There were a lot of things Benjamin Franklin accomplished in his life.
The Founding Father invented bifocal lenses and the lightning rod, was a successful newspaper printer, served as America’s diplomat to Paris during the Revolutionary War and signed both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
But one thing he did not do, local historians now say, was place mile markers along Southold Town’s Main Road. (more…)
How does a historical society keep from becoming history itself? It was a question on the minds of about 40 local historians Saturday morning in Riverhead.
The historians gathered in the main exhibition gallery of Suffolk County Historical Society for the annual meeting of the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies.
“What’s going to happen if we don’t get the next generation in the door?” said Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, the ASCHS vice president. “That is the biggest problem. There is definitely a generational gap.” (more…)
Long Island is known for, among other things, beautiful beaches, the site of the first “mass-produced” suburb in the U.S, the resort areas of the East End, notably the Hamptons and peaceful Shelter Island, and for farmland that allows Suffolk County to remain the top farming county in New York State in yearly produce. But Long Island isn’t sufficiently recognized for its major role in the American Revolution. (more…)
Four of the five Riverhead Town Board members have signed a letter asking the town’s Landmarks Preservation Commission and the state Office of Parks and Recreation to withdraw the town’s application for a proposed National Register Historic District along Main Road in Aquebogue, Jamesport and Laurel, according to Councilman George Gabrielsen. (more…)
The Mattituck Presbyterian Church is turning 300.
The church, which is located at the corner of Main Road and Old Sound Avenue, recently unveiled the official logo designed to commemorate the church’s anniversary in 2015. (more…)
Southold Town Historic Preservation Commission chairman Jim Grathwohl called the historians of Southampton Town “colleagues and competitors” during a Southold Town Board work session Tuesday.
When he learned of the comment a few hours later, Southampton Town historian Zach Studenroth laughed, calling the remark “accurate.”
“We have a friendly rivalry,” he said.
Historians from the two towns even tease each other about which was founded first.
But when it comes to planning next year’s celebrations for the 375th anniversaries of Long Island’s two oldest towns, Southold historians freely admit that, this time around, Southampton is way ahead of them. (more…)
Greenport’s historic architecture is a modern-day link to the village’s storied past. The buildings illustrate its progression from pre-Revolutionary roots through its commercial peak as a whaling hub into a modern-day working waterfront with a thriving tourism industry.
Read more about Greenport’s historic architecture at northforker.com.
“History Alive” grants of up to $500 to help underwrite the cost of new exhibitions, publications and special projects are now available to local nonprofit history organizations through the Suffolk County Historical Society.
The following resolution was approved at the Nov. 26, 1963 Southold Town Board meeting. It was published on the cover of that week’s issue of The Suffolk Times:
IN MEMORIAM — JOHN F. KENNEDY
35TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
WHEREAS, the United States of America and the world at large has suffered a tragic loss with the death of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States of America, who was struck down by an assassin’s bullet on November 22, 1963, and
WHEREAS, the burden of great sorrow falls with particular weight upon his wife, his children and his family; and
WHEREAS, the members of the Town Board of the Town of Southold wish to record their conviction that a free society is worth whatever peril it may bring and their determination to use this freedom for the greatest good that God shall enable the to do; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that this Board of the Town of Southold join in paying tribute to the memory of the late President, John F. Kennedy; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the members of the Town Board ask God’s continued blessings and guidance upon the government of this land and upon President Lyndon Johnson; and be it further
RESOLVED, that when the meeting of the Town Board stands adjourned, it be in respectful memory of the late John F. Kennedy, President of the United States; and be it further
RESOLVED,t hat this resolution be spread upon the minutes of this Town Board.
ALBERT W. RICHMOND, TOWN CLERK