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The next NCHS program

Sunday, June 5th, 2022, 2:00 p.m. at the Jericho Public Library or virtually via a Zoom webinar.

“Gold Coast Warriors: The North Shore Elite and First World War"
Richard F. Welch  Long Island's Gold Coast Elite

Based on the recently published, Long Island’s Gold Coast Elite and the Great War, the program explores how the leading families of the North Shore, through a potent combination of ethnic background, social status, clear eyed geopolitical calculation, and financial self-interest mobilized to support the Allies at the outbreak of war in 1914. Morgan bankers, movie producers, society glitterati, government officials, politically connected lawyers and one ex-president arranged massive loans and supplies for the Allies, while agitating for militarization and intervention. These efforts undercut the Wilson Administration’s official policy of neutrality and set the country on a course which led inexorably to war with Germany in 1917. The participation of the Gold Coast elite, on the homefront and overseas, is also discussed.

Richard F. Welch taught American history at Long Island University and Farmingdale State College.  He was editor of the Long Island Forum from 1991 to 2014, and a contributing editor of the Journal of Long Island History. The author of numerous articles and reviews, he has written seven books, the most recent being Long Island’s Gold Coast Warriors. The North Shore Elite and World War One (2021).  He was also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of New York State. He is currently a trustee of the Suffolk County Historical Society.

The Nassau County Historical Society Program will be held at the Jericho Public Library and will be both in person, and streamed virtually. There will be a reception and book signing following the program.

Here is the link to the virtual webinar:

If you have difficulty with the link, phone the Jericho Library 516-935-6790

Driving Directions: The Jericho Library is at 1 Merry Lane, 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 turn right onto Rt. 25. Go a very short distance and turn right (south) onto Merry Lane. The Library is the building 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.
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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.