The late 1800s featured a lot of change for the country — president James A. Garfield was assassinated, skyscrapers rose throughout cities, electric lighting became more prominent, the Great Blizzard immobilized the East Coast and Coca-Cola was created during Prohibition. READ
Victoria Berger — a former corporate and non-profit manager with 18 years of experience as well as a historian and curator in her local community in Islip — has been named as the new executive director of the Suffolk County Historical Society. READ
Syrena Stackpole. (Credit: Suffolk County Historical Society)
At the top of Riverhead Town justice candidate Jeanmarie Costello’s campaign website is a tab featuring the question: “Who was Syrena Stackpole and why should I care?” READ
Mary Hayes Stackpole. (Credit: Suffolk County Historical Society)
The daughter of Caleb and Harriet Hayes of Castle Creek in Broome County, N.Y., the future Mrs. George F. Stackpole was born March 18, 1860.
Valedictorian of her class at Oswego Normal School, she married Mr. Stackpole July 28, 1886, and started a family on Court Street in Riverhead. READ
Paltry budgets. Aging patrons. Inadequate staffing.
The Suffolk County Historical Society’s plan to build an new handicapped-accessible wing has just gotten a big boost. READ
The Suffolk County Historical Society’s Book & Bottle event this month will feature a work with quite a bit of sprawl — four centuries’s worth, to be more specific.
A 1964 photo depicting the grand opening of the former Montgomery Ward Catalog Store in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Suffolk County Historical Society)
Vines & Hops occupies the space today, but more than 50 years ago, 127 East Main St. in Riverhead became home to Montgomery Ward’s Catalog Store, which opened in 1964 to a “huge crowd of local shoppers,” the Suffolk County Historical Society said this week. (more…)