BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Historical Society tells the borough’s history in postcards — from the 1890s to the 1990s — in its latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video.

This second video on BHS’s 1,100 postcard collection features a selection from its “Greetings from Belmar” series with images that capture the essence of this seashore town for more than 100 years in its history.

These cards welcome people to “come and share the fun in Belmar,” said BHS member Rickey Stein, who introduces the slideshow of nearly 120 images set to the melodic rhythms of ragtime music.

Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

What is illustrated throughout the decades in the nine-minute video — Belmar’s beachfront is certainly timeless.  Click here for the video.

Each Sunday, BHS releases a new “Spotlight on Belmar” video on its Facebook page, featuring a society member who explores a specific historical topic related to the borough.

The video series was developed after the coronavirus crisis caused the cancellation of BHS’s free spring classes on the borough’s history at the Belmar History Museum.  

“The BHS officers and trustees decided to offer everyone the opportunity to stay connected to the history of Belmar by offering this series of spotlights to enjoy,” said BHS vice president Pat O'Keefe.

Past videos, which are also posted on its Facebook page, have focused on the borough’s very beginnings, early hotels, Belmar Elementary School, development of the railroad and the history of beach badges.

Meanwhile, BHS is looking forward to the time when the Belmar History Museum, located in the rear of the historic Union Firehouse at 900 E Street, will once again be allowed to welcome visitors. “The BHS officers and trustees are working to prepare for reopening in a way that ensures the safety of both the BHS volunteers and our visitors, and remain in compliance with regulations,” O’Keefe said.

Its members continue to reply to email inquiries at info@belmarhistoricalsociety.org. or 732-309-3380, or for more information, visit its website by clicking here.