Smithtown’s 350th Anniversary Authors’ Talk and Book Signing
Thursday, November 5 • 7:00-8:00pm
In 2009 and again in 2011, Smithtown Town Historian Bradley Harris, Smithtown Historical Society Executive Director Kiernan Lannon and Smithtown Historical Society Curator of Collections Joshua Ruff, joined together to write Images of America: Smithtown and Then & Now: Smithtown (both Arcadia Publishing). Focused primarily on the historic photographic record of the town, these two books serve as important visual resources that truly capture the look and feel of the community through the years. Learn how the authors selected and used images from the Smithtown Historical Society, the Smithtown Library’s Long Island Room and private collections to develop a pictorial history of the town. A book signing will follow the formal presentation. S
Smithtown Historical Society's annual Heritage Ball. This 350th - themed ball will honor an exceptional individual from each of the Town's hamlets and villages. (more info to follow)
The Obadiah Smith House
Thursday, October 8 • 7:00-8:00pm
Join local author Gail Hessel, author of The Obadiah Smith House, for an illuminating presentation on one of Kings Park's local treasures. Built over 300 years ago by a grandson of Richard “Bull” Smith, the Obadiah Smith House still stands beside the Nissequogue River and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Come learn all about this historic home and its place in the history of Kings Park. KP
Smithtown Historical Society's Heritage Country Fair
Smithtown's Historic Sites
Thursday, September 17 • 7:00- 8:30pm
With its founding dating back to 1665, it is not surprising that Smithtown boasts many historic sites and structures within its borders. While age is obviously a factor, there are a number of other qualifications required for a place or building to be designated as “historic”. To better understand this designation, join Jason Crowley, Preservation Director at the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities as he discusses how New York State’s Historic Sites Inventory paved the way for many of Long Island’s local landmarks ordinances, the distinction between the state’s inventory and the National Register of Historic Places, and why historic preservation should be considered an asset to our communities. This program will also provide an overview of some of Smithtown’s most significant historic sites. S
Walter S. Commerdinger Jr. and Early Nesconset
Presented by The Smithtown Library
Monday, July 13 • 7:00- 8:30pm
Come learn about the history of Nesconset and one of its most prominent early residents. Paul Albert from the Walter S. Commerdinger Jr. County Park Preservation Society will talk about the early history of the Nesconset Community and the important link it shares with the communities of Lake Ronkonkoma and the Town of Smithtown. Registration is required and ongoing.
Location: The Smithtown Library, Nesconset Branch, 148 Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, New York 11767, 631-360-2480 www.smithlib.org
Smithtown's 350 Anniversary celebration continues on Tuesday, July 7th when the Smithtown Community Band performs "A Smithtown Celebration" composed by Brad Hartman in recognition of Smithtown's 350th anniversary.
The Smithtown Community Band performs every Tuesday evening at 8pm throughout the month of July. Performances are held at the Frank Brush Barn at 239 E Main St., Smithtown 631-265-2100. The performances are free to the public. Attendees are requested to bring a non-perishable item to be collected by the Smithtown and Sunrise Rotary Clubs.
Presented by The Smithtown Library
Saturday, June 6, 2015 • 2:00- 4:00pm
Join us for a fun & informative tour of the Kings Park Heritage Museum. The Museum is home to a collection of artifacts representing the rich history of Kings Park. We will meet at the Museum building (99 Old Dock Rd.) for a brief introduction in the auditorium and then tour the Museum as a group. Registration is required and ongoing.
Location: This Smithtown Library program will take place at the Kings Park Heritage Museum, 99 Old Dock Road, Kings Park, New York, 11754. For more information about this program please contact The Smithtown Library at 631- 360- 2480 or visit its website at www.smithlib.org
Smithtown at Play - Historic Children's Games and Toys
Presented by The Smithtown Library
Saturday, May 30 • 10:00am- 12:00pm (Raindate June 13)
Ages 5 - 12 years
Despite the fact that children’s games and toys have changed drastically over the last 350 years, the main purpose has always remained the same— FUN! Come and play classic games such as hoop rolling, duck, duck, goose and hopscotch or with a collection of historic toys such as paper dolls, tops and teddy bears. This program will be held outside on the village green in front of the Library, weather permitting. Registration is required and ongoing.
Location: The Smithtown Library, Main Building, 1 North Country Road, Smithtown, New York 11787, 631 - 360 -2480. www.smithlib.org
Presented by The Smithtown Library
Wednesday, May 20 • 7:00 - 8:30pm
Is there some aspect of Smithtown history you are interested in learning more about? Perhaps you would like to research the life of a family member that resided in Smithtown, investigate the history of your house, or study the area’s natural environment. Whatever your research interests, there are a number of local institutions that can help you get started. Learn how as representatives from the Suffolk County Clerk’s Office, Smithtown Historical Society, Smithtown Town Hall, and Smithtown Library’s Long Island Room discuss the various types of materials available in their respective collections and explain how researchers can access these invaluable resources. Registration is required and ongoing. Location: The Smithtown Library, Main Building, 1 North Country Road, Smithtown, New York 11787, 631-360-2480. www.smithlib.org
Smithtown Church History Day
As part of Smithtown's 350th Anniversary celebration, the Smithtown 350th Anniversary Committee is recognizing the role religion played in Smithtown’s history. Sunday, May 17th has been designated as Smithtown Church History Day. Many of the historic houses of worship have accepted the 350 Foundation's invitation to participate in the day. This is a unique opportunity to see the inside of many of the Houses of Worship that you pass as you travel throughout Smithtown. For many people in Smithtown, this day will provide the first opportunity to learn of other religions and to discover the differences and similarities to their own faith. It is hoped that this Church History Day will build tolerance and understanding among all faiths and promote interest in Smithtown’s many historic churches.
Treasures of the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway
Tuesday, March 24 • 7:00- 8:30pm
Six Vanderbilt Cup Races were held on Long Island roads during the years 1904-1910. Developed by William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., these races were the most prestigious and thrilling auto races of their day, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to Long Island. These races led to the development of the first road built exclusively for the automobile - the Long Island Motor Parkway! Relive auto racing's earliest triumphs through this presentation by Howard Kroplick and Al Velocci, co-authors of the book The Long Island Motor Parkway. C
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Mondays in March Lecture Series - Lectures given by Town Historian Brad Harris highlighting the rich and colorful history of Smithtown - presented by the Smithtown Historical Society.
March 23rd: World War I Brings Changes to Smithtown: The impact of WWI first came to town when James Ely Miller became the 1st American Aviator to die in combat. Smithtown's response on the home-front included victory gardens and U.S. Bond drives. In an effort to address the pressing needs of the war wounded, a Red Cross house was established on Main Street and a dedicated veterans unit was created at the State Hopital in Kings Park.
March 30th: The Roaring 20's Shake up Smithtown only to have the Depression put a Strangle Hold on the Economy: Prohibition was an effort to stamp out the pernicious influence of alcohol in daily living. However, instead, it led to rum-running and speakeasies and a general flouting of the law. When the Stock Market crash came in 1929 it resulted in the loss of personal fortunes and caused a dramatic shift in the lives of Smithtowners.
Special Town Board meeting marking Smithtown's 350th Anniversary. The 50-year time capsule buried in the front of Town Hall in 1965 will be opened. The meeting will take place at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center - 2 East Main Street - Smithtown. The public is invited and will be seated on a first come first served basis.
March: (March 1st) Bull Smythe Relay- Olympic-torch style relay following in the spirit of Richard Smythe’s legendary bull ride. A special proclamation- to be read at the relay’s conclusion- will serve as the baton. Come out to witness the relay or sponsor a mile ($250/mile) and participate.
Thank you to all of our mile sponsors. We currently have all 36 miles spoken for.
We are delighted to be offering a reverse Bull Smythe Relay. We will begin the relay at the same time and location (town Hall) however mile 36 will be the first mile followed by 35 etc.. We currently have six sponsors for this Reverse Relay. If you would like to sponsor a mile please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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Thank you to our Mile Sponsors:
2015 Long Island Room Program and Exhibit Series The Smithtown Library
Focus: Smithtown’s 350th Anniversary
The People of Smithtown
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 • 7:00- 8:30pm
When Richard Smythe (later Smith) and his family settled the area of Long Island that would eventually be known as Smithtown during the latter half of the 17th century, they could not have possibly envisioned how dramatically the community would grow and change over time. Join Noel Gish, author (Smithtown, New York, 1660- 1929: Looking Back Through the Lens), historian and retired social studies teacher as he and Long Island Room librarians Cathy Ball and Caren Zatyk present this illustrated program about the ethnic peopling of Smithtown. Drawing on historic demographics as well as the personal recollections and photographs of several individuals, this program will provide a fundamental overview of Smithtown’s cultural heritage.
Free and open to all. To register call 360-2480 x 197.