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Barnegat Light Historical Society and Museum


News and Events

  •   In June 1914 a parade of 100 automobiles drove across the newly built causeway to Long Beach Island and continued south to the Engleside Hotel in Beach Haven, celebrating the opening up of LBI to a broader population.  On Saturday, June 21th, a caravan of classic and antique cars traveled from the Barnegat Light Museum to Beach Haven in honor of the 100th anniversary of that event. 
  • Our Annual Dinner was held on June 22nd at the Manahawkin Holiday Inn The guest speaker was Rick Bushnell, who made  a forceful and informative presentation of the "Reclam the Bay" project.
  • The Wine and Cheese Reception at the museum will be held on August 24th from 4:00 to 7:00 and is open to all visitors.
  • Last  year we made a few more changes and improvements to the museum. Visitors to the museum increased almost threefold in the last few years, and our membership is now at 212.
  • Our Lifesaving Mortars  were reconditioned and mounted on pedestals. The schoolhouse bell was installed in its new enclosure in front of the museum and new steps were installed, replacing the old concrete ones.
  •  A large screen TV slide show featuring over 100 pictures of the history of  "Barnegat City"  and numerous historical videos was installed, made possible by a grant in honor of Howard Worner. 
  • A new decoy display was loaned to museum from Tom Fitzpatrick.
  • Our paintings and photographs are now labeled for easier understanding . 
  • Previous member's meetings featured Nancy Gallimore from the Sandcastle Bed and Breakfast describing a visit to Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas (the only place in the world where they are found) ,Carole Bradshaw, aka the Anchor Lady, relating the story of the Fortuna, Ray Miller,  describing the art of making shore bird decoys and the history of shorebird hunting; Jack Lamping, island historian and nonagenarian,  returning to reminisce with us about life and tourism on old LBI  and Richie Kohler speaking to us about his diving experience on the German U-Boat off Brielle (from the book SHADOW DIVERS). 
  • We now have a display at the Interpretive Center of the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park  
  • We will participate in the 2014 Lighthouse Challenge on October 18th & 19th (Organized by the NJ Lighthouse Society) This is our sixth year. We hosted over 1,500 visitors on the two days of the challenge for the last five years. The enthusiasm of our visitors was contagious and all had a good time.




Speaker Schedule for 2014

  • JULY 10th: Margaret Buchholz - speaking on her book JOSEPHINE, her mother's life from WWI Washington DC to her home in Harvey Cedars

  • AUGUST 14th: NANCY GALLIMORE - slides and presentation of her photography and experience photograthing wild animals from around the world. Polar bears in Canada, eagles and snow monkeys in Japan.

  • SEPT 11th: Former student from the BARNEGAT LIGHT SCHOOL will tell their experience of attending the one room schoolhouse and growing up in Barnegat Light 

  • OCT 9th: Jeannette LLoyd presentation on the old hotels of Long Beach Island


Upcoming Events:

  • August 24th: Annual Wine and Cheese Party 4p.m. - 7p.m.

  • The 2014 Lighthouse Challenge includes our museum as one of the stops (for the sixth year). We  expect close to 2,000 visitors.