From: The Nassau County Historical Society Journal, 72 (2017): 42-46.
The Last Word, 2017
I am delighted to announce that Dr. Paul van Wie has become Assistant Editor of the Journal, and has already provided editing assistance for our articles. Dr. van Wie’s own article in this issue, “Architectural Heritage and Landmarks Preservation in the Town of Hempstead,” provides a brief survey of the history of the Town from colonial times, its architectural heritage, and landmarks preservation during the past three decades.
The Nassau County Boy Scouts celebrated their centennial in 2017. David Doucette, who has long been involved with the Boy Scouts, recounts their history in his Journal article, “Boy Scouts in Nassau County: 100 Years of Service.” My “Long Island Suffragists Winning Votes for Women” commemorates another centennial, that of women securing the vote in New York State in 1917. In the final article, Michael Lisicky traces the rise and fall of A&S in “Abraham & Straus Department Stores in Nassau County, 1950-1995.” Many Long Islanders will fondly remember shopping in A&S. Enjoy reading each of these articles on our Long Island history.
Natalie A. Naylor
Our membership meetings this year provided programs on a variety of topics ranging from “Gatsby’s Gold Coast” to “Workers on the Grand Estates” as well as the “Vanderbilt Cup Races,” “Prohibition,” “Camp Mills in World War I,” and living history with Theodore Roosevelt in the person of Jim Foote at our annual meeting and luncheon. A special bonus was an invitation from Howard Kroplick, North Hempstead Town historian, to visit his car collection including the Alco “Black Beast,” which won the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races. In spring 2018, our programs will feature the Culper Spy Ring, Suffragents, and Robert Moses. All the programs and speakers are listed inside the front cover. (Full descriptions are listed on the website under Calendar.)
At our annual meeting in October four trustees whose terms expired were re-elected and a new trustee, Judge Robert Bogel, was elected to Class of 2019. At the November Board meeting, current officers were re-elected and Madalyn Klein was elected Assistant Corresponding Secretary. Names of all the officers and trustees are listed inside the front cover this Journal (and on the web site at Board of Trustees).
Our website (www.NassauCountyHistoricalSociety.org, maintained by our Webmaster, Denward Collins III) has extensive information about the Society, including meeting notices and Journal indexes. We hope in 2018 to digitize the content of our Journals, through LIUPost’s grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. It is now possible to pay dues online and we urge everyone who has email to join our Announce List to receive timely reminders of meetings (we do not bombard you with emails.) While we continue to mail notices to members, unfortunately the printed postal announcements are not always delivered in a timely fashion.
During the past year we have had a number of contributions of photographs and family papers. These have been added to our collections at the Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra, where they are available to researchers.
Finally, if you make purchases on Amazon, please go first to smile.amazon.com and select the Nassau County Historical Society to receive donations from eligible purchases; it does not increase your price.
Natalie A. Naylor
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