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Stevenson Taylor Hall at Webb Institute

Stevenson Taylor Hall at Webb Institute

Sunday, May 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
“Webb Institute‘s Glen Cove Campus”
Renne Tremblay and Linda Waters

Please note: The Webb Institute campus is CLOSED due to the coronavirus pandemic. However...

This will be our first ever virtual (ie: online) webinar meeting. Using Zoom technology, the presentors will take us on a tour while we get to relax at home in front of our computer screens. (Logins for the meeting will be accepted beginning at 2:15 p.m.)

Nestled adjacent to the Long Island Sound is Webb Institute, a unique engineering school where roughly one hundred students ar e educated in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Hidden behind huge wrought-iron gates at the entrance to the college is a massive mansion on the grounds that was once the “Braes,” the country estate of American businessman Herbert Lee Pratt (1871-1945). Learn about the architectural history of the main building and its transition from a glamorous 1920s summer home into one-of-a-kind learning center and dorms, as well as the unique history of the property and additional buildings on campus.

Our speakers are seniors at Webb Institute. For their “Maritime History of Long Island” course, Renee Tremblay delved into the history of the Webb Institute’s campus while Linda Waters studied the architecture of the original mansion, now Stevenson Taylor Hall.

Although this was a members only event, due to limits on number of attendees, the meeting was recorded. It is available for viewing at:

Thanks are due to Webb Institute seniors Renee Tremblay and Linda Waters, who hosted and lead this webinar for us. There were about 40 viewers when the presentation began last Sunday and they were very pleased with this turnout and the kindness of everyone on the call.

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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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. 74, 2019

The current Journal, vol. 74, 2019, was published and mailed to members and subscribers in January 2020.
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 2019. 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.