BELMAR, NJ — Marked on Main Street by monuments to honor those who have served this country — and a place where many sports have been played over the decades — Memorial Field is one of Belmar’s most-treasured historical gems.

In the latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video, Belmar Historical Society President Spencer Heulitt looks back at its storied past — “a place ’til this day American games are played, sports are watch, but also where we pay tribute to those that have given us that opportunity by their service to their country and their town, some giving the ultimate sacrifice.”

And with those words, Heulitt begins his colorful retrospect of the park and sports field situated between 12th and 13th Avenues that began as a lumber yard in the late 1800s. Click here to learn about Memorial Field's evolution over the past 130 years, including its most-notable distinction — serving as home to the Belmar Braves. During the early 1900s, the team was the Jersey Shore’s shining jewel in the world of semiprofessional baseball.

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Released every Sunday, “Spotlight on Belmar” videos highlight the borough’s interesting and illustrious past, delving into a specific topic. In addition to being posted on the BHS Facebook page, they can be viewed on its YouTube channel.

After closing this spring due to the coronavirus crisis, the nonprofit group has reopened the doors of its museum and history room, located at 900 E Street in the annex of the historic Union Firehouse. Visitors (only two at one time and with face masks) are welcome by appointment only to view its many displays and memorabilia.

The museum is open to the public every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m., every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m.

Visitors will not be able to handle the exhibits or the archives for research yet. To make an appointment or for more information, call BHS at 908-309-3380 or email at info@belmarhistoricalsociety.org.

Click here to visit its website.

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