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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

"So, You Think You Know Long Island!"

How much do you know about Long Island? Long Island has had a long recorded history from the first European settlements in the 17th century to today. Much influenced by construction of railroads in the 19th century, the island experienced growth in tourism as well as the development of towns and villages into some of the first modern suburbs in the United States.

Come and test your knowledge of the history, geography and folklore of the island we call home. This participatory program, led by Gene Horton, promises to be both entertaining and informative.

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.  Refreshments served.

For more information call: 631/245-0675

 

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

"Rum Running on Long Island"

The 1920's was an interesting time on Long Island, with the passage of the Volstead Act that prohibited the importing and consuming of alcoholic beverages, ushering in the prohibition era. Many residents turned to local baymen and other boat owners to help satisfy their demand for wine and liquor through illegal smuggling and the homegrown moonshine. They smuggled booze at night, confident in their high-speed watercraft which was purposely built to outrun the coast guard craft. Large ships from the West Indies typically anchored offshore at night so that they would not be detected while the baymen hid the cargo in their bay houses until it was safe to bring it ashore. Others constructed makeshift moonshine operations on the bay's marshlands.

"The 'rum-line' ships were anchored offshore at the 3-mile international limit 24/7, and some even had large signs advertising the available liquor. The signs could be read onshore with binoculars, and the rum-runners would put out at night or on foggy days. Capture at sea wasn't too risky at first, but the landings on the beach was where the danger lay. The police or hijackers waited for them to come ashore. Later on, the Coast Guard became a much more viable source with better boats and the difficulty of making it to shore with the new 12-mile limit."
 


Come and hear stories about this colorful and notorious piece of Long Island history presented by Eric Goldschrafe, President of the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society.

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.  Refreshments served.

For more information call: 631/245-0675

 

Tuesday, October 26th, 2016

"Historic Haunts of Long Island; Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point"

After the success of the Ghosts of Long Island books, Long Islandís haunted past once again comes alive, in award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Broskyís latest book Historic Haunts of Long Island; Ghosts and Legends from the Gold Coast to Montauk Point. Ms. Brosky will discuss fascinating new places she has researched and investigated with medium and paranormal investigator Joe Giaquinto. Join her as she uncovers Long Islandís history and ghost tales. Book signing to follow.

Take a ghostly journey through Long Islandís history, from Native American legends and beyond. Ghosts lurk the Execution Rocks Lighthouse, where Revolutionary War Patriots were brutally tortured and killed by the British during the Battle of Long Island. Popular gathering places have otherworldly tenants, like Bayportís Grey Horse Tavern and the Cutchogue Village Green, where several old buildings Ė and their former inhabitants Ė are preserved. Long Islandís history is unearthed and preserved through its ghost stories and spirts who have made their presence known. Through extensive research, interviews and investigations, award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, alongside medium and paranormal investigator Joe Giaquinto, uncover Long Islandís eerie history.

               

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.  Refreshments served.

For more information call: 631/245-0675

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For more information about Events, please contact us at:

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

(631) 245-0675
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The Holiday House Tour for 2015 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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