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 s

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04/21/2021

This Saturday, April 24th, the BVHS will be dedicating two historical markers in Babylon Village. One will commemorate the birth of wireless radio, the other the Automobile Club of America’s first auto race. Join us at 10am at the corner of Fire Island and Virginia Avenues!

Tonight!  There is still time to register!
03/18/2021

Tonight! There is still time to register!

The Nathaniel Conklin House proudly presents The Argyle Park Part I: From Paper Mill to Luxury Hotel on Thursday, March 18th from 7-8 PM via Zoom. This program is presented in collaboration with the Town of Babylon History Museum and the Village of Babylon Historical & Preservation Society.

A Zoom link to this presentation will be provided one hour before the event starts. The program will also be recorded and available for streaming on the Conklin House YouTube Channel starting March 19.
Register here: https://argylepark1.eventbrite.com

About our Presenter
Mary Cascone has worked in the Town of Babylon, Office of Historic Services, since 2006, and was appointed Town Historian in 2014. Her projects for the Town of Babylon have included seven local history books, more than 20 historic markers, creation of the Town of Babylon History Museum, and a history blog - https://tobhistorian.blogspot.com/ .
She is a graduate of The University of Michigan, with a degree in sociology, and received a master’s degree from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, at Long Island University.
In their spare time, Mary and her husband are restoring an 1871 home in the Village of Babylon.

Photos from Village of Babylon's post
03/18/2021

Photos from Village of Babylon's post

Don't miss out, orders are due next week!
11/11/2020

Don't miss out, orders are due next week!

Please copy and share the order form for our first #HolidayPlantSale - Pictured is one of the plants available. Babylon Public Library, Babylon Village Patch, AroundBabylon, #holidayplants, #wreaths, #poinsettia, #booklovers

Village of Babylon
10/28/2020

Village of Babylon

On Sunday, October 25th, 2020, The Babylon Village Nathaniel Conklin Award for outstanding volunteerism in the Village of Babylon was awarded posthumously to lifetime Babylon Village resident and volunteer, John "Jack" Conroy.

Jack served for many years on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village of Babylon as Secretary to the ZBA, was a member of the Babylon Lions Club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Jack was extremely active on the E. Donald Conroy Scholarship Committee, named after his brother, former Mayor Don Conroy. Every year, this committee awards scholarships to high schools students based on volunteerism within the community.

Jack loved Babylon Village history and tradition and served as a Trustee on the Babylon Historical Society Committee as well as on The Conklin House Committee. Jack was instrumental and the driving force to having the barn on the Conklin House property built which adds to the enjoyment of Babylon Village history for so many visiting the Conklin House.

Past recipients of The Conklin Award, Dr. Chris Proto and Dr. Wayne Horsley presented the Conklin House Award to Jack's daughter, Maggie Anderson and her husband Karl, also Babylon Village residents.

On behalf of the Village of Babylon Board of Trustees, Mayor Scordino presented a proclamation to the family as well stating that "Jack was his mentor and always wanted Babylon Village to flourish. Jack was the true example of volunteerism, dedication and service to our Village."

An outdoor reception followed the presentations along with a video interview of Jack Conroy on the building of the barn.

Congratulations to the Conklin House Steering Committee and volunteers on a beautiful tribute to a wonderful volunteer, mentor and contributor to our Village...Jack Conroy, who will be sorely missed, never forgotten and whose contributions will continue to be an incredible part of the history of Babylon Village.

Friends of the Babylon Public Library
10/28/2020

Friends of the Babylon Public Library

Please copy and share the order form for our first #HolidayPlantSale - Pictured is one of the plants available. Babylon Public Library, Babylon Village Patch, AroundBabylon, #holidayplants, #wreaths, #poinsettia, #booklovers

Village of Babylon
10/25/2020

Village of Babylon

Celebrating unity, history, testimony and a landmark in Babylon Village as the 1st Presbyterian Church joined together on Saturday evening for the 150 year celebration of the Sanctuary!

The cornerstone of the new sanctuary was installed on September 24th, 1870 and the new church was dedicated on May 24th, 1871.

Adding to the celebration was Pastor Paul, Mayor Ralph Scordino, John Cragg, Executive Director of Long Island Youth Mentoring, Village resident and active member of the church and community, Judy Skillen, whom also spoke on the importance of keeping history alive and the wonderful involvement and impact the 1st Presbyterian Church has within our community, for our residents and surrounding communities.

Congratulations to the 1st Presbyterian Church, Pastor Paul and the congregation. We look forward to your continued service in our community for the next 150 years!

08/07/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

DISCOVERING
THE BABYLON VILLAGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Girl Scout Gold Award Project by Celeste Pozderec

Join me for a Zoom presentation on the unique and important resources the Babylon Village Historical and Presentation Society has to offer about our local history.

I will be highlighting several fascinating artifacts that I discovered and will be answering any questions you may have.

The Zoom meeting will be held twice, on August 14th at 7:00 pm and August 15th at 7:00 pm. Choose whichever day works best for you!

If you would like to join me for the presentation, please
use the following information:

Time: Aug 14/15, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Aug 14, 2020 07:00 PM
Aug 15, 2020 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71938365304?pwd=KzJ5OTNBMy9XN3oveUNCZEhXdm11QT09

Meeting ID: 719 3836 5304
Passcode: ibP1Mt

Thank you and I hope you enjoy the presentation!

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07/02/2020

Babylon Village resident and Nassau County Girl Scout, Celeste Pozderec, is completing her Girl Scout Gold Award. One part of her project is a time capsule to commemorate life in Babylon Village. She is looking for any small memorabilia (such as photographs, letters, event mementos, or newspapers, from Babylon and/or neighboring towns) to share with future generations. She is also accepting digital submissions, such as photographs and documents, by e-mail.

The time capsule will be stored in the Historical Society, along with a log of all submissions. She will be outside of the Babylon Village Historical Society on July 10th and 11th from 2-4 p.m. to collect any items you wish to contribute. Please wear a mask and follow proper protective measures. The Historical Society is located at 117 West Main Street, Babylon Village.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Celeste at [email protected]. Thank you in advance for your contributions!

This is an article from the June 14, 1931 Brooklyn Daily Eagle describing the Bee Line bus route from Brooklyn to Jones ...
06/20/2020

This is an article from the June 14, 1931 Brooklyn Daily Eagle describing the Bee Line bus route from Brooklyn to Jones Beach

Just to address the issues surrounding Robert Moses, there is a claim that the bridges on the Southern State Parkway wer...
06/20/2020

Just to address the issues surrounding Robert Moses, there is a claim that the bridges on the Southern State Parkway were build low so that buses could not get to Jones Beach. As you can see by this 1930s postcard, buses did then, and have always serviced Jones Beach.

Please know the facts about Robert Moses...https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-the-truth-about-robert-moses-and-...
06/19/2020
Robert Moses, race and reality: Claims that planner’s NYC vision was motivated by bigotry fall far short

Please know the facts about Robert Moses...
https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-the-truth-about-robert-moses-and-race-20190919-tsmjeixdyzd4vk5uwlcswxw4du-story.html

The name Robert Moses inspires rage among right-thinking New Yorkers and bike-lane enthusiasts everywhere, who claim the master builder of New York was a racist and segregationist. The mania for purifying history to reflect the present day has now led to revisionist demands that we cancel him, remov...

06/11/2020
One Long Island Soldier: Remembering Raymond McNamee

A little late for Memorial Day, but a great story...

Raymond T. McNamee of Babylon, Long Island, was drafted into the US Army during WWII. As a member of B Company, 82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Ar...

Congratulations Kate!!!
06/05/2020

Congratulations Kate!!!

Congratulations to Babylon Village resident Katherine Hannon who is the recipient of the Village of Babylon Historical and Preservation Society, Excellence in Social Studies Scholarship.

Katherine, a Babylon High School graduate was selected because of her high performance on Regents and AP exams in Social Studies along with a high grade average.

Katherine is the Salutatorian of her class and will be attending Washington and Lee University in the Fall, majoring in Economics. She is an AP scholar with distinction and National Merit Finalist. Congratulations and all the best, Katherine on your future endeavors!

Left to Right: Caroline Romaine, Gilda Gricka, Wayne Horsley, Judy Skillen, Mr. and Mrs. Hannon, Katherine and President Jackie Marsden of the Historical and Preservation Society and Mayor Ralph Scordino, Village of Babylon.

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 talk about getting better:https://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2020/03/a-history-of-getting-well-podcasts-on-typhoid-...
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 talk 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.

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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 ?