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Graphic: Kayaker – Photo credit: US Environmental Protection Agency, photo by Eric Vance

 

 

The Ocean County Library is thrilled to host Water/Ways from August 19 through September 29 at the Toms River branch. Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and the Ocean County Library. To learn more, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.

Water/Ways, explores the relationship between people and water. The centrality of water in our lives including its effect on the environment and climate, its practical role in agriculture and economic planning, and its impact on culture and spirituality.


Toms River

 

Island Beach - A Sonnet in the Sands

Monday, August 19, 6:30 pm

Hundreds of shipwrecks, land pirates, daring life-saving rescues, seaweed industries and top-secret missile tests all happened right here in “our backyard” on Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic shores of Island Beach. Notable visitors like Babe Ruth and John d. Rockefeller are also part of Island Beach’s unassuming past. Join us as Author Gordon Hesse, presents his national award-winning book ‘Island Beach – Sonnet in the Sands’ through actual film footage, photographs, and historical images. Followed with Q&A, book purchase and signing.

 

Ocean County: Water, Woods and Roads

Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 pm

Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission staff will give a presentation describing how Ocean County is defined by water, woods and roads—particularly the Garden State Parkway.

 

Colonial America and Piracy

Thursday, September 5, 7 pm

Why was the success of the colonies dependent on pirates? What role did piracy play in colonial America? This program explores colonial America and how without piracy early America might not have survived or been able to separate from England. Presented by Pirates Plunder Edutainment Programming.

 

The Jersey Shore Cookbook

Tuesday, September 10, 6:30pm

Join us for an author visit from Deborah Smith, owner of JerseyBites.com the hub for Garden State food news, as she discusses her book The Jersey Shore Cookbook.

 

Climate Change and Our Communities

Tuesday, September 17, 7 pm

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert M. Gaul and coastal resiliency expert Chris Huch will hold a conversation about Gil’s new book, The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas and the Costs of America’s Coasts. The discussion will focus on coastal development and the extraordinary risks posed by climate change, including communities along Barnegat Bay.

 

Coming Home—Author Talk with Kathy Curto

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 pm

Author Kathy Curto will talk about growing up at the Jersey Shore during the 70s and 80s in a loving and chaotic Italian-American family. Toms River features prominently in her book Not for Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey girlhood, which will be available for sale. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean County Library – Toms River.

 

Barnegat

 

Pirate Democracy

Saturday, September 28, 2 pm

What is the pirate code, who wrote it, why was it written? How was it that pirates had the first fair governing body? This program explores the five ways a pirate ship operated as a true democracy. Presented by Pirates Plunder Edutainment Programming.

 

Beachwood

 

Using Water Wisely

Monday, September 23, 6 pm

With 9 million residents, New Jersey places a high demand on its limited water resources.  Despite ample rainfall, potable water sources in the state are stressed by both the demands of many users and impacts to its water quality.

Dr. Steven Yergeau, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County will provide a brief overview of the Barnegat Bay watershed and its water sources, and will include suggested practices you can use to save water at home and create a sustainable landscape.

 

Barnegat Bay Ecology: Shellfish Restoration and Responsible Stewardship of Marine Resources

Wednesday, September 25, 3 pm

Dr. Douglas Zemeckis will present a seminar about the basic ecology of Barnegat Bay and the status of the health of this ecosystem. This program will focus will on projects related to Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP), including their Coastal Stewardship course, shellfish restoration and education collaborations with ReClam the Bay, and expanding shell recycling programs which support shellfish restoration efforts. Attendees will learn about the ecology of Barnegat Bay, the importance of shellfish in our coastal ecosystems, ongoing shellfish restoration projects, and how to be responsible stewards of our coastal marine resources, including local volunteering opportunities.

 

Brick

 

Save H2O

Thursday, September 24, 2 pm

This program will explain how water is involved in our everyday activities and needs as well as the things we use. We will also learn how to conserve water throughout our homes and ways we can preserve this vital resource for future generations. Presented by the NJDEP Watershed Restoration Program.
 

Island Heights

 

The Jersey Shore Cookbook

Monday, September 16, 6:30pm

Join us for an author visit from Deborah Smith, owner of JerseyBites.com the hub for Garden State food news, as she discusses her book The Jersey Shore Cookbook.

 

Jackson

 

Island Beach - A Sonnet in the Sands

Monday, August 26, 2 pm

Hundreds of shipwrecks, land pirates, daring life-saving rescues, seaweed industries and top-secret missile tests all happened right here in “our backyard” on Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic shores of Island Beach. Notable visitors like Babe Ruth and John d. Rockefeller are also part of Island Beach’s unassuming past. Join us as Author Gordon Hesse, presents his national award-winning book ‘Island Beach – Sonnet in the Sands’ through actual film footage, photographs, and historical images. Followed with Q&A, book purchase and signing.

 

Portraits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story

Monday, September 9, 7 pm

Gregory Andrus, creator, photographer, interviewer and chief editor of Portraits of the Jersey Shore; will discuss his book, “Portraits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story”.  Andrus has traveled from Sandy Hook to Cape May, interviewing people and taking their photos for this passionate endeavor to build connections from person to person, to knock down walls, and build new bridges of trust and community.

 

Save H2O

Friday, September 13, 2 pm

This program will explain how water is involved in our everyday activities and needs as well as the things we use. We will also learn how to conserve water throughout our homes and ways we can preserve this vital resource for future generations. Presented by the NJDEP Watershed Restoration Program.

 

Little Egg Harbor

 

Portraits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story

Friday, September 6, 2 pm

Gregory Andrus, creator, photographer, interviewer and chief editor of Portraits of the Jersey Shore; will discuss his book, “Portraits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story”.  Andrus has traveled from Sandy Hook to Cape May, interviewing people and taking their photos for this passionate endeavor to build connections from person to person, to knock down walls, and build new bridges of trust and community.

 

Long Beach Island

 

Island Beach: A Sonnet in the Sands

Friday September 6, 10 am

Author Gordon Hesse will give a presentation on his book that includes local history, trivia, flora and fauna.  Light refreshments will be served, sponsored by the Friends of the Island Library. 

 

What is Your Water Story?

Saturday, September 7, 11 am

New Jersey is shaped by water, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Raritan River, Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware Bay. Our lives are shaped by water too. From recreation and travel, water management and infrastructure, to economic impact and transportation, it’s part of our every day—just like turning on the faucet.

STATEWIDE COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities is hosting hour-long public discussions in every county of the state, through August 2020, to capture stories about the different ways water matters to New Jerseyans. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute their water story to a statewide public archive documenting personal connections to water and waterways in New Jersey. No prior preparation is needed to attend, and all are welcome to share or listen.

 

Portraits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story

Thursday, September 19, 2 pm

Gregory Andrus, creator, photographer, interviewer and chief editor of Portraits of the Jersey Shore; will discuss his book, “Portraits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story”.  Andrus has traveled from Sandy Hook to Cape May, interviewing people and taking their photos for this passionate endeavor to build connections from person to person, to knock down walls, and build new bridges of trust and community.

 

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Monday, September 23, 1 pm

Learn about the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge that protects more than 47,000 acres of southern NJ’s coastal habitats, and its value for the protection of water birds. Sponsored by the Friends of the Island Library.

 

Manchester

 

Barnegat Bay Ecology: Shellfish Restoration and Responsible Stewardship of Marine Resources

Monday, September 9, 2 pm

Dr. Douglas Zemeckis will present a seminar about the basic ecology of Barnegat Bay and the status of the health of this ecosystem. This program will focus will on projects related to Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP), including their Coastal Stewardship course, shellfish restoration and education collaborations with ReClam the Bay, and expanding shell recycling programs which support shellfish restoration efforts. Attendees will learn about the ecology of Barnegat Bay, the importance of shellfish in our coastal ecosystems, ongoing shellfish restoration projects, and how to be responsible stewards of our coastal marine resources, including local volunteering opportunities.

 

The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment

Monday, September 16, 6:30 pm

Join author and environmental activist Maya van Rossum for a discussion of her book, The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment. Van Rossum's book displays a new proposal for environmental advocacy and was selected as the 2018 Living Now Evergreen Awards GOLD Winner in the Nature Conservation category. Books will be available for purchase following discussion.

 

Plumsted

 

Island Beach - A Sonnet in the Sands

Tuesday, August 20, 2:30 pm

Hundreds of shipwrecks, land pirates, daring life-saving rescues, seaweed industries and top-secret missile tests all happened right here in “our backyard” on Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic shores of Island Beach. Notable visitors like Babe Ruth and John d. Rockefeller are also part of Island Beach’s unassuming past. Join us as Author Gordon Hesse, presents his national award-winning book ‘Island Beach – Sonnet in the Sands’ through actual film footage, photographs, and historical images. Followed with Q&A, book purchase and signing.

 

Point Pleasant Beach

 

Save H2O

Thursday, September 12, 6 pm

This program will explain how water is involved in our everyday activities and needs as well as the things we use. We will also learn how to conserve water throughout our homes and ways we can preserve this vital resource for future generations. Presented by the NJDEP Watershed Restoration Program.

 

The Jersey Shore Cookbook

Tuesday, September 3, 6:30pm

Join us for an author visit from Deborah Smith, owner of JerseyBites.com the hub for Garden State food news, as she discusses her book The Jersey Shore Cookbook.

 

Point Pleasant Borough

 

Barnegat Bay Ecology: Shellfish Restoration and Responsible Stewardship of Marine Resources

Thursday, September 19, 11 am

Dr. Douglas Zemeckis will present a seminar about the basic ecology of Barnegat Bay and the status of the health of this ecosystem. This program will focus will on projects related to Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP), including their Coastal Stewardship course, shellfish restoration and education collaborations with ReClam the Bay, and expanding shell recycling programs which support shellfish restoration efforts. Attendees will learn about the ecology of Barnegat Bay, the importance of shellfish in our coastal ecosystems, ongoing shellfish restoration projects, and how to be responsible stewards of our coastal marine resources, including local volunteering opportunities.

 

Using Water Wisely

Thursday, September 26, 11 am

With 9 million residents, New Jersey places a high demand on its limited water resources.  Despite ample rainfall, potable water sources in the state are stressed by both the demands of many users and impacts to its water quality.

Dr. Steven Yergeau, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County will provide a brief overview of the Barnegat Bay watershed and its water sources, and will include suggested practices you can use to save water at home and create a sustainable landscape.

 

Stafford

 

Barnegat Bay Ecology: Shellfish Restoration and Responsible Stewardship of Marine Resources

Friday, September 20, 10 am

Dr. Douglas Zemeckis will present a seminar about the basic ecology of Barnegat Bay and the status of the health of this ecosystem. This program will focus will on projects related to Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP), including their Coastal Stewardship course, shellfish restoration and education collaborations with ReClam the Bay, and expanding shell recycling programs which support shellfish restoration efforts. Attendees will learn about the ecology of Barnegat Bay, the importance of shellfish in our coastal ecosystems, ongoing shellfish restoration projects, and how to be responsible stewards of our coastal marine resources, including local volunteering opportunities.

 

Shore Eats

Tuesday, September 24, 2 pm

Join ShopRite’s registered dietitian Giavonna Hirtes to learn how to create delicious healthy snacks inspired by the Jersey Shore.

 

Tuckerton

 

Portraits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story

Saturday, September 14, 11 am

Gregory Andrus, creator, photographer, interviewer and chief editor of Portraits of the Jersey Shore; will discuss his book, “Portraits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story”.  Andrus has traveled from Sandy Hook to Cape May, interviewing people and taking their photos for this passionate endeavor to build connections from person to person, to knock down walls, and build new bridges of trust and community.

 

Upper Shores

 

Island Beach - A Sonnet in the Sands

Tuesday, August 27, 7 pm

Hundreds of shipwrecks, land pirates, daring life-saving rescues, seaweed industries and top-secret missile tests all happened right here in “our backyard” on Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic shores of Island Beach. Notable visitors like Babe Ruth and John d. Rockefeller are also part of Island Beach’s unassuming past. Join us as Author Gordon Hesse, presents his national award-winning book ‘Island Beach – Sonnet in the Sands’ through actual film footage, photographs, and historical images. Followed with Q&A, book purchase and signing.

 

Why Did Pirates and Sailors Sing?

Wednesday, September 4, 7 pm

Sea shanties, why are there so many? What purpose did they serve and why were they important aboard a ship? This program explores the psychology behind ship life and what purpose songs had during a long voyage. Presented by Pirates Plunder Edutainment Programming.

 

Portraits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story

Tuesday, September 10, 7 pm

Gregory Andrus, creator, photographer, interviewer and chief editor of Portraits of the Jersey Shore; will discuss his book, “Portraits of the Jersey Shore: Everyone Has a Story”.  Andrus has traveled from Sandy Hook to Cape May, interviewing people and taking their photos for this passionate endeavor to build connections from person to person, to knock down walls, and build new bridges of trust and community.

 

What is Your Water Story?

Tuesday, September 17, 7pm

New Jersey is shaped by water, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Raritan River, Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware Bay. Our lives are shaped by water too. From recreation and travel, water management and infrastructure, to economic impact and transportation, it’s part of our every day—just like turning on the faucet.

STATEWIDE COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities is hosting hour-long public discussions in every county of the state, through August 2020, to capture stories about the different ways water matters to New Jerseyans. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute their water story to a statewide public archive documenting personal connections to water and waterways in New Jersey. No prior preparation is needed to attend, and all are welcome to share or listen.

 

Waretown

 

Shore Eats

Tuesday, September 17, 2 pm

Join ShopRite’s registered dietitian Giavonna Hirtes to learn how to create delicious healthy snacks inspired by the Jersey Shore.

 

Barnegat Bay Ecology: Shellfish Restoration and Responsible Stewardship of Marine Resources

Friday, September 20, 2 pm

Dr. Douglas Zemeckis will present a seminar about the basic ecology of Barnegat Bay and the status of the health of this ecosystem. This program will focus will on projects related to Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program (BBSRP), including their Coastal Stewardship course, shellfish restoration and education collaborations with ReClam the Bay, and expanding shell recycling programs which support shellfish restoration efforts. Attendees will learn about the ecology of Barnegat Bay, the importance of shellfish in our coastal ecosystems, ongoing shellfish restoration projects, and how to be responsible stewards of our coastal marine resources, including local volunteering opportunities.

 


Water/Ways, a Museum on Main Street exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service; was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in Water/Ways related programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

 

 

 

 

 
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