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Nassau County Historical Society Journal,
vol. 72, 2017

We are pleased to announce that our annual Journal, vol. 72, 2017, is now published and was mailed on January 2nd. While waiting for your copy, view the Table of Contents, and President Naylor's “Last Word” on the society's events of 2017 online. The Journal is one of the benefits of membership in the NCHS.

Membership Renewals for 2018

Annual membership renewals for individuals, families, and libraries are being prepared and will be mailed later in January 2018.  In recent weeks, a number of members have  already taken advantage of our online payment option to submit their 2018 membership renewals.
Membership information and payment details, are available on the Membership page.

Next scheduled meeting is:

SPIES! Exhibit Logo of the Three Village Historical Society

SPIES! Exhibit Logo of the Three Village Historical Society

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
“The Culper Spy Ring in the Revolutionary War”
Beverly C. Tyler
Community Church of East Williston

After George Washington suffered heavy losses at the beginning of the war, he realized that reliable information about British troop movements was vital. General Washington asked Major Benjamin Tallmadge from Setauket to organize a spy network. Now known as the Culper Spy Ring, it was most active during the years from 1778 to 1781.

Tallmadge first enlisted Abraham Woodhull (alias Culper, Sr.), who was also from Setauket. Later Robert Townsend (“Culper, Jr.”) from Oyster Bay (today’s Raynham Hall) who was living in Manhattan joined the group. SPIES! How a Group of Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution is the Three Village Historical Society’s exhibition in their History Center (93 North Country Road, Setauket). The spy ring has been fictionalized in the AMC television series, Turn: Washington’s Spies.

Beverly C. Tyler is a writer, author, photographer, and lecturer on local history in Setauket. He conducts walking tours and field trips as Revolutionary War farmer and spy Abraham Woodhull and as a 19th century ship captain. Mr. Tyler has appeared on the History Channel’s Histories Mysteries production “Spies of the Revolutionary War.”

Mr. Tyler writes a local history column History Close at Hand for the Village Times Herald. He has written more than 800 local history articles over the past thirty years and his articles have been published in a number of Long Island and regional newspapers and magazines.

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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A message from Dr. Natalie A. Naylor, NCHS President, reviewing the Society’s events of 2017.

The Nassau County Historical Society is a volunteer organization which operates for the society's membership. We regret that are unable to fill any research requests, including genealogical inquires.

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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.