Atlantic County Government
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION
OFFICE OF CULTURAL AND HERITAGE AFFAIRS
Phone Number: (609) 659-9000
Hours: Call for hours.
Address: P.O. Box 1422,
Meetings: Meetings are held spring and fall with programs of a historic theme and are open to the public.
Museum: Howlett Hall Museum, 100 New Jersey Avenue, Absecon, NJ 08201
Collection: Artifacts and ephemera related to Absecon history.
Phone Number: (609) 449-1360
Hours: September-June: Thursday-Monday 11 am-4 pm. July & August: Open daily 10 am-5 pm. Closed major holidays.
Address: 31 S. Rhode Island Avenue,
Museum: New Jersey's tallest, and the country's third tallest lighthouse, rising 171 feet with 228 steps & the original first-order Fresnel lens in place at the top. Free parking, exhibits, Keeper's Cottage museum, two-acre lawn for picnics, and gift shop. Fresnel lens exhibit and live video feed from the top for those not able to climb. Educational programs and special events offered. Admission to climb; group rates available.
Phone Number: (609)704-5495
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Contact: Ralph Hunter
Address: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 661 Jackson Road,
Museum: Over 7,000 items of Martin Luther King, Jr. memorabilia & other items of the civil rights movement, the African American portrayal in advertising, African American artwork, and local African American history.
Collection: An "African American Heritage Traveling Museum" is available for schools and organizations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
Phone Number: (609) 343-4951
Contact: Grant Wilinski
Address: 5100 Black Horse Pike,
Collection: Spangler Digital Projects: Historically important rare and unique books, photos, and articles have been digitized to both preserve and increase access on the following three topics: 1. Amatol, former World War I munitions factory and town; 2. Atlantic City Speedway, 1920s wooden raceway billed as the fastest in the world; 3. "Atlantic City Answers Call to World War II" relating to the City's service as an Army and Navy training center.
Phone Number: (609) 345-2269 ext. 3062
Hours: Wednesdays 2-4:30 pm, Thursdays 9:30 am -12 noon and 2-4:30 pm. Other times by appointment.
Address: 1 North Tennessee Avenue,
Collection: Books, reports, periodicals, photographs, postcards, oral histories, scrapbooks and memorabilia from Atlantic City. Resources include both published and unpublished material. Microfilm materials include “The Press of Atlantic City” from 1895 to the present, city directories from 1872-1982 (not complete), census records for Atlantic County, and maps of Atlantic City and Absecon Island. Other collection strengths include Miss America Pageant yearbooks and photographs, Atlantic City High School yearbooks, casinos and gaming information, and tourism in Atlantic City. Subject guides and indexes are available for the photograph, postcard, and African American collections. Vertical files on Atlantic City-related topics.
Phone Number: (609) 347-5839
Hours: Daily, except Christmas, 10 am - 4 pm.
Address: Garden Pier,
Museum: The Atlantic City Free Public Library has recently assumed management of the museum, and offers expanded exhibits which now include resources from the Alfred M. Heston Collection.
Collection: Dedicated to Atlantic City history, the museum contains published and published works of photographs, postcards, and memorabilia that pays tribute to the city's past and multicultural heritage. The museum will also partner with outside organizations for displays.
Phone Number: (609) 927-5218
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 am-3:30 pm.
Address: 907 Shore Road,
Museum: Where history comes to life! The museum exhibits include household items and decorative arts, fine arts, weaponry, toys, and equipment and tools from early maritime and shipbuilding industries.
Collection: The card catalog offers over 85,000 references to books, newspapers, family bibles, photos, genealogy, maps and documents.
Specialty: Publishes a quarterly newsletter and annual research yearbook. Presents special public programs. The Society maintains the Risley Homestead (see listing).
Phone Number: (609)625-2776, ext. 6314
Contact: Cynthia Mason Purdie
Address: c/o Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs,
Meetings: Atlantic County history groups meet to network and exchange information at a roundtable meeting usually held at the Somers Point Historical Society, Shore Road in the evening of the last Wednesday of the month on a bi-monthly basis. Call or email to join a list for meeting reminders.
Produced in cooperation with the Atlantic Heritage Center.