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2008 Calendar of Events

January 5 Membership renewal appeal
  23 Genealogy workshop meeting at 7:00 pm in the Conklin Barn.  "Family Treasures".  Our annual show and tell program.  Bring an artifact, document, photograph, letter or other tangible object.
February 2 "Gratitude Gala" from 3:00 to 6:00 pm in the Conklin Barn.  This is a big Thank you for all of the people who have helped the Huntington Historical Society have a fabulous 2007.
  21 Conklin House lecture 1, Lecture 2:00 pm, (Refreshments 1:30).  Members Free, Non members $5 "African Americans in Huntington's History" by Rex Metcalf.
This lecture will survey the rich panorama of Huntington’s African American residents who have made an impact on local and national history.  Each generation, over the past 350 years of social change, has produced noteworthy contributors to literature, military service, education, religion, politics, music, commerce and more.  What were their names?  Where did they live?  What did they do?  The lecture will reveal some answers and explore these aspects of Huntington’s history as we observe Black History Month.
  27 Genealogy Workshop meeting at 7:00 pm in the Conklin barn.  "The New York State Historical Documents Inventory:  Hidden Treasures in New York State Repositories" by Art Sniffin.  
An overview of the program that surveyed over 1700 repositories in New York state from 1978 to 1991.  The lecture will provide a variety of examples.
March 15 The Genealogy workshop  and the Genealogy Federation of Long Island, along with other Genealogy organizations, are presenting a seminar at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook New York in the Student Activities Center.  "Family Roots III:  Where to Begin, How to Continue & Share"
8 am to 5 pm.
  20 Conklin House lecture 2, Lecture 2:00 pm, (Refreshments 1:30).  Members Free, Non members $5 "Medicine from the Revolution through the Civil War" by Harrison Hunt
  26 Genealogy Workshop meeting at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium of the Huntington Public Library, 338 Main Street.  The Huntington Library and the Huntington Historical Society will present an evening demonstration of the Suffolk historic Newspapers collection.  This online resource has a searchable collection of Suffolk's newspaper heritage.  Dave Concar, from the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, will also provide information regarding the New York State Newspaper Project.  This 20 year project locates and preserves, on microfilm, New York newspapers from across the state.  All are welcome.
  17 Conklin House lecture 3, Lecture 2:00 pm, (Refreshments 1:30).  Members Free, Non members $5 "Elias Pelletreau: Long Island Silversmith and Entrepreneur" by Dean Failey|
Elias Pelletreau, who apprenticed with master New York French Huguenot silversmith Simeon Soumaine, returned to his home in Southampton, Long Island to become the most successful silversmith in rural America!  A slide presentation will be included as we step back in time and enjoy this fascinating lecture.
  27 Salt Lake City research trip (out to May 4)  Every Spring the Genealogy Workshop of the Huntington Historical Society sponsors, and guides, a research trip to the Family History Library, run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City.  There, the researchers tap the largest genealogical library in the world.
May 4 Sheep to Shawl Festival, At the Dr. Daniel W. Kissam House Museum property Noon till 4:00.  Join us for this wonderful family event.  Enjoy sheep shearing, traditional textile demonstrations by local artisans and crafters, old fashioned games and children's activities, a Petting Zoo and pony rides, and tours of our historic Dr. Daniel W. Kissam House Museum.  Lively music will be presented by the Long Island Traditional Music Association throughout the day.

Note:  This event is made possible, in part, with public funds form the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).  In Suffolk County the Decentralization Program is administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc., in partnership with the Suffolk Consortium of Arts Councils

  15 Conklin House lecture 4, Lecture 2:00 pm, (Refreshments 1:30).  Members Free, Non members $5  "History of Jones Beach" by John Hanc
  17 Heritage Antiques Show at Huntington
Come Browse with usMore that 40 quality dealers in room setting booths featuring jewelry, furniture, folk art, and accessories.  Refreshments are available in a quiet, relaxed environment, and entertainment is provided for selected portions of the show.
  18 Heritage Antiques Show at Huntington (Continued)
  23 Lefferts Tide mill tour,
June 22 Annual meeting,
    Genealogy Workshop  meeting
7:00 pm at the Conklin Barn
  30 Passport to the Past 1 (2 weeks, each weekday 9:30 am to noon)
July 14 Passport to the Past 2 (2 weeks, each weekday 9:30 am to noon)
  28 Passport to the Past, 3 ((2 weeks, each weekday 9:30 am to noon)
  18 Volunteer lunch, 12:30 pm in the Conklin barn
  7 Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building Grand Opening, noon to 4:00.
This Iconic structure was acquired by the Huntington Historical Society in 2000.  That was the beginning of an ambitious eight year restoration project which has brought it back to become a focal point for the community.  This opening is the culmination of this effort.
  11 Conklin House lecture 5, Lecture 2:00 pm, (Refreshments 1:30).  Members Free, Non members $5  "Gatsby's 'West Egg' and the 'Slender Riotous Island' in the 1920's" by Dr. Natalie Naylor
  13 An Evening of Wine Under the Stars - Dr. Daniel W. Kissam House Museum
  24 Genealogy Workshop meeting  at 7:00 pm at the Huntington Public Library
Unearthing Buried Treasure  The family history records of the /George Sim Johnston Archives of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children:  Their scope, content and how to access them.  Speaker:  Joseph T. Gleason, Director of Administration, Education and Archives, NYSPCC.
  4 & 5 The Museum Challenge, Noon to 4 pm each day, is a historic treasure hunt for the whole family in which visitors can purchase the map, shown above, for $5.    They can then follow the map to see ten different historic buildings.
  19 Apple Festival,  At the Dr. Daniel W. Kissam House Museum property Noon to 4:00The leaves are falling and the crops are being taken in.  Apples are dropping from the trees and the Society is celebrating.  Come join in the festival.  Bring your children to play traditional games, try old-time crafts and dance to the tunes of traditional music.
  22 Genealogy Workshop meeting7:00 pm at the Conklin BArn.  Subject TBD.
  23 Conklin House lecture 6, Lecture 2:00 pm, (Refreshments 1:30).  Members Free, Non members $5  "1958, The Year Huntington Became a Suburb" by Claudia Fortunato, Assistant to the Huntington Town Historian
  25 Conklin lecture 7, Special Lecture: in the Conklin Barn,  7:30 to 9:00 pm (refreshments at 7:00),   "Ghosts of Long Island, Stories of the Paranormal II"Local author, photographer and historian, Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, has been working with Paranormal Investigator, Joe Giaquinto, on assignment researching and investigating haunted places throughout Long Island. Ms. Brosky is the author of two books on Huntington’s history, and now she is branching out to include many untold tales in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Stories will include live interviews, legends, myths, murders and some never before told tales of the unexplainable.   Free for members. $10 for non-members.  Appropriate for ages 12 and up
Reservations Required

The Huntington Historical Society and the Huntington Town Historian will host the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies Meeting.
Registration Required by October 14th
This will be a luncheon meeting and tours of our historic properties hosted by the Huntington Historical Society,  Jo-Ann. Raia, Huntington Town Clerk and Robert C. Hughes, Huntington Town Historian.
8 to 9am--Registration & board bus
                    Senior Center in Cinema Arts building
  9 to noon---Tours
                     Huntington Town Clerk's Archives, to 1653
                     Colonial Arsenal
                     Restored Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bldg
                     1795 Dr. Daniel W. Kissam House
                     1750 David Conklin Farmhouse and Museum
12:30----Luncheon Meeting, Huntington Crescent Club
For information Call (631) 427-7047 X401 or 351-3244

November 19 Genealogy Workshop,  7:00 pm at the Conklin Barn.  Subject:  TBD
  20 Conklin House lecture 8, Lecture 2:00 pm, (Refreshments 1:30).  Members Free, Non members $5 "Your Grandmother's Hand Written Cookbooks of Long Ago" by Dr. Alice Ross.
Dr. Ross will warm your heart and spark fond memories during this "down home' discussion about the recipes and cooking techniques of yesteryear.
Native American Day
Spend a delightful afternoon exploring the history and culture of our Native Americans.  Learn about their traditions, skills, food, clothing and view authentic artifacts from our collections.  Crafts, games, songs and refreshments are included in the $5 per child cost.  For ages 7 – 12. 
Advanced registration required.  Call 427-7045, Ext. 401
December 7 Holiday Historic House tour, We invite you to celebrate the holiday season by joining us for this exceptional  tour between noon and 4:00 pm.  Each year in December the Huntington Historical Society arranges tours of local residences that date from Colonial times through the current century.  The owners of these houses, open their homes as a service to the community and the Society, to demonstrate life styles throughout our country's history.  Each house is chosen for its distinct design and historical details and refreshments will be  served, as part of the tour, at the barn of the David Conklin Farmhouse museum.  A  tour of the museum is included.
  17 Genealogy Workshop, Holiday party, Sharing memories