2015 in Review--
An excellent crowd turned out for our first General Meeting of the year in April when Beverly Tyler of Three Village Historical Society presented SPIES! How a Group of Long Island Patriots Helped George Washington Win the Revolution. (It's a little different than Hollywood's portrayal in TURN, we found out!)
Brian Addonision returns on May 21st, this time with lots of nostalgia and relics from the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. Incidentally, Patchogue Day at the Fair was almost 50 years ago to the day of our meeting.
We were treated to a personal look into presenter Maggie Rice's collection of her father's artwork as he travelled across Europe in World War II as a sign painter for the U.S. Army. Her presentation included poignant letters andpoems he wrote and artwork of loved ones back home.
The Greater Patchogue Historical Society was pleased to partner with Fire Island National Seashore in a collaborative display at their Patchogue ferry terminal, "A River Runs to It." The kick-off on Thursday, July 2 was a huge success. The exhibit, open on weekends from 9 -5, ran through September 27 and was very well-attended. The GPHS is grateful to FINS for this opportunity and is especially grateful to Weeks' Boatyard and their employee and GPHS member Christopher Hale for their contributions and support as well as the support of the Sherman family and the Davis Park Ferry Company. We hope there will be other such opportunities in the future and look forward to collaborations to come. Thank you to all our members and friends for your interest and enthusiasm!
As is the GPHS tradition, the Swan River School House was open four Sundays in July and August for the community to visit and get to know. We had so much fun chatting with visitors and sharing the history of this charming piece of history. We always learn something new from our visitors and are always so glad to meet you! Thank you for coming by. We appreciate your interest and your sharing.
We reconvened in September after the Summer off for a joint program with the Patchogue-Medford Library. Brothers of Eco PhotoExplorers gave an awesome talk, "Exploring Long Island Shipwrecks."
The Greenhouse industry was tremendous on Long Island in years past. Kenneth Herbert, whose family owned and operated the Orsinger family Greenhouse in East Patchogue, gave a presentation at our October meeting, a fun and nostalgic look back for many of us.
November 19--Mr. Harold O'Neill, retired U. S. Army and Greater Patchogue Historical Society Hall of Famer, entertains with stories of his experiences in World War II as chronicled in his book, "Military Memories of World War Two." Mr. O'Neill is very dear to our hearts and is a terrific raconteur. It was a special evening and we were so happy to have some of his family with us as well. As we have recently observed Veterans Day, the GPHS honors and salutes all our veterans and their families and may we ever do so. God bless you for your service and sacrifice.
Though our December 17th meeting was lightly attended we had a wonderful time sharing special memories of holidays past.
And we thank you, as always, for all your support throughout 2015. Thank you for helping us to keep the greater Patchogue community's history alive for future generations to enjoy!
On December 19 members of the community who were lucky and quick enough to purchase tickets stepped back in time for a living history experience at the Swan River School House. This event was wonderfully executed by the board of SEPTA (The Special Education PTA of Patchogue-Medford Schools) and friends. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" was a unique holiday celebration. The GPHS congratulates SEPTA on your successful fundraiser. We thank you for including us in your holiday festivities and are grateful to you for allowing the community to enjoy our little historical treasure!