Welcome to the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society at the Strauss Mansion Museum. 

The Strauss Mansion in Atlantic Highlands, NJ is open on weekends from 1:00–4:00pm.
Below are some upcoming events. Please check our Events page for an extended calendar. 


Saturday, September 23
rescheduled date, 4:00pm

Strauss Mansion  
$10 suggested donation,
free for current Members

Learn the difference between a Gambrel and a Gable.

Spend 45 minutes on a guided walking tour through this bayside enclave and discover the variety of architectural styles that add character to the 1.25 square mile town.

Queen Anne, Colonial Revival,
Craftsman, Sears, Edwardian, Shingle and Folk Victorian are styles that may be seen. Tour routes vary.
Please check the website for an
updated schedule. 

Rain dates may apply.


Funded by a  grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust. Sketch of the Strauss Mansion by Michael Scherfen.




Flea Market

Saturday, September 16 • 10:00am–4:00pm
Atlantic Highlands Marina

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will hold its 40th annual Outdoor Flea Market at the Atlantic Highlands Marina (off First Ave.) on Saturday September 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM.  The Rain/Shine Date is September 23.

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 16th.  Market spaces are sold out. Rain/ShinedateSat. Sept. 23.




Helene Stapinski
Noted Memoirist, NYT Writer and author of Five Finger Discount

Wednesday, September 20

free • Strauss Mansion Museum
Atlantic Highlands,
book available for purchase

In her book Helene Stapinski transports readers to the heart of Southern Italy to unravel the truth about a murder that changed the course of her family’s history forever.
Since the age of four, Helene Stapinski heard lurid yet inspiring tales about her great-great-grandmother Vita, a loose woman back in Southern Italy who fled to America in 1892 with her three children. In her new memoir, MURDER IN MATERA  Stapinski journeys into the heart of Italy to research this family mystery and along the way makes dazzling discoveries, revealing the truth about her own secret ancestry.
Gripped by her family’s tale, Helene embarked on a decade-long fact-finding mission, making numerous trips to Basilicata, the rural “instep” of Italy’s boot—a mountainous land rife with superstitions, criminals, and desperate poverty. Helene’s investigation soon becomes a journey of self-discovery. As her research progressed she comes to a stunning realization that shakes her own sense of identity, producing new branches on an undiscovered family tree. Deeply researched and reported, MURDER IN MATERA is a remarkable true story about one family’s hidden secrets. It is also a powerful story of immigration and motherhood—a profound testament to how far one woman would go to preserve her family.

Helene Stapinski began her career at her home town newspaper, The Jersey Journal. She is the author two Memoirs  Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, and Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair with Music. Helene has written extensively for The New York Times as well as for New York magazine, Salon, Travel & Leisure, Food and Wine and dozens of other publications.  On the recently released documentary based on Five-Finger Discount, she worked as a producer and writer. Stapinski has appeared on NPR All Things Considered, The Today Show and was a featured performer with The Moth. She has lectured at her alma mater, Columbia University, and teaches writing at Fordham University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.