The Asbury Park Historical Society is hosting the launch of Helen-Chanatel Pike’s newest book on Asbury Park Thurs., June 24 at 7 p.m. in the public library, corner of Grand Avenue at First Avenue.
Pike, an award-winning author who has written several books about Asbury Park, will be delivering a PowerPoint presentation on “A Century of Change” – the theme of her fourth volume of history on a community that continues to fascinate her.
The images span 1920-2020, the latter year a remarkable feat given The final photographs for the book were taken just 10 days before the pandemic lockdown occurred nationwide during a 36-hour spree through Jersey.
The program is free and refreshments will be served.
Pike’s latest book follows the rise of machine politics under Mayor Clarence E.F. Hetrick and Asbury Park’s civic and economic fortunes starting to change. After major amusement destinations sprang up, however, and shopping malls opened along the highways Asbury Park’s once-bustling economy faltered.
Civil unrest broke out in 1970 and it took more than 10 years for new changes to find their way to the drawing boards.
As the city moves into the 21st century Pike chronicles the new changes both on the oceanfront and the long-neglected west side. The author notes, “Enjoy the journey.”
The book is published by Arcadia Publishing and is part of its Images of America series which celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. The book retails at $21.99.