Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore

Saturday, May 20, 2017 2:00 pm

Lost Amusement Parks Of The North Jersey Shore

Saturday, May 20, 2017 2:00 pm

Please join the Trent House for this illustrated lecture!


Rick Geffken’s and George Severini’s new book, Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore, brings 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. The remarkable details in these pictures capture a simpler way of life in our country, when families took their children to boardwalks to savor candy apples, salt water taffy, hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn, and, of course, the rides.

James Bradley in Asbury Park and William Sandlass Jr. in Highland Beach created mass entertainment for hundreds of thousands of people. Their seaside recreation centers, along with those in Long Branch, Bradley Beach, Pleasure Bay, and others, endured for years but are just fond and fading memories today.

As Monmouth County historian and prolific author Randall Gabrielan notes in his Forward to the Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore, “We visit amusement parks twice, first in real time, then in retrospect. My youthful self was there, so I know. I also enjoyed the nostalgic trip via Rick and George’s fine volume; it is a time travel that will rekindle your youth.”

About the presenter: 

Rick Geffken is co-author, with Don Burden, of The Story of Shrewsbury Revisited, 1965-2015. His latest book, Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore, with George Severini, was published by Arcadia Publishing in March 2017.

He 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 Episcopal Church, Shrewsbury; and The Monmouth Connection 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 has 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 been a featured speaker at the Trent House Museum, the Quaker Meeting of Shrewsbury, the Battleground Historical Society, and other organizations. He 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.

$10 non-members, $8 members  Tickets available at the door.
Presentation to be held in the Visitor Center, which is handicapped-accessible
Complimentary refreshments and tours of the Trent House Museum

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