Nassau County Historical Society

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Next scheduled meeting will be:

Book Cover for In The Service

Book Cover for In The Service

Elly Shodell, author

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
In The Service: Workers on the Grand Estates of Long Island, 1890s-1940s
Elly Shodell
Community Church of East Williston

This illustrated presentation focuses upon Long Island’s fabled Gold Coast estates from an unusual perspective—that of those who served as butlers, chauffeurs, dairymaids, gardeners, and cooks. Although there is no lack of documentation about America’s barons who emerged from the Industrial Revolution and their magnificent mansions, much less is known about the lives of the men and women who worked for them. Using oral histories, photographs, archival tools, and documents, Elly Shodell brings their past to life via her Port Washington Public Library Local History Center project. She curated an exhibition for the library and wrote In the Service about these workers on Long Island estates (copies available for sale and signing).

More information, and directions, are provided on our Calendar page. There you will also find information about past and future meetings.
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And we announce our:
James Foote as Theodore Roosevelt

James Foote as Theodore Roosevelt

Joni Foote, photographer

2017 Annual Meeting
and Luncheon

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Theodore Roosevelt
as portrayed by James Foote
Stewart Manor Country Club, Stewart Manor

Annual Meeting: presentation of brief reports, and election of Board Members, will be conducted as per NCHS By-Laws.
The meeting’s business will be conducted between luncheon courses. After dessert is served, Theodore Roosevelt, as portrayed by James Foote, will regale us with his particular zest for life through stories of his exploits in nature, the military, politics, and as a husband and father.
Information about menu, cost, making reservations and payment is posted on our Calendar page.

A message from Dr. Natalie A. Naylor, NCHS President, reviewing the Society’s events of 2016.

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NCHS Journal Cumulative Indexes online

The previously published cumulative indexes to our Journal are available online. These indexes, 1937-1957 and 1958-1988, combined with the current list of articles since 1989, are keyword searchable and all articles published the Journal.
Hearty thanks to Trustee David Doucette for his efforts on this project.