The city's historic pier, which houses the Atlantic City Historical Museum and Art Center, re-opens with multiple upgrades and historic transition.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library will now be operating the Atlantic City Historical Museum located across from Revel on the Garden Pier.
On Tuesday it was announced that the Historical Museum's collection and operations were being transferred to the library, which will manage the museum.
The library, which is a service of the City of Atlantic City, reopened the Historical Museum on Aug. 27. The museum's hours of operation are 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, effective immediately.
The City of Atlantic City, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection contributed to the 2012 renovation of Garden Pier, where the recently re-opened museum has been upgraded with an "improved exterior and interior for a more appealing appearance," according to a press release from the CRDA.
The city's Art Center, which stands across the pier from the Historical Museum, has also been upgraded in the Garden Pier renovation, which has included updates to lighting, structural supports, landscaping, the demolition of the pier's weathered ocean side and work on the interior of the Historical Museum.
ABOVE: The former Club Harlem where artists such as Sam Cooke, James Brown and hordes of other legendary performers played. The photo is one of many the A.C. Free Public Library has in its massive Heston collection.
According to a report, the library has big plans for the historical center, including the incorporation of select items from its outstanding Alfred M. Heston Collection, introducing new displays and exhibits and possibly providing free Wi-Fi access and more public seating on the pier as a whole.
“We’ll be updating [the museum], and adding new information through new displays,” Frank told a reporter on Monday. “The library has a great collection of historical items about Atlantic City. This location will allow us to share them even more.”
The Historical Museum's chairman Bob Ruffolo and vice chairman Herb Stern, along with co-founders and present board members Vicki Gold Levi and Anthony Kutschera, are confident that the Atlantic City Free Public Library can help tell Atlantic City's history to a larger audience for years to come.
The Heston Collection, which is housed at the Main Library in downtown Atlantic City, includes published and unpublished works, including photographs, postcards and other memorabilia.
The library will partner with outside organizations to display their collections at the museum as well.
"We are grateful to the Atlantic City Historical Museum board members for the trust they have placed in us to continue their work of showcasing Atlantic City's rich history on Garden Pier," Atlantic City Free Public Library director Maureen Sherr Frank said.
"We have a golden opportunity to create something special at the museum with the various collections that are now available to us," Library Board of Trustees president William Cheatham said.
For more information about the Atlantic City Historical Museum, check out atlanticcityexperience.org or www.acfpl.org.
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