Babe Ruth and Baseball in Atlantic Highlands

A shortened version of this will appear in the September issue of the Navesink Journal. Keep an eye out for it!  On October 26, 1926, an exhibition baseball game was held at a ballfield in Atlantic Highlands off of Valley Drive. The home team was the Highlanders. The opposition was a visiting team of major…

How “Pokemon Go” Can Help Museums and Historic Sites

Yesterday afternoon I found myself thinking, “I wonder if there are any Pokemon lurking at the museum?” What I was referring to is the Strauss Mansion, headquarters of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society which was built in 1893. A few hours later, the president of our board texted me asking what I knew, and if…

The End of the History Channel as We Know It?

It has been a few years since the History Channel actually wanted anything to do with history. They swapped out serious programming for Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Swamp People, Ax Men, and the like a long time ago. However, their sister network H2 still remained with a tiny shred of credibility, as most history-oriented shows…

A Christopher Columbus Debate

Last week, I was called up to the seventh grade classroom at the school I am currently interning at (and have worked for four years). The teacher was doing a lesson on Christopher Columbus, and wanted me to chime in because, “We all know how you feel”. It appears to be widely known, my intense…

“Halloween Twenty-Fifteen”: A New Column for this Fall

As a paranormal investigator who loves horror movies and works at a haunted museum, there is no better time of year than fall and October. This blog has always been busy with paranormal musings, and that will continue. I am starting up a new column that will run the next couple months until the end of…

Another Trip to Gettysburg Next Week

What would summer be without a vacation to my favorite battlefield? This summer has absolutely flown by. I don’t think I have ever been busier, working hockey camps at two locations as well as managing a few websites and social media/publicity for different businesses and projects, and then of course, working at the museum. For…

Weathering the Storm: The Spy House Still Stands

Call it fate, irony, or a little bit of both, but the Spy House still stands in Port Monmouth, New Jersey, not being the victim of any apparent damage, at least not that I could see from the pier parking lot, as I could not get any closer yesterday due to the property being roped…

The Missing History of Humble Hazlet

Among the many readers of this blog are people who are lucky enough to live in historic cities and towns; Gettysburg and Fredericksburg to name a couple. As for the rest of us, well, we are relegated to living in normal, boring towns, where the history has been swept away by the sands of time…or…