ASCHS Changes Its Name To Long Island Historical Societies


Reflecting the expansion of its services and territory, the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies (ASCHS) has officially changed its name to Long Island Historical Societies. Permission for the name change and territory was recently received from the New York State Board of Regents.  
  • The organization was founded by Robert David Lion Gardiner in 1969 focusing on Suffolk County historical societies. 
  • In 2018, the organization’s Board of Trustees developed and approved a new strategic plan expanding its services and geographic reach. 
  • The name change was approved by the Board of Trustees reflecting this plan and following a survey of its membership. 
“Our expanded mission will aim to preserve local history, landmarks and historical buildings by supporting coordinating and unifying the historical societies located throughout Long Island” said Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, president of the Board of the Long Island Historical Societies and executive director of the Eastville Community Center. 
“Robert David Lion Gardiner had a great respect for Long Island’s historic stewards. When he founded ASCHS it was to recognize their efforts. Today with the name change to Long Island Historical Societies, Robert Gardiner’s original vision has expanded to be more inclusive and focused on the growth and success of these organizations,” said Kathryn M. Curran, vice president of the Board and the executive director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. 
Howard Kroplick, a trustee of the Long Island Historical Societies, town historian of North Hempstead and president of the Roslyn Landmark Society said; “I am very excited about the name change since its better reflects our membership and our goal to serve as a resource hub throughout Long Island, while promoting its history.”  
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