Long Island Historical Societies Newsfeed

October 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.  

Visit the new web site at: LIHSocieties.org 



MANY Awarded an IMLS CARES Act Grant: $498,407 will be used to support 100 museums across New York State

This project will enable one hundred museums in high needs locations across New York State impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to share their collections beyond the walls of their museums. Two hundred staff will be trained to use new hardware and software to develop programs that will engage their communities and reach new audiences.

To comply with the need for a rapid response and implementation, the deadline for museums to apply is 5 PM Friday, October 16, 2020.

The application for program participation can be found on the MANY website, at https://nysmuseums.org/IMLS


Humanities New York Reading & Discussion program

Your Silence Will Not Protect You! – The Writing of Audre Lorde

This Reading and Discussion series provides participants an opportunity to discuss Lorde’s writings as they explore issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Readings will include Warrior Poet, a biography of Audre Lorde by Alexis de Veaux, and works written by Audre Lorde. Discussions via Zoom. 

In cooperation with the Montauk Library, this Humanities New York series of 5 virtual workshops will be moderated by Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Eastville Community Historical Society, Executive Director and Curator.  

SERIES DATES & TIMES (subject to change): Tuesdays, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Nov. 24, and Dec 8, from 5pm – 6pm each date. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

Registration required.  To register please email Carolyn Balducci, Adult Programs, Montauk Library: cbalducci@montauklibrary.org


Digitizing Local History Sources Project

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University is in Year 4 of the “Digitizing Local History Sources Project.” DLHS is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. To date, DLHS has assisted local historical societies by digitizing more than 50,000 images totaling over 11 terabytes of data.

The application process remains open for new participants. Additional information, including the application, can be found at: www.liu.edu

For a project update, see: https://palmerblog.liu.edu

Questions should be sent to the project director, Dr. Gregory S. Hunter, at LIU Post: greg.hunter@liu.edu or 516-299-2171.


One-Day Workshop Offered By Nassau Community College: SEAR’S CATALOG MAIL-ORDER HOMES

Between the years of 1908 and the 1940’s, Sears and Roebuck sold approximately 70,000 mail-order homes in 48 states through their catalog mail-order Modern Homes program, with more than 370 designs available. These homes kits came with an extensive instruction manual and 10,000 – 30,000 pieces! Learn about these “kit homes”, still in existence on Long Island, and the evolution of mail order, in this interesting and historical lecture. Instructor: Georgette Grier-Key  

Meets: Thursday, November 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm. Fee: $40 (Course number: CE9 704 R1)



The Museum Association of New York Announces Their 2020 Fall Programming Schedule

Join MANY and your museum colleagues this fall for virtual tours, workshops in digital communications, live discussions, and inspirational conversations.

Advance registration required. All programs free unless otherwise indicated.






Water Mill Museum

Now through October 4, 11am – 5pm

28th Annual Members’ Art Show

These members are a diverse group of local artists with their art work on display and for purchase.

Now through October 12, 11am – 5pm

Visit Water Mill Museum

Open Thursdays through Mondays, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Tuesday, October 6 at 4pm

Water Mill Museum Annual Meeting

All are welcome 

Monday, October 12 at 5pm

Museum closes for season



Railroad Museum Of Long Island

Sat., & Sun., Oct. 3rd. & 4th.

Riverhead Site / Open 10:00 to 4:00

Greenport Site / Open  11:00 to 4:00

Sat., & Sun., Oct. 10th. & 11th..

Riverhead Site / Open 10:00 to 4:00

Special Note: The 10th. & 11th. Will feature a special Value Added Event at Riverhead, with a number of Venders offering items for sale at reasonable prices.

Greenport Site / Open 11:00 to 4:00

Please note October 11th, Greenport Site Closing for the season.

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

Monday, October 5, 7:00 pm, live on Zoom

Virtual Lecture Series 2020: The Culper Spy Ring and the French Fleet Warning

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

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

Monday, October 26, 7:00 pm, live on Zoom

Virtual Lecture Series 2020: Jerimiah Sells & Other Seamen During the Civil War

presented by Historian, Genealogist and Writer, Sandi Brewster-Walker

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


Davis Town Meeting House Society

October 10th, 2020   Time: 9am to 4pm

240th Anniversary of Coram Hay Burning

Revolutionary War reenactment by NYS 3rd Regiment of Major Tallmadge 

Burning of the hay Will begin at 1:30 pm. Many other activities during the day including historic cooking demonstration, Dragoon horse Demonstration and Suttlers. 

Mask Required and Social Distancing

Full schedule of events at: www.davistownmeetinghouse.org


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

Now through October 10th

Reposition Relocation by Artist LoVid at the Sag Harbor Custom House

Displayed as a banner on the Custom House fence, Reposition Relocation, by the artist LoVid, is a contemporary artwork inspired by the historic wallpapers of the Custom House and the role of “women’s work” in history. It is one among several pieces on display in public-facing locations across the globe as part of the international exhibition, Art Off-Screen. In response to pause orders issued during the pandemic, Art Off-Screen showcases original art for the community outdoors—providing access to art beyond a screen, inspiring creativity, amplifying voices, encouraging change, and sharing messages of hope and healing. FREE


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


October 23, 2020, 6pm – 7pm.

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.



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 Thursday 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.


Through 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.






AAQ / Resource: Otis Ford, Since 1946, Quogue