With summer just about over and fall fast approaching, it’s time to give everyone a quick update regarding your Community Library local history programming and collections.
I’m excited to announce to my readers that we have artist Xio Xiomaro coming to do a talk entitled “William Floyd Rediscovered” on October 27th at 7:00 pm. Please read article no. 4 in the Our Forgotten Past series, written by Mr. Xiomaro regarding his extraordinary photographs and stay at the William Floyd Estate.
Also, on October 10th, we have Genealogist April Earle giving her program: Genetic Genealogy – Exploring DNA Testing, from 3:30-5 p.m. Ms. Earle also provides general Genealogy research services for any library card members that are interested. To make an appointment, please call or come into the Library to make an appointment.
Regarding our local history digital collections, we are still in the process of moving our items under the New York Heritage research portal program. I will post an update upon completion and we’re hoping for a smooth transition. As part of this change, we will now be a part of the Long Island Library Resources Councils Long Island Memories Project.
Our reconditioning of the William Floyd Estate Historic Marker is progressing. Rust has been removed from the cast iron sign and metal primer paint has been applied. Completion of the final blue and yellow paint should be completed soon. In addition, I’m happy to announce that Rich Oldham and myself were approved for a grant request on behalf of the Mastic Peninsula Historical Society from the Gardiner Foundation, for the next booklet in the local history series. Look for an upcoming announcement from the society regarding this exciting project. Also in the works and awaiting approval is the grant request to replace the Unkechaug Nation Historic Marker that went missing from its location on Montauk Hwy near Herkimer Street.
I look forward to hopefully seeing many of you at these exciting programs or at the next monthly meeting of the Mastic Peninsula Historical Society on September 16th at 7:30 p.m., Mastic Fire Department building. All the best….
-Brad C Shupe