On Friday, June 2, the Cape May Point Science Center (CMPSC) held its grand opening. The American Littoral Society is honored to have been a part of this momentous occasion.
The CMPSC is set to be a hub of knowledge and exploration, serving as a museum dedicated to local avian and marine species, and a center for cutting-edge research. We can't wait to witness the discoveries and advancements that will come from this incredible institution.
Quinn Whitesall McHerron, the Littoral Society's talented Habitat Restoration Coordinator, played a crucial role in the development of the horseshoe crab exhibit at the center. As a Delaware Bay horseshoe crab expert, Quinn provided valuable information and captivating images to enhance the exhibit and educate visitors.
In addition, other Society staff (including Executive Director Tim Dillingham, Delaware Bay Program Director Lucia Osborne, Restoration Technician Toni Rose Tablante, and Quinn) will sit on the CMPSC Science Council, contributing their expertise and insights to the center's development. Those staff members have also been instrumental in development of a horseshoe crab tagging project focused on using cellular tracking devices, which will help us to remotely monitor and track tagged crabs when they come ashore.
The site of the CMPSC served for 110 years as a retreat center run by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Philadelphia that was known as St. Mary’s by the Sea. During World War II, the building was leased to the US Army (1946-51) as part of its coastal defense.
Originally built as the Shoreham Hotel, which hosted many political figures including President Benjamin Harrison, the facility became a home for the aged and infirm before being purchased by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1909. The March 2022 purchase of the site for the CMPSC saved the historic building from demolition.
Join us in applauding this milestone, as well as the support the CMPSC will bring to understanding and preserving our precious natural world.