November 18, 1922:
The “Shelter Island Historical Society” is formed
The organizing members were:
Miss Cornelia Horsford
Mr. Elias Havens Payne (President)
Mr. & Mrs. A.A. Cartwright
Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Cartwright
Mrs. Stirling Wallace
Mrs. Moses Griffing (Vice President)
Mrs. Charles Bateman
Mr. C.H. Smith
Mrs. Russell Conklin
Mrs. Charles Thorne
Mrs. George Cook
Miss Lillian Loper (Secretary)
The group met monthly at various locations to share papers on the history of the Island and to begin the process of collecting and preserving important historical documents.
Above is a page from the minutes of the first meeting from the Society’s Archives.
On Sat. Nov. 18, 1922 at a meeting in Worthington Museum the Shelter Island Historical society was organized. At this time Miss Cornelia Horsford read a paper giving reasons for the formation of such a society. Many useful suggestions were given as to what material to collect and how to collect it. The following are some of the topics about which information should be collected.
Families – what they did for the community
Indian stories; slave stories
Sea stories; terrific storms
Severe winters; mild winters
There should be the following officers
President; vice president, secretary and librarian.
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