Monday, May 19, 2014

Organization of the Week: Doo Wop Preservation League

Every Monday, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey.

This week, I am featuring the Doo Wop Preservation League. Founded in 1997, the Doo Wop Preservation League was formed by a group of Wildwood business owners, town devotees, architecture buffs, and kitsch lovers with a serious commitment to the Wildwoods' past and future. The league's efforts come in response to studies conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and Kent State University, validating and crediting the Wildwoods with having the largest collection of mid-century commercial (or "Doo Wop") architecture in the nation, taking the form of 1950s-era resort motels, diners, restaurants, and vintage neon signs.

The Doo Wop Preservation League's mission is to foster awareness and appreciation of the popular culture of the 1950s and 1960s and to promote the preservation of the largest collection of mid-century or "Doo Wop" architecture found in the United States. In 2007, the League opened a museum in a former Doo Wop style restaurant and rescued old neon signs which were re-erected in a "neon garden" around the building. The League also sponsors exhibits, walking tours, and more throughout the tourist season.

The Doo Wop Preservation League relies on memberships, fundraising, and countless volunteers to continue its mission. For more information on programs, special events, and exhibits hosted by Doo Wop Preservation League or to become a member or volunteer, please call 609-729-4000 or visit

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