DISCOVER                               ENGAGE                                SUSTAIN


Past Events & Activities in 2022

Bird Watching Cruise: View Local & Migratory birds from the deck of  the MARINER!

Members and friends joined NMHA on its fourth bird watching trip on Classic Boat Rides' MARINER.

Embarking at Atlantic Highlands, we viewed the resident and migrating birds of Sandy Hook Bay and Shrewsbury River, starting with a look at the bayside flats at the tip of Sandy Hook, then cruising to the mouth of the picturesque Navesink River. Brant, Cormorants, Osprey, Gulls, Terns, Oyster Catchers, Ducks, were some of the birds we saw, ably spotted and narrated by Chuck Abel, a NMHA Trustee and avid bird watcher and boater.  


March 20: The First History Cruise Around Staten Island with Seastreak!

NMHA members and friends boarded a Seastreak ferry and explored Staten Island by sea and learned about its incredibly rich maritime, industrial, cultural and environmental history. Departing from Highlands and travelling up Arthur Kill and around Staten Island in its entirety, we passed a number of landmarks of unexpected significance. Rik van Hemmen, NMHA's president, was the guide and narrator.

We passed the site of the first manned and controlled flight, an unsuccessful Revolutionary War peace negotiation, the oldest yacht club in the United States, a ships' graveyard, and one of the world’s most impressive manufacturing cities. As we travelled around the island, we heard stories from many ages ago, ranging in time from the 1500’s to present day.

March 16: Take me to the River, an Insider's Guide to Waterfront Access at Monmouth County Parks via Zoom

by Paul Gleitz, principal park planner, Monmouth County Park System.

Much of our public access to the waterfront is provided by the Monmouth County Parks System. Paul Gleitz, principal park planner at the Parks System, described the expanding recreational opportunities on local rivers and future plans for riverfront parkland acquisition and programming.

He explained the recently completed Open Space Plan with its vision of an integrated network of preserved public land that links trails, greenways, and 'blueways', into a comprehensive network of natural resources that serve people and wildlife. Paul also highlighted recent projects and future plans for some Navesink area sites, including Swimming River Park, Hartshorne Park, Claypit Creek, and beyond.

February 16: T. Thomas Fortune: The Most Famous Person You Never Heard Of via Zoom

by Gilda Rogers, Executive Director of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center.

Gilda Rogers introduced us to the important work of T. Thomas Fortune, who challenged the American body politick to live up to its ideals of freedom, justice and equality for all people.  We learned about the history of the home, the life of Fortune and how the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center is continuing his legacy, as an important resource in the greater Red Bank community.

T. Thomas Fortune was a stalwart for social justice. Born into slavery in 1856, he became one of the most influential American journalists and newspaper publishers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Fortune christened his home in Red Bank, New Jersey, “Maple Hall,” where he and his family resided between 1901-1915.  Here he entertained the great African American leader Booker T. Washington and other prominent figures of the time.

You can view the presentation HERE

January 26: Public Presentation: The AJ Meerwald and New Jersey's Oyster Industry via Zoom

by Rachel Rogers Dolhanczyk, MA.

Rachel Dolhanczyk of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve shared highlights from the new book that charts the history of New Jersey's Delaware Bay oysters and the historic ship that carries the industry's traditions today. 

The AJ Meerwald is a restored Delaware Bay new style schooner that was built to dredge oysters under sail but saw a lifetime of change. She served the US Coast Guard during World War II, returned to oystering under power for 10 years, was converted to dredge clams and then was left to rot in Maryland before being saved in 1986 by John Gandy and the Bayshore Center at BivalveYou can order the book, The AJ Meerwald and New Jersey's Oyster Industry, HERE.

Rachel Dolhanczyk's presentation may be accessed HERE

January 19, 2022: NMHA AGM & REVIEW of 2021-2022 via Zoom

NMHA successfully conducted its 2021 AGM and Review via Zoom which was well attended. We reviewed the events and activities of 2021 and described our plans for an active 2022, COVID willing. The agenda: 1. Welcome and Review of 2021    2. Outlook for 2022    3. Election of Officers.

Click HERE to see the slide show covering all our diverse activities: presentations, boat cruises, childrens' and families canoeing, Sea Scouts, and more.

Election of Officers: NMHA Members voted unanimously to re-elect the Board of Trustees, whose bios can be accessed HERE


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