The Last Word, 2014
The articles in this issue deal with diverse subjects. Leroy Douglas recounts the little known history of a mini submarine built by the Fairchild aviation company in Farmingdale.
Two articles are the result of contributions to the Nassau County Historical Society collections. Robert Rushmore describes the prescription book his great grandfather kept in his pharmacy in Hempstead and Garden City. Two school directories yield interesting details about education in the county in the first decade of the last century. Both of these articles implicitly attest to the value of donations to our collections. Our manuscripts, books, and other publications are in the Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra University. This reference collection is open to the public (Monday to Friday, 9-5, 032 Axinn Library, 516-463-6411). We conclude the series of Nassau County Tours from the WPA Writers Project in "Tour of the South Shore in the late 1930s." This year we have extended the tour into Suffolk County.
Our membership meetings in 2014 have dealt with a variety of topics, including paintings of William Sidney Mount; William Floyd, Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Women in Long Island’s Past; North Hempstead’s History, and Long Island at War: Battle Front and Home Front. Our Annual meeting at Davenport Press Restaurant in Mineola featured a British Revolutionary War re-enactor. Walter Gosden was elected to the Board at the meeting and Denward Collins, Jr. and Barbara Haynes re-elected trustees. Betsey Murphy ably coordinated our luncheon. Additional details about the meetings are inside the front cover of this Journal.
The Society could not operate without the volunteer work of the Board members whose names are listed inside the front cover of this Journal. My thanks and appreciation to all the trustees. At the November 2014 Board meeting, all the current officers were re-elected for another term. Barbara Haynes who has provided delicious homemade refreshments for our meetings is stepping down as chair of our hospitality committee.
Trustee David Doucette digitized the two published indexes of the Nassau County Historical Society Journal, covering the years 1937-1988. Our webmaster, Denward Collins III, has added them to our website, where he has had a list of Journal articles from 1989 (www.NassauCountyHistoricalSociety.org). Our Journals are in many libraries and we still have copies of many of our past issues which can be purchased (see inside the back cover). The articles continue to be useful and interesting.
Denward Collins III, who is also our membership chairperson, initiated an e-mail "Announce List" to remind members of our meetings. This is a useful addition to our printed notices sent via postal mail. See our web site to join this list.
I am pleased to announce that we have copies of some hard-to-find Long Island Studies Institute publications that can be obtained by a donation to the Society. Titles of available books include: Evoking a Sense of Place; Roots and Heritage of Hempstead Town; Long Island and Literature; Long Island: The Suburban Experience; Nassau County: From Rural Hinterland to Suburban Metropolis; and Journeys on Old Long Island. For additional information, including the Table of Contents of a specific book, contact Natalie.Naylor@Hofstra.edu; 516-538-7679; or write to the Society at P.O. Box 307, Garden City, NY 11530.
Natalie A. Naylor
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