Wanted to share with you all two exciting happenings that should be of interest. First off, a time capsule was recently uncovered that was originally put in place at the Massachusetts State House by Sam Adams and Paul Revere. The items within the box, which include Newspapers and coins from the era, are very well preserved and can be seen online. The timing couldnt have been more perfect with the new Historical Fiction series “Sons of Liberty” playing on the History Channel.
Also, one of my colleagues just brought to my attention a Newsday article ( http://www.newsday.com/long-island/li-life/the-other-side-documents-slave-graves-on-long-island-1.9798485 ) on Artist and Photographer Xiomaro who has a display of photographs from the William Floyd Estate which are available to be seen at the Oyster Bay Historical Society through March 29th. I was thinking how great it would be to have these displayed here in our community at the Public Library. Going to put this on my list of things to do this month. Hopefully I can convince him to come here to give a talk at least.
All the best,
I thought I should begin this blog by giving any readers a little info on my background. My name is Brad Shupe and I grew up here on Long Island in Massapequa, part of the town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County. I am currently employed in our community as a Reference Librarian in charge of Local History materials and actively involved with the Mastic Peninsula Historical Society.
My interest in history really began about 14 years ago as I began my employment and worked along side Mrs. Linda Knel, formerly in charge of the history collections, in digitizing and providing presentations of materials for our residents.
This site will be dedicated to sharing facts and stories of our areas history as they come across my desk. I will from time to time post links to work projects completed either at the Mastic Peninsula Historical Societies website as well as the Mastics Moriches Shirley Library local history pages.
Also, I encourage anyone who would like to become a contributor to join me in posting anything having to do with our areas history. So with that, lets let this journey begin, and I look forward to making our past come alive again.
All the best,