Huntington Historical Society

Huntington Historical Society The Huntington Historical Society is the focal point for preserving the ongoing heritage of the Town of Huntington.
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We've posted this before, but it bears repeating. Many believe that slavery was rare in NY state. In fact, the first U.S...
02/23/2021

We've posted this before, but it bears repeating.

Many believe that slavery was rare in NY state. In fact, the first U.S. Census, conducted in 1790, records approximately 3,260 people living in Huntington, of which 221 were enslaved.

This document from the Society's collection is a reminder of this, describing the sale of two enslaved persons from Huntington to East Hampton. It is dated 1742. See the comments section for a transcription of the document.

Happy Snowy Saturday!
02/20/2021

Happy Snowy Saturday!

Reverend Mother Agnes Hiller, known as Mother Hiller, will be honored posthumously with a street renaming in Huntington ...
02/19/2021
Huntington Patch

Reverend Mother Agnes Hiller, known as Mother Hiller, will be honored posthumously with a street renaming in Huntington Station.

Read the Patch article below to learn more about her extraordinary contributions to our community.

The late Reverend Mother Agnes Hiller took in dozens of children and addressed hunger, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, and families in need.

Punched metal lanterns were a common source of light in the colonial era, and could be as beautiful as they were useful....
02/11/2021

Punched metal lanterns were a common source of light in the colonial era, and could be as beautiful as they were useful.

On Monday, February 15th, children grades 2-5 can learn about this tradition and make their own!

They will also enjoy a virtual tour of our historic Conklin Farmhouse (built c. 1750!) and live demonstrations and discussions about life during the colonial era.

More information details, pricing, and contact info: www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/school-break-programs.html

Looking for virtual Winter Break activities? On Monday, February 15th children grades 2-5 can enjoy a guided craft activ...
02/05/2021

Looking for virtual Winter Break activities?

On Monday, February 15th children grades 2-5 can enjoy a guided craft activity (supples provided), a virtual tour of our historic Conklin Farmhouse (built c. 1750!) and live demonstrations and discussions about life during the colonial area!

More information details, pricing, and contact info: https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/school-break-programs.html

One hundred years young today! Happy 100th birthday to longtime Huntington Historical Society volunteer Alice Link! Over...
02/04/2021

One hundred years young today! Happy 100th birthday to longtime Huntington Historical Society volunteer Alice Link!

Over the last forty years Alice has been a proud HHS member, volunteer, docent, and board member. She was also a recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Service. Her accomplishments include hundreds of school programs, years of festival work, house tours and fundraising activities.

If you've toured our historic Conklin or Kissam Houses in the last few decades, there's a good chance you met Alice. She has shared our rich local heritage with thousands of people young and old and has inspired and mentored many budding historians and history enthusiasts. The Society is so grateful for her dedication and contributions and we wish her a very happy birthday!

Remember the Great Blizzard of 1888, the three day storm that dropped up to three feet of snow in Huntington, with 20 fo...
02/01/2021

Remember the Great Blizzard of 1888, the three day storm that dropped up to three feet of snow in Huntington, with 20 foot drifts? Fortunately this gentleman was within walking distance of some Long Island Brewery beer!

Post update: The photo shows the intersection of Main Street and New York Avenue. The house shown was a private home belonging to the Baylis family, which was later converted into a store. Today it houses the menswear shop J. Ogilvy.

Last week we posted about the bobsled races that were held down Main Street from 1907 until 1920. The last race was held...
01/30/2021

Last week we posted about the bobsled races that were held down Main Street from 1907 until 1920.

The last race was held on January 30, 1920, and many believe this was due to the accident that occurred.

The Greyhound Girls, an all-women's team racing in a sled named the "Greyhound" started on their trial run. The sled struck a rut, overturned, and finally came to a stop when it hit a tree.

Five of the riders were seriously hurt, with injuries ranging from face lacerations, concussions, broken ribs, and other fractures.

To learn more about the races and the accident, watch our January Lunch and Learn recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vp9gjK1pp4&feature=youtu.be

(Greyhound Girls are discussed at time marker 1:08:00)

January 27th is International Holocaust Rememberance Day. To mark this 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, ...
01/27/2021

January 27th is International Holocaust Rememberance Day.

To mark this 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, this evening the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in NYC is hosting a reading from the Holocaust diaries of young writers.

From their website:
"More than one million Jewish children were killed during the Holocaust and countless others survived. Some, like Anne Frank, kept diaries in which they confided their hopes, fears, and experiences. Join us for a special virtual reading of excerpts from these diaries, narrated by Liev Schreiber, and featuring readings from Mayim Bialik, Mandy Gonzalez, Arielle Hader, Daniel Kahn, Adam Kantor, Telly Leung, Caissie Levy, Stephanie Lynn Mason, Zalmen Mlotek, Amit Rahav, Eleanor Reissa, Yelena Schmulenson, Alexandra Silber, Abby Stein, Danny Strong, and Michael Zegen."

Click for more information: https://mjhnyc.org/18-voices-a-liberation-day-reading-of-young-writers-diaries-from-the-holocaust/

More than one million Jewish children were killed during the Holocaust and countless others survived. Some, like Anne Frank, kept diaries in which they confided their hopes, fears, and experiences. Join us tomorrow on #InternationalHolocaustRemembranceDay for a special virtual reading of excerpts from these diaries.

By giving voice to the written words of some of the Nazis’ youngest victims, we will commemorate their suffering and learn from their courageous and resilient spirits.

Register here:
https://mjhnyc.org/18-voices

When you have extra time so you go to the library... only to find out it moved locations in 1958.
01/23/2021

When you have extra time so you go to the library... only to find out it moved locations in 1958.

From 1907 to 1920, the Village of Huntington was the venue for an annual Winter Carnival. One of the highlights was the ...
01/19/2021

From 1907 to 1920, the Village of Huntington was the venue for an annual Winter Carnival. One of the highlights was the bobsled races down Main Street. People converged on Huntington from all across Long Island to enter or to watch the races, and the large bobsleds were hauled into town by horses.

The race would start at the top of Lawrence Hill Road in the western edge of Huntington and head east toward the center of town. This photo shows the start of the race on February 10, 1910.

Join us Thursday, January 21, 2021 for our January Virtual Lunch & Learn: Huntington's Bobsled Races to learn more!

https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/lunch-and-learn.html

Today we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his important legacy. Learn about the history behind this hol...
01/18/2021
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Today we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his important legacy. Learn about the history behind this holiday from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The legislation to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first introduced just four days after his assassination on April 4, 1968.

Fifteen years later, on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law, designating the third Monday in January a federal holiday in observance of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Learn more about the conception of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in our latest blog post:

From our friends Northport Historical Society, a lovely article on the Northport Fire Department.
01/17/2021

From our friends Northport Historical Society, a lovely article on the Northport Fire Department.

Northport's Fire Department - This week's newsletter is dedicated to our past and present volunteers and the departments' origins and organizers https://mailchi.mp/63364c03cc9e/firedepartment-4828076

We hope you enjoy this ad for the Long Island Beer & Ale Co (Northport) found in the January 28, 1888 issue of "The Long...
01/11/2021

We hope you enjoy this ad for the Long Island Beer & Ale Co (Northport) found in the January 28, 1888 issue of "The Long Islander." Don't miss the explanation on why women don't like beer (see third image)!

Sharing from our colleagues at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.
01/07/2021

Sharing from our colleagues at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.

On January 6, 1919, Theodore Roosevelt died of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 60, passing away in the Gate Room at his Sagamore Hill home. In the days that followed, Roosevelt was given a simple funeral service at Christ Church in Oyster Bay and was buried overlooking the water at Young's Cemetery, about a mile from Sagamore Hill. The public can visit TR's grave at Young's Cemetery which is open daily from 9am-5pm.

Photo: Theodore and Edith Roosevelts' gravestone, decorated with a seasonal wreath and small American flags.

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Happy New Year! As part of our mission to preserve and share Huntington's history, the Society maintains an extensive co...
01/04/2021

Happy New Year! As part of our mission to preserve and share Huntington's history, the Society maintains an extensive collection of objects related to local history.

These ice skates would have been affixed to the wearer’s shoes by leather straps. Two small points extending upward through each sole near the toe—the side in which the metal blade curves upward— prevent the shoes from slipping.

Inscribed on the buckle is the date “February 18, 1862.” Belonging to the Fleet Family of Huntington Bay’s Fleet’s Cove, these skates were donated in memory of Florence Fleet Furze.

Happy New Year from all of us at The Huntington Historical Society!
01/02/2021

Happy New Year from all of us at The Huntington Historical Society!

Happy New Year's Eve!One last holiday photo from our archives before we start the new year. Thank you for all your suppo...
12/31/2020

Happy New Year's Eve!

One last holiday photo from our archives before we start the new year. Thank you for all your support this year and all the best for your NYE celebrations!

Wishing all who celebrate a Merry Christmas! Known as the Patriotic Santa, this cotton textile held in the Society's col...
12/25/2020

Wishing all who celebrate a Merry Christmas!

Known as the Patriotic Santa, this cotton textile held in the Society's collection was designed by Edward Peck in 1868.

Framing Santa are four vignettes illustrating Peck’s interpretation of Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit From Saint Nicholas” which inspired the print as a whole. Quotes from the poem inscribed below Santa’s feet—“His eyes how they twinkled! His dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry”—guide Peck’s depiction along with editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast’s contemporary portrayal of Santa in Harper’s Weekly as a jolly, rotund figure which marked a shift from earlier depictions of Santa with a stern disposition.

Click here to learn more: https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/history-happenings-blog

In December 1939 Santa Claus stopped into Huntington for a holiday visit. He paraded down Main Street in an automobile, ...
12/24/2020

In December 1939 Santa Claus stopped into Huntington for a holiday visit. He paraded down Main Street in an automobile, accompanied by music courtesy of the Huntington High School and Huntington Fire Department bands.

Around 2,000 children, many in costume, gathered on the corner of Main Street and Woodbury Avenue to greet him. After the parade each child was able to shake hands with Santa and received a half pound box of candy. Prizes were also given for the best costumes. This festive event was orchestrated by the Huntington Businessmen's Association and was the highlight of Huntington's holiday season.

Congrats to those who guessed correctly! The O.S. Sammis building seen in our 1888 blizzard photo is the current Ann Tay...
12/21/2020

Congrats to those who guessed correctly! The O.S. Sammis building seen in our 1888 blizzard photo is the current Ann Taylor Loft building on Main Street.

This is the last weekend to visit our Antiques & Collectibles Shop, Huntington Historical Society! We'll be closed Decem...
12/19/2020

This is the last weekend to visit our Antiques & Collectibles Shop, Huntington Historical Society! We'll be closed December 21 until the new year. Stop in for your last minute holiday gifts!

Visit us Saturday 12/19 1-4pm and Sunday 12/20 1-4pm

Parking on site. Kissam Property, 434 Park Avenue, Huntington.

https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/antiques-and-collectibles-shop.html

You seemed to like our 1888 blizzard photo, so here's another photo from that storm. Can anyone guess what the O.S. Samm...
12/18/2020

You seemed to like our 1888 blizzard photo, so here's another photo from that storm. Can anyone guess what the O.S. Sammis building pictured here is today (hint: it's on Main Street)?

As we wait for tonight's impending storm, we thought it was a good time to re-visit the Great Blizzard of 1888. The stor...
12/16/2020

As we wait for tonight's impending storm, we thought it was a good time to re-visit the Great Blizzard of 1888. The storm raged from March 12th to March 14th. At the end of the three days residents opened their front doors to find two to three feet of snow in their yards and drifts of up to 20 feet. The highest snow drift was reported to be 40 feet in the yard of Charles Sammis on Carver Place. The blizzard played such a significant role in the memories of Huntingtonians that many used the phrases “after the blizzard” and “before the blizzard” to mark time.

What is most remarkable is that Huntington was literally cut off from the rest of the world for the week following the blizzard. In the late nineteenth century, mail was brought out to Long Island from New York City by the Long Island Rail Road. With train service suspended, Huntingtonians went without mail or news from the outside world until the evening of March 17th. Residents of Huntington and Northport had their mail delivered from Mineola until the local LIRR tracks could be cleared. The Long Island Rail Road resumed mail service to Huntington by Monday, March 19th, but the Great Blizzard was never forgotten.

Everyone be safe today and tomorrow!

Still holiday shopping? Visit our Antiques and Collectibles Shop at 434 Park Avenue, Huntington. It is open 1-4pm today ...
12/12/2020

Still holiday shopping? Visit our Antiques and Collectibles Shop at 434 Park Avenue, Huntington. It is open 1-4pm today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday). Parking on site and full of great gifts!

There's a chill in the air and a wreath on the door at our Kissam Barn! Built in 1790 in the nearby farming community of...
12/09/2020

There's a chill in the air and a wreath on the door at our Kissam Barn!

Built in 1790 in the nearby farming community of Lloyd Harbor, the structure we now refer to as the Kissam Barn can be traced back to the Rogers family. The family used the barn on their homestead for livestock housing, and legend has it the barn also housed British troops who were quartered there during the Revolution.

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Happy rainy Saturday! We thought you might enjoy this cute story about the big tree in Northport's Village Park from our...
12/05/2020

Happy rainy Saturday! We thought you might enjoy this cute story about the big tree in Northport's Village Park from our friends at Northport Historical Society!

The Impact of a Little Girl and a Big Bird - Click to learn how Big Bird's lesson on deforestation led to a special tree in Village Park https://mailchi.mp/8eaf15ada257/ohchristmastree-4792746

Huntington Historical Society's cover photo
12/01/2020

Huntington Historical Society's cover photo

11/26/2020
Each Thanksgiving Day from 1904 into the 1920s, Henry L. Stimson—who served as Secretary of War under President Howard T...
11/25/2020

Each Thanksgiving Day from 1904 into the 1920s, Henry L. Stimson—who served as Secretary of War under President Howard Taft, and Secretary of State under President Herbert Hoover—and his wife, Mabel, invited their friends, family, and neighbors to Highhold estate (West Hills) to compete in a series of games including trapshooting, spar fighting, barrel racing, novelty racing, flat racing, and steeplechase. In the museum's collection are three trophies...

Click here to read the full article!
https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/history-happenings-blog

Here's a little history for you to share at your Thanksgiving gathering (whether it is in person or virtual)! Thanksgivi...
11/24/2020

Here's a little history for you to share at your Thanksgiving gathering (whether it is in person or virtual)!

Thanksgiving & the birth of the TV Dinner:

According to the most widely accepted account, a Swanson salesman named Gerry Thomas conceived the company’s frozen dinners in late 1953 when he saw that the company had 260 tons of frozen turkey left over after Thanksgiving, sitting in ten refrigerated railroad cars. (The train’s refrigeration worked only when the cars were moving, so Swanson had the trains travel back and forth between its Nebraska headquarters and the East Coast “until panicked executives could figure out what to do,” according to Adweek.) Thomas had the idea to add other holiday staples such as cornbread stuffing and sweet potatoes, and to serve them alongside the bird in frozen, partitioned aluminum trays designed to be heated in the oven. Betty Cronin, Swanson’s bacteriologist, helped the meals succeed with her research into how to heat the meat and vegetables at the same time while killing food-borne germs.

Read the full article here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/brief-history-tv-dinner-180976039/

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Huntington Historical Society of Huntington, NY

The Huntington Historical Society of Huntington, NY is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the focal point for preserving the ongoing heritage of the Town of Huntington. We support this mission through public education programs, maintaining museums, collections and a regional research center; promoting the preservation of historic buildings and sites; and by partnering with local and regional institutions.

The Huntington Historical Society began as an exclusively female organization in the early 20th century. Spawned by the success of the Town’s 250th birthday celebration in 1903, the Society’s inception was due, in part, to the changing role of American women in the home. This change was just one of several trends which evolved as the economy of Long Island switched from an agricultural to a more industrial base.

In September, 1903, a group of women, many of them from Huntington’s founding families, met at the home of Mrs. Frederic B. Sammis(Lizbeth, as she was known to her friends) to organize a society to “perpetuate an interest in things Historic;……in fact all Historic relics relating to the Town of Huntington since 1653.”

Inspired by the success of the Town’s 250th celebration in July, at which Teddy Roosevelt was the featured speaker, and their involvement in the event as members of the Colonial Women’s Committee, they formed the “Colonial Society”, and on December 3rd, 1903 they received a state charter for the Colonial Society of Huntington. This became the first embodiment of the Huntington Historical Society. Lizbeth, along with Jessie Kendall Brush, Jeanie Dusenbury Platt and Carrie Shaw Dusenbury Shakeshaft were the founding members. Interestingly, they restricted active membership to women, but when the charter was revised eight years later, the membership was open to both sexes.

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Good morning, A member of our Queens group posted this. Still unresolved I was wondering if anyone here had any info about this. Thanks in advance! Herb
Hello Everyone at HHS- I hope this message finds you all well and getting by during these uncertain times. Some strange days indeed. I imagine in the distant future, the not yet born residents of Huntington will pay a visit to the archives to find out exactly what was happening in our beloved town during the 'Covid Pandemic of 2020.' I can imagine that Karen and Irene are very busy collecting press to document these last few months. I wanted to share something because it made me think of the Historical Society and especially Toby when I watched. Some of you may have seen it already, but there is a great show on Netflix called "The Repair Shop." If you didn't know better, you'd think it was filmed inside the Kissam Barn instead of in South England. If you have some spare time on your hands and want to see some amazingly talented folks skillfully breathing life back into beautiful and sentimental things, check it out. I hope to see you all around once the village once this has passed.
This morning we found our good friend ‘Sam’ cozied up with two pals that were crafted at Passport to the Past. Although I’m pretty sure there was no “Elf on a Shelf” in colonial times, perhaps a “LimberJack on a Plaque?“ I hope that everyone at HHS has a wonderful holiday season and a joyous & Happy New Year.
Any interest in these books?
In the 60s there was a motorcycle/scooter shop on route 110 near the village on the east side. Scooters USA. Does anyone recall? Does anyone have a picture. In later years a Yamaha shop opened up the road a few hundred feet I don't know if the two where affiliated.
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