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The quarterly newsletter of the Township of Ocean Historical Museum. Monmouth County, New Jersey.


  • Oceans Heritage, Fall 2012

    unprecedented and perhaps unmatched time of celebration, gratitude, and joy. Housing shortages, unemployment, labor strife, and civil injustices faced the nation. But for a few weeks, the country could put its challenges aside and rejoice in the wars end and the return of loved ones.

    Our Home for the Holidays week-end captures the spirit. A mini-exhibit contrasts the bitter-

    sweet war year holidays with the exuberance of 1945.

    War-era model trains, doll houses, andtoysfilltheOurTownGallery.

    AHolidayShopandBakery--filledwith one-of-a-kind, handmade crafts (perfect for gift-giving) and home-made goodies to eat and share--take

    At no time were the separationandsacrificesofWorld War II more acutely felt than at Christmas. In the four years--from the December 7, 1941 attack

    on Pearl Harbor to the surrender of Japa-nese forces in August 1945, the country struggled to keep the spirit of the season alive despite shortages, uncertainties, and missing loved ones.

    Imaginethen,thejoyofthefirstpost-war Christmas celebrations. Better yet,joinusthefirstweekendofDecem-ber when the Woolley House is trans-formed to tell the story of Home for the Holidays, 1945.

    For two days, 11 to 4, Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, the Museum becomes a stage for telling the story of the local homefront and recreating the joy of Christmas and Hanukkah, 1945.

    It was an extraordinary time in our history. At wars end, the U.S. govern-ment went to heroic lengths to get GIs long separated from loved ones home for the holidays. Operation Magic Carpet returned tens of thousands of GIs from Europe and Asia. Operation Santa Claus expedited their discharge.

    Veteransfilledtheairportsandthetrainandbusstationstooverflow-ing in their rush to get home. Strangers hosted stranded veterans. Neighbors reached out to those who had lost loved ones.Forthefirsttimeinyears,goodsonce needed to supply the warfront were becoming available on the homefront.

    Hanukkah, 1945, fell early and was celebrated on November 29. It held specialsignificanceforfamiliesinlightofthe horrors of the Holocaust.

    The holidays of 1945 were an

    Home for the Holidays, 1945 Exhibit, Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2

    Museum transformed for two days

    HeritageThe Township of Ocean Historical Museum Vol. 29, No. 4, Fall 2012

    The Eden Woolley House


    The face of this young girl captures the delight of families reunited for Christmas morning, 1945.

    over the Hearth and Home Gallery. The Garden Club sells fresh-made

    wreaths on the porch.Theres a Santa Hunt for the kids,

    caroling by the Ocean Township Choir at 2 on Sunday, walking tours of the Museum grounds Saturday and Sunday, and, as always, the drawingofthewinningquiltraffleticket Sunday at 3.Home for the Holidays is another

    in the Museums series of exhibits and programs exploring the World War II local homefront. Our major exhibit, Loved Ones Go to War: Local Stories of World War II forms a backdrop for this two-day event.

    Start the celebration of this years holiday with a visit to the remarkable season of 1945. Consider holiday shop-ping for locally crafted, hand-made gifts from our Holiday Shop.

    Please join us.

    Home for the Holidays, 194511 to 4

    Saturday and SundayDecember 1 and 2

    The Eden Woolley House

    $3 suggested donation(Children free)

  • Oceans Heritage, Fall 2012

    Quilt raffle books are mailed each year to members and friends whose support helps make the raffle a major fundraiser. Thanks to so many who have returned their ticket stubs and money. If you havent already, please send yours to:

    Twp of Ocean Historical Museum, P. O. Box 516,

    Oakhurst, NJ 07755.

    The winning quilt ticket will be drawn at 3, Sunday, December 2, during our annual holiday exhibit weekend and craft sale.

    If you have questions or would like more books, please call Mary Hill at 732-389-5318.

    Reminder to return stubs2012 quilt raffle tickets

    Each year for the past quarter of a century, talented Museum volunteers have worked for months hand-piecing and hand-stitching the queen-sized quilts weraffleoffattheHolidayExhibitthefirstSundayofeveryDecember.Thepro-cess has become a cherished tradition and a major fundraiser for the Museum. Itallbeganin1987.Thethen-fledging

    It all began in 1987: The history of the Museums quiltMuseum quilters carry on a 25 year tradition of craftsmanship


    By the NumbersMuseum Quilt

    25 Yearssincethefirstmuseumquilt(1987)$75,000+ Amountraisedbyour25quiltraffles

    12 Number of crafters who created this years quilt35 Number of crafters over the past 25 years15 Yards of fabric in each quilt

    $4 to $5 Cost of a yard of cotton quilt fabric in 1987$10 to $12 Cost of a yard of cotton quilt fabric in 2012

    22 Local quilt winners2 Out-of-state quilt winners

    40% Shareoffund-rasingincomefromourquiltraffleandcrafts

    Thank you for your support. Please purchase your quilt chances and return unused chance books.

    Museum, just three years old, was search-ing for fundraising ideas. Members Marge Edelson and Ann Stiles, the gifted crafters who led the effort in 1975 to create Township of Ocean Bicentennial Quilt, conceived the ideaofaquiltraffle.

    They sent out the word and ten experi-enced stitchers stepped forward. The work of

    Museum Quilters began. Year after year, a

    committed team of quil-ters has shown up week

    after week to stitch fabric into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for some lucky winner. To date, two dozen winning tickets have been drawn. What fun to think of those lovingly crafted quilts in use in each of those winning homes!

    Over the years, quilters have come and gone. Three have been with the group from the beginning: chairman

    Marge Edelson, Ann Stiles, and Lois Lan-dis. Every year a dozen volunteers--some new, some veterans--commit their time and skills to help the Museum.

    The quilters dont stop when the quilt is done. They continue to meet weekly to work on the hand-crafted items sold in the Museum Store and at Museum events.

    Their work has contributed to the Mu-seumsfiscalstabilityanditsreputationfor quality and creativity. We are grateful for their talent and commitment.

    New crafters are always welcome. If you have skills--or an interest in acquiring them--join us. The group meets Tuesday afternoons at the Museum.

    In addition to the 12 current quilters, 23 other women have been members of the Museum Quilters over the years: Ginger Bergeron, Sally Bonner, Katy Dorsett, Yolanda Emanuel, Carmen Escandon, Maryann Farry, Agnes Frick, Anne Gasparini, Judy Hansen, Beverly Itell, Addie King, Nora Kirlew, Carol Mauch, Lou Olenick, Addie Pellacani, Lena Pryor, Connie Rasp, Thea Schardelmann, Eleanor Serine, Betty Shea, Phyllis Spohrer, Grace Van Brunt, and Carol White.

    The Museum quilters pose in front of their 2012 By the Sea quilt. From left to right: Marge Edelson, Lois Landis, Marion Vogler, Sarah Salmon, Hilda Vafiadis, Ann Stiles, Betty Wilder-otter, and Jeanne Ribsam. (Not present: Gerri Applegate, Eileen McCormack, Jane Young, and Joan Wobser.)

  • Oceans Heritage, Fall 2012

    Take advantage of the high price of gold and help out the Museum


    Heart of Gold FundraiserFor the fourth time, the Museum is partnering with local jeweller Earth Treasures in a Heart of Gold fundraiser, scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. , Thursday, February 7, at the Eden Woolley House. It hasbeenasuccessful(andrelativelyeffortless)waytobenefitboth the Museum and those who participate.

    Heres how it works. Bring any gold and silver jewelry or items that you no longer wear or use to the Museum February 7. An appraiser from Earth Treasures--a licensed and bonded jeweller in business for 35 years --privately assesses your items and gives you cash if you choose to sell them. Even broken, mis-matched, and small items (rings, earrings, necklaces, and watches) can add up to surprising value. White gold, silver, platinum, coins, dental scrap, antiquejewelry,gold-filledandgold-plateditemsarewelcome.

    Best of all, you receive the full value for your items. The Museum receives a donationfromEarthsTreasureswhichtheytakefromtheirprofit.

    Friday Flag-Raising At 5 every Friday evening through Dec. 7A flag is raised in memory of deceased World War II veterans. Public welcome.

    General Meeting and Speaker Event Living Voices: Memories of Jewish War Veterans Tuesday, November 13, 7:15Oakhurst School Auditorium.

    Gift-Wrapping at Barnes & NobleNov. 23, 24, 30; Dec 11, 15. Fundraiser. Volunteers welcome. Call 732-531-2136

    Home for the Holiday, 1945 Holiday Exhibit Weekend Sat. and Sun., December 1 & 2, 11 to 4Eden Woolley House. Miniatures, trains, dolls, and a holiday boutique and bakery.

    Heart of Gold Fund-raiser Thurs., Feb. 7, 2013, 6-9--Eden Woolley House

    General Meeting and Speaker Event Lenape Indians of the Jersey Shore. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7:15Oakhurst School Auditorium.

    Coming Events

    Mark your calendar

    The final chapterSuperstorm Sandy clears Takanassee

    Genealogical search leads to the Eden Woolley House

    When her high school teacher asked Florida teen Donna Renninger to write her family history, she didnt sus-pect the assignment would continue for the next forty years.

    Donna was hooked. She tracked down what she could from Florida then took to the road, visiting England, Ger-many, France, and states through the U.S. in her search.

    Clues led to Ocean Township. In April of this year, Donna contacted Ellen Gulick, our head Research Librarian. They spoke by phone and discovered to