About Spring Lake Historical Society
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About the Spring Lake Historical Society

The Spring Lake Historical Society was founded to facilitate exploration of the history of Spring Lake and its environs in order to deepen our understanding of America’s democratic heritage and Spring Lake's contribution to that heritage.

To that end, the Spring Lake Historical Society collects, preserves and exhibits materials that illustrate the settlement, development and activity in and around Spring Lake throughout its history.   These materials are on display at the Historical Society Museum. The Museum includes both a permanent display of the history of Spring Lake, and a gallery that changes periodically and focuses on specific events and activities in the history of Spring Lake. 

The Spring Lake Historical Society conducts various events, meetings and tours relevant to Spring Lake’s history, and publishes a newsletter several times each year with information about recent and upcoming Historical Society activity.

The Spring Lake Historical Society accepts donations of records and artifacts relating to the history of Spring Lake.  Examples of donations:  Records and photographs (on paper or other media), artifacts and memorabilia, maps and architectural documents, paintings and other artwork, and manuscripts. 


Museum Closed now through March 31, 2023:

Visits are available by appointment
Please call (732) 449-0772

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Membership in the Spring Lake Historical Society

Do you have an interest in Spring Lake (Now or Then), People or Places, Parks or Lakes, North End or South End, Your House or another aspect of Spring Lake?  That’s all that is required to join the Spring Lake Historical Society – well almost all.  

The Society has two classes of membership:  Annual Members (dues are $35 annually) and Life Members (dues are $500). The dues are used to support the Society’s Museum, the Historical Society’s archival activities, for operating expenses and the Society’s scholarship program.

Members receive the Society’s Newsletter and notification of special events.

Members are encouraged, but not required, to become active as docents and participants on various committees and at Society sponsored events.


Please click here to download and print an application for membership in the Society.
The application can be completed and returned with a check for dues to

Spring Lake Historical Society
P.O. Box 703
Spring Lake, NJ 07762.


The Spring Lake Historical Society presents a minimal of two programs a year at the General Meetings, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.  These programs feature guest speakers such as first person interpreters of historic events and famous Americans, or long time Spring Lake residents who share their knowledge of local history.  All members of the Society as well as the public are invited to attend. Admission is free.

The annual General Meeting of the Society is held in June each year, and at this meeting trustees and officers are elected.




The SLHS is governed by a Board of five elected officers and three elected trustees who serve a term of two years and can be reelected for another term in succession.  They are assisted by the different committee chairs appointed by the President.  Board meetings for reporting purposes are held at least quarterly.  Committee meetings are called when needed. Election of officers takes place at the Annual/General meeting in June.


Trustees and Committee Chairs

President:  Barbara Kolarsick-Harrigan
Vice President:  John McGlinchy
Treasurer:  Robert Drasheff
Corresponding Secretary:  Stephanie McMurray
Recording Secretary:  Priscilla Reilly
Trustees:  Marie Curry, Carole Morris, Bonnie DuBois


SLHS Volunteer Docents: Barbara Harrigan, Pat Shea, Carol Kabat, Elizabeth Ireland, Jeanne Burke, Priscilla Reilly, Betsy Smith, Carole Morris, Marie Curry, Stephanie McMurray, Mary Jane Burke, Annie Slevin, (kneeling) Anne Butler, Mary Ann Rooney, Maureen Schroeder, Bonnie DuBois, Marie Sweeney

Committee Chairs
Acquisitions:  Barbara Kolarsick-Harrigan
Education:  John McGlinchy
Historic Sites:  Barbara Curran, Stephanie McMurray
House Tour:  Barbara Kolarsick-Harrigan, Stephanie McMurray, Judie Brophy
Information/Technology:  Bob Drasheff
Membership:  Judie Brophy
Museum Operations:  Marie Curry, Carole Morris
Newsletter Publication:  Bob Drasheff, Barbara Kolarsick-Harrigan, Dot Lau, John McGlinchy, Stephanie McMurray, Nancy Smith
Programs:  Bonnie DuBois
Publicity:  Nancy Smith
Research:  Bonnie DuBois, Dot Lau, Nancy Smith
Scholarships:  Bonnie DuBois
Ways and Means:  John McGlinchy


SLHS Officers & Committee Chairs: Stephanie McMurray, Barbara Harrigan, Priscilla Reilly,
Carole Morris, John McGlinchy, Bonnie DuBois, Marie Curry, Mary Jane Burke, Judie Brophy

The Society manages a museum dedicated to the history of Spring Lake and its connection to the surrounding areas. The Museum is open during the Spring, Summer and Fall Seasons. Museum hours are Thursdays: 10:00 – 12:00 or by appointment.  To make an appointment please call (732) 449-0772.

The Spring Lake Historical Society Museum features two galleries:  The Permanent Exhibit Gallery and The Changing Exhibit Gallery. 

The Permanent Exhibit Gallery displays the history of Spring Lake, starting with the Native Americans who “vacationed” on the seashore and continuing on through different eras up to the present. Exhibits include LENAPE HOKING; EARLY SETTLERS; TOWN; VICTORIAN ERA; 1920’S – 1940’S; WWII; 1945 – 1960; 1960 – PRESENT.

The Changing Exhibit Gallery displays the history of several different topics about Spring Lake.  This Gallery’s displays change periodically to highlight various other subjects of interest.  The Changing Exhibit Gallery currently features the following topics: SPRING LAKE BOROUGH ESTABLISHED IN 1892; MAYORS – ARCHITECTS OF SPRING LAKE; and SPRING LAKE’S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The Museum is staffed by volunteer docents.  Admission is free and large groups are welcome.  Donations are tax deductible and always welcome. 

The Museum is located at 423 Warren Ave., 2nd Floor, Spring Lake NJ, 07762
Please Note: The Museum is open by appointment only mid- December to April.





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