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Monroe Edelstein Portrait Exhibition

Opening Reception September 18 6pm-8pm (Tickets $75)

September 19th 10am-5pm, September 20th 1pm-5pm (Free)

Taylor-Butler House

127 Kings Highway, Middletown

Unexcelled Portraits: Monmouth County Families Captured by Monroe Edelstein will feature local photographs from Monroe Edelstein. We are showcasing his work thanks in large part to members of the community who have loaned their personal Edelstein portraits to this exhibition. Assisting with the exhibition is Edelstein's daughter, Councilwoman Aimee Humphreys of Fair Haven, who has retained an extensive archive of her father's work. We would like to thank all of the families who shared their personal portraits in order to make this exhibition possible. Tickets to the Friday evening opening reception are $75. To purchase tickets please visit our Website or call 732-462-1466 ext. 19.


Historically Speaking Lecture Series:

Bog Iron and Base Ball

Wednesday, September 16, 7 p.m.

Red Bank Public Library 84 West Front Street 

When the owner of the team that became the Brooklyn Dodgers passed away, the team was left in turmoil. The 1898 Brooklyn Bridegrooms season was one of transition, and Allaire, N.J. played a big part in it. The Bridegrooms had their spring training there that year. The presentation will describe various theories that led to their presence at Allaire, the personalities that made up the team, the team's experiences that spring, and the implications for the team had they not been able to train there.

"The Bog Iron Boys" are the vintage base ball team that now call Allaire Village home. Russ McIver will discuss the development of the rules, fan interaction and the relation to the modern game, as well as Andrew Freedman, the owner of the New York Giants baseball team who lived on Tower Hill in Red Bank.

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored with the Red Bank Public Library.




Friday, October 16, 2015


Open Now Thru

November 7, 2015

Beginning in the 1880's, African American singers and musicians performing in Monmouth County brought to life the sounds of spirituals, jazz, gospel, doo wop, rhythm & blues and soul. In addition, venues in the county played important roles in the careers of dozens of internationally known Black music stars- Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Claude Thornton, Sonny Greer and more. Through rare photos, recordings and artifacts, this exhibition traces these stories.


Beautiful Childhood: Portraits From The Permanent Collection 

Open through December 31, 2015


This exhibition features portraits of children shown in various stages of development from toddlers to teenagers from the Museum's own collection. These portraits from middle and upper-class Monmouth County families served as pictorial records of family history as well as mementos of childhood. These works on display reveal how girls and boys were portrayed within the context of the time. Clothing and objects such as jewelry, flowers, or books offer clues as to gender and socioeconomic status and the various ways in which parents wished to commemorate their children during these special years. This exhibition was curated by Dr. Carol Lowrey.


Wish You Were Here

Open Now Thru September 7
Focusing on the postcard, this exhibition illustrates the people, places, and grand hotels of Monmouth County that made the county a vacation destination in the late 19th century. Books about the shore and post cards are available for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Association. 

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Updated 31 July 2015




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