BHS History

The Belmar Historical Society was formerly called the Belmar Historical Preservation Advisory Council, appointed by the Mayor and Council of  the Borough of Belmar, NJ in 1991, as an advisory council to the Borough dedicated to the preservation of Belmar’s history.   As an advisory council we successfully applied for and received six matching grants from the Monmouth County Historical Commission to restore historic sites in the Borough, including:

  • the WW I Doughboy Monument;
  • the weaponry at Doughboy Park; the WW II Monument;
  • the shipwrecked Malta base located at Eighth and Ocean Avenues;
  • exterior roof, brick and windowsill repairs to the annex at the100-year old Union Fire House;
  • and most recently exterior painting of the outside trim on the entire Union Fire House.

The Belmar Historical Preservation Advisory Council remains in effect to continue its responsibilities as an advisory council to the Borough.

The Belmar Historical Society has successful applied for and received a 2012 mini-grant for archival supplies from the New Jersey Historical  Commission.

Our archives collections consists of photographs, maps, blueprints, newspaper clippings, and a wonderful, extensive Coast Echo/Coast Advertiser newspaper collection dating from 1893-1973, some of which have been preserved on 35mm microfilm and digitized for easy viewing.   The goal of the BHS is to complete the microfilm project, through state grants and donations, and eventually digitize the entire newspaper collection and make it available to the public.

The Coast Advertiser newspaper memorialized the history and development of Belmar and the surrounding shore communities from 1893 to 1973.

Belmar played a major role in the Jersey shore’s development when it was incorporated as Ocean Beach in 1872.   Ocean Beach formally changed it’s name to “Belmar” on May 14. 1889.

The quote at the opening of this website was taken from the following poster, available for sale in the Memorabilia page of this site.