Long Island Historical Societies Newsfeed

June 1, 2020


This newsfeed is provided by Long Island Historical Societies and its membership.  It is sent twice a month, on or about the 1st and the 15th of each month.  

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Further information can be found in the disclaimer at the end of this email.




Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation Reimbursement Operating Support 2020

To counter the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Long Island’s historic stewards the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has created Reimbursement Operating Support 2020 (ROS2020).  ROS2020 grants are available to all eligible Long Island’s historic mission based 501c3 organizations.  These awards are for reimbursement for institutional expenses incurred from March through May of 2020.  Awards will be $1,000 to $2,000.

Details and application procedure instruction are available here:

RDLGF Reimbursement Operating Support 2020

and the application is available here:

RDLGF COVID-19 GOS2020 Application


Applications are now being accepted for the second grant round of the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History.

This round provides funding to assist 501(c)(3) history-related organizations in New York State with their general operating expenses in 2020.

Grants will be made on a sliding scale between $1,000 and $5,000 based on budget size of $150,000 or less. A total of 18 grants will be made. Funds will be disbursed starting Wednesday, June 24.

The Museum Association of New York, is accepting grant applications on its website through Wednesday, June 10. 

Questions? Call (607) 345-1668 or email info@nysmuseums.org 



This year’s annual June Path Through History Weekend (PTHW) will be a virtual event, starting June 15 and running through July 4. 

Many members of our historic community are currently offering online virtual content, and we urge you to submit these experiences as PTHW events. The PTHW website and submission page will be updated shortly to reflect the new virtual programming, and you will be alerted when that work is completed. Once the submission page is live, we will be accepting submissions of online experiences that will be available anytime between June 15 and July 4, and approving qualified events that are submitted through July 2. 

QUESTIONS? Call us at 914.592.6726 or email pthweekend@iloveny.com 



The NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program is a partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and GHHN that provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects held in collections of museums, historical, and cultural organizations in New York State. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided additional dedicated support for conservation treatment projects in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The work must be performed by, or under direct supervision of, a professional conservator.  

To access the application portal, and for more information on the application process, grant guidelines, and listings of past grantees please visit our website:



An important message from Daniel Mackay, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation regarding the 2021-25 NYS Preservation Plan.

Over the next few months, the Division for Historic Preservation (DHP) will engage with a wide group of individuals and colleague organizations to inform the goals and priorities for this Plan. While we are required to create a five-year plan by the National Park Service, our intent is not only to create a document that serves the DHP as an office work plan, but to create a forward-thinking document that outlines realistic, measurable goals and objectives that will help to advance the field of preservation and historic site management at the local, regional, and statewide levels.

Attached [link below] is a list of questions that we are asking you to fill out and return. These questions are designed specifically for you to engage with the process in a more open, in-depth manner than just an online survey. Your responses will help us to gather more robust data that is necessary to the Plan’s development. Please submit your responses to Daniel.McEneny@parks.ny.gov at your earliest convenience. We recognize that you are our front-line colleagues and your points of view and experiences are incredibly important to this endeavor. Your comments will not be attributed to you in any publication or publicity without your prior written permission.


The online survey that will be shared with the public in the coming weeks can be found here. We invite you to distribute this link to your colleagues and share on your social media platforms. The DHP and DESP are determined to provide you, and our colleagues statewide, with meaningful opportunities to participate in the Plan’s creation. We want to ensure the document is beneficial to decision makers and preservation advocates; that it is inclusive and attuned to the needs of your community and its inimitable historic and cultural resources. It is only with your thoughtful input that we can strengthen the integration of historic preservation into broader public policy and build capacity to support preservation initiatives statewide.


Thank you for your participation in this process and for all that you do to advance preservation in New York State. We look forward to hearing from you all soon.

2015 – 2020 State Historic Preservation Plan Goal Achievement Survey


Association of Public Historians of NYS

Historians: Start Documenting COVID-19

As local government-appointed historians, it is our duty to document not just the past but the present. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in all our lives; it is imperative that we record the impact on our communities and how our citizens respond. The Association of Public Historians of New York State suggests that you immediately begin documenting your community’s response and offer the following guidelines and suggestions:

Read further here.




Temporary Changes Due To The Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19, also known as The Novel CoronaVirus, has changed many facets of our lives by necessity.  

For the time being, we will only list online or virtual programs and events that are submitted by the membership.



Eastville Community Historical Society

The Bluest Eye 50th Celebration Tribute

June 5, 2020 at 5:00-6:30 pm via Zoom

Eastville Community Historical Society, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, and Canio’s Cultural Cafe come together for a book discussion of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, as part of Racial Justice East End’s book discussion series. The Zoom link will be shared closer to the event. The discussion will also be on FB live.

Participation is Free.  To register email: eastvillechs@gmail.com 


Three Village Historical Society

Virtual Founders Day Tour Series with Historian Bev Tyler

Every Monday, now through June 22nd

Virtual tour of local explorations in the Town of Brookhaven Settlement area.  Every Monday on the TVHS website


Throw Back Thursday True Tales Virtual Series

Every Thursday, 4 pm Live on Facebook at


Join Margo Arceri live on facebook as she reads Kate Wheeler Strong’s True Tale stories from the early days of Long Island. This program will continue until we are able to have in-person tours. Videos will be posted on TVHS.org for later viewing if you miss the live event.


Preservation Long Island

Preserving the Present – Collecting in the Time of COVID-19

Now through ongoing




AAQ Resource: Riverhead Toyota