History Alive


Suffolk County Historical Society is pleased to announce the recipients of its History Alive grants. History Alive provides financial support for local, community-based history projects that advance the public understanding of the past.

Awards are based on the quality of proposed projects and the need for funding. "We are gratified by the number of submissions we received. Based on the ambition of the proposed projects, it is clear that local history is alive and well in our communities," said Kathryn Curran, Executive Director of the Suffolk County Historical Society.

The following organizations have been awarded SCHS History Alive grants:

Farmingville Historical Society received funds to create historical costumes for docents to wear during tours of the Bald Hill School House, which the organization has refurbished and opened to school groups and the public. The Farmingville Historical Society can be contacted at P.O. Box 311, Farmingdale, NY 11738 and at farmingvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

Railroad Museum of Long Island received funds to create a display case for a unique collection of scale models of LIRR locomotives and cars. The Museum is located at 440 4th Street, Greenport, NY 11944 and at 416 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901. Visit their website at www.rmli.org.

Westhampton Beach Historical Society received funds to create and publish a self-guided walk tour brochure of the historic buildings in the area's business district. The organization is responsible for numerous activities and the maintenance of several historic sites in Westhampton. The organization can be contacted through its website: www.whbhistorical.org.

Ronkonkoma Historical Society received funds to clean and reorganize an existing exhibit about the life of actress Maude Adams. Adams was an internationally known performer from the turn of the twentieth century who is best remembered as the "first Peter Pan." Her summer estate in Lake Ronkonkoma is now the Cenacle Convent and Retreat House. Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum is located at 328 Hawkins Ave., Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779. It is open on Saturday from 10am-2pm, and by appointment at (631) 467-3152.

Long Island Maritime Museum received funds to create a sign to hang in the Charlotte exhibit for children. This exhibit features an interactive wheelhouse that allows children to experience life on a tug boat. The sign is the final piece of this unique creation of maritime heritage. Long Island Maritime Museum is located at 88 West Avenue, West Sayville, NY 11796. For hours, call: (631) 447-8679 or visit www.limaritime.org.

"All of these projects promote colorful and unusual moments in Suffolk County history that deserve to be better known. We hope History Alive funds will help tell those stories," said Ms. Curran.

History Alive is a collaboration between the Suffolk County Historical Society and Heart for Art, Inc., which provides the funds for grants. Application for funding is ongoing. Grants are awarded twice a year — in January and June. All activities that promote history are considered, including exhibitions, publications and events. For information and application instructions, visit our website at www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org/history_alive.html or call (631) 727-2881.

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