President's Message

Dear Members & Supporters,
My name is Jessica Aumack and I have been elected to serve my second term as President of the Keyport Historical Society!

The Keyport Historical Society is finally in our new building!  As many are aware we lost our original museum to Super Storm Sandy.  On October 28, 2017 we opened the doors to our new museum at 34 Main Street.  We are still working through our inventory and very thankful for our volunteers.

We have our monthly Program Meetings held the first Monday of every month at 7:30pm from April to October.  Our Board Meetings are held prior to the Program Meetings at 6:30pm and from November to March at 7:00pm for anyone interested in the behind the scenes look at how we make our Museum a museum.  We hope to see you there! 

Our non-profit organization relies solely on our volunteers and many donations we receive from various recipients.  Please mark your calendars for one of our most important fundraisers.  On Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2-7pm, will have our annual Candlelight House Tour.  Stay tuned for further details on this fundraiser.  If anyone is interested in having their house on the tour, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We have also set up our website to accept donations as well as membership dues through PayPal.  Not sure if your dues are up to date or have any other questions, just email us at, click on the contact link at the top of our website or visit our Facebook page

The Society thanks all of our members and supporters and we look forward to seeing you at one of our Meetings or Fundraisers!

Jessica M. Aumack


President's Message

Happy New Year Members!!

We are currently gearing up to start our 2014 season and have a lot of exciting projects in the works. As you all know we still do not have a museum but we are working with the State of NJ to obtain a grant to purchase a historical house in Keyport that we can use as our new home. We will keep you updated on the progress we make. 

Our next big event will be a coffee and dessert social at the First Aid building on Monday March 3 at 7:30 pm,  where new residents can come out and meet the society and find out what we are all about. We always welcome new members. Check out our events page for more details.

On the first Monday of every month we have free historical presentations at the Senior Center in Keyport. These start in April and run thru October. Details of these presentations will be posted on our website and also on Facebook as the events get closer. We hope you can join us and learn about Keyport's history and the history of NJ. 

Thank you all for your continued support of the Keyport Historical Society. 40+ years and still going strong thanks to our dedicated members and volunteers.

Cassie Milligan


President's Message

Dear Members & Supporters,
The Keyport Historical Society is moving forward in our attempts to rebuild our beloved museum.   The process is going to take time and our first order of business was recovering as many items after the storm as possible.    Items we thought we would never see again are now in our storage area or in our DPW container and items are continuing to be found!  During the demolition of the Ye Cottage Inn, a worker and one of our members salvaged many items from this iconic Keyport restaurant and we are proud to have these items in storage to be added to our collection.

We have been attempting to inventory items that are kindly being held by other organizations as well as  comparing  items salvaged after the storm to our catalogue cards that were miraculously salvaged AFTER the storm as well, to discover what part of the collections survived.  This, as well as cleaning items, has been a daunting task and we would like to thank all that have helped start the process moving forward.   National Guard Militia Museum members donated their time and equipment to vacuum our military textiles and stabilize other military items, after members brushed each item in preparation of their arrival.  Members have gone out of their way to obtain estimates on cost to stabilize items to make sure we met our FEMA requirements.

Our next order of business was to put our claims in to our insurance company as well as FEMA to attempt to recoup some of our losses.  Key members took charge and worked diligently to make sure we met the deadlines for our FEMA application as well as provided all necessary documentation to both the insurance company and to FEMA.  We will use these monies to purchase/pay for necessary items to keep the Historical Society up and running until we can find a new permanent museum and a way to finance it.

The Senior Center in Keyport has been kind enough to be our "home away from home" and allow us to use their facilities on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month to hold our historical presentations as well as our open Board Meetings until such time as we find a new place.  (Our next presentation on July 1 at 7.30 pm includes Dan Lieb of the NJ Historical Divers Association speaking on the "Vivian Wreck". (Please check our schedule for all upcoming presentations and fundraisers) The Keyport Historical Society is happy that we can continue to provide free monthly presentations to all who are interested and keep Keyport's vibrant history alive even while facing such a trying time!

We also have been fund raising  in various ways, including an Ice Cream Social at Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices & Ice Cream in June and setting up a table during Historic Weekend Monmouth County at The Fire Museum, on Community Day as well as at the Library during the Garden Walk.  As part of our fundraising efforts we have T-Shirts sizes M-2XL, 1894 Maps of Keyport as well as Mrs. Walling's famous homemade cards to sell at our presentations as well as other events.  We will hold our annual Art and Craft Sale & Show on September 14, 2013 from 9-4, selling spaces for $10.00 each to all interested artists and those who do homemade crafts as well as have our Victorian Tea on October 19 at the Yacht Club and our Candlelit House Tour on December 14, 2013. 

We have also set up our website to accept donations as well as membership dues through Pay Pal.  Not sure if your dues are up to date or have any other questions?   Just email us at and someone will reply.

The Society wants to thank all of our members and supporters for all that you do!  We couldn't get through this without you!

Thank you for your continued support,

Dana Weiner

Keyport Historical Society


The East Keyport School Presentation

On Monday April 1, 2013 Mrs. Elizabeth Walling opened the 2013 Historical Society's season with a wonderful presentation about the history of the East Keyport School. We all sat quietly and listened as she read to us the history of this educational institution. She is a natural born teacher. I even learned something that evening while sitting in the 100 year old building. If you fill up a mason jar with heavy cream, pass it around to a classroom of students, shake well, by the last student you will have a jar full of butter.

Collection Day

Society members welcomed the public to bring items they retrieved from Sandy or new items. Mr. Smith brought a box of photos and a Trolley notebook that he presented to president Dana Weiner. Bobby and Mary Holtz donated an original 1855 map of Keyport that needs some restoration. Ken Krohe and George Massey donated a metal sign once placed upon the bumper of the Keyport High School student driver car. Tom Gallo donated over 200 pieces of letterhead and stationary from Keyport Businesses and departments, photographs and a broad range of railroad schedules showing service from Keyport to north and south Jersey and NYC. Later that day, new Board member Brian Hall gave us an oil painting from Eloise Schanck he found in the Passport clean up. Thank you to the Keyport First Aid for the use of their beautiful rental hall. All in all, a great start to rebuilding our collection.

Tom Gallo