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 The Avalon Historical Society welcomes contributors who support the Society's 
mission and who would like to contribute to preserving the heritage of Avalon, 
which was incorporated as Borough in 1892.  

Donations of Avalon artifacts and additional financial support are always appreciated

         -  Avalon Free Public Library Website  (LINK) 

         -  Avalon History Center  (LINK)

         -  Borough of Avalon Website  (LINK)

         -  Avalon History Center Facebook Page  


All members receive 10%discount in the Gift Shop and will receive The Tidings Newsletters. 
Personal checks only accepted for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. 
Please make checks payable to : 
Avalon Historical Society, Inc. (AHS).
To pay via this website - 
  • ​Go to "Welcome" page
  • Click on yellow "Donate" button at upper right corner
  • Donate amount equivalent to preferred membership level
  • If you are a new member, we will be in touch to ask for mailing address
This 1889 painting was recently donated by Dee Phillips. It was painted by Joseph Wells, who was a founder of the Seven Mile Beach Development Company. It depicts the north end of the island from the top of a sand dune, including the Avalon Hotel. You can also see several residential homes and the juniper/cedar forest that used to dominate the island. It shows Avalon at its dawn as a seaside resort. 
The painting is back from restoration & on display in the foyer of the Avalon History Center. The Avalon Historical Society & the History Center would like to thank painting restorer Joseph Siderio of Williamstown, NJ, for his expertise & timely return home of this early Avalon landscape. 
We would also like to thank M.V. (Jenny) Convery, Neil & Suzie Gallagher, Avalon Hardware, Richard Curley, Stephen & Evelyn Malyszka and Roger & Gail Soens for their generous donations towards the cost of restoration. Thank you for your support.

   November, 2020

Dear Friends, 
The Avalon Historical Society was created to ensure that the Avalon of yesteryear was not lost or forgotten. Over the years we have seen many changes to our community. Although change can be a positive thing, preservation of the past is still important. We invite you to join us in these efforts by becoming a supporting contributor of the Avalon Historical Society.

In the recent past, the Society has been responsible for the restoration of the antique lifeguard boat, as well as the restoration of an 1889 painting of early Avalon and the restoration of the antique gas lamp that sits in front of the Avalon History Center. We continue to support the efforts of the Avalon History Center by providing items needed to preserve the collection and enhance the exhibits. In cooperation with others, we have been involved with the Hometown Heroes Veterans banners and the historic plaques that can be seen on homes throughout Avalon. 

Currently we are in the process of documenting some of the oldest homes in Avalon through architectural plans and digital photos as well as location filming through the use of drones. We also continue our efforts to gather artifacts and memorabilia that are relevant to Avalon’s past. 
Unfortunately, due to the current situation, we were unable to hold the annual Olde House Tour, the Clam Shell Pitch and the Mini Golf Tournament. In addition we are unable to have our annual Holiday Open House, where we thank our supporters. 

We invite you to join us in our mission to keep alive the memory of the past, as we enjoy our seaside resort of today. You may do so by making a contribution to the Avalon Historical Society, 215 39th Street, Avalon, New Jersey, 08202. 

The members of the Avalon Historical Society would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday season. We look forward to seeing you soon. 
Happy Holidays!

The Avalon Historical Society:

Robert Penrose, President                                                                      James Deever, Trustee
David Coskey, Vice President                                                         Carol Hart MacFeat, Trustee
Michael Quinn, Treasurer                                                                  Susan McLaughlin, Trustee
Rosemarie Chew, Secretary                                                                    Joseph Reese, Trustee
                                                                                                                  Barbara Wilson, Trustee  
​                                                                                                                      Al Haring, Trustee