mcha mens bathing attirePHOTO: Man’s bathing attire from 1910 along with other memorabilia from Wish You Were Here. Photo credit: Deb Carmody, Monmouth County Historical Association

FREEHOLD – In celebration of summer at the Shore, the Monmouth County Historical Association has opened a new exhibition, Wish you Were Here, in the second floor center gallery at the Museum at 70 Court St.

Featured are postcards and memorabilia from Monmouth County resort communities from the Bayshore to the Atlantic Ocean from 1870 through the 1950s. Included in the display are post cards as diverse as the Twin Lights in Highlands to hotel interiors from popular hotels of the early 20th century.

Also on display are salt water taffy boxes and other memorabilia from the Keansburg boardwalk, photos of grand hotels from throughout the waterfront areas of Monmouth County, and sea glass, sunglasses, and souvenirs popular in several different eras. A still-model features a man’s bathing attire from the 1910s.

The exhibition also contains a number of locally written books about the county’s shore towns, including those of George Moss and Leon Reussille, as well as images of popular steamboats that plied the shore.  Books about the shore and post cards are also available for sale, with all proceeds benefitting the Historical Association.

The exhibition will remain at the museum through Labor Day weekend. It is in addition to the “Spirituals to Soul: African American Musical Heritage in Monmouth 1880-1980” exhibition, a tribute to the African American musical heritage of Monmouth County, which is in the Washington Gallery on the first floor and will be open through Nov. 7. 

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.  The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold.  Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.  The Historic Houses are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from May 1 through September 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  For further information about the Association, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit the web site at 

Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.