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Thursdays @ 7pm in the Howard Stainton Senior Center.

ASL interpretation will be provided. Free Admission.

jULY 8
Jack Devine: An AMerican SPymaster

The OCHM welcomes Jack Devine, Ocean City resident, CIA veteran and author of Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story and Spymaster’s Prism: The Fight Against Russian Aggression. Devine will explore his fascinating career spanning more than three decades with the CIA- a career filled with intrigue, international adventure and sometimes danger, intertwined with and often influencing great events in U.S. foreign policy history. Devine is a founding partner and President of The Arkin Group, an international risk consulting and intelligence firm.

jULY 15
New Jersey Women in wwii

Real-life Rosie the Riveters worked the lines in New Jerseys factories while others sold war bonds, planted victory gardens and conserved materials for the war effort. Thousands more served as nurses and in branches of the armed forces like the Women’s Army Corps and the U.S. Navy’s Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. African American women fought a double war: one against the nation’s enemies and another against discrimination. Presented by Patricia Chappine, Ph.D., New Jersey author and Stockton University Professor, this program explores the pivotal roles that New Jersey women played in World War II and discusses the importance of using local archives to bring the past to life.

jULY 22

U.S. Life Saving Station #30

July 29
142 Years of Real Estate in Ocean City

From its founding as a Christian Seaside Resort by four Methodist Ministers in 1879, it has always been about real estate. From Ocean City's four original roads, Ocean Ave, Wesley Ave, Asbury Ave and West Ave; each Minister was permitted to name a road. Why did they choose those names? And OH, How Ocean City has grown over the years; adding 35-40% to the land we now call Ocean City. Things were much different in 1879, than they are today.  It is a fascinating look at how the island has grown over the years. And Real Estate was the driving force behind that growth. Ocean City is popular for many reason, but everyone would love to own a little piece of Ocean City. We have had good and bad times in Real Estate over the years; but Ocean City always seems to keep that real estate magic for so many. A fun, fact filled look at Ocean City Real Estate over the years.

Presented by Ken Cooper, current Secretary and past President of the Board of Trustees of the Ocean City Historical Museum. Ken has been a licensed New Jersey Realtor since 1981 and has served on the New Jersey Board of Realtors and the Ocean City Board of Realtors.

august 5
Grace kelly: the wedding
august 12
native american folkways

Learn about the customs, traditions, and origin stories of the original residents of Cape May County. Presented by Bill Cloer, Curator at Historic Cold Spring Village.

august 19
New jersey baseball in the 1800's:
cradle of the national pastime

Beginning in the mid-1800’s, New Jersey played an important role in the early growth of organized baseball.  This program will explore how and why baseball spread rapidly throughout the state during the Civil War era including the stories of some of the prominent teams and players of the period.  How the state’s role evolved as baseball became increasingly popular will also be considered.  In addition there will be a discussion of the major differences between 19th century baseball and today’s game. This program is being presented by John Zinn, lifelong New Jersey resident, author and chairman of the board of the New Jersey Historical Society.    

august 26
Jim Plousis: Jersey Lawman

The memoir, Jersey Lawman, tells the story of Plousis and his 40-year career in law enforcement--from rookie cop in a rough New Jersey Pine Barrens town to the youngest elected county sheriff in America at that time; and from his appointment as U.S. marshal for New Jersey to his assignment as chairman of the New Jersey Parole Board. Plousis was a police officer in Ocean City, NJ, before being elected sheriff of Cape May County at age 32. He served in that post for five terms, earning national recognition for his innovative approaches to law enforcement, public safety, and incarceration.

September 2
the history of Ocean City's Movie Theaters

september 9
what we were singing in 1879