Photo of the Week
FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES
“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck
Fort Terry, Plum Island / ‘Soldiers Memorial’, 1902
by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian
Fort Terry: “The Soldiers Memorial” Poster (upper half), 1902.(From the Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.)
Located on Plum Island, in the town of Southold, Fort Terry was a heavily armed coastal defense fortification established in 1897 and used from the Spanish American War period through the end of World War II. It was decommissioned in 1948. Named after Alfred Howe Terry (1827-1890) from Connecticut, a Union general in the Civil War, Fort Terry was one of several forts that the U.S. government commissioned along the Long Island Sound to defend against an invading force. By 1914 the fort had eleven gun batteries, including mortar, disappearing, and pedestal batteries, as well as facilities to control an underwater minefield.
UPCOMING EXHIBIT: In our Staas Gallery beginning June 11, 2021. Before the 1800s, art was largely reserved for the wealthy, but with the invention of lithography in 1796 – and particularly color lithography in 1837 – printers were able to mass-produce beautiful color prints that were cheap enough for anyone to buy. Suddenly, art was available to all from such notable printers as Louis Prang, Napoleon Sarony, and Currier and Ives. Featuring themes of nineteenth-century life in landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, Civil War battle scenes, and rare examples of “lithographic Long Island,” this exhibit captures the evolution of an American art form.
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
We will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day. We will reopen on Weds., June 2.