Hart Named as New Ocean County Historian
Toms River–Timothy G. Hart was appointed to the position of Ocean County Historian today by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
“Tim Hart is a true friend of Ocean County and his love for the history of this great County makes him the perfect choice for County Historian,” said Freeholder Deputy Director John C. Bartlett Jr., who serves as liaison to the county’s Cultural and Heritage Commission. “I look forward to working with Tim in promoting the county’s rich heritage, culture and history.”
Hart, Stafford Township, joined the County staff in 2009 when he was named Division Director for the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission. He also was named Deputy Director of the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen Museum at that time.
“Tim has extensive knowledge of the county’s history. He is an expert when it comes to the role the Barnegat Bay plays in County History in addition to how historical events like the Civil War has had an impact on this County,” Bartlett said.
Hart was named Stafford Township Historian in 2006 serving only as the second official historian of Stafford Township since 1749.
Hart has been an active member of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey serving as the organization’s president in 2010 and as a trustee from 2008 to 2010.
Hart is also known for his participation in numerous historical re-enactments and serves as a trustee for Advocates for New Jersey History.
“Tim’s ongoing participation in re-enactments has brought him closer to the county’s history giving him a sense of what it was like to experience important events throughout time,” Bartlett said.
Ocean County had bid a fond farewell to County Historian Pauline S. Miller, who died in December 2011 at the age of 93. Mrs. Miller was a noted historian, author and lecturer who promoted the history of Ocean County for more than four decades.