Website Revival!

Welcome to the Long Island History Committee Website!


We are working on reviving our website and hoping that our members might be interested in passing along their ideas! Please contact the co-chairs Inez Foster ifoster@babylonlibrary.org or Emily Guerrero emily@myrml.org.






April 2019 Showcase


We will hold the RASD Local History Committee Annual Showcase on Thursday April 11th, 2019!


Members, please send recommendations to Inez Foster (ifoster@babylonlibrary.org) or Emily Guerrero (emily@myrml.org) by early February for consideration.

The next meeting of the Long Island History Committee will take place on Thursday morning, February 26 at Suffolk Community College.  We will begin a tour of the Holocause Museum at 10:00 AM and then follow the tour with a meeting from about 10:30 Am to 12:00 Noon.  We hope you will be able to join us.

Our annual Program Showcase will be held at the SCLS on Thursday, April 25 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon. Local history and genealogy programmers will each give a 10 to 15 minute presentation on their programs and be available for questions before and after to answer questions and book programs for those interested. Refreshments will be served from 9:30 AM and through the presentations, which will begin at 10:00 AM. Come join us and discover some great new programs for your library.

Minutes for March 21, 2013

The Long Island History Committee held its meeting this month at Brookhaven Town Hall. Barbara Russell, Brookhaven Town Historian, hosted the meeting and gave us a comprehensive tour of the facilities archives. After the tour, Barbara allowed us to use her office to conduct the Committee’s meeting.
Diane Holliday was unable to attend, but asked Inez Foster to pass on word about the Idle Hour Mansion Exhibit, which was being held at Brookwood Hall until June 16. She also asked to extend an invitation to Committee members for an opening reception that was being held at the Islip Art Museum Tuesday night, March 21 from 5 to 7 PM.
We also discussed future meetings, including the Local History and Genealogy Program Showcase, which will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 9:30 to 10:00 AM at SCLS; the Annual trip, which we hope to hold on Thursday, May 16; and our September meeting, which will be held on Thursday, September 19. One suggestion for the trip was the Culpepper Spy Museum.
It was also suggested that we might want to go to the Suffolk County Historical Society.
We also discussed the low attendance at meetings and wondered whether a change of day or time might be helpful, though most agreed that tight library schedules were the biggest problems. It was agreed that mornings were probably better than afternoons.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:15 AM.

Long Island History Committee Minutes held at Suffolk Coopertive Library System

February 24, 2011

Meeting opened: 10:00 AM

First Order of Business: Arthur Mattson spoke about his book “Water and Ice: The Tragic Wrecks of the Bristol and the Mexico on the South Shore of Long Island.

Lecture concluded at 11:05 AM and break was taken.

Returned from break 11:30 AM

Second Order of Business: Spoke about the Performer’s Showcase planned for April 14. Letters were sent to 14 performers/lecturers who have historical programs. This will take place of business meeting. If you have a hand held scanner, pleace bring it.

Meeting will run to 12:00 PM

Cindy Sciacca asked if their would be time for the performers to put on a demonstration. It was decided that they could each be given 5 – 10 minutes to speak on their program.

Third Order of Business: Spoke about having a page for library histories. Each library could write a history for their website. If they don’t want to put it on their own website, they can put it on the History Committee’s site. Decided to include a history of PALS, which we would have to speak to Diane about.

Third Order of Business: New Business – Discussed Annual Trip. Grey Gardens was suggested. Will check on its accessibility.

Fourth Order of Business: Fall meeting will be held Thursday October 27.

Fifth Order of Business: Marie suggested we discuss how different libraries celebrate their Anniversaries.

Sixth Order of Business: Discuss whether or not we would rather meet at different libraries or at SCLS. It was decided that for the April and October meetings at least we would meet at SCLS.

Seventh Order of Business: Librarians discussed what has been going on at the Local History departments of their libraries.

Meeting adjourned at 12:30 PM