Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

American Women and Royal Marriages: A Lecture by Melissa Ziobro

Royal wedding fever is in the air as Great Britain’s Prince Harry wed American actress Meghan Markle on May 19- but did you know that marriages between Americans and European nobles once happened by the hundreds? During the Gilded Age, wealthy American heiresses married impoverished European nobles by the score. The marriages secured social status for “new money” American families often slighted by the established elites in their own country; while the infusion of American dollars allowed the impoverished nobility across the Atlantic to continue to maintain the lifestyles to which their families had been accustomed for generations. There were literally hundreds of these marriages, some more famous than others- including several featuring brides with roots in NJ. Join us as we discuss the so-called “dollar princesses” of the Gilded Age, to include Lady Monson (nee Romaine Stone, daughter of General Roy Stone of Morristown NJ), Lady Roberts (nee Elizabeth Marie LaRoche, daughter of William Tell LaRoche of Harrington Park, NJ), and Princess Miguel of Braganza (nee Anita Stewart, born in Elberon, NJ), and more. 

Free, at the Strauss Mansion Museum.

 

Melissa Ziobro is currently the Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, teaching courses to include Introduction to Public History, Oral History, and Museums and Archives Management. Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program and her Department’s social media and newsletter. 

Melissa serves on the Executive Board of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a joint venture of the NJ Historical Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. She has worked with public history organizations such as the Monmouth County Park System, InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum, Monmouth County Park System, Monmouth County Historical Association, Monmouth County Historical Commission, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, National Guard Militia Museum of NJ, and more. She worked as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2011.

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Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Annual Flea Market at the Atlantic Highlands Harbor

For vendor information call Bette at 908 902 8967 or email bjvan820@gmail.com.

he Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will hold its 40th annual Outdoor Flea Market at the Atlantic Highlands Marina (off First Ave.) on Saturday September 15th from 10 AM to 4 PM.  The Rain/Shine Date is September 22.

100+ vendors will offer a variety of antiques and collectibles, crafts, art, and new and second time around items. Also an eclectic array of bargains can always be found at the Society’s Treasures’ Or Table as well as a variety of Food and Baked goods by the Society.

We are in need of many volunteers that day to work our food, Treasures, or Society table. If you would like to help  please call Bette at 732-291-4313 or Carmen at 732-291-9337. 

Also if you would like to donate items for our Treasures’Or Table, We can arrange a time when you can bring your items to the mansion, or you can drop them off at the Society  table on the day of the market. 

All proceeds are used for the maintenance and restoration of the AHHS Strauss Mansion Museum as well as educational programs throughout the year.

So do join us. You can help at our tables and then hunt for something novel, a collectible or just a plain old bargain, for that something you just can’t do without.

Hope to see you on September 15th.   Rain date Sat. Sept. 22.

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Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Meeting & Lecture: Paul Cavise: The Bill of Rights • 7:30pm

Atlantic Highlands resident Paul Cavise will speak on the Amendments to the Constitution. 
Understanding the Bill of Rights in the 21st Century
Professor Cavise comes to the Strauss Mansion to bring an understanding of the Bill of Rights and present observations as to their application in daily life, including a discussion of the historical challenges presented in the 21st century. Reception to follow after what we expect to be a lively discussion.

Paul Cavise graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science and a dual concentration in Engineering and French; Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Masters of Business Administration and a dual concentration in Management and Operations Research; and, Rutgers University with a Juris Doctor and a dual concentration in Corporate and Estate Law.  Mr. Cavise founded Computer Law Corporation in 1980.  He later became a Vice President in institutional equity sales and trading at Goldman, Sachs & Co.  Doctor Cavise retired from the practice of law after 30 years.  Colonel Cavise retired from the military after 20 years. Professor Cavise now teaches courses, including constitutional law, to college freshmen and sophomores.

 

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Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Benefit Dinner & Jazz Performance • 6:30 pm

Audra Mariel is ready to start the season of the Music at the Mansion series in a tasty way. Join Audra, Arturo, Laura and Rich who will bring us the music. Julie Gallagher will be serving a 4-course gluten free chicken dinner. Complimentary wine will be served provided by xxx. xxx will be on hand to tell you about the wines served. 

$60. Space is limited. Please make your reservations in advance in the SHOP section on this website. 

Laura Wootton is a writer, yoga instructor, and part-time vocalist.  Returning to music after a long hiatus, Laura’s goal is to learn and grow as a performer while sharing the joy of music with those around her.

Dr. Rich Gradone has performed at Carnegie Hall, colleges and universities, and cities throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as for presidents and dignitaries.  Dr. Gradone is currently a college music professor, generously sharing what he knows, while continuing to hone his own craft in sonic art.

Arturo is the guitarist and arranger.  A subtle, understated style reflects his musical credo, primum non nocere (first, do no harm).

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Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Meeting & Author’s Talk: Paul White • 7:30pm

 “I Hate to Write…” and so begins the diary of  Edith McCormick, an Irish immigrant at the beginning of the 20th century. Paul White a Red Bank resident has used these words to title his recently published  book about his great grandmother, her life and the times that surrounded her from 1902 to 1919: The Great War; her son’s death on the battlefields of France; the modern changes happening around her.

The talk will be at the Strauss Mansion Museum, 27 Prospect Circle.  Paul will have his books available at that time.  There will be an opportunity to speak with him and socialize after the talk.

FREE

Season Sponsors: Ken & Doreen Frantz, Jean Howson

 

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Dec
28
7:00 PM19:00

Jazz at the Mansion: Art Topilow Trio

Doors at 6:45pm. Music starts at 7:15. $15 at the door. Bring a dish or drink to share. 

By day, Arthur Topilow, MD is Director of Oncology Research at the Meridian Hospital system in Neptune, New Jersey, however at night he is an ardent pianist.  He recently retired from the clinical practice of hematology and medical oncology.  

As a youth, Arthur began studying the piano with Nina Dobkin in his hometown of Bayonne, New Jersey. He later studied jazz piano with Lennie Tristano and Morris Nanton. During summers in his college and medical school years, he played the piano for shows in Catskill mountain resort hotels.  In his medical internship year, he performed the Rhapsody in Blue with the Doctors’ Orchestra in Manhattan.   

His chamber music performances have included works by Brahms, Bach, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Bolling. In 1985, he performed the Schumann piano concerto with the Garden State Orchestra. He participated in the Count Basie centennial jazz concerts in Red Bank in 2004 and in the Jazz in the Park series in Red Bank in 2004 and 2005.  For the last seventeen years, his own jazz group has played multiple times at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, New Jersey, where his group has included such notables as Ken Peplowski, Ed Polcer, Randy Sanke, and James Chirillo.  Arthur has performed with Harry Allen and Warren Vache at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  

Dr. Topilow has participated in the 92nd Street Y’s jazz piano Master Class in 1998, 1999 and again in 2001 as part of the “Jazz in July” series with Dick Hyman and Derek Smith.  In July of 2003, he performed at the 92nd Street Y in their regular “Jazz In July” concert series.  In 2005, 2006, and 2009 he appeared with Dick Hyman in duo piano concerts at the Axelrod Theater in Deal.  For several years he has performed with the Red Bank Jazz orchestra for the Sinatra bash at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank. 

He has also appeared on many occasions with his clarinetist/conductor brother, Carl, at events in New Jersey, Ohio, and Colorado, including multiple times with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra (CPO) under Carl’s baton. In 2008 in Cleveland Ohio, he played with the Cleveland Pops orchestra for Bernadette Peters and later that same weekend for Sinatra impersonator, Steve Lippia. In 2009 the United States State Department sent the brothers to Italy for a State Department sponsored five concert tour.  

Arthur is a member of the Shore Area Music Educators Association where he recently performed Dick Hyman's Etudes for Jazz Piano in February 2016.  In April 2016, he performed and directed an all Gershwin concert at the Axelrod Theater in Deal, New Jersey and on another date performed with cabaret star, Ann Hampton Callaway.  In 2017 he performed with a big band with vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli.  He often performs locally at various venues in Monmouth county with guitarist Vinnie Corrao and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.  Vinnie and Gary are on Art's latest CD, "Doctor Jazz."

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Dec
17
9:30 AM09:30

Historic Jersey Journey: Patterson featuring Lambert Castle, the Falls & the Labor Museum

 Holiday fun and history in Paterson

     Our next Historic jersey Journey will be a triple play of attractions in Paterson, including waterfalls, a castle decked out in holiday splendor and a museum on Sunday, Dec. 17.

    Paterson's waterfalls, 77 feet high on Passaic River, are among the nation's largest. The site played a significant role in New Jersey's industrial development and today is the showpiece of Great Falls National Historic Park.

    Lambert Castle is one of our state's best hidden historic gems. Built by silk manufacturer Catholina Lambert in 1892, it mimics a British castle. The property includes Italianate gardens, art galleries and an observation tower with a spectacular view in Garret Mountain Reservation.

    The American Labor Museum Botto House National Landmark preserves the lifestyle of an immigrant family of the early 1900s. The home, once owned by a silk mill worker, became a haven for free speech and assembly of laborers. Today, it focuses on the history of organized labor and contemporary workers' issues.

    We'll meet at the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle, for breakfast at 10a.m., then head by bus to Passaic County. Cost is $50. Space is limited so advanced registration is required. Deadline for signup is  December 5 . Tickets available in the shop tab. For more info, visit the Society's Web site at ahhistory.org or call (732) 291-1861. 

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Horror Movies at the Mansion: Don't Go in the House (1979)
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Horror Movies at the Mansion: Don't Go in the House (1979)

Admission: $15 per person

Description: Join us for a unique showing of the cult-classic exploitation horror movie filmed at the Strauss Mansion in 1979. After the movie is over, stick around for a tour of the house to see where certain scenes were shot. No one under 17 permitted without adult accompaniment. 

Please note there are 2 showings for this film. Please select tickets accordingly. 

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Nosferatu (1922), Featuring Live Music • Friday Oct. 6 • 8 pm & Midnight
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Nosferatu (1922), Featuring Live Music • Friday Oct. 6 • 8 pm & Midnight

2 Performance times! Please pick carefully when buying tickets in our SHOP section

Friday, October 6, 8:00 PM & Midnight

F.W Murnau's 1922 silent film classic was loosely based on Bram Stoker's Dracula and is regarded by many as the first horror movie ever made. Join us for a showing featuring live music synchronized with the film, as it would have been seen when it first premiered. This showing will feature live music by Cody McCory and guests. (We Used to Cut Grass, Thank You Scientist, Acada Jazz ensemble, etc) 

Support for this series provided by Atlantic Cinema Five, 

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Jersey Journey: Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

Join us at an 1890s country fair

Once upon a time after harvesting seasonal crops, New Jerseyans gathered to celebrate at an old-fashioned country fair. Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel Park evokes that bygone era during Harvest Home Festival on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Atlantic Highlands Historical Society plans an excursion to the fest as one of our Historic Jersey Journeys day trips. We'll meet at the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle, for brunch at 10 a.m., then head by carpool to the farm. We'll enjoy activities reminiscent of the 1890s, including games, wagon rides and live entertainment. Competitions will feature pie-eating, corn husking, bakedgoods and needlework. There will be time to explore the restored house and outbuildings on the nine-acre site and interact with interpreters in period dress.

Cost is $20. Deadline for signup is   . For more info, visit the Society's Web site at ahhistory.org or call (732) 291-1861. 

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Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Mansion: The Bill Henry Trio

The AHHS and Audra welcome to the Mansion for the first time the Bill Henry Trio. 

Bill Henry (piano) is a pianist, organist, and keyboardist currently residing in Red Bank, NJ. A native of Perth Amboy, he studied with jazz piano with local legend Morris Nanton, and eventually formed his own trio. The trio performs regularly in venues in New Jersey and Manhattan, including the Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Silvana NYC, Bowery Poetry Club, Uvas in Bradley Beach, Café Improv, and the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival. The trio also appears with several local singers.

Bill works as the musical director and organist of the Shrewsbury Avenue AME Zion Church in Red Bank, where the trio performs an annual Jazz Christmas show.  Bill appears regularly with the reggae band Random Test, is a member of the 9-piece Jazz Vanguard hard bop band formed by Harold Van Pelt, and plays in an organ trio with guitarist Jim Josselyn.  For musical samples, visit the trio’s website at http://billhenrytrio.com.

Mel A. (vocals) is a native of the Jersey Shore and has been singing since the age of six when she started in the church choir.  From there she sang in chorale groups in elementary throughout high school and went onto study Music Theory and Voice at Brookdale Community College where she received an Associates Degree. She attended the Red Bank Dance Academy and studied Ballet and Jazz with Rosemary and Bob Boross.  She continued singing with local bands and began working with agencies in North Jersey, Manhattan and Long Island; singing at weddings, corporate affairs and conventions. 

Mel A. has had extensive vocal training with Joe Szostak, Tom Rexdale to name a few, and has also had training in opera. Her influences are Prince, Sarah Vaughan, Chaka Khan and Billie Holiday. She controls many styles of music but Jazz is her niche.  She can be reached at melmagic22@gmail.com.

Ben Cureton (drums) is an active performer in New York City and New Jersey. In 2015 Ben co-founded the jazz-rock group re: Groove in which he fills the drum chair and contributes compositions. In October 2015 Ben released his debut record with re: Groove entitled ‘Opening Statement’. He can also be heard playing drums with the Bill Henry Trio, the Tyler Wilson Band, Untraceable, and various other groups in New York and New Jersey. In addition to performance, Ben is an active private teacher in Central and North Jersey, providing lessons in percussion, drum set, and piano.

In 2014 Ben received his Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University. At Baylor he studied classical and chamber percussion with world-renowned performer and teacher Dr. Todd Meehan. He had the opportunity to perform in a myriad of different ensembles such as the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, the Baylor Jazz Ensemble, and the Baylor Percussion Group. In addition to studying classical percussion, he studied jazz drums with performer, composer, and theorist Dr. Edward Taylor. Ben quickly developed a passion for jazz and decided to further his music education in and around the New York Metropolitan area.

In 2016 Ben graduated with his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts. While at Rutgers, he studied drum set with jazz drumming legend Victor Lewis, jazz improvisation with world-renowned saxophonist Ralph Bowen, and composition with composer and pianist Marc Stasio.  For contact information, see http://bencureton.com.

Steve Peterson (bass), a native New Mexican, has been playing the double bass with the Bill Henry Trio for the past 9 years. 

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Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Benefit Concert: The Wag and The May Darlings

Join us for an evening of music starring the Wag. They are excited to raise some money to help repair the museum. This show is a ‘Thank You’ to the AHHS as The Wag filmed their 1st music video at the historic museum and that it will be released on the day of the show! 

“If the Beatles and the Cowsills got it on backstage at Ed Sullivan, The Wag would totally be their love child.” -Wil Wheaton

 

The Wag Bio:
Got songs? Got harmonies? Got fun and unbridled enthusiasm? Then you’ve got The Wag! Hailing from the Bayshore area of New Jersey, this 4-piece unit has been entertaining and moving audiences for almost 20 years but still sounds as fresh as it did on day one! With 3 alternating lead vocalists, catchy melodies, and sophisticated harmonies, they will take you on a journey of pop rock delight!

“If the Beatles and the Cowsills got it on backstage at Ed Sullivan, The Wag would totally be their love child.” -Wil Wheaton (Actor, Author)

 
This upbeat high energy band are seasoned professionals. Whether performing in local establishments or opening for national acts such as Rick Springfield, John Cafferty and Jefferson Starship, you’re always guaranteed a ‘Class A’ performance filled with catchy melodies, beautiful harmonies, and exciting showmanship.  Whatever the event, if you want a fun, exciting, family-friendly band, then you want The Wag!  Visit them at www.thewagband.com.

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Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Mansion hosted by Audra Mariel: Visitors Quintet

Join us for our monthly Jazz at the Mansion series. $15 at the door, bring a dish or drink to share. July will not be a traditional jazz night but rather eclectic sounds improvising, and collaborating to create an hour of new music over the course of the evening.
 

July welcomes:

VISITORS QUINTET - The Visitors Quintet is an apparational composers forum that performs an hour of brand new music once a year. Led by Cody McCorry, each of the project's performances features an eclectic collaboration of different composers with varying instrumentation for the purpose of generating new and experimental instrumental music in unique acoustic contexts. This second iteration of the Visitors Quintet will be written and performed by composers Tom Monda (guitar, shamisen, harp), Ben Karas (violin, erhu), April Centrone (percussion, oud), Sam Greenfield (clarinet), and Cody McCorry (upright bass, singing hand saw).

 

 

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