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Our Next NCHS Program:

Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Sunday, October 23, 2022, 1-4 PM

Claire Bellerjeau
“The Discovery of David Maltbie”
Davenport Press Restaurant
70 Main Street, Mineola 11501

At the Annual Meeting and Luncheon of the Nassau County Historical Society on October 23rd join historian and author Claire Bellerjeau for a special presentation about her discovery of a  Revolutionary War spy named David Maltbie, whose exploits closely parallel the story of  Nathan Hale. Through letters, newspaper accounts, and military records Bellerjeau traced Maltbie’s espionage activities in Oyster Bay and New York City, with details that closely mirror Hale’s experience, with one important exception – Maltbie survived. Hear about how David Maltbie successfully delivered intelligence, was captured, held captive by the British, and managed to escape - only to be re-captured at the war’s end and released due to the evacuation. The fascinating life of David Maltbie represents a new and exciting true story of the Revolution, and reminds all lovers of history that there are still new heroes waiting to be discovered.

Book signing and sales of Claire Bellerjeau’s Espionage and Enslavement book will follow.  The ticket price is $55 in advance, and $60 at the door.

Claire Bellerjeau is the co-author of “Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth”, published in May of 2021. Bellerjeau is the founder of a non-profit organization called Remember Liss, with the mission to educate the community about the extraordinary life and times of an enslaved Black woman from New York named Elizabeth, or Liss. She has been researching the Townsend family and those they enslaved for over seventeen years and has developed educational programs on the subjects of slavery in New York and the American Revolution on Long Island.


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-Announce e-mail list

Members of the Society, and other interested individuals, are invited to subscribe to the NCHS-announce e-mail list to receive e-mail announcements of upcoming Society meetings.
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NCHS Journal
vol. 76, 2021

The current Journal, vol. 76, 2021, was published and mailed to members and subscribers the first week of December 2021.
Contact us if you did not receive your copy.

The issue is dedicated to Edward J. Smits whose vision and work were responsible for Old Bethpage Village Restoration and many other Nassau County Museums.
You may view the Table of Contents here and the President's Message, Editor's Message and Editorial about Securing Old Bethpage Village Restoration's future here.

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.