Village of Babylon Historical & Preservation Society

Village of Babylon Historical & Preservation Society The Village of Babylon Historical and Preservation Society was established in 1974 to preserve and share the community's rich history and has operated a local historical museum in the original Babylon Library building since its formation.
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Read all about it...The LIRR pays up, weather more like March than May, Bad Booze, and Long Islands Potato Belt.
05/11/2020
The Long Island History Project: Episode 113: Suffolk County News, May 7, 1920

Read all about it...The LIRR pays up, weather more like March than May, Bad Booze, and Long Islands Potato Belt.

Welcome back to our exploration of the Suffolk County News, bringing tales of life from a century ago. This week, there is some bad hooch going around, the hometown team wins their opener, and Will Rogers has a new movie out.  

And you thought our news is disturbing, in 1920 Long Island had missing horses, sugar shortages, stolen baseball players...
05/07/2020
The Long Island History Project: Episode 111: Suffolk County News, April 30, 1920

And you thought our news is disturbing, in 1920 Long Island had missing horses, sugar shortages, stolen baseball players, and is Mrs Dominey really dead?!?!?

If it's Friday and we're still in self-isolation, then this is another edition of the Suffolk County News, give or take one hundred years. We're reading through the newspaper as it appeared in 1920 and pulling out the highlights, the miscellany, and the unjustly forgotten. In today's paper we find a...

Let's tak about getting better:https://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2020/03/a-history-of-getting-well-podcasts-on-typhoid-m...
04/09/2020
A History of Getting Well: Podcasts on Typhoid Mary, Bellevue Hospital and more - The Bowery Boys: New York City History

Let's tak about getting better:
https://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2020/03/a-history-of-getting-well-podcasts-on-typhoid-mary-bellevue-hospital-and-more.html

The COVID-19 outbreak has gotten many people to look back at the handling of past outbreaks in the United States — most notably the 1918 Spanish Flu. Epidemics have actually shaped New York City history as well. While we don’t have a podcast episode on the Spanish Flu crisis, we do have several ...

02/21/2020

Our museum is being reorganized to better display our collection. Due to this project the museum will be closed for the next few month. Check this page for updates on our progress!

Babylon Public Library
12/06/2019

Babylon Public Library

The Friends of the Babylon Library book sale is in full swing! Stop by today and tomorrow beginning @10am and ending at 5pm. See you there!

Friends of the Babylon Public Library
12/06/2019

Friends of the Babylon Public Library

Don't forget to stop by the Babylon Public Library for the #FallBookSale today and tomorrow from 10:00 - 5:00 PM!
#booklovers, AroundBabylon, Babylon Village Patch, Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce, BABYLON ROTARY CLUB, Babylon K-6 PTA, Suffolk County Library Association, #winterbooksale

This is the Smallest lovely Library in Italy :-)
12/02/2019
This is the Smallest lovely Library in Italy :-)

This is the Smallest lovely Library in Italy :-)

Antonio La Cava, a retired school teacher, transformed his 3-wheeler into a tiny mobile library to spread the joy of books to children in the remote places of Italy.

At the new West Islip Historical Society!!!
11/08/2019

At the new West Islip Historical Society!!!

Village of Babylon
10/24/2019

Village of Babylon

It's going to be a great night for "Date Night," so put that blanket in the car and get gazebo ready! It's going to be the perfect October evening for some sliders and chips, hot popcorn and pretzels, and of course..."Young Frankenstein!"
Bring a friend, make some new ones!

Sponsored by the Village of Babylon and the Babylon Public Library, this event is free and open to the public.

10/24/2019
10/04/2019
Friends of the Babylon Public Library

Friends of the Babylon Public Library

It's going to be a beautiful weekend! A great time to check out one of the Library's museum passes. Many are available for Saturday and Sunday!!!

09/06/2019

Great news! The West Islip History Center at the LaGrange Inn is opening this weekend! They will be open Sundays & Tuesdays 12-2pm!

08/28/2019
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!

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!

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117 W Main St
Babylon, NY
11702

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I found a photo in my grandma's photos that says it's from West Babylon NY. I'd be happy to forward it to anyone who's interested, in hopes of getting it to the appropriate family. It was probably taken in the 1950s. - It's a man and two young boys in a yard. The man has a pipe in his mouth. - The back of the photo says "John, Daddy, and Mark at home. 694 Densfield Rd. W. Babylon, N.Y." Written in all caps that, IMO, looks like a mans writing. I've emailed/written to that address and to a few people with the surnames I show as having lived at that address. Haven't received any responses. Thanks to anyone who can/wants to help. :-)
Please help us to save Babylon’s history. Currently two historically significant buildings are under threat by a local developer. Show you care by signing this petition aimed at creating a historic code for the Village.
George S Mott was my Great Great Great Grandfather do you have any pics of him or his son William Mott who disappeared in november of 1923 and was never seen or heard from again ?