Long Island Historical Societies Newsfeed

October 15, 2020


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Association of Public Historians of New York State 2020 Virtual Conference Recordings Are Now Online

Did you miss the APHNYS 2020 Virtual Conference & Annual Meeting? Or was there a session that  you want to see again? No worries! All conference sessions were recorded and are now available on APHNYS’s YouTube channel.



IMLS, Six Regional Museum Associations Join Together to Build Digital Capacity of Small Museums Across America

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced funding for a pilot program aimed at helping museums access hands-on digital media and technology training and best practices, bolstering the capacity of small, rural, and remote museums across the nation.



Long Island Traditions announces the release of Long Island Back Story;  a series of self-guided cell phone tours focusing on Long Island’s historical and contemporary sites of cultural significance. The Long Island Back Story section featured on the TravelStorys app offers users the chance to hear unforgettable stories of hurricane survival, tales of rum running, stories of boat building for the coast guard and many other legends of local lore that are often left unheard. The self-guided cell phone tours allow those curious to hear these tales a chance to tap into these invaluable resources of Long Island history at the time of their choosing and also while following proper spacing guidelines during these pandemic times.

Long Island Back Story on TravelStorys






Railroad Museum Of Long Island

Sat., Oct. 17th.

Riverhead Site / Open 10:00 to 4:00

Also on the 17th.

The RMLI Fall Membership Meeting / Election of Officers at 5:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 24th.

Riverhead Site / Open 10:00 to 4:00

Sat., Oct. 31st.

Riverhead Site / Open 10:00 to 4:00



Three Village Historical Society

Friday, October  9 – November 1st 

Spy Collection Fundraiser

The collection has items in every price range from $15 – $50 + shipping and includes zip up hoodies, crew neck sweaters, long sleeve T’s and face masks. 100% of the proceeds will be used to help support and fund the Three Village Historical Society’s education programming.

www.tvhs.org to order or for more information

Friday, October 23 – Sunday, November 1st 

Three Village Historical Society 26th Annual Virtual Spirits Cemetery Tour

Enjoy the spirit of Halloween with the spirits of the Three Villages online.

Free for all. Donate what you can.

Visit www.tvhs.org for more information


Huntington Historical Society

Saturday, October 17, 9am–4pm

Outdoor Antiques Show

A multi-vendor antiques & collectibles sale at Kissam House, 434 Park Avenue, Huntington. Entry is free, masks required for entry.



Preservation Long Island

October 17, 2020 2pm-3:30pm

Jupiter Hammon Literary Landmark Virtual Celebration

United for Libraries and Empire State Center for the Book will designate Joseph Lloyd Manor as a Literary Landmark for Jupiter Hammon, one of the first published African American writers. Join us for a virtual unveiling (via Zoom) of a bronze plaque recognizing Jupiter Hammon’s literary achievements on his 309th birthday!

Cost: FREE. Registration required


Facebook livestream (no registration): https://www.facebook.com/preservationlongisland/ 

October 23, 2020, 6pm – 7:15pm.

Regional Media Legacies Project Update – Webinar


October 24, 2020 10am-11:30pm

Jupiter Hammon Project Virtual Roundtable #3: Confronting Slavery at Joseph Lloyd Manor

How can Preservation Long Island best engage Joseph Lloyd Manor visitors with Jupiter Hammon’s story, the region’s history of enslavement, and segregation on Long Island today?  Cost: FREE. Registration required:



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

Preservation Long Island seeks to collect artifacts, objects and images that tell the diverse stories of Long Islanders living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Submit online form or share through social media. Visit website page for instructions.


Virtual Exhibition: Indigenous History and Art at Good Little Water Place

Our new virtual exhibition is LIVE.  Artwork from nine contemporary Indigenous artists centers the exhibition. Featuring items from the collections of Preservation Long Island, New York State Museum and Southold Indian Museum. FREE.



Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society

October 24th, 2pm – 5pm

Graveyard Tour

The Mattituck-Laurel Historical society, the North Fork Community Theatre and the Mattituck Presbyterian Church Graveyard Restoration Committee co-host the second Historical Graveyard Tour.  Actors in period costume recount the life stories of historic figures who are buried in the graveyard.

Tour groups of a maximum of 15 people will be scheduled in 10 minute intervals. Tickets must be purchased in advance, no one will be admitted without an advance ticket.

All attendees MUST wear a mask and practice social distancing. You will need to bring your own mask and whatever equipment you feel you need to be safe during this event.

Tickets $20/pp and are available at http://www.nfct.com  or at 631-298-NFCT (6328).


Greater Hudson Heritage Network

2020 GHHN Virtual Conference & Awards for Excellence 

October 21

Weekly Welcome with the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area/Hudson River Valley Greenway; Why Digital Will Lead the Future of Museums 

October 28

Weekly Welcome with the GHHN Board of Trustees; A panel discussion on Complex Histories, Memorialization,and Audience Engagement 

Meeting weekly on Wednesday mornings, our Annual Conference has been re-imagined as a virtual model, broken up into weekly sessions of 3 hours of content presented over a six-week period. Interested, but can’t make it to a session? Register anyhow! All sessions will be recorded and available to registered participants.

$10/weekly session (Student price: $6/weekly session)

To register, visit: http://www.greaterhudson.org/2020-annual-conference–awards-for-excellence.html 


Sag Harbor Historical Society

Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Ongoing until further notice

2020 Exhibit – “Then & Now: A Story of Immigration in Sag Harbor”

Annie Cooper Boyd House, 174 Main Street, Sag Harbor

Visit: sagharborhistorical.org  


Suffolk County Historical Society Museum

Now through Saturday, November 7, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Haunted Hallway: A Collection of Creepy Curiosities

Come visit… if you dare! Our Creepiest curiosities will have you looking over your shoulders as you meander the museum halls.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Welcome Back!  Visit the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum

Our exhibits are open for a safe, socially-distanced family outing!

Masks required of museum visitors over age 2.


Though October 2020

Urban/Suburban: NYC & North Fork Street Photography by Neil Scholl

Street photography of NYC in the 1950’s-1970’s contrasted with more recent images of the North Fork of Long Island.

Through October 2020

When Women Wore Whales: The Story of How Whalebone Shaped 19th-Century Fashion

Exhibition displaying the vital role the U.S. whaling industry played in the world of 19th-century fashion.





Three Village Historical Society

Monday, November 9, 7:00 pm, live on Zoom

Virtual Lecture Series 2020: Stony Brook Before and After Ward Melville

presented by TVHS Historian, Bev Tyler and TVHS Education Director, Donna Smith

Lecture is approximately 30 minutes and followed by a Q & A.

Free for Members, $5 suggested donation for non-members

www.tvhs.org/lecture-series to register or for more information

Monday, November 16, 7:00 pm, live on Zoom

Virtual Lecture Series 2020: Journey of Hope – The Irish in NY

presented by Stony Brook University Director of International Programs to Ireland and England, Ph.D.,Tara Rider. Lecture is approximately 45 minutes followed by a Q & A 

Free for Members, $5 suggested donation for non-members

www.tvhs.org/lecture-series to register or for more information




Three Village Historical Society

Monday, December 7th, 7:00 pm, live on Zoom

Virtual Lecture Series 2020: Benjamin Tallmadge – Unsung Hero of the American Revolution

presented by Long Island Author, Selene Castrovilla. Lecture is approximately 45 minutes and followed by a Q & A.

Free for Members, $5 suggested donation for non-members

www.tvhs.org/lecture-series to register or for more information 


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