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The Atlantic City Experience encompasses the best historical and cultural resources of Atlantic City. From diving horses to dancing girls, from the Boardwalk to the Northside, from casinos to churches, from Prohibition to the present, Atlantic City, New Jersey is a unique American city with a rich history.

New Exhibit focuses on Atlantic City's Hispanic Heritage PDF Print E-mail
Long shot 2 The Atlantic City Historical Museum, presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, unveiled its exhibit, “The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica,” at a grand opening celebration Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Garden Pier. The event was held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.


The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica exhibit, which will be on display through the end of the year, explores the recent history and culture of Atlantic City's Hispanic population. Many Hispanic celebrations that have taken place in the city – such as parades, festivals, weddings and quinceanos – are featured in the exhibit, along with businesses, entertainers, residents and examples of everyday life. This exhibit has been curated by members of the community. Those who wish to have their photographs included in the exhibit are invited to bring them to the Atlantic City Free Public Library or the Atlantic City Historical Museum for consideration.

As part of the project, the library conducted oral history interviews with local residents from various Hispanic countries to explore their backgrounds, immigration stories and experiences here in Atlantic City. Portions of the interviews are available for the public to hear.

The Atlantic City Free Public Library received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. Consultants for this project have included Levi, Dr. Merydawilda Colon of the Stockton University Center for Community Engagement and oral historian Dr. Richlyn Goddard.

The Atlantic City Historical Museum showcases the culturally diverse, exciting history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline. Visitors can enjoy exhibits of Mr. Peanut, sand sculptures, Miss America and casinos – along with vintage photographs and local artifacts. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guide to Atlantic City Historical Markers available online PDF Print E-mail

The City of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library are pleased to announce the availability of a new digital historical resource featuring the commemorative markers located throughout Atlantic City. These markers share the history of Atlantic City and the stories of many Atlantic City residents. Click here to view this great resource on the Library' website.

Chicken Bone Beach Photo Exhibit PDF Print E-mail

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African-American Heritage Museum exhibit to feature images from Missouri Avenue Beach

The Jet Black, Brown and Tan on the Beach exhibit – a compilation of five photo collections of Atlantic City's famed Missouri Avenue Beach – will go on display beginning this month. Missouri Avenue Beach later became known as Chicken Bone Beach.

The exhibit consists of photos from the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey (AAHMSNJ), Atlantic City Free Public Library, Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc. (CBBHFI), Diane Graves and George E. Dickerson Collection, and Charles L. Blockson Collection of Temple University Libraries.

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The exhibit will be comprised of more than 100 photographs, as well as framed quilted pieces. The photos, taken from 1910-60, feature the lifeguards, locals, tourists and celebrities who frequented this beach, which was designated as a blacks-only beach until the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed. The exhibit will include photos of Martin Luther King, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., Rosalind Cash and Madame Sarah Spencer Washington. The exhibit will remain at the AAHMSNJ - located at 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville, New Jersey - until January 2016.

The museum's suggested donations are $2 for students and seniors, and $3 for adults. It is free for members of the military, and on Wednesdays. Please call museum founder Ralph Hunter at (609) 350-6662 for more information.





The Atlantic City Experience was produced and is managed by The Atlantic City Free Public Library, a service of the City of Atlantic City.


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