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From: The Nassau County Historical Society Journal, 71 (2016): 53-56.

The Last Word, 2016
Natalie A. Naylor

The articles in this year’s Journal deal with diverse aspects of local history. Millicent D. Vollono and her daughter, Lauren V. Drapala, have combined their talents in researching and writing their article, “Designing Suburbia: Olive Tjaden on Long Island.” Architect Tjaden designed hundreds of houses and other buildings in Nassau County from 1925 to 1945.

Judith Tabler’s “History of Foxhunting with the Meadow Brook Hunt” is based on her recent book, Foxhunting with the Meadow Brook Hounds. Foxhunting was a popular sport on Long Island in the early decades of the twentieth century and the Meadow Brook Hunt survived until 1971, despite post-World War II developments in their hunt area in northern Nassau County.

“Oystering in Inwood, 1891” provides a delightful glimpse into a popular Long Island pursuit, as described by journalist Jenny L. Hopkins in 1891. (My appreciation to Millicent Vollono who brought the article from her personal collection to my attention. She also researched Hopkin’s background for “About the Contributors” on p. ii.)

Bill Bleyer, in “The Theodore Roosevelt Association Saves Sagamore Hill,” recounts how Sagamore Hill was preserved as a shrine and is now a national historic site. This article is reprinted from his excellent recent book, Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt’s Summer White House.

“Discovering Hempstead Town’s Country Home Era,” by Raymond and Judith Spinzia, introduces an aspect of Hempstead’s history often overlooked in other accounts of the period. It provides a look into the extensive historical information amassed by the Spinzias in their multi-volume Long Island’s Prominent Families series.

President’s Report

The Nassau County Historical Society continued in 2016 to provide its members with a half-dozen diverse programs throughout the year ranging from the ever popular Gold Coast mansions to Coney Island, historic haunts, Peconic Bay, Tripoli pirates, and history of Long Island food. (Full descriptions are listed inside the front cover of the Journal and on the website under Calendar.)

We are pleased to welcome four new trustees, elected at our annual meeting held at the Davenport Press restaurant in Mineola in October: William Florio, Joyce Gorycki, James G. Marsh, and Edward Schachter.

At the November 2016 Board meeting, the officers were re-elected for another term. The Society could not operate without the volunteer work of its officers and other Board members (names are listed inside the front cover of this Journal and on the web site at Board of Trustees). I should note also trustees who have other responsibilities: Denward Collins III, webmaster and membership; Betsey Murphy, hospitality; Stephanie Bird, publicity; and David Doucette, our audio-visual expert.

Natalie A. Naylor

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