Rick Geffken is co-author, with George Severini, of ‘The Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore’ just released by Arcadia Publishing in March 2017.
Here they bring together rarely seen images from the Library of Congress, local historical societies, and private collections to document how the Jersey Shore became the most famous vacation and recreational destination in the coastal United States.
His talk will address the amusement park that once existed in Atlantic Highlands!
Did you know that one of the first rollercoasters in the country was at Highlands Beach and that D.W. Griffiths filmed movies there?
Rick has written numerous articles on Monmouth County history for The Two River Times, The Howell Times, the on-line Patch blogs, The Crown newsletter of Christ Church Shrewsbury, and The Monmouth Connection, the newsletter of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society. He is also the Publisher of The Monmouth Connection.
Rick has presented historical research topics at the New Jersey History & Historic Preservation in 2014 and 2015. He has participated in Symposia for the Navesink Maritime Historical Association and appeared on the New Jersey Cable TV show, Family Historian.
Rick has spoken about Monmouth County historical topics at dozens of historical societies. He has appeared as a featured speaker at the 2014 New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference, the Trent House Museum, the Quaker Meeting of Shrewsbury, the Battleground Historical Society, and other organizations. Rick is the President and a Trustee of the Jersey Coast Heritage Museum at Sandlass House.
Rick retired from a career as a sales executive for Hewlett-Packard where he spent most of his computer industry career. Previously, he owned and operated several small businesses and taught secondary school mathematics earlier in his career. He was an Adjunct Professor at Ocean County Community College in the Physical Education Department.
A retired U.S. Army officer and Viet Nam veteran, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Peter’s University, a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Monmouth University, and a Master’s Degree from Montclair State University.