BOOK & BOTTLE EVENT
A Penny Postcard View of Long Island
With historian Noel J. Gish
Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Members Free; Non-Members $5
Includes light refreshments + admission to current exhibits!
RSVP Requested: 631-727-2881 x100
Penny postcards, first introduced by the U.S. government in 1893, tell us much about Long Island’s past. Depicting nostalgic Long Island scenes, historic moments, and a changing Long Island landscape, the cards were sold for only pennies and sent through the U.S mail as a popular method of casual communication. Long Island historian Noel Gish will present a fascinating program and slide presentation on the history of the penny postcard, covering the history, the artwork, the technology and production, and the rise of the postcard industry at the turn of the twentieth century.
Noel Gish, author of several local history books, is a retired educator who introduced one of the first high school courses on Long Island History at Hauppauge school district. He also developed a Long Island studies course for fourth graders, taught a Long Island Studies Program at Suffolk County Community College, and created a teacher training course for Nassau and Suffolk educators for infusing Long Island’s history into the curriculum. He has served as trustee for the Suffolk County Historical Society and the Smithtown Historical Society, and as president of the Board of Trustees for the Vanderbilt Museum.
SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
300 West Main St. Riverhead, NY 11901