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In 1911, Ella J. Conklin Hurd donated the David Conklin Farmhouse to the then 8 year old and newly renamed Huntington Historical Society. Ella was a descendant of one of the first families to settle in Huntington.

On Friday, April 19, 1912, the Huntington Historical Society opened the doors of the Conklin House Museum to the public for the first time, making it Suffolk County's first house museum. Visitors who toured the house that day saw a "collection of articles... interesting and valuable... well worth inspection." according to The Long-Islander.

This exhibit celebrates the generosity and foresight of Mrs. Conklin Hurd.