Local Book Wins History Award

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has selected “102 Gentlemen & A Lady” written by Ocean City Museum Society board member Gordon Katz for a 2013 Award of Merit winner.  The award, which is selected by the leadership in history awards committee, will be presented during AASLH’s annual meeting in Birmingham, AL.102gentlemen

This book details the story of the Atlantic Hotel Company in Ocean City and includes brief biographies of the original members of the corporation.  Katz worked for many years researching and collecting data to present an accurate account of the founding of the hotel and the very early beginning of Ocean City history.

“My interest in Ocean City history was sparked initially by my wife’s postcard collection  but truly blossomed when Sue Hurley, the former museum curator, took the time to personally respond to a question that I had,” said Katz, who resides in Ellicott City, MD. “Sue’s admonition to dig deeper is what eventually led me to write the book.”

The book, which is available for sale in the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum’s gift shop and online at http://www.ocmuseum.org for $24.95, is a must have for anyone interested in Ocean City history.  The Ocean City Museum Society would like to acknowledge society member George Hurley for all of his diligent efforts in completing the tedious and time consuming nomination process for the award.