Village of Babylon Historical & Preservation Society

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Babylon Classic Film Club
01/03/2019

Babylon Classic Film Club

Classic Hollywood glamour, comedy and star-power is on display in "Dinner at Eight" (1933). Join Jean Harlow, John Barrymore and more on Saturday, January 19th at 2 p.m. at the Babylon Public Library.

Friends of the Babylon Public Library
11/26/2018

Friends of the Babylon Public Library

Books are Magic so please stop by the Friends of the Babylon Public Library #WinterBookSale at the Babylon Public Library. Preview is Thursday, Nov 29 from 4:00 - 8:30 pm (can join at door) and the Sale is Friday and Saturday, Nov 30 and Dec 1, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Please email [email protected] if you'd like to help out. Thank you Books Are Magic for your cool sign and inspiration. AroundBabylon, Babylon Village Patch.

Babylon Classic Film Club
11/09/2018

Babylon Classic Film Club

It's Hitchcock! It's Cary Grant! It's awesome! Run to see this great film on Saturday, November 10th at 2 p.m. at the Babylon Public Library.

11/05/2018

Thanks to Dr. Tara Rider and everyone that attended yesterday's event; The Devil in NY: The Witchcraft Trial of Goody Garlick.

Here is the suggested reading list:

Demos, John P. Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England. 1982

Karlsen, Carol F. The Devil in the Shape of a Woman in Colonial New England. 1987

Roper, Lydndal. Witch Craze. 2004

Howe, Katherine. The Physic Book of Deliverance Dane. 2009

A great day!
10/29/2018

A great day!

It was an afternoon of warm memories, celebration and dedication as the Babylon Village Historical Society commemorated the “west wing” of the Babylon Village Historical Museum to Alice and Bill Zarucka. Their service, preservation and education of Babylon Village history throughout the years will be treasured and they will be sorely missed.

The Zaruka family was in attendance for the dedication and also gave to the Historical Society the briefcase and tee shirt that Alice Zaruka wore whenever she spoke about Babylon Village.

Mayor Scordino and the Village Board of Trustees attended the event as well as Senator Phil Boyle and Regional Director for NY State Parks and Historical Board Trustee, Wayne Horsley.

It was a tribute...an honor... and plenty of love shared for Alice and Bill Zaruka. Their dedication to Babylon Village history will never be forgotten.

All are welcome!
10/24/2018

All are welcome!

Don't miss this Thursday's Friends of the Babylon Public Library meeting, 7:30 pm, Babylon Public Library. All are welcome! AroundBabylon, Neighbors of Babylon Village - Best Version Media, Babylon Village Patch, Babylon Village, Babylon School District

10/04/2018
Friends of the Babylon Public Library

Friends of the Babylon Public Library

What to do this long weekend? Why not use one of the library's museum passes? There are many available for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

08/28/2018
Friends of the Babylon Public Library

At the Babylon Public Library...

Come join us!!
Adult Book Discussion
The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware will be discussed.
Wednesday, September 19 @ 7 p.m
Copies of the books are available at the Adult Reference desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friends of the Babylon Public Library
06/29/2018

Friends of the Babylon Public Library

Come in out of the heat! Join us at the Babylon Library!

Free and open to all!

Classic Film Club

June 30 @ 2:00 pm

From silent movies to pre-codes, to noir, to films of the 50’s and 60’s, enjoy the pleasure of watching and discussing these great films with kindred spirits. Village resident Marsha Collock will be hosting this series.

This month’s film is: Charade, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

05/25/2018

Our membership drive is winding down! If you haven't sent in your renewal please do it soon! If you need a membership application please inbox us and we will get you one.

05/18/2018

Ole Times Day will be held at the Babylon Village Historical Society, 117 W. Main Street in Babylon Village, on Sunday, May 20 from 2 to 4 PM. The program, Cruising the Island - Long Island Maritime Heritage, will be presented by Dr. Tara Rider. The presentation will offer maritime history and the impact of marine environment on Long Island.

For more information, call 631-669-1756.

05/11/2018
Friends of the Babylon Public Library

Friends of the Babylon Public Library

What to do on a rainy Saturday? Come spend it with Bogie and Bette, in one of their very early movies!

Classic Film Club
Babylon Public Library

Saturday, May 12 @ 2:00 pm

Free and open to all!

From silent movies to pre-codes, to noir, to films of the 50’s and 60’s, enjoy the pleasure of watching and discussing these great films with kindred spirits. Village resident Marsha Collock will be hosting this series.

This month’s film is: Three on a Match, starring Joan Blondell and Warren William.

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05/04/2018
05/03/2018
Village of Babylon Historical & Preservation Society

Our membership drive is through the end of May! Inbox us for an application!

It's membership time! Don't forget to mail in your form and payment! Not a member yet? Didn't get an application in the mail? Inbox us and we will get one to you ASAP!

Babylon Bayman
05/03/2018

Babylon Bayman

Work is progressing. The site plan is coming to life using Ray Bell’s design using indigenous plantings.

Continued thanks to the Mayor and the Village of Babylon Highway Department under the guidance of Skip Gardiner.

Babylon Bayman
05/01/2018

Babylon Bayman

Looking at the picture, what better place for the Bayman. As you can see, work has begun on the site. The cobblestone curbs are in, new water line for the plantings and landscaping being designed by Ray Bell, electric just in case the solar lights aren’t enough.

The focal point will be the sculpture itself, informational boards with early history, the peak years of the 1970s, the future of our Bay will be around back, via our brick walkway.

Keep an eye on the site if you’re local, if not we’ll keep you up on the latest developments as they happen. Just 64 more days!

Rest in Peace Gil Bergen, 1929-2018, Superintendent of Connetquot River State Park Preserve.
04/06/2018
Friends of Connetquot

Rest in Peace Gil Bergen, 1929-2018, Superintendent of Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

Terrific podcast - Gil Bergen in 2007

03/22/2018

It's membership time! Don't forget to mail in your form and payment! Not a member yet? Didn't get an application in the mail? Inbox us and we will get one to you ASAP!

03/20/2018

Babylon High School Graduates...The BVHS is trying to update our Babylon High School yearbook collection. Is yours collecting dust somewhere? In a damp basement or stuffy attic? We will be happy to take it off your hands and keep it in our climate controlled collection. You can come visit it anytime you’d like. What about your parents? Did their copy go into in a box somewhere when they downsized? We will take books from any year. We collect any school memorabilia. Graduation programs, flyers from events, mortarboard tassels; anything you can’t bear to throw out but don’t have room for anymore. Inbox us and we will make arrangements to come get it from you!

Village of Babylon
11/17/2017

Village of Babylon

Hey Babylon Village...it's time for our "BV Bit" to push you through the week! This time...we are going to the dogs!

Before the Westminster Kennel Club was hosted in Madison Square Garden, it all began right here...in Babylon Village! Named after the Westminster Hotel in Manhattan, the Westminster Kennel Club was formed in 1877 and it was organized to increase interest in dogs. The organization was comprised of 17 "governors" who elected the officers. Annual meetings were held the 2nd Monday in January and annual dues were $35.00! Entry fees for the competition were $150.00 and the Kennel Club had 87 members! The 1st President was J.G.K Deuer. The Kennel Club was located in Babylon Village from 1880 to 1904 and was set on a 64 acre property on the southwest corner of Southards Pond. It included a clubhouse with bedrooms, a shooting house and kennels for 200 dogs! The Superintendent of the Kennel Club lived closest to Southards Pond on Livingston Avenue. The property was leased and after two years there was an option to purchase the property for $5500.00!

Due to the growth and success of the Kennel Club, the property was purchased in 1882. With the list of members growing considerably, the original building was moved on the property to make room for a new building to be erected. The new building was built for $8,000 and was complete with a billiard room, a gun room, dining room and fireplace! There were bedrooms on the upper level and beautiful parlors for relaxing. This was the clubhouse. Unfortunately, the clubhouse had burned down in 1918. Westminster members relocated the Kennel Club to New Jersey in 1904, after New York State passed a law again pigeon shooting.

The Westminster Kennel Club is the oldest organization dedicated to pure breed dogs and is now hosted at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Note the Westminster Kennel Club Logo...sporting "Sensation" an English born pointer, "Sensation" was very popular and was eternalized at the base of the flagpole at the Kennel Club in 1887.

No "bones" about it Babylon Village...plenty of history in our Village! Workin' your Thursday with you as we bring you our "BV Bit!" Like and Share...Babylon Village history...nothing can compare!

11/10/2017

Did you live in Babylon in the 1970s? Were you or a family member a clammer? If so, the BVHS would love to hear about it. Our newsletter is looking for some stories about life on the bay. If you have anything you would like to share, please inbox us!

Long Island Living History Association
11/03/2017

Long Island Living History Association

WATCH IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TONIGHT, READ ON:

Check out this podcast from the Long Island History Project about the baseball team that started in Babylon!
11/03/2017
The Cuban Giants of Long Island

Check out this podcast from the Long Island History Project about the baseball team that started in Babylon!

It’s the summer of 1885 and an industrious and itinerant hotel man named Frank S. Thompson is making history on Long Island. Working for the season at the Argyle Hotel in Babylon, Frank forms…

10/23/2017
Sagtikos Manor Historical Society
09/29/2017

Sagtikos Manor Historical Society

Join us at the 2017 FALL FESTIVAL this Sunday, Oct 1st, 10 am - 4 pm on the grounds at Sagtikos. Meet the 3rd NY Regiment, listen to Colonial musicians and learn Colonial crafts from our demonstrators. There will be hands-on crafts and old fashioned games for the children and lots of shopping. Take a self-guided tour of the manor and stop by for a cemetery tour. There is plenty to do and experience for the whole family!

Babylon Bayman
09/06/2017

Babylon Bayman

Some progress photos of The Bayman. He's 7' tall, clay now, soon to be cast in Bronze. He's gone through four revisions with the help of Don Bartsch and Kathy Herzy, our committee artists.

Preservation Long Island
08/25/2017

Preservation Long Island

Our 2017 List of Long Island's Endangered Historic Places is featured in today's Newsday paper (pages A24 & A26)!

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
08/21/2017

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Sagamore Hill will be fee-free on August 25th for Founders Day, which marks the foundation of the National Park Service. Free walkthroughs of the first floor of the Roosevelt Home will be available from 10AM-4PM. There will also be free sign language services available from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Hope to see you there! Photo: NPS/Audrey Tiernan

Village of Babylon
08/18/2017

Village of Babylon

Meet Babylon's own...Jacob Cohen! His career as a comedian began writing jokes out of a duffel bag, and then started comedy rountines beginning in New Jersey. As he struggled with comedy he was selling aluminium siding and and at one time sold ice cream on the beach! Yet, he won an Academy Award in 1981, appeared on "The Johnny Carson Show" and made it onto the movie sceen. Jacob Cohen, also known as Rodney Dangerfield, was born right here in Babylon in the 1920's and continued to live here until he moved to Kew Gardens in 1939! Note the photo of his headstone : There goes the Neighborhood!" Hope you enjoyed Thursday's "BV PersonalityTrivia Bit"...keep rolling through Thursday, Babylon Village!

Preservation Long Island
08/18/2017
Preservation Long Island

Preservation Long Island

Suffolk County News highlights the struggle, led by the amazing Oakdale Historical Society, to protect Idle Hour, which was recently named one of SPLIA's Endangered Historic Places for 2017.

Three Village Historical Society
08/16/2017

Three Village Historical Society

Benjamin Tallmadge (February 25, 1754 – March 7, 1835) was an American military officer, spy master and politician. He is best known for his service as an officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. In this conflict he acted as a leader of the Culper Spy Ring, a celebrated network of spies in British-occupied New York. He also led a successful raid across Long Island that culminated in the Battle of Fort St. George. Following the war, Tallmadge was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a member of the Federalist Party. Pictured here is Art Billadello as Benjamin Tallmadge leading guests on a tour of The Setauket Presbyterian Church where spy ring leader Abraham Woodhull is buried. 📷 by @crownstreetproductions #culperring #revolutionarywar #benjamintallmage

LongIsland.com
08/07/2017
LongIsland.com

LongIsland.com

The rain may have washed away outdoor activities for today but there is still plenty of entertainment to be had at a local museum! With more than a hundred museums across Nassau County, New York and Suffolk County, New York, there's always something new to experience and learn! Follow the link below to find a new educational spot today!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
07/20/2017
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The New Yorker revisits “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” fifty years after its publication.

Long Island Maritime Museum
07/13/2017

Long Island Maritime Museum

Beat the heat! Book a trip upon the Priscilla, our 1888 National Historic Landmark Oyster Sloop. Priscilla sails 6 days a week! Call for schedule and availability, 631-854-4974.

Preservation Long Island
07/03/2017
Preservation Long Island

Preservation Long Island

An important discovery announced at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello on the eve of Independence Day reflects the nuances of freedom and slavery. Like the Hemingses of Monticello, the Hammons of Lloyd Manor are among the best documented enslaved families in the United States. Jupiter Hammon, born in 1711 in Lloyd Harbor, New York, was one of the first published black American authors and wrote powerfully about the meaning of American liberty: http://splia.org/2017/02/17/jupiter-hammon/

New-York Historical Society
06/29/2017

New-York Historical Society

A rawther wonderful day celebrating the opening of #EloiseatNYHS! A million thank yous to Hilary Knight and curator Jane Curley. Don't dawdle! Come see Eloise's world at The Plaza come to life.

05/15/2017

Thanks to everyone who attended our Mother's Day Tea! If you have any pictures, please feel free to post on our page!

Babylon Bayman
05/12/2017

Babylon Bayman

Tales of the Bayman

The Bayman Statue Steering Committee is sponsoring an exciting cruise on the Great South Bay aboard the Lauren Kristy. Informative stories of the Great South Bay will be told by local bayman. The paddle boat will sail from Bay Shore Marina, Sunday June 4th from 1:30 to 4:00. Limited tickets are $25 each. To reserve your tickets contact: (631) 422-6037 or [email protected]. by 5/26/17.
For more information go to BabylonBayman.org

Theodore Roosevelt Center
04/21/2017
Theodore Roosevelt Center

Theodore Roosevelt Center

A great film showing how many were involved in Theodore Roosevelt's African safari and some great images of Masai ceremony dances.

The Babylon Library has passes to the Vanderbilt Estate that you can use for free if you are a cardholder.  Not a Babylo...
04/07/2017
Fossils, crusaders and more secrets of the Vanderbilt Estate

The Babylon Library has passes to the Vanderbilt Estate that you can use for free if you are a cardholder. Not a Babylon cardholder? Check with your library, they may have passes as well.

The Vanderbilt estate has been an esteemed, well-attended attraction ... but it still has plenty of secrets.

Preservation Long Island
04/06/2017
Preservation Long Island

Preservation Long Island

SPLIA's latest blog post ponders the future of Freeport's "skyscraper", the Meadow Brook Bank. Will this visionary building meet the wrecking ball? Or will it take its long-awaited place as the distinguished centerpiece of a dynamic mixed-use setting?

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