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The next NCHS virtual program:Long Island Beaches

Sunday, October 17th, 2021, 2:00 p.m.--Annual Meeting
2:15 p.m.--Program
“The Harlem Hellfighters: Bigotry, Bravery and Jazz."
Richard Harris

A century ago, the Harlem Hellfighters fought two wars. Because of the segregation of the U.S. Armed Forces in World War I, the predominately African American U.S. Army 369th Infantry Regiment fought in France, not with our American troops, but with the French army. At least forty men from Sea Cliff, Locust Valley, Oyster Bay, and Glen Cove served in that unit in the Great War.

Dubbed by the Germans the "Harlem Hellfighters" because of their courage and tenacity in battle, the men of the 369th distinguished themselves on the battlefield. However, when they returned home, they again confronted a battleground in the quest for equal rights. While that battle is still being fought, their efforts as soldiers did much to further the sense of Black pride and identity, which was a significant factor in the further development of the New Negro movement of the period and the creation of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

In August 2021, the Harlem Hellfighters were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, bringing them long-overdue recognition.

Our speaker, Richard C. Harris, is Professor of Humanities and Assistant Dean at the Webb Institute in Glen Cove. Dr. Harris is the recipient of a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his efforts to preserve the history of the Harlem Hellfighters.

The webinar is free and open to the general public. Although attendance at this virtual meeting is free, we are still asking people to register so that we can get a good estimate of the number of attendees. Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic of 2020,
the NCHS has suspended all in-person programs. As circumstances allow, we will be holding virtual meetings which will be announced on this site, and through our e-mail announce list. To subscribe, go to: NCHS-Announce.

Stay tuned. Stay healthy.

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
vol. 75, 2020

The current Journal, vol. 75, 2020, was published and mailed to members and subscribers in January 2021.
Contact us if you did not receive your copy.
You may view the Table of Contents, and President Naylor’s “Last Word, President’s Report, and Historical News” reviewing the society’s events of 2020. The Journal is one of the benefits of membership in the NCHS.

NCHS Journal Cumulative Indexes

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 by title, author, and subject.
Hearty thanks to Trustee David Doucette for his efforts on this project.