2012 Wayne T. (Ted) Bell (1932-2019)
Bell is the lead author for the June 2012 book The Great Auditorium: Ocean Grove’s Architectural Treasure
, which traces the history and development of the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, a distinctive historic structure from the national Camp Meeting movement of the late 1800s. This award-winning book is the realization of more than a decade of research by Bell, and is based in part on materials in the Monmouth County Archives. Other publications include Images of Ocean Grove
(2000), Ocean Grove in Vintage Postcards
(2004), and the popular pamphlet So How Old is My House?
(2003). Bell was the lead author in the 1976 proposal that designated the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, and was a contributing author to Encyclopedia of New Jersey
(Rutgers University Press, 2004). Bell is a founding member of the Historical Society of Ocean Grove. Each summer, he volunteers his time and knowledge to the Historical Society, leading interpretative tours on the Auditorium grounds or assisting as a curator and historian. He also served as a member of the Historic Preservation Committee for Neptune Township, which reviews and approves applications for restoration of Victorian structures within the historic district of Ocean Grove.