The President's Message, 2009
The Historical Society has continued presenting interesting programs for our members during 2009. In January, John Hanc’s talk on the "History of Jones Beach" led many to recall their favorite memories of this renowned state park. Our program in February was "Digging into Long Island’s Past—Exploring African-American Culture and Community at Lloyd Manor: The Archaeology of an Eighteenth-Century Slave Quarters.” Jenna Coplin’s illustrated presentation enlightened us about this neglected aspect of our local history. We travelled to the North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset in April to hear Leslie Gross, Town Clerk and Joan Kent, Town Historian, speak on "Changing Times: North Hempstead History.” In June, Paul J. Mateyunas, spoke on "North Shore Country Houses and Estates” at the Hoffman Center in Muttontown. Our members also enjoyed a guided tour of the beautifully restored first floor of the impressive Georgian Revival mansion, which was designed by Trowbridge and Livingston for George Brewster in 1914.
We added a meeting for members in September, commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Long Island Railroad. David Morrison presented "175 Years of Images of the LIRR.” Our Annual Dinner meeting at Westbury Manor featured Michael Goudket, Master of Music of the Huntington Militia, instructing and entertaining us about "Instrumental Music in Colonial America.” Those attending the dinner received a copy of Nassau County at 100: The Past and Present in Photographs.
As our 2009 programs demonstrate, we present interesting speakers on diverse topics of local history and sometimes meet at historically interesting sites. Likewise, our annual Journal provides articles on various aspects of Long Island history. The Society has scheduled programs of interest throughout the coming year (see list inside the front cover).
During the past year, the Society wrote the County Executive about the importance of keeping Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Cedarmere, and other Nassau County historical museums open to the public in spite of fiscal constraints. We also expressed to local officials our concern about the preservation of St. Paul’s School building, now owned by the village of Garden City.
We regret that Trustee Kathryn Seaman resigned from the board after a decade of service. Corinna Martone Fishman and Rose Martone Polakowski completed their one-year terms this year. We will miss these three trustees. I extend appreciation to all the trustees who have assisted in planning and executing our activities during the year (they are listed inside the front cover).
We hope you will continue to support the Society by promptly renewing your membership in 2010 and welcome those willing to become more involved. Express your interest to me or any of the trustees.
Natalie A. Naylor
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