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Monday Night Talks

Monday Night Talks in the Museum

Each Monday night features a new guest speaker that discusses topics related to the history of LBI, the culture of the area - past and present, as well as preservation of the island and its environment.

Doors open at 7:00 PM, the program begins at 7:30 PM.  Come in and explore the museum before each Monday Night Talk!

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Topic: Reclam the Bay
July 8, 2024

Jack Duggan, of Reclam the Bay, will present on the 20 years of using shellfish to improve our bay’s
waters, and Reclam’s efforts to save Mordecai Island. A local non-profit who’s mission is to involve and educate the public about the estuary’s water quality and the importance of shellfish in our waters.

Put this on your MUST-DO List!

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Topic: Surfing on LBI
July 15, 2024

Jon Coen, author of “Liquid Lines “ in the Sandpaper, is a freelance journalist. He will speak about surfing on LBI, and its significance in New Jersey, past, present and future. Join us for more unique and interesting facts about surfing on LBI.

Make sure you catch this interesting Talk!



Topic: The Shipwreck, Fortuna
July 22, 2024

Carol Bradshaw, aka “the ‘Anchor Lady“ is the author of The Fortuna.  Carol will discuss, and show photographs of the ship wreck in Ship Bottom in 1909. All survived, and the author met the baby on board years later.

This will be an evening to remember!

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Topic: Celebrating the Jersey Shore - July 29, 2024

Margaret Buckholtz, author of Shore Chronicles: Diaries and Travelers' Tales from the Jersey Shore 1764-1955, will share the adventurous journeys by stagecoach and concluding with the opening of the Garden State Parkway.

Add this to your summer calendar of events!

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Topic: Railroad History of LBI
August 5, 2024

Riley Sharp, of the Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Society & Museum, will be giving a fascinating presentation on the Railroad History of LBI. Learn how transportation evolved on the island!

This is something you will not want to miss!


Topic: Island Voices, An Oral History Project: August 12, 2024

Dr. Denise Cleveland, President, and Ron Marr, past President will introduce Island Voices, an LBI Oral History Project.  The presentation will showcase snippets of conversations with LBI longtime residents and historians.

You will want to be front & center for this talk!

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Topic:  Blueberries & the People of the Pinelands August 19, 2024

Cindi Snrka is an archivist with the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in the
Pinelands. She will speak on the blueberry, and cranberry industries, Elizabeth White, and others
who helped its growth. Did you know The blueberry, which was first cultivated in Whitesbog, became the official state fruit in 2004.

You definitely want to be present for this!

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Topic: Slavery in N.J.
August 26, 2024

Rick Geffken, of the OCC&HC and author of Stories of Slavery in New Jersey will discuss the history of slavery and the Quakers.

Hear the story of John Woolman who travelled throughout NJ in the mid 18th century working for better treatment of the enslaved. His message eventually led to Quaker calls for abolition.

This will be an interesting talk indeed!

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