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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Asbury Park Past, Present, and Future: Learn from the Past to Make the Future Just

Come see Grammy nominated author Daniel Wolff talk about his book, 4th of July, Asbury Park: A History of the Promise Land

Asbury’s own Gil Caldwell civil rights leader speak about the importance of civil rights and gay rights in Asbury today. Come ready for dialogue at the end!

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"Doo Wop Explosion" Concert at Monmouth University

If you like to hear original acapella music-that’s right, real people singing in harmony without musical accompaniment like in the good old days- then you might want to attend the Feb. 20 "Doo Wop Explosion" concert at Monmouth University.

The "Doo Wop Explosion," which assembles some of the finest vocal talent in New York, North Jersey and Philadelphia will be held at the Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

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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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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.


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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The Asbury Park Historical Society was recently notified by the state Office of Historic Preservation that the historic Stephen Crane House has been officially added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the nation’s official list of cultural resources significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and other similar categories. The Stephen Crane House, at 508 Fourth Avenue, was placed on the State Register of Historic Places on February 16, 2015 and the historical society expects to take ownership of the house in the very near future.

"This is another big step in the right direction to preserve this historic building," APHS President Don Stine said.

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Spirituals to Soul: African American Musical Heritage in Monmouth, 1880 - 1980
The Asbury Park Historical Society is proud to be a co-sponsor of an exhibit that explores the development of African American music in Monmouth County from 1880 to 1980.

The exhibit, which will run until Nov. 7, originally grew from a collaboration between music historians Charlie and Pamela Horner (of Classic Urban Harmony LLC) and the Asbury Park Historical Society that featured a small exhibition at Heaven Gallery in Asbury Park in January, followed in February by a month-long exhibition at the Monmouth University Pollak Gallery. Read More.
Classic Urban Harmony Newsletter #24

Welcome to our Classic Urban Harmony Newsletter issue (#24). This is our first newsletter of 2015. Yes, we know it's nearing the end of March already - we've been very busy. If you want to see our video review of last year and our list of lost luminaries you can visit the What's New Page of www.classicurbanharmony.net and scroll way down.

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A Good Samaritan- namely Allied Environmental Signage, based in Farmingdale- has offered to restore the iconic neon sign from the Turf Club, a well-known Springwood Avenue night club in Asbury Park, for free.

“I thought I could help out. Somebody’s should do it and I have the facilities,” Company President Kevin White said earlier this week.

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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.

Donations can also be mailed to:
APHS, P.O. Box 543, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Historical Society to Acquire Stephen Crane House

The Asbury Park Historical Society has launched a fundraising campaign to help finance its proposed acquisition and restoration of the historic Stephen Crane House.
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Donations can also be mailed to:
APHS, P.O. Box 543, Asbury Park, NJ 07712


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Historical Society to Acquire Stephen Crane House
APHS Files Application to Designate Crane House a Historic Landmark

The Asbury Park Historical Society filed an application at the end of March with the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to have the historic Stephen Carne House on Fourth Avenue in Asbury Park designated as an historic landmark.
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Upcoming Events
Every 3rd Thursday Monthly Meeting | Stephen Crane House @ 7:30pm
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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Learn about our Preservation Committee
Our preservation committee works to maintain our City's historic landmarks. To know more about their mission and how you can help, read more.