The Atlantic County Historical Society is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt membership organization. Originally founded in 1913 to collect and preserve the history of Atlantic County and southern New Jersey, the organization was incorporated as the Atlantic County Historical Society in 1915. In 2006, the Society was briefly renamed the Atlantic Heritage Center but the original name was restored in 2011.
The mission of the Atlantic County Historical Society is to encourage the study of local history and genealogy and to disseminate this information to our members and the general public. To fulfill our mission, the Society publishes an annual journal of local history and genealogy as well as a quarterly newsletter. Other means include lectures, field trips, partnerships with local libraries and school districts, library and museum interpretative exhibits, and guided tours of its circa 1790 oysterman's farmhouse, the Risley Homestead located in Northfield, New Jersey.
NOTE: Atlantic County Historical Society and Risley Homestead are registered business trade names of Atlantic County Historical Society, Inc.
The organization is managed by a Governing Board comprised of the Executive Board and Trustees. There is no paid professional staff - volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. They bring specialized skills and experience to assist with daily operations and special projects.
Funding / Sponsors:
The Society is funded exclusively by membership dues, gifts, and grants. Individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available - contact the Atlantic County Historical Society for more information. We would like to recognize and thank the following for their generous financial support of our organization:
- New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State (operating support grant)
- Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs (operating grant)