BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Historical Society takes a look at the Belmar Elementary School in its weekly “Spotlight on Belmar,” a continuing video educational series on the borough of yesteryear.

BHS trustee Pat Melango narrates the latest video released on July 19, which takes viewers back to when Belmar's first schoolhouse was built at 12th Avenue and F Street, which is now Main Street. Click here for the video. 

The current building between 11th and 12th Avenues on Main Street wasn’t erected until 1909, but as a high school, which is evident by the cornerstore that still remains on the right side of the building. However, a growing number of younger children in the borough required more space for grade-school classes at the school. So two years later, Belmar high school students began attending Asbury Park High School to make that possible — and BES was officially born.

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Each Sunday, BHS presents its weekly 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, 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 or 732-309-3380, or for more information, visit its website by clicking here.

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