The all-volunteer Atlantic Highlands Historical Society NEEDS YOUR HELP to continue its mission of preserving and presenting the rich stories and artifacts of the Raritan Bayshore region.
We have two primary thrusts: Preserving and restoring the historic Strauss Mansion in Atlantic Highlands, the only Queen Anne-style building open to the public in Monmouth County, with 21 rooms of exhibition space and period decor. Celebrating its 125-year anniversary, this year we are restoring the Mansion’s doors, finishing the porch, grading the property and fixing the masonry work. Future badly needed restoration work includes painting, restoring cedar shakes, replacing the roof, building access stairs to the yard, and rebuilding the stairs off the porch.
Our second thrust is our community educational and cultural programs, which include:
Monthly lectures, a monthly music series, architectural walking tours, and local field trips;
Annual events, including the Henry Hudson Regional School Choir Concert; the Arts & Crafts Makers Market fair; Flea Market; Porch Supper; and events featuring Victorian Spiritualism, ghost hunting and haunted happenings;
In 2018, we are hosting New Jersey’s official tall ship, the 85-foot schooner A.J. Meerwald, in its first visit to Atlantic Highlands in nearly a decade. The ship will visit the area for a week-long visit of public tours and educational sails;
We are also hosting a 19th-century style vintage baseball game in August, accompanied by a festival.
These events are all dedicated to celebrating region’s history and providing immersive educational and cultural experiences for the public about our past, and encouraging involvement in shaping our future.
We are hoping to raise $10,000 to continue our restoration work and programs, all of which are managed with no paid staff. In the near future we hope to initiate the production of an oral history podcast, create a searchable database on historic homes, documents and artifacts, create a school trip agenda and a summer steampunk camp. These things can happen—the Strauss Mansion fulfilling its potential as an integral part in every phase of our community life—when we have the funding to make it happen.
Your donations also help us attract grants for historical preservation and even matching funds in some cases. Please help us celebrate our past during our 125th anniversary year, so we can ensure future generations continue to have this important cultural center in their community.