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August 20th to November 22nd, 2015

"Going Back ..... to School!" ~ The History of Islip Hamlet Schools

From an 1814 one-room clapboard structure fashioned with one running shelf to act as a student writing surface, to the magnificent 1884 towered Monell school, deemed "The Finest School in all of Suffolk County", come see the development of our schools through this exhibit that explores the schoolhouses, teachers, and students of yesteryear.

The exhibit runs from August 20 to November 22, 2015 and is in the Brookwood Hall History Room, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip.  Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday: 10-4 p.m., Saturday/Sunday: 12-4 p.m.

For more information call: 631/245-0675


Thursday, October 15th, 2015

"Gilding the Coasts: The Art & Design of Long Island's Great Estates"

In 1946, nearing the end of Long Island’s Great Estate era, Life magazine still proclaimed the region as “the most socially desirable residential area in the United States.” From the late 1870s until the World War II years, well over 1,000 estates were built across Nassau and Suffolk counties, thoroughly reshaping the lives of wealthy and working-class residents alike. These palaces and properties of diverse design were more than simply repositories for American wealth, power, and social standing. They also represented the country’s best achievements in architecture, interior decorating, and landscape design.

Gilding the Coasts: The Art & Design of Long Island’s Great Estates will explore the collaborative efforts, fertile creativity, and innovative work that were critical ingredients forging Long Island’s great estates. Sections of the exhibition will focus on milestone Long Island residential achievements of individual architects (such as McKim, Mead & White, Delano & Aldrich, Carrère and Hastings, and others), builders, and some of their high profile clientele. Architectural remnants, furniture, paintings, sculpture, historical photographs, and film clips will represent this important and impressive story.

The exhibition will emphasize artistic production, in both the significant path-breaking work that was done on estates by a wide array of artisans, and in the art that was commissioned and inspired by the great estate movement itself. Artifact-rich case studies of specific Long Island estates will include architect Stanford White’s house Box Hill, in St. James; artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany’s magnificent Laurelton Hall, in Cold Spring Harbor; and muralist and canvas painter William de Leftwich Dodge’s Villa Francesca, in Setauket. In each instance, these residences moved beyond their use as country home retreats for restful entertaining. From their conception to their meticulous design, construction, and eventual daily use, these were fascinating working laboratories that facilitated the extension of their owner’s innovative artistic legacies.

The program will be held at the Islip Public Library, 71 Monell Avenue, from 7-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information call: 631/245-0675


Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

"Islip Grange: A Place to Touch the Face of History"

Many residents of the Town of Islip have no idea that Islip has a history park called Islip Grange.  Many think the 12 acres at the corner of Montauk Highway and Broadway in Sayville is private property.  The park was established in 1974, just when the Town of Islip was faced with the destruction or demolition of some historic buildings due to site clearing for development.  At that time, encouraged by civic organizations and the approaching Bicentennial, the Town made a commitment to preserve and relocate threatened structures.  The site was envisioned as a repository for these structures and landmarks, to be situated in a park-like setting which would reflect the rural/village aspects of living in 19th Century Long Island.  It was planned as a hybrid municipal museum and restoration village.  The intent was "to conserve and interpret the many dimensions of human interaction within an agrarian environment and to portray the relationship between labor on a farm and the pleasure derived, evolved to the folk craft reflecting the tradition and culture of the time passed".  Presenter George Munkenbeck will explore the present conditions at the Grange as well as the historic background of the land and structures and the work of Friends of the Grange to restore the park to what it should be.  

The program will be held at the Islip Public Library, 71 Monell Avenue, from 7-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information call: 631/245-0675

Save The Date!  Sunday, December 6th, 2015

22nd Annual Holiday House Tour

The Society will be hosting its 22nd Annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 12 noon to 5pm (rain or shine), showcasing several historically and/or architecturally interesting homes, all decorated for the holidays.  Tour guides, in Victorian dress, will greet you at each home. We will, again, be collecting toys for the USMC's Toys for Tots campaign (please donate a new, unwrapped toy).

All tickets go on sale, starting Nov. 10th at Nook & Cranny, 469 Main St., Islip, (631) 277-7600.  (cash or check only); by mail to the Society at P.O. Box 601, Islip, NY 11751; or Eventbrite, where a limited amount of tickets will be sold online.  Ticket donations are $20/adult (16 years of age & older) and are non-refundable.  There will be a small processing fee to purchase through Eventbrite.

Click here to purchase tickets at Eventbrite... 

Some tickets will be for sale on the day of the tour; price will be $25/adult and will be sold at Nook & Cranny from 12N - 2:30 pm.


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 2014 was a success as was the 2015 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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