BELMAR, NJ —Are you curious who called “Belmar” home long before it was established in 1885? Does the early landscape of the borough’s beachfront or marina interest you?

Belmar Historical Society will host a series of free classes in April that will focus on Belmar’s early history, and provide an overview of the nonprofit group’s research capabilities and online resources.

Open to adults, the free classes will be held at 1 p.m. on four consecutive Mondays — April 1, 8, 15 and 22 — at the Belmar History Museum, 900 E Street in the annex of the Union Firehouse.

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While the first three classes will trace Belmar’s development from precolonial times to the 1930s, the fourth session will delve into the BHS archives and include instruction on research techniques using computer resources.

“The history classes are both fun and informative. They are casual and we laugh a lot. Occasionally, we have a guest expert pop in for a visit,” said BHS Vice President Pat O’Keefe, who serves as class leader.

 “The history of Belmar is fascinating and intriguing," said Spencer Heulitt, president of the all-volunteer group. “You never know what new information you will find at the museum.The BHS is helping to keep the history alive by holding these classes, which are open to the public.”

 Space at the museum is limited.  Registration can be made by calling 908-309-3380 or emailing

The BHS 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., or by appointment.

In addition to offering museum tours and conducting research to further its mission to save and preserve Belmar’s history, BHS welcomes the public to joins its ranks, attend free Belmar history classes and learn to serve as a docent to give tours.

Additional information can also be found on its website and Facebook page for the latest updates.

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