all without the generosity of Frank D’Alessandro, who has been a good caretaker of the house for the past 14 years" he said.

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ASBURY PARK’S HISTORIC STEPHEN CRANE HOUSE PLACED ON STATE REGISTRY

The teenage home of famous American author Stephen Crane in Asbury Park was officially placed on the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places on Dec. 16.

The 1878 house, located at 508 Fourth Avenue, is slated to be purchased by the Asbury Park Historical Society in the near future and preserved as a museum dedicated to Crane and as a public meeting place for the historical society and other city and educational organizations. Read More.

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APHS, P.O. Box 543, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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Come Join Us at our Monthly Meeting Every 3rd Thursday at the Stephen Crane House , 508 Fourth Avenue @ 7:30pm. There are always a number of exciting things going on, make sure not to miss it! Guests are always invited. Read More.
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