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August 21st through November 23, 2014

"Postcards from the Shore….."

"Wish you were here…." were the postcard words of vacationers of yesteryear, during their summers of travel to shoreline resorts.  But postcards reflected much more than just the words of a tourist…. Postcards captured a historic  pictorial of the times, featuring iconic landmarks, commemorative events, and landscapes that have greatly changed through the years.  Come see nearly 100 historic postcards  highlighted from the Society’s collection.

On Exhibit at the Brookwood Hall Historical Exhibit Room
Brookwood Hall
50 Irish Lane
East Islip, NY
Museum Hours: Thurs/Fri. 10am to 4pm, Sat./Sun. 12pm-4pm

This is a free event, open to the public
Presented by The Historical Society of Islip Hamlet.

For more information call: 631/245-0675


Wednesday September 17, 2014

"A Musical Celebration"

On Wednesday, Sept. 17th, come celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Islip Public Library with a special program from the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet.  The society is proud to present a discussion and live performance of a 1920's Buster Keaton silent film.  Mr. Hodge, a local film composer and pianist, whose grandfather provided live music for these films, will be discussing the role Islip Township played during the silent film era.  Mr. Hodge has written an original score to a silent film which he'll also perform.  The program will be held at the Islip Public Library, 71 Monell Ave., from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

To hear some of Mr. Hodge's original silent film work, please visit him on his YouTube channel jkhodge1.

For more information please call:  631/245-0675.

Wednesday October 22, 2014

"Growing Up in a Fishing Family"

On Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, Bob Doxsee will present a program on his family (Doxsee Clam Juice), starting in 1865 when his great-grandfather, J.H. Doxsee branched out from his farming activities to the transition from agriculture to fin and shell fish.  Around 1900, his grandfather, John C. Doxsee, set up a pound fish camp on Fire Island Beach and then, around 1918, he shifted to Jones Inlet to the west.  His father and uncle continued pound fishing until 1944 when they made the change to surf clam harvesting and processing, which Bob eventually took over until 2 years ago.  There will be both still photos of these activities plus a thirty minute DVD converted from 8mm movies made by his father, circa 1940, of their pound fishing operation.  The program will be held at the Islip Public Library, 71 Monell Ave., from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

For more information call: 631/245-0675


Save The Date!  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014

21st Annual Holiday House Tour

The Society will be hosting its 21st Annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 7, 2014 (rain, shine, snow), from 12N-5:00 p.m., showcasing several historically and/or architecturally interesting homes, all decorated for the holidays.  Tour guides, in Victorian dress, will greet you at each home.  A reception (included in the ticket price) will be held at one of Islip's historic churches from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and includes live entertainment, refreshments, a Chinese auction (many wonderful baskets and gift certificates) and a 50/50 raffle.  We will, again, be collecting toys for the USMC's Toys for Tots campaign (please donate a new, unwrapped toy).


For more information about Events, please contact us at:

The Historical Society of Islip Hamlet
PO Box 601, Islip, NY 11751

(631) 245-0675

The Holiday House Tour for 2013 was a success, as was our 2013 Garden Walk.  The pictures have been posted, so please take a moment to enjoy them, and please take a moment to visit the HSIH Store here on our website to help support the Society!




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