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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Did you know our Conklin Farmhouse has been on the corner of what is now New York Avenue and High Street since around 17...
07/31/2021

Did you know our Conklin Farmhouse has been on the corner of what is now New York Avenue and High Street since around 1750? Stop by this Sunday, August 1, between 1pm and 4pm for a guided tour!

When you visit this National Register property, occupied by the Conklin family for over one-hundred and fifty years, you will see the original rooms of the house constructed c. 1750. You will also see the area where Sybel Conklin and her children lived and worked while her husband, David, was held prisoner by the British in 1777.

Admission is a suggested donation of $4 per person. Located at 2 High Street on the corner of High Street and New York Avenue; parking is available on site on NY Ave side.

Timeline Photos
07/27/2021

Timeline Photos

#OnThisDay in 1962, Congress designated Sagamore Hill as a National Historic Site under the National Park Service. If you plan to visit, come wish us a happy dedication day!

#SagamoreHill #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #RecreateResponsibly #PlanLikeAParkRanger https://www.nps.gov/sahi/index.htm

Photo description: Black and white image of Theodore Roosevelt's Front Hall at Sagamore Hill in the 1960s. There are mounted animal heads, a fire place, and other artifacts from his life.

Would your child like to become a Street Sleuth?Join us this Thursday, July 22, from 10am-12pm for this fun summer progr...
07/20/2021

Would your child like to become a Street Sleuth?

Join us this Thursday, July 22, from 10am-12pm for this fun summer program!

Your child will take a tour of Main Street with Robert Hughes, Town of Huntington's Historian, and learn some of the interesting history of the Town. They'll get to see Huntington in a whole new way!

Ages: These fun programs are suitable for children ages 7-12.
​Cost: $30 Members, $35 Non-Members per child per program.
Must register in advance.

https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/summer-fun-programs.html

Would your child like to become a Street Sleuth?

Join us this Thursday, July 22, from 10am-12pm for this fun summer program!

Your child will take a tour of Main Street with Robert Hughes, Town of Huntington's Historian, and learn some of the interesting history of the Town. They'll get to see Huntington in a whole new way!

Ages: These fun programs are suitable for children ages 7-12.
​Cost: $30 Members, $35 Non-Members per child per program.
Must register in advance.

https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/summer-fun-programs.html

If you enjoyed (or missed!) our Garden Tour last month, we highly recommend you check out the Northport Historical Socie...
07/17/2021

If you enjoyed (or missed!) our Garden Tour last month, we highly recommend you check out the Northport Historical Society's Garden Tour this Sunday, July 18! Click their post below for more information.

Join the cultural institutions of Huntington for these great events throughout July!More information: https://www.gohunt...
07/16/2021

Join the cultural institutions of Huntington for these great events throughout July!

More information: https://www.gohuntingtonhistory.org/

Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association
Huntington Historical Society
Northport Historical Society
Preservation Long Island
Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association

Join the cultural institutions of Huntington for these great events throughout July!

More information: https://www.gohuntingtonhistory.org/

Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association
Huntington Historical Society
Northport Historical Society
Preservation Long Island
Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association

Don't forget to sign up for our next Virtual Lunch & Learn! It will take place tomorrow (Tues) at 12pm on Zoom. It's a f...
07/12/2021

Don't forget to sign up for our next Virtual Lunch & Learn! It will take place tomorrow (Tues) at 12pm on Zoom. It's a free event (donations always appreciated), but you must register to receive the login info!

Enjoy your own lunch from the comfort of your home while Jeffrey Richman gives an overview of the history of Green-Wood Cemetery, including its connections to Huntington.

A Huntington resident, Jeffrey Richman is Green-Wood's historian, only the second person to hold that position in the cemetery's 183-year-existence. He is the author of Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery: New York's Buried Treasure.

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

Don't forget to sign up for our next Virtual Lunch & Learn! It will take place tomorrow (Tues) at 12pm on Zoom. It's a free event (donations always appreciated), but you must register to receive the login info!

Enjoy your own lunch from the comfort of your home while Jeffrey Richman gives an overview of the history of Green-Wood Cemetery, including its connections to Huntington.

A Huntington resident, Jeffrey Richman is Green-Wood's historian, only the second person to hold that position in the cemetery's 183-year-existence. He is the author of Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery: New York's Buried Treasure.

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

HUNTINGTON MILITIA'SCOLONIAL MARKET FAIRE TODAY!Sunday, July 11, 2021, 12:00pm – 5:00pm(Raindate - Sunday, July 18th)On ...
07/11/2021

HUNTINGTON MILITIA'S
COLONIAL MARKET FAIRE TODAY!

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
(Raindate - Sunday, July 18th)

On Sunday, July 11 the Huntington Militia will host an 18th Century Market Faire and Militia Muster on the grounds of the Huntington Arsenal and Village Green. The event is from 12 PM to 5 PM. Come see living historians demonstrating various 18th century crafts, trades, music, and cooking. Many products, hand-made by Huntington Militia members, will also be available for purchase. Stick around to see militiamen drill on the green with musket and cannon firings. The Huntington Arsenal is located at 425 Park Avenue, Huntington NY. The rain-date for this event is Sunday, July 18. For more information, click on the Huntington Militia's website link below or call ‪(631) 223-8017‬.

http://www.huntingtonmilitia.com/upcoming-events.html

HUNTINGTON MILITIA'S
COLONIAL MARKET FAIRE TODAY!

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
(Raindate - Sunday, July 18th)

On Sunday, July 11 the Huntington Militia will host an 18th Century Market Faire and Militia Muster on the grounds of the Huntington Arsenal and Village Green. The event is from 12 PM to 5 PM. Come see living historians demonstrating various 18th century crafts, trades, music, and cooking. Many products, hand-made by Huntington Militia members, will also be available for purchase. Stick around to see militiamen drill on the green with musket and cannon firings. The Huntington Arsenal is located at 425 Park Avenue, Huntington NY. The rain-date for this event is Sunday, July 18. For more information, click on the Huntington Militia's website link below or call ‪(631) 223-8017‬.

http://www.huntingtonmilitia.com/upcoming-events.html

From our friends at Northport Historical Society.
07/09/2021

From our friends at Northport Historical Society.

Congrats to all who guessed correctly... our impressive list of history celebrities are all buried at The Green-Wood Cem...
07/08/2021

Congrats to all who guessed correctly... our impressive list of history celebrities are all buried at The Green-Wood Cemetery!

Join us on Tuesday, July 13th at 12pm to hear Green-Wood Cemetery's Historian, Jeffrey Richman, talk about the fascinating history of this 478 acre cemetery and arboretum and some of its most illustrious residents. Free virtual talk, but registration is required.
https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/lunch-and-learn.html

If life in The Upside Down looked like this, we’d be booking passage straight away!

📸 @elena_may_od (Instagram) #historicgreenwood #greenwoodcemetery #strangerthings #brooklyn

07/08/2021

A quick quiz for your Thursday:
What do the following people have in common?

Samuel F. B. Morse (1791–1872)
Horace Greeley (1811-1872)
Elias Howe Jr. (1819-1867)
William M. “Boss” Tweed (1823-1878)
Frederick Augusto Otto Schwarz (1826-1887)
Alice Roosevelt (1861–1884)
Katherine Sophie Dreier (1877-1952)
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988)

July 4, 1903: President Theodore Roosevelt visits Huntington on the 250th Anniversary of the Town's FoundingOn July 4, 1...
07/05/2021

July 4, 1903: President Theodore Roosevelt visits Huntington on the 250th Anniversary of the Town's Founding

On July 4, 1903 the Town of Huntington was abuzz with excitement. A three-day celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Town's founding was underway.

Attending the event as guest speaker was President Theodore Roosevelt. He arrived in Huntington on the presidential yacht which had set sail from his estate at Sagamore Hill. His speech was delivered in an open field just north of the present-day intersection of New York Avenue and Gerard Street.

Many of the weekend's festivities were arranged by a group of Huntington women, known as the Colonial Women's Committee. Pictured above seated behind President Roosevelt, these women would then form the "Colonial Society," the first embodiment of the Huntington Historical Society.

What to learn more?

Click here to watch a three minute silent film of President Roosevelt's speech: https://www.loc.gov/item/99407348

July 4, 1903: President Theodore Roosevelt visits Huntington on the 250th Anniversary of the Town's Founding

On July 4, 1903 the Town of Huntington was abuzz with excitement. A three-day celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Town's founding was underway.

Attending the event as guest speaker was President Theodore Roosevelt. He arrived in Huntington on the presidential yacht which had set sail from his estate at Sagamore Hill. His speech was delivered in an open field just north of the present-day intersection of New York Avenue and Gerard Street.

Many of the weekend's festivities were arranged by a group of Huntington women, known as the Colonial Women's Committee. Pictured above seated behind President Roosevelt, these women would then form the "Colonial Society," the first embodiment of the Huntington Historical Society.

What to learn more?

Click here to watch a three minute silent film of President Roosevelt's speech: https://www.loc.gov/item/99407348

Photos from Fraunces Tavern® Museum's post
07/05/2021

Photos from Fraunces Tavern® Museum's post

Interesting!
07/02/2021

Interesting!

When was AC introduced into the New York City subway system? ❄️

😰 Summers in the city are super sticky and humid—but the subway system wasn’t built with air conditioning.

In 1970, after 15 years of failed attempts to cool the entire subway system, only 9% of cars were air conditioned. Mayor John Lindsay made the very optimistic promise that the entire system would be cool by 1980 but, unfortunately, the fiscal crisis of the 1970s made that impossible. By 1985 only 57% of the cars were cool. Today all the subway cars have AC (unless you are experiencing a very, very unlucky day).

Do you know which train was the first to be fully air-conditioned? Find out the answer here: https://bit.ly/2JQywK5

📷 Frederick Kelly, Seventh Avenue Subway Car, 1959-1976

Younghill Kang was born in 1903 in Hamkyong Province in northern Korea. Educated in Christian missionary schools, he imm...
06/30/2021

Younghill Kang was born in 1903 in Hamkyong Province in northern Korea. Educated in Christian missionary schools, he immigrated to the United States in 1921, just three years prior to the enactment of immigration laws restricting Korean immigrants for the next three decades.

Mostly self-educated, he began attending classes at Harvard and Boston Universities, working at various jobs to support himself. He married American born and Wellesley-educated Frances Keeley, who helped him to write in English. Eventually he found work as an editor at the Encyclopaedia Britannica and then found a position as lecturer in New York University's English Department. During this time, he began work on The Grass Roof, a novel about a young man's life in Korea prior to departure to America. The book, championed by Kang's friend Thomas Wolfe, was finally published by Charles Scribner's & Sons in 1931 to critical acclaim.

Kang went on to receive a Guggenheim Award in Creative Literature, and in 1937 Scribner published East Goes West, the story of a Korean in America. He is considered a pivotal literary figure, representing the viewpoint of an immigrant trying to secure his place in American society.

In addition to writing and teaching, he also translated Korean literature into English, and worked as a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During the Second World War, he worked for the U.S. government as an Asian expert. Younghill and Frances had three children, Lucy Lynn (who married into the Sammis family and became a schoolteacher in Huntington), Christopher (who became an Air Force Major), and Robert Kang. The Kangs settled in Huntington, living on East Neck Road. Younghill Kang died of a stroke in 1972.

Many thanks to Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci for swearing in our new Board of Trustees!
06/28/2021

Many thanks to Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci for swearing in our new Board of Trustees!

Many thanks to Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci for swearing in our new Board of Trustees!

Photos from Northport Historical Society's post
06/24/2021

Photos from Northport Historical Society's post

Timeline Photos
06/23/2021

Timeline Photos

On this day, in 1911, Leroy R. Grumman graduated from Huntington High School and delivered his salutatory address, “The Aeroplane.” 18 years later, he would go on to found Grumman Aircraft Engineering, and we continue to be inspired, every day, by his #DefiningPossible spirit.
https://www.northropgrumman.com/what-we-do/

The Peter Crippen House is an important link to Huntington’s nineteenth century African American history.  Unfortunately...
06/22/2021
The Peter Crippen House

The Peter Crippen House is an important link to Huntington’s nineteenth century African American history. Unfortunately, the house, which has been vacant for twenty years, has fallen into a state of serious disrepair. The Town of Huntington purchased the property in late 2019 to use as a parking lot for the Town’s sewer plant, which is located next door.

Thanks to a Technical Assistance Grant from the Preservation League of New York State, the Town was able to hire a consultant to determine if and how the oldest section of the house could be relocated to a site more suitable to its long term preservation. We are currently awaiting the results of that study.

The Crippen House was originally constructed, circa 1658, as a grist mill. The mill remained in use through 1672, when it was closed due to concerns about the unhealthfulness of its mill pond. The mill building was sold and around 1674 moved about 525 yards to the north to its current location close to the head of Huntington Harbor where it was converted to residential use. Preliminary analysis of the building confirms its construction as an industrial building rather than as a residence. Its heavy timber framing, dimensions, and sturdy proportions are reflective of industrial Dutch framing of the period. The building is a rare, early surviving example of this building type.

Read more on Town Historian Robert C. Hughes' blog:
https://huntingtonhistory.com/2021/06/09/the-peter-crippen-house/

Click to Help Preserve the History of the Peter Crippen House!
https://1653foundation.org/crippen-house/

The Peter Crippen House is an important link to Huntington’s nineteenth century African American history. Unfortunately, the house, which has been vacant for twenty years, has fallen into a state …

Today is #Juneteenth, a holiday celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United...
06/19/2021

Today is #Juneteenth, a holiday celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Click to learn more from about the history of this day from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Looking for fun summer activities that don't require several weeks of commitment? Join us as we bring history to life wi...
06/17/2021

Looking for fun summer activities that don't require several weeks of commitment?

Join us as we bring history to life with two-hour fun programs held throughout the summer!

Try weaving, crafts, felting, and learn lots of history in the process!

https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/summer-fun-programs.html

Looking for fun summer activities that don't require several weeks of commitment?

Join us as we bring history to life with two-hour fun programs held throughout the summer!

Try weaving, crafts, felting, and learn lots of history in the process!

https://www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org/summer-fun-programs.html

Timeline Photos
06/14/2021

Timeline Photos

Happy Flag Day from Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. The first flag of the United States of America was adopted on June 14th, 1777. The Flag Resolution passed that day states, "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

#FlagDay #FindYourPark

Photo description: Theodore Roosevelt's home at Sagamore Hill with the American Flag flying from the flagpole.

06/13/2021
Stop by our Kissam House, 434 Park Avenue, from 10am to 4pm for awesome antiques! And don't forget to visit the other st...
06/13/2021

Stop by our Kissam House, 434 Park Avenue, from 10am to 4pm for awesome antiques! And don't forget to visit the other stops on the Huntington Antique Shop Hop today!

This Sunday 10am-4pm! Stop by any or all of these shops for outdoor and special events! And come see us at the Kissam Pr...
06/13/2021

This Sunday 10am-4pm! Stop by any or all of these shops for outdoor and special events! And come see us at the Kissam Property, 434 Park Avenue!

This Sunday 10am-4pm! Stop by any or all of these shops for outdoor and special events! And come see us at the Kissam Property, 434 Park Avenue!

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209 Main St
Huntington, NY
11743

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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We invite you to take a little time to learn about the many activities, educational and recreational, which the Society provides for you. Take a tour through our web site and find out about our five historic properties, our extensive archives, genealogy program, collections, Antiques Show and many exhibits. Enjoy your tour and remember "The longer you can look back, the further you can look forward."

Just visit our website for information on any of the above!
www.huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org

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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.
*Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign* The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to the Greater New York City Metro Area Heritage (Historical and Genealogical) Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island to honor their Ancestors, and all of the 6,500 Merchant and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. For more information and Support Letter Writing Instructions, use the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx
Thought you may like to see my great grandparents weekend estate named "rolling acres" Herbert Irving losee and violet Von lyncker losee
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Any ideas as to exactly where this was?