Nassau County Historical Society

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Our Next NCHS Program:

Sunday, April 23, 2 p.m.
Paul J. Mateyunas

"Long Island and the Gilded Age"
at the Jericho Public Library
1 Merry Lane, Jericho
In person or via zoom

Travel back in time to the days of the Vanderbilts, Whitneys, and Astors to learn about
the homes, parties, and real life personalities that inspired Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others who created countless novels, programs, and films about this interesting time in America. The talk will also delve into the latest series being filmed on Long Island, HBO’s historical drama, The Gilded Age. 

A talk by North Shore historian and author Paul J. Mateyunas.

Mr. Mateyunas will autograph copies of his books North Shore Long Island: Country Houses, 1890-1950 and Long Island's Gold Coast.

In partnership with the Jericho Public Library. Refreshments and book signing follow.

Paul J. Mateyunas is a noted North Shore historian and author whose expertise lies in art, design and architecture, his knowledge of the Island's Beaux Arts architecture, led him to write two books on Long Island estates, curate exhibitions, and often lecture on Gold Coast estates. He is a restoration consultant and estate realtor, who has a passion for architecture and history.

Past Program: 

Sunday, February 5th, 2023, 2 PM
Patt Terrelongue and Reynard Burns

"The Tuskegee Airmen in World War II"
at the Jericho Public Library
1 Merry Lane, Jericho
In person or via zoom

The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps to become America’s first black military airmen. They accepted the challenge during a time when many people thought that Blacks were inferior to whites in intelligence, skill, courage, and patriotism. Of the estimated 16,000 involved, nearly 1,000 were trained in Tuskegee Alabama, to be pilots of fighter and bomber airplanes. The famed 332nd fighter group is most noted for their distinguished record escorting B-17 bombers and the distinctive Red Tails on their P-51 fighters. The Tuskegee Airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.

Reynard Burns, President of the Tri-State Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, and Patt Terrelongue, the daughter of a Tuskegee Airman, will tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.

We are again partnering with the Jericho Public Library for this hybrid program. It will be available in-person or live on your computer. Register for the Zoom webinar on (under Events, Program Registration). Refreshments will follow the in-person program at the library.

Driving Directions: The Jericho Library is at 1 Merry Lane, Jericho 11753, just south of Rt. 25 (Jericho Turnpike). From the Northern State Parkway, take exit 35 North or from the LIE/Rt. 495, take exit 41 North onto Rts. 106/107. Stay in the right-hand lane and go right onto Rt. 25. Go a very short distance and turn right
(south) onto Merry Lane. The Library is on your left; parking is available on both sides of the building.

Guests are welcome to attend, either at the library or virtually on Zoom. Invite your friends.


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.
To subscribe, go to: NCHS-Announce.

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.