Photographs such as this one are being sought for a research project in Bradley Beach.
The Bradley Beach Historical Society and Museum in partnership with Bradley Beach Business Community Alliance is embarking on a long-term comprehensive research project to identify and document all the businesses fronting the Main Street in Bradley Beach.
The goal is to create historical maps of Main Street from the founding of the borough through present day.
Bette Blum, local author of “Bradley Beach Treasures: Reflections of the Jersey Shore” and an active BBHS board member, has been named volunteer lead on the project. Aware that it may take a few years to capture all the data, Blum and her team will begin by collecting Main Street memories and memorabilia from the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. Their goal is to mount an exhibition and host an Oral History Day during the BBBCA’s Alliance Week: June 24 to 30, 2023 when the borough will celebrate its 130th Anniversary.
At the same time, Jersey Shore photographer Mia Mutascio will begin work on a photographic montage of present day Main Street to anchor displays of historic maps that identify shops, restaurants and professional offices at each location over the years.
The success of the project is predicated on community participation.
If you owned, worked for, or frequented any establishment on Main Street in the past, contact Bette Blum: mappingmainstreet@ bbhistory.org.
Information sought includes stories, maps, memorabilia, advertisements, yearbooks, journals, programs, newspapers, press clippings and articles and photographs.
If you have Main Street memories/artifacts or want more information, contact Bette Blum: firstname.lastname@example.org.