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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Fred Carl will speak about Info Age
A visit to Info Age in Wall Township is like exploring your grandmother’s attic — if your grandmother was an electronics pioneer. On Sunday, March 12, InfoAge Founder and Director Fred Carl will introduce us to some of the iartifacts and displays in the intriguing collections of military and communications history at the former site of Camp Evans, a unit of Fort Monmouth on the edge of the Shark River in Wall Township.
The InfoAge Science/History Learning Center has created a series of small museums focusing on the history of the site, from Marconi’s wireless telegraph station to WWII radar research to the space age.
Fred, a one-time science teacher turned computer developer, is a Jersey Shore native, growing up in Oceanport in the shadow of Fort Monmouth. It was a series of fortuitous events that that led him to the Wall Township site. The Army was going to pay $3,000,000 to tear down the buildings and all the historical artifacts on it, until Wall Township decided to obtain and convert the property for community use. Fred had recently acquired adjacent property and had planned to raise dahlias on it when the opportunity to preserve the history of electronic communications intervened.
The history of radar, integral to Camp Evans and Fort Monmouth, is preserved here because of Fred and his co-workers. This is the site of the first transatlantic telegraph transmission, more than a century ago.
Were you a child of the radio age? Their collection of floor model radios will take you back to the 30s and 40s when you might have listened to Fibber Magee and Mollie, Baby Snooks, and the scary "Inner Sanctum." Younger people can take a look at what their parents,
grandparents and great-grandparents grew up using. Several fine examples of early Victrolas, including a small Edison phonograph are here to marvel at, too. Ray Chase and other members of the Radio Club will show you around.
World Wars I and II are represented. The World War II room has dioramas of scenes of fighting in Europe and in the Pacific. Best of all, a docent in this room is Ray Morgan, a Marine veteran who actually landed on Iwo Jima and fought in Guam, Bougainville and other historic battles.
The New Jersey Shipwreck Museum is undergoing renovation now, but still open. Dan Lieb will tell you tales of the hundreds of shipwrecks along the New Jersey coast and explain artifacts from some of the ships. Awaiting more prominent display is a big chunk of darkened wood that Dan has deduced is a chunk of the stern of the clipper ship "New Era," a wreck that was one of the most heart-breaking of the many tragic lost on our shores. Nearly 300 German immigrants, hoping to land in New York, lost their lives in this 1854 wreck just offshore from today’s Asbury Park/Allenhurst.
All this housed in and around the circa 1914 Marconi Hotel. InfoAge is located in Wall Township at 2201 Marconi Road. Phone is 732-280-3000, and is currently open Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 1 pm to 5 pm. Website is: www.infoage.org
TMC March 2017
The next general meeting will be held at the
Eatontown Community/Senior Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown. It will start at 2:00 preceded by refreshments at 1:30. Guests are welcome.
Irish Special Interest Group
The March meeting on March 11, 2017 will be a field trip to the Secaucus Public Library to hear Casey Zahn speak on "Researching Your Irish Roots." Contact Susan O'Brien if you are interested in going.
To add your name to the list of attendees, contact either: Susan O’Brien by phone at 732-747-0090 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy Bretzger at 732-542-0963 or email@example.com
African-American Special Interest Group
We meet on a Saturday each month at 1 PM at the Calvary Baptist Church at Bridge Avenue and River Street in Red Bank.
The next meeting is Saturday, TBD at 1PM.
For more information contact Charles Lawson at (732)530-1995 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
German Special Interest Group
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th, 2017 at the Colts Neck Library 10AM-12PM.
A luncheon at Sebastian's is planned for February 18th. Contact Debbie if you are interested in coming.
At this time we don't have a group leader but if anyone is interested in taking over this position, it would be very welcome.
If you aren't already on the email list, please contact Debbie White at email@example.com so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.
Monmouth Roots Group
The next Monmouth Roots Group will meet Saturday, April 1, 2017 the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck from 10AM to 12PM.
For more information, please contact Lynn Wilson so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.
Scotch-Irish Special Interest Group
The Scots-Irish Special Interest Group will meet April 22, 2017 from 10AM to 12PM. Contact Donna for the location.
If you aren't already on the email list, please contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
March 8th will be the next meeting. Contact Lynn Wilson at email@example.com for more information.
All day seminar on March 25, 2017
"How Did I Get Here?"
DNA, Migration Patterns and Lineage Societies
9AM-4PM [Registration is at 8:30]
Location: Colts Neck Reforned Church (Rte. 537, near Rt. 34).
For more information: Registration Form
October 7th - The topic will be "Computers and the Internet"
Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 (11AM - 5PM)
Also available here:
Cornelius Walling complete will 9627M dated August 22, 1825 from Book B wills folio 461 from the Monmouth County Surrogates Office.
Cornelius Walling inventory 9627M dated January 25, 1826 from Book C inventories p. 144 from the Monmouth County Surrogates Office