News & Events

 

THE ART OF STANKO 

Friday, May 3 — Sunday, May 5
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580 

Friday, May 3, 2024
Opening Night Reception
7:00 pm
Refreshments + Raffle
$12 per guest 
 
Mike Stanko, a lifelong resident of Valley Stream, has been showing his unique and whimsical art since the 1990s. From his home, to the world beyond, he finds endless inspiration in the iconic, the familiar, and even the mundane (sunflowers, beach scenes, maybe even a grilled cheese sandwich). Each painting is lovingly created with bright fields of color in his signature eye-catching style. His paintings are buoyant and optimistic, reflective of his colorful outlook on the world around him,sprinkled with wit and plain old fun.  

Stanko’s work has been exhibited at the Ripe Gallery in Greenlawn, Mistretta Gallery in Locust Valley; the Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton; the Empire State Building; and many other venues in the New York metropolitan area. He has been featured in a variety of print and television interviews and has donated art to benefit breast cancer, ALS, the Valley Stream Historical Society, and other worthy causes. Mike met his wife, Karen Zang, also an artist, in the halls of Central High. Both are Class of '73 graduates and avid Beatle fans!

Enjoy beautiful art in a vintage setting:

Please join us Friday evening, or drop by Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Enjoy beautiful art in a vintage setting — an opportunity to connect to Old Valley Stream. For further information please email: vshistorical@gmail.com. 




 



 


CANDLELIGHT TOURS

Friday, December 29, 2023

143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY / 11580
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 

GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST

Sunday, December 3, 2023

143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY / 11580
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

HALLOWEEN FUN

Sunday, October 29, 2023
143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY / 11580

Come in costume and enjoy Halloween fun! Stories! Crafts! Scavenger hunt! Face painting, and more! Bring a carved, decorated, or painted pumpkin for our contest. Pumpkins will be judged at 3:30 pm. 

Halloween Fun is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Donations gratefully accepted and appreciated. For further information please email vshistorical@gmail.com.  


QUILT ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION — Teresa Fusco, quilter

Friday, October 20, 2023

143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY / 11580
7:00 pm — $10.00 
 
Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, 2023
143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY / 11580
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - no charge 
 
The Society will host a Quilt Art Exhibit with works created by Valley Streamer, Teresa Fusco, beginning with a reception on Friday, October 20, 2023, 7:00 pm (Admission $10.00). No charge on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, 2023 from 1:00 pm through 4:00 pm. 
 
Quilters Palette: 2nd place Challenge Quilt
Oley Valley Community Fair: 1st place Best of Show
Berks County Quilt Guild: 1st Place, Machine Quilted
Kutztown Historical Society: One Woman Show.
 
A quilted wall-hanging will be raffled off the evening of the 20th.
 

WALTER EISENHARDT: Resurrecting the Charles A. Frisch House

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Valley Stream Village Hall
123 South Central Avenue / Valley Stream, NY / 11580
7:30 pm


GRANNY'S ATTIC SALE

Sunday, October 8, 2023
143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY / 11580
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come shop unique, hand-made, and one-of-a-kind items from local vendors in the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration backyard. The Restoration will be open for tours. The historical society will also be selling items from their Country Store such as postcards, mugs, medallions, totes, and notecards. In addition to vendors, some community organizations will be represented. Come shop and connect with your neighbors!


GRANNY'S ATTIC - VENDORS WANTED!

Sunday, October 8, 2023
143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY / 11580
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Do you have items you'd like to sell? The backyard of the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration will be open to vendors for the sale of their wares. Interested parties should complete the vendor application. Once your application is approved, you'll receive a link to pay the $20.00 vendor fee.  


125 YEARS OF THE VALLEY STREAM FIRE DEPARTMENT

a month of Sundays — September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15

143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream, NY 11580

1pm - 4pm

Join us in honoring the history of the VSFD and its dedicated volunteers. This special exhibit, put together by historian and retired Lieutenant, Robert Sarno (FDNY), features never-before-seen memorablia and personal artifacts. Acknowledge and celebrate the importance and valor of this amazing group of individuals, while enjoying the ambience of our 19th century property.

All exhibits, and mostly all historical society driven-events, are gratis and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated. For further information, email: vshistorical@gmail.com.

 


CLEAR STREAM AVENUE SCHOOL—100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
8:45 a.m.
60 Clearstream Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Valley Stream Union Free School District 30, with its flagship Clear Stream Avenue School turning a remarkable 100 years old. For the past century, this district has blazed a trail in educational excellence and never wavered in its dedication to the beloved Valley Stream community.

A ceremony honoring the 100th opening will occur on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, at 8:45 a.m., on the front steps of Clear Stream Avenue School, located at 60 Clearstream Ave., Valley Stream. Local, regional and state legislators have been invited to participate in the ceremony. Former and current principals, teachers and students will also be on hand to join in the celebration.

Before Valley Stream Union Free School District 30, otherwise known as “The Friendly Schools,” was formed, students living west of Merrick Avenue had to attend either Wheeler Avenue in District 13, Brooklyn Avenue in District 24 or Elmont. Families were concerned about these schools becoming overcrowded and worried that the children from the western end of town would have to travel far to get an education. This matter was brought to the attention of Nassau County Second District Superintendent Wellington C. Mepham, who after reviewing numerous potential alternatives, declared on May 22, 1923, the formation of Common School District No. 30.  By September of that year, its first school, a wooden structure located on Joseph Buscher's estate, was up and running. Its doors opened to welcome a new generation of eager minds, ready to learn and grow in the nurturing environment the district had created. Near the end of the 1923–24 academic year, an eight-room brick building opened on Clear Stream Avenue and was named after the street.  Instantly, the district began to expand and by 1929 Clear Stream Avenue Elementary School needed 11 teachers. 

“Over the years, Valley Stream Union Free School District 30 has evolved into a diverse and vibrant community that seeks to empower its children to achieve greatness,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roxanne Garcia-France. “The leaders, teachers, staff, families and community members are committed to cultivating the minds of students and inspiring them to become Global Leaders of Tomorrow.”

Dr. Garcia-France added, “With our values rooted in academic excellence, we strive to make sure each student is given individual attention to reach their fullest potential—to be independent and collaborative learners who can contribute meaningfully in this 21st-century world. Our district is dedicated to fostering strong, honest relationships based on integrity, respect, and inclusivity. This resolute commitment has and will continue to have a long-lasting impact on the students of Valley Stream and beyond, allowing their bright futures to shine far into the future.”

Clear Stream Avenue School turns 100 (press release) 


KAYLA KNIGHT — LIVE PERFORMANCE

Sunday, August 27, 2023
5:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580
Join us as Kayla Knight delights us with a performance of vocal Jazz and adult contemporary music. Kayla is a vocalist, attorney, and life-long lover of local history and Jazz. At St. John's University, she served as the president of the Mixed Chorus, was the featured vocalist of the Jazz Band, and served as the university's Event Soloist. Recently, Ms. Knight sang the National Anthem at the request of Nassau County Executive Bruce A. Blakeman for senior birthday parties at the Old Bethpage Barn. Kayla continues to relish the opportunity to perform and share her love of music and community.


SONGS OF LOVE & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS

Sunday, August 20, 2023
5:00 pm Zoom


TRIVIA CONTEST — with Billy Florio

Sunday, August 20, 2023
7:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580  

Up to four players per team. $5.00 per person. Play for a prize and the glory of the win!


POETRY READING III — Aether Atomsk, Anne Coen, Dd. Spungin, and Jack Zaffos

Sunday, August 13, 2023
5:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580  

Please join us for the historical society's third Poetry Reading for the Summer of 2023. Featured poets for final round are Arether Atomsk, Anne Coen, Dd. Spungin, and Jack Zaffos.

Aether Atomsk (Ay-thur Atom-isk) born Mikhail Myers is a poet and content creator. Under his alias, he has performed his heart out to reflect the world's beauty through the mediums he loves.

Anne Coen is a retired teacher who has been writing poetry since the seventies. She stumbled into performance poetry by accident when she realized that signing a clipboard without asking questions was risky business! Anne continued her journey as a featured reader, performing at various Long Island venues, including Sip This on Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream. Coen has published her poetry and Haiku in the PPA Literary Review, as well as other literary journals, and has won various contests. Alternately silly and serious, Anne's goal is to take the listener on an emotional journey.  

Dd. Spungin, author of the collection Tomorrow Smells Invisible (Words With Wings Press, 2020), hosts events for the Poets In Nassau and the Performance Poets Association. Her poetry appears in numerous literary anthologies, and several have been set to music by New York composer Julie Mandel.  

Jack Zaffos has been writing poetry since age 18. The calendar coordinator for PPA, Jack's work has appeared in the PPA Literary Review—one publication among many. Zaffos is the author of Meditations of the Heart, Songlines in the Wilderness, and Lyrics from a Singing Stream.



BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT

Sunday, August 6, 2023
5:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580 
 
Interested in attending? Let us know.


Songs of Love and Social Consciousness - Leonard Lehrman, Helene Willaims, Daniel Hyman

Sunday, July 30, 2023
5:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580  
 

THE AFTERNOON GRIFTERS

Sunday, July 23, 2023
5:00 pm 
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580 
 

The Valley Stream Historical Society is proud to present the first performance by the newly formed band, the Afternoon Grifters. 

The ensemble consists of four musicians—all from Valley Stream: Grey Wilson (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Dylan Taganas (guitar, piano, vocals), Crystina Windham (vocals, tambourine), and Ryan Wall (percussion). Grey and Crystina are graduates of Central High; Dylan and Ryan attended Kellenberg Memorial High in Uniondale. 

Although this is the band's inaugural gig, it is not their first foray in the musical arena. Both Grey and Dylan are current members of the pop/punk band the Mercurys; Crystina is a frequent guest singer with the group. Ryan has his own hard-core band, Zions Blood, which plays heavy metal. 

The Afternoon Grifters, influenced by a variety of artists from the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, and Green Day, is sure to have something on Sunday's song list to strike the right chord with pop, rock, and punk devotees, as well as with the casual concertgoer.

All are welcome to join us for this special late afternoon musical rendezvous at the Restoration. It's always a good thing to support local talent with enthusiasm and good cheer!   




"I Love Long Island" Lego Contest

Sunday, July 16, 2023
5:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580 
 

Tag your LEGO-loving friends and spread the word! It’s time to unleash your creativity, showcase your Lego building skills, and get a chance to win FREE TICKETS TO LEGOLAND! Prizes will be awarded to the best creations, so bring your A-game and let your imagination soar!   


POETRY READING – Christine Barbour, Marsha Nelson, and Judy ("J R") Turek

Sunday, July 9, 2023
5:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580
 

Poetry lovers unite and join the Society for their second poetry reading on the lawn of the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration! Our three featured poets for round two are: Christine Barbour, Marsha Nelson, and J R Turek. 

Christine Barbour, who received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, is the founder of Iron Horse Poetry, a poetry and writing workshop. Christine is on the Advisory Committee of the Nassau County Poet Laureate Society and an editor of the Nassau County Poet Laureate Review. Barbour has written for various anthologies and journals; her first book, The Poet’s Owl, was published this year. 

Marsha Nelson received her BA in Creative Studies from Hofstra University. She is a playwright, screenwriter, and award-winning poet featured in many literary publications. The author of two books of poetry: Night Visions and All Rise-Stand Up Holy Gates, Marsha’s poem,” I Thought it was Love,” was the 2016 contest winner hosted by the Nassau County Poet Laureate Society. Nelson, an immigrant from Trinidad, has written and directed several Resurrection Cantata and Christmas plays. 

Judy ("J R") Turek is the Superintendent of Poetry for the LI Fair. Other feathers in her cap include Hometown Hero, LI Poet of the Year, and Bards Laureate. J R, who lives on Long Island, is an editor, workshop leader, mentor, and author of seven poetry books. DogSpeak, her most recent anthology, was written in support of the North Shore Animal League. ‘The Purple Poet,’ (named so for her purple hair!) has written a poem a day for the past 19 years.


TRIVIA CONTEST with Bill Florio, Valley Stream Historical Society President

Sunday, July 2, 2023
5:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580
 

Join us for a fun-filled evening with the Society's very own Billy Florio. His capacity for triva-related information is unsurpassed!

Up to four players per team, $5.00 per person. Play for a prize and the glory of the win!


ROARING TWENTIES LAWN PARTY 

Sunday, June 25, 2023
5:00 pm 
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580  

It may be summer but come dressed for the twenties! The Society will be celebrating the era of flappers, gangsters, jazz, and Prohibition. There will be mocktails, photo ops, silent films, and much, much more ballyhoo. To quote F. Scott Fitzgerald: "The most expensive orgy in town."

  


OGA WITH CHRISTINA — backyard yoga session with Christina Rau

Sunday, June 18, 2023
5:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580  


POETRY READING — with Paula Curci, Christina M. Rau, and Maggie Dinzler Shaw

Sunday, June 11, 2023
5:00 pm — 6:30 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580  

Meet the Poets:

Paula Curci is the Nassau County Poet Laureate for 2022-2024 and the Poet in Residence for Radio Hofstra University, where she produces Calliope’s Corner. She is a journal writing instructor and spearheads the “Poetry: It’s a Shore Thing!” micro-memoir project at the Long Beach Library. She also co-hosts the library's Poet Laureate’s Invitational open mic. Curci co-founded the Acoustic Poets Network and is known for Posics, her unique and highly esthetic style of poetry.

Christina M. Rau is the author of What We Do To Make Us Whole, the Elgin Award-winning Liberating The Astronauts, and two poetry chapbooks. Christina has served as Poet in Residence for Oceanside Library since 2020 and was Poet In Residence for Cedarmere in 2022. Her poetry airs on Destinies: The Voice of Science Fiction radio show on WUSB and appears in various journals, The Disappointed Housewife, being one. Rau also teaches yoga. 

Maggie Dinzler Shaw, a native Streamer, is a writer, poet, educator, and artist. Her writing has appeared in several journals and in the anthology, Songs of Seasoned Women. In addition to her editorship at Lamberson Corona Press, she is a painter and photographer—her work has been exhibited in Suffolk County libraries; Nassau Community College and Florida International University art shows; Downtown LA Artwork; an exhibition sponsored by the Fire Island National Seashore, and at Sagtikos Manor, a historic home on Long Island. Dinzler Shaw is a former trustee of the Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts and a participant of their rotating art exhibits. 

  


 

EXPOSITION OF TEXTURE — THE ART OF MATT KHAN

Friday, June 2 — Sunday, June 4
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580 

Friday, June 2, 2023
Opening Night Reception
7:00 pm
Refreshments + Raffle
$10 per guest 

Please join us for a wonderful weekend of art!

Matt Khan, a Streamer since junior high (Memorial), who now works for the Village, is passionate about art! In addition to his day job, Khan also teaches painting techniques, organizes paint parties, and makes guest appearances on radio talk shows. A featured artist in Poetry: Elixir of the Heart, an anthology that celebrates artists of Caribbean descent, is another feather in his cap!

Speaking of feathers: 

Khan, who paints in acrylics, creates his masterpieces using a wide variety of textures; feathers being one of them. Foliage, fur, rocks, wood, and water are other textural themes he employs, that help help engage his viewers and heighten their senses. Khan is known for his ability to create high-impact visuals with only a few strokes of the brush. 

Enjoy beautiful art in a vintage setting:

Please join us Friday evening, or drop by Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Enjoy beautiful art in a vintage setting — an opportunity to connect to Old Valley Stream. For further information please email: vshistorical@gmail.com.

LI Herald article

December 16, 2021 (LI Herald - Valley Stream edition)


DANCING MY WAY THROUGH LIFE — GUY FERRARA

Author Chat & Book Signing

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 
7:30 pm 
Valley Stream Village Hall 
123 South Central Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580    

Join us for an evening of good conversation, enthusiasm, and positivity. Anyone who spends time around the Society's beloved Guy, can't help but feel uplifted and energized! Guy's got some great stories to tell — intimate accounts of baseball legends, encyclopedic knowledge of Curtiss Air Field (the Green Acres Mall was built on the runway), and his passion for dance. Ferrara is known, near and far, as the "Mambo Man." You will leave Village Hall that evening with a huge smile on your face and a bounce in your step. His memoir, Dancing My Way Through Life, will also be available for purchase. 

All lectures, both in-person and via Zoom, are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated. For further information, email: vshistorical@gmail.com. For more about the Mambo Man: 08/19/22 - Mambo Man of Valley Stream (Herald)

Chapter from Guy Ferrara's book: Dancing My Way Through Life

Hells Angels Crash a Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party


THE HISTORY OF LONG BEACH THROUGH MAPS — A Lecture

by Long Beach Historians Dennis Carey and Pat Gallagher 
 
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 
7:30 pm 
Valley Stream Village Hall 
123 South Central Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580   

The Valley Stream Historical Society is proud to host a lecture by Long Beach historians Dennis Carey and Pat Gallagher.

Carey, a retired doctor, wrote Silver Strand, a historical fiction novel about a barrier island and some of its colorful characters—which included the city's real-life founder and developer, William Reynolds (Reynolds Channel is named for him). Gallagher, who grew up in Long Beach, formerly a high school principal, is a professor at Nassau Community College. The duo's lecture is in two parts: the first part features maps that show the historical development of the city; the second part focuses on the impact Hurricane Sandy had on the barrier island.

This fascinating lecture should not be missed! Dennis Carey's book, Silver Strand, will be available for purchase the evening of the lecture.

All lectures, both in-person and via Zoom, are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated. For further information please email vshistorical@gmail.com.  

04/21/2022 - LI Herald article 

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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH — VALLEY STREAM NOTABLES

Sundays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2023
1:00pm—4:00pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration
143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580 

In honor of Women's History Month, the Society is exhibiting a host of Valley Stream women who have made a positive impact on our Village. Short bios detailing their backgrounds and accomplishments, along with a photo, have been devoted to each of these honorees. Please stop by the Restoration to read about them! 


GEORGE IS BACK — PRESIDENTS DAY CELEBRATION!

Sunday, February 19, 2023
1:00pm—4:00pm

Pagan-Fletcher Restoration
143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580 
 
Not since the Battle of Long Island has there been so much excitement! 
Visit the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration and see a genuine piece of Washington memorabilia.
Historical Society members will be dressed in Colonial costumes.
 



 

 
AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH – Challenges & Opportunities
Lecture by Diane Warmsley, Genealogist

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
7:30–8:30pm

Zoom Presentation  
Meeting ID: 893 5083 2126
Passcode: vshsfeb
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89350832126?pwd=VklBWXAwYjEwamlsMlRHRmViNEZVQT09

In celebration of Black History Month, the Valley Stream Historical Society is pleased to present a lecture by professional genealogist and family historian, Diane Warmsley.

Ms. Warmsley's presentation will cover the opportunities and challenges of African American genealogy research.
In the 400-year history of African Americans in North America, a unique-lived experience has unfolded.
As a result, the search for African American ancestries has been shaped by an atypical and complex past.
Diane will explore and enlighten Zoom participants with the uncommon challenges that beset the African American community, as well as the opportunities for research success.

In 2012, Warmsley, who lives in Laurelton, launched Roots Run Deep, an organization that provides professional services to clients and advances genealogy education through classes and lectures. 
Diane's 25+ years of experience in New York State records and ancestries from the English-speaking Caribbean are her specialities; she has helped many knock down their proverbial brick walls!
Ms. Warmsley holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University's Center for Professional Education, and a M.S. degree in Education.
She maintains active

Valley Stream Historical Society lectures, both in-person and via Zoom, are free and open to the public.
Donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated. For further information please email vshistorical@gmail.com.

See you virtually on the 8th!


D. Warmsley - Association of Professional Genealogists





CANDLELIGHT TOURS

Friday, December 30, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration
143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580
  




GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
Sunday, December 4, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration
143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580  

 

 
Brooklyn's Thirst, Long Island's Water 
Lecture by Dr. Jeffrey A. Kroessler 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
7:30 pm
Valley Stream Village Hall  
123 South Central Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580
 

Our upcoming lecture is super interesting! Please join us for Dr. Jeffrey A. Kroessler's lecture on the Brooklyn Waterworks! The creation of greater New York City in 1898 promised a solution to the problem of supplying Brooklyn, and to a lesser extent, Queens, with water.

In the 1850s, the City of Brooklyn tapped ponds and streams on the south side of Queens County, and in the 1880s, dug wells for additional supply. Ultimately, salt water seeped into some wells from over-pumping, lowering the water table and causing problems for farmers and oystermen. 

Frederick Reisert, who owned a large farm where the Green Acres Mall and the Mill Brook (aka Green Acres) community stands today, sued for damages. He suffered from the over-pumping and eventually had to sell his farm. This was an unfortunate moment in Valley Stream's history.  

By the end of the 19th century, the Brooklyn Waterworks had reached its limit. Prevented by the state legislature from tapping the aquifer beneath Suffolk's Pine Barrens, the only solution was to connect to New York's supply from upstate, which was accomplished in 1917.

Some ponds and surrounding lands became part of the Robert Moses State Park system. In the 1950s, the Delaware Aqueduct was completed and NYC shut down its Long Island pumps and wells. Dr. Kroessler is a professor and Interim Chief Librarian in the Lloyd Sealy Library at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

An author of many publications, Kroessler is also active in historic preservation circles in NYC for over 40 years. Our lectures are free to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated. For further information please call (516) 872-4159 or send us an email. 

 
  

HALLOWEEN FUN

Sunday, October 30, 2022

2:00 pm — 4:00 pm

Pagan-Fletcher Restoration

143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580 

  
 
 


The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 
Lecture by Dennis Raverty, Art Historian 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
7:30 pm
Valley Stream Village Hall  
123 South Central Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580

Please join us for this special evening! Mr. Raverty will explore such topics as race and colonialism in relation to Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. He'll also discuss art and the general influence of the fair.
About Dennis Raverty
Art historian Dennis Raverty is engaged with exploring how the canon of twentieth-century art came together at midcentury, who was left out, and why. In his book, Struggle Over the Modern, (Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press, 2005), he demonstrated that not one, but several "modernisms" were all vying for predominance during the first half of the century, and how abstraction, once the "dark horse" of American art during the 1930s, came to dominate the field after 1945.  Dr. Raverty's recent research involves broadening this received canon on several fronts: African American artists residing in Paris between the wars; depression-era Social Realism's eclipse with the decline of the American Left; and more recently, the history of American illustration during the 19th-century.
His articles and criticism has appeared in Art Journal, Art in America, The International Review of African American Art, Art Criticism, The New Art Examiner, Prospects: An Annual of American Studies, Source: Notes in the History of Art. and Art Papers, where he was a contributing editor. He authored four entries for the most recent edition of the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, published by Oxford University Press (2011). 
Dr. Raverty is an Associate Professor at New Jersey City University where he teaches 19th and 20th-century art history, the art of West Africa, the diaspora and African American art, as well as the Renaissance and Baroque periods in Europe. An award-winning teacher, Raverty lives in New York City, and is currently co-authoring a book on American illustration with Dennis Dittrich, former president of the Society of Illustrators.
For further information: vshistorical@gmail.com



FLYING FORWARD - Valley Stream and the Golden Age of Aviation
Lecture by Tom Barry

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
7:30 pm
Valley Stream Village Hall  
123 South Central Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580

Join us for a free lecture on aviation in Nassau County and Curtiss Field with
Tom Barry, Assistant Director of Education, Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center who will speak to us about Curtiss Field, Valley Stream and aviation on Long Island. Tom has over 20 years of experience in informal education, specializing in community engagement. His goal has been to facilitate an authentic museum experience outside the walls of the museum and to help spark the curiosity and love of learning that lives inside us all. Mr. Barry has written and performed multiple live and recorded planetarium shows for the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, and the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. 
For further information: vshistorical@gmail.com
Tom Barry Lecture Flyer
 


The Art of Yuliya Lobach 

Friday, September 16 — Sunday, September 18
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration / 143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580 
Friday, September 16, 2022
Opening Night Reception
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Refreshments + Raffle
$12 per guest
 
Number of tickets (drop-down menu):
  
Saturday, September 17, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
complimentary admission
Sunday, September 18, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
complimentary admission
About Yuliya:
Yuliya Lobach was born in Potsdam, Germany in 1981. In 1984, her family moved to Belarus, where she lived for 24 years. At the age of 27, Yuliya moved to America where she worked as a dress and pattern maker. Painting, however, has always been her passion. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response to her artwork, it became the prime focus of her professional life. Today, Yuliya does commissioned portraits of people, pets, and is a master at capturing landscapes. Videos of her unique style of painting appear on YouTube. Yuliya has been successfully selling her art at exhibitions, street fairs, and on her web page. 
To view Yuliya's art, please visit her website: Yuliya's art
Email or call the historical society for further information or inquiries: vshistorical@gmail.com or 516.872.4159

GRANNY'S ATTIC
Sunday, July 10, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pagan-Fletcher Restoration
143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream, NY 11580

Do you have items you would like to sell?
The backyard of the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration will be open to vendors for the sale of their wares.
Interested parties should email the Society for further information at vshistorical@gmail.com. Space is limited. 
The historical society will also be selling items from their Country Store such as postcards, mugs, medallions, totes, and notecards. 

SHARE YOUR STORY: Valley Stream in Pictures
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
7:30 pm
Valley Stream Village Hall 
123 South Central Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580
 
 


STANKO ART—from Coney Island to Montauk
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration
143 Hendrickson Avenue / Valley Stream / NY 11580
Mike Stanko Art Exhibit + Gallery Invite

Friday, May 20, 2022
Opening Night Reception
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$12 per guest
ticket purchase

Saturday, May 21, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
complimentary admission

Sunday, May 22,2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
complimentary admission
 
The historical society is pleased to present the art of Mike Stanko, Valley Stream's beloved artist and friend. Stanko, a lifelong Long Islander, has been exhibiting his unique and whimsical art for over 25 years. From his home in Valley Stream to the world beyond, he finds endless inspiration in the iconic, the familiar and even the mundane - sunflowers, beach scenes, maybe even a grilled cheese sandwich. Each painting is 
lovingly created with bright fields of color in his signature eye-catching style. Stanko’s paintings are buoyant and optimistic, eflective of his colorful outlook on the world around him, and sprinkled with wit and plain old fun! Stanko’s work has been featured in solo shows and group exhibitions in numerous venues including the Mills
Pond Gallery, St. James; Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton; the Mistretta Gallery, Locust Valley; the Empire State Building in New York City; Windsor Whip Works Art Center near Binghamton; the Ripe Art Gallery, Huntington; and the Reboli Center for Art and History, Stony Brook. Stanko has appeared in media interviews,
and his work has been featured on album and book covers, and magazines, notably appearing multiple times on the front cover of the Hampton’s weekly, ”Dan’s Papers.” His paintings are included in the collection of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, as well as in numerous private collections.
He has recently donated paintings to the Ronald McDonald House on Long Island and in Queens. 

To purchase tickets for the Friday night reception:
ticket purchase

For more information:
http://stankoart.com/
vshistorical@gmail.com
516.872.4159


Mike Stanko, artist


 


Wednesday, April 20, 2022
7:30 pm

HISTORIC BLACK BROOKLYN - presented by Brian Merlis
co-author of Historic Black Brooklyn: 400 Years of Struggle and Hope
Valley Stream Village Hall / 123 South Central Avenue / Valley Stream, NY 11580 
 
For further information: vshistorical@gmail.com 





Wednesday, March 16, 2022
HOW THE WEST WAS SOLD - Lecture by Dennis Raverty
7:30 pm
Valley Stream Village Hall
123 South Central Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
GILBERT HANSON - The Geology of Valley Stream
7:30 pm
Zoom Meeting
Gilbert Hanson, Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University, will speak on the origins of the name"Valley Stream" based on the geology of the area.
Zoom Replay:
Geology of Valley Stream - Zoom Lecture
 

Sunday, December 5, 2021
GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration
143 Hendrickson Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580
The Society’s Annual Gingerbread House Contest will be held on Sunday, December 5. 2021.  Because of COVID rrestrictions, there will not be a icing demonstration this year. Masks are required for admission to the Restoration.  Hours for the Restoration will be from 1pm to 4pm.  For information about when to bring houses to the Restoration for the contest, please call 516-872-4159 and leave a message or email the Society at vshistorical@gmail.com.  A board member will get back to you.
PICK UP YOUR CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUG AT THE COUNTRY STORE THAT DAY - WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
 
 
 

 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
BILL BLEYER LECTURE — George Washington's Long Island Island Spy
7:30 pm
Valley Stream Village Hall
123 South Central Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580
 
Bill Bleyer, author, historian, freelance reporter, and former Newsday reporter, will present a lecture on George Washington’s Long Island Spy now referred to as the Culper Spy Ring. Learn the true history of the Culper Spy Ring. History buffs have long been fascinated by the operation of the Long Island-based Culper Spy Ring during the American Revolution, especially since the airing of the AMC series "Turn." Over the years, there have been many legends, such as the role played by Anna Strong's clothesline, and suppositions about how the spies operated to support George Washington's Continental Army. This lecture separates facts from fiction and details the ingenious operation of the intelligence work that helped the Patriots win the war.

Bleyer retired from Newsday in 2014 where he was a staff writer for 33 years. He was a member of the Newsday team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its spot news coverage of the crash by TWA Flight 800 in 1997. Bleyer was the first inductee into the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame in 2015. He graduated in 1974 from Hofstra University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. 

 
 

 
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
DAVE MORRISON — The L.I.R.R. Babylon Branch and the Valley Stream Train Station
7:30 pm
Zoom Meeting 
Join us to learn about:
  • The history of the Babylon Branch starting at Valley Stream andf going east to Bablyon
  • The history of the L.I.R.R. in the Valley Stream area
  • The railroad museums at Wantagh and Lindenhurst
Dave Morrison is a retired L.I.R.R. branch line manager and railroad historian. He is a charter member of the Railroad Museum of Long Island and Co-Chair of the Oyster Bay Railroad Station Restoration Committee. "Images of Rail: Long Island Rail Road: Babylon Branch" is his most recent book.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2021
LIZ BAILEY — Water Wisdom: Some Basic Information about Long Island's Aquifers
7:30 pm
Zoom Meeting

Elizabeth Bailey, a Trustee of the Society, will present: Water Wisdom: Some Basic Information about Long Island's Aquifers. This presentation will cover basic information about Long Island's aquifers, which are the source for our drinking water.  Trends in pumpage of water will be discussed. Nassau and Suffolk Counties each have issues with drinking water, but their situations are different.  These differences and the reasons for them will be explained.  The talk will also include information on the most effective ways that residents can conserve water. 

Bailey was a recepient of the "Make A Difference Award" in 2013 for her work with the Garden City Bird Sanctuary.  For 30 years she worked on assorted air quality issues for the Tennessee Valley Authority ("TVA") in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Bailey earned an undergraduate degree in Chemisty from the University of Rochester and is an accomplished organist. 

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The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library Presents: 
STEVE ORICH — Composer, Orchestrator, Tony Nominee for Jersey Boys and Valley Stream Native
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
7:30 pm
The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library is pleased to host a Zoom visit with Valley Stream native Steve Orich. Steve will discuss his background, including his music teachers while attending local Valley Stream schools and his accomplishments in the professional world.
This past December, Orich was the Musical Director and Arranger for Asolo Rep’s outdoor production of We Need a Little Christmas, performed in Sarasota, FL. He also recently arranged for NBC’s One Night Only: The Best of Broadway (now available on HULU).
For questions or Zoom instructions, please contact Library Director Ms. Eng: mailto:hwmlcontact@hotmail.com 
Steve Orich Zoom Visit 
  

Happy 100th Birthday Adele Melillo
July 23, 2020
The Society congratulates Adele Melillo on her 100th birthday. Adele was born in Italy and emigrated to the United States in 1940. She married Anthony Melillo in 1948. After living elsewhere, they settled in Valley Stream in 1960. Adele and Tony were hard working members of the Society. Each served as a member of the Board for several years. Adele was known for her magic as a seamstress, which she applied to her job with Rubie’s Costume Company until retirement.

In Memoriam
Mildred Claire Donahue McMahon
July 16, 2020 
The Society announces with profound sadness the passing of Mildred Claire Donahue McMahon on May 1, 2020, at the age of 90. Ms. McMahon prior to leaving Valley Stream for Florida was the Chairman of the Board of the Society for two years. Claire, as we knew her, joined the Society in 1976. She was President for two terms, Vice President for innumerable times, served as Secretary and Treasurer, and was a member of its Finance Committee. McMahon was a signer to the original contract with the Village to operate the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration. 
Claire attended Holy Name of Mary School in Valley Stream and St. Agnes Cathedral School in Rockville Centre for high school. She earned her degree at Our Lady of Good Counsel Academy now known as the College of White Plains and taught or substitute taught for more than twenty years in Central High School District Number 1 with the exception of the Brooklyn Avenue and South High Schools. Her children attended these schools hence the reason for not teaching at either of them. 
McMahon was actively involved in helping troubled youth. Besides teaching she was a bookkeeper and receptionist at an iron works company for 15 to 20 years. Claire was predeceased by her husband. She is survived by their children, Elizabeth Ann, Kathy, Michael, and Andrew. McMahon also leaves behind eight grandchildren. Claire was buried next to her husband in Pinelawn Cemetery. 
 Photo at Pagan-Fletcher Restoration 6/28/1997 

Be a Witness to history! Share your COVID-19 experiences
May 15, 2020  
We are living in a historic moment in time! The COVID-19 crisis is reshaping our daily lives and our communities. In the future, others will look back and learn from our experiences. This is why it is so important to begin recording the history of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on New York State's people and communities. What is happening to us right now must not be forgotten! We need to document our experiences so that they can inform the response to future crises. 

The Association of Public Historians of New York State and New York's 1,600+ government-appointed historians want to record your witness-to-history experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please use this form to tell us what you are experiencing. How are you feeling? What are you hearing and seeing around you? What are you doing, and what effect is this having on you, your family, your neighbors, and your community? How is your life different now than it was before the pandemic? Please answer only those questions that are pertinent to you and that you wish to answer. Be creative in your responses. You may reply with written text answers or you may respond with poetry, artwork, video diaries, or something else. We also want to see photographs of what is happening around you, in your home, and in your community. You will be able to upload images and artwork at the end of the survey.

With your permission, we will preserve these responses in our archive and in the archives of your local government historians and/or historical societies where they will be shared with researchers and the public now and in the future. 
Click here to participate:
COVID-19 Experiences 
   

In MemoriamFrancis J. Duffy May 4, 2020
The officers, trustees, and members of the Valley Stream Historical Society extend their condolences to the family of Francis J. Duffy, age 90, who succumbed to COVID-19 on Sunday, April 26, 2020. 
Francis and his wife, Joan, provided the Society with many interesting programs over the years. Joan, who passed away in 2012, was the editor of Panorama. 
He was a maritime historian who was responsible for conducting each year an observance at the memorial located in Manhattan to the victims of the 1904 General Slocum tragedy which resulted in the loss of more than 1,000 lives. 
Francis served as the Executive Vice  President of the Maritime Industry Museum at the State University of New York Maritime College located in the Bronx. He was a founding member of the Long Island Chapter of the Steamship Historical Society and served as New York editor of its publication, Steamboat Bill, for close to 30 years. 
He co-authored The New York Harbor Book with William H. Miller and authored Always on Station: The Story of the Sandy Hook Ship Pilots.  Additionally, Francis provided photography and public relations services to the shipping industry in New York. His photography took him to many unusual places.  One, for example, consisted of climbing on the scaffolding to the torch of the Statue of Liberty while it was under renovation. In short, Francis was a very accomplished individual.
May the road rise to meet you,
and the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm on your face
and the rains fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again
May God hold you gently in the palm of his hand.
 
An Irish Blessing
 
 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7:30 pm
Valley Stream Village Hall Auditorium
123 South Central Avenue / Valley Stream, NY 11580 
 
 

 



Wednesday, January 15, 2020 
Know Your Consumer Rights—Lecture by Ken Heino     
7:30 pm
Valley Stream Village Hal
l123 South Central Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580 
Ken Heino, the Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs is our January guest speaker. Heino, a native of Valley Stream, and a graduate of South High will be discussing consumer rights. Since 2004, Heino has organized and assisted many Consumer Affairs undercover operations and crackdowns that were featured on NBC Dateline, ABC Primetime, and Good Morning America. These sting operations and crackdowns included unscrupulous home improvement contractors, pornography sales to minors, illegal charging of sales tax, and illegal use of pesticides by landscapers—to name a few. In addition to his Consumer Affairs position, Ken is the Commissioner to the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights, making him Nassau County's first LGBTQ commissioner. Heino devotes much of his time to the LGBTQ community advocating on behalf of Nassau County residents. He is also a board member of the Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce and has served as the President of the Valley Stream Youth Board since its inception in 2001.
Please join us for the historical society's first meeting in 2020, and the first lecture to be held at the Valley Stream Village Hall on Central Avenue!  Our lectures are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated. For further information please call (516) 825-7157 or (516) 872-4159.
 

Sunday, December 29, 2019 
Candlelight Tour of the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration    6:00 pm - 8:00 pmPagan-Fletcher Restoration143 Hendrickson AvenueValley Stream, NY 11580
The Historical Society's annual Candlelight Tour is soon upon us! Don't miss this special holiday evening. Please bring donations of non-perishable canned food for the local food pantries. There is no fee and donations are accepted and appreciated. For further information please call (516) 825-7157 or (516) 872-4159.  
  

Sunday, December 8, 2019 
Gingerbread House Contest & Bake Sale 
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration
143 Hendrickson AvenueValley Stream, NY 11580  
GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST AND BAKE SALE, presented by the Valley Stream Historical Society. Please bring your gingerbread entries between 10:00-11:00 am that day. Vote for your favorite gingerbread house—winners get prizes! Join us for Mayor Ed Fare's decorative icing demonstration at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome! For further information please call (516) 825-7157 or (516) 872-4159.  
 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
ZONTA INTERNATIONAL—Rediscovering the Zonta Club of Long Island Lecture by Millicent Vollono 7:30 pmValley Stream Community Center—at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park123 West Merrick Road (corner of South Franklin Avenue)Valley Stream, NY 11580  Millicent Vollono, this month's esteemed guest speaker will share her research and knowledge on Zonta International, and more specifically, the Long Island Chapter.  Zonta ("trustworthy" in Lakota, a Sioux language), a women's service organization, was founded in 1919 by a group of businesswomen. From the get-go, the organization's mission has been the advancement of women. Zonta has always tackled compelling issues and norms of the day: child labor, pay disparity between men and women, and gender-specific office culture—to name a few. More recently, the organization's causes include child marriages, human trafficking, and unsafe migration. Since its inception, Zonta has provided more than $41.2 million to empower women and expand their access to education, health care, economic opportunities, and safe living conditions.   The Long Island chapter, founded in 1935, had an active presence in Valley Stream—which makes Vollono's lecture all the more interesting. In the 1950s, Zonta often held their meetings at the Wayside Home for Girls on Dutch Broadway. Wayside, a residential community for at-risk adolescents and young adults, was also the recipient of Zonta's goodwill and charity. There were a handful of Valley Stream residents that were members, as well. Mary Gear (1916-2011), a Zonta member, was the Director of Music for School District 24. Mary and her sister Florence are fondly remembered for their devotion to charity and helping others.
 
Vollono, a native of Freeport, was the Music Librarian, and later, the Head of Readers’ Advisory and Reference Services at the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library for a combined tenure of 31 years; retiring in 2016. During her three-plus decades at the library, Vollono designed and maintained the library’s website and blogs, and began the digitization of the library's local history collection. Her work resulted in “The Five Towns” (Arcadia Publishing, 2010), a wonderful compilation of local images and information. Vollono also collaborated with her daughter Lauren Drapala on “Designing Suburbia: Olive Tjaden on Long Island,” published in the December 2016 issue of the “Nassau County Historical Society Journal.” Tjaden was a pioneering architect that was long overdue for recognition. 
 
Please join us for an exceptional lecture and learn more about the Zonta Club of Long Island—still going strong after 100 years! Free admission, refreshments, and a door prize for a lucky winner. Vollono's “The Five Towns” will also be available for purchase. Donations gratefully accepted and always appreciated. For further information please call (516) 825-7157 or email vshistorical@gmail.com   
 
  

Sunday, October 27, 2019 
Kid's Halloween Costume Contest  3:00 pmPagan-Fletcher Restoration143 Hendrickson Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Please join us for this time-honored Valley Stream Historical Society tradition: the KID'S HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST. Wear your costume and join the fun! Adult participation encouraged. Prizes for best costumes! The annual Ragamuffin Parade will be held at 3:00 pm, weather permitting. Admission is free, but donations are welcome! For further information please call 516.825.7157 or 516.872.4159.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
AMELIA—Vanishing into Thin AirLecture by Professor Howard Erhlich and Professor Harvey Sackowitz 7:30 pmValley Stream Community Center—at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park123 West Merrick Road (corner of South Franklin Avenue)Valley Stream, NY 11580  Amelia Earhart, an American aviation pioneer, and author was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1937, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonon disappeared during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight around Earth. This month's guest speakers, St. John's University professors Howard Erhlich and Harvey Sackowitz will share their theories regarding the fate of Earhart and Noonan and other interesting details of Earhart's life.  Earhart will forever be connected to Valley Stream. In 1929, Curtiss-Wright Airport (now the Green Acres Mall) and six hangars opened for business. That year, the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of licensed women pilots (named for the 99 charter members) was also founded at that location. The Ninety-Nines set up shop on the second floor of hangar two; two years later Earhart was elected their first president. In 1993, hangars one and two were demolished to make way for Home Depot. (The other four hangars still stand.) Please join us and let us know if you think the professors turned sleuths have solved the greatest mystery of the 20th century! Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Donations gratefully accepted and always appreciated. For further information please call (516) 825-7157 or email vshistorical@gmail.com  And the next time you visit Home Depot? Pause for a moment and remember Amelia.     Photo Credit: AP Photo, File   

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Early History of Malverne—Lecture by Don Pupke 7:30 pmValley Stream Community Center—at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park123 West Merrick Road (corner of South Franklin Avenue)Valley Stream, NY 11580
TONIGHT—the first lecture of the Valley Stream Historical Society’s 2019-2020 season.
Don Pupke, a 1977 graduate of South High, and whose family has lived in the village for over 100 years, is our guest speaker. Pupke will talk about the early history of Malverne, Valley Stream’s neighbor to the east. Don, who moved to Malverne in 1991, is writing a history book about his adopted village. He will share with us Malverne’s early roots, including topics relevant to Valley Stream—Tigertown (a squatter’s community), Westwood, and the Southern Railroad. A graduate of St. John’s Law School, Pupke currently sits on the Malverne Historical Society board. Past positions in Malverne include Deputy Mayor, Trustee, Police Commissioner, and Fire Commissioner.
Please join us at the Community Center in Hendrickson Park at 7:30 pm and help keep local history alive. There is never an admission fee, but donations are always appreciated. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
An Evening at 195 Rockaway Avenue
 7:00 pmVillage of Valley Stream Municipal Building195 Rockaway Avenue (corner of East Jamaica Avenue)Valley Stream, NY 11580 
The Valley Stream Historical Society (“Society”), in partnership with the Village of Valley Stream, invites you to “An evening at 195 Rockaway Avenue,” on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 pm at 195 Rockaway Avenue, Valley Stream. The evening begins with membership sign-ups and renewals, followed by the installation of the Society’s 2019-2020 officers and trustees. 
Kate Sherwood, AIA, is the featured guest speaker. Ms. Sherwood’s lecture, “Architecture: A Sense of Place,” will be moderated by Carol McKenna, Village Historian. Sherwood will discuss the renovation and adaptive re-use of 195 Rockaway Avenue from a bank building into a courthouse. An architect with Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm, Sherwood designed the first floor and mezzanine. Kate will also delve into the less tangible aspects of architecture—its influence and relevancy on culture, civic pride, commerce, and collective memory.  Sherwood’s familiarity and appreciation for vintage architecture runs deep—she was born and raised in a 1790 Greek Revival in the historic village of Winchester Center, Connecticut. Her father, chair of the Winchester Historical Society, helped shape Kate’s sensibility regarding local history and the art of preservation. Sherwood's early exposure to architecture, coupled with her education and professional experience helped create an interior that authentically replicates a courtroom from the 1920s. 
A Q&A will follow the lecture, moderated by Ms. McKenna. Ms. Sherwood will then lead a tour of the building, highlighting the interior’s redesign. The evening will conclude with the Society's annual social, featuring Itgen’s ice cream, strawberries, pound cake, and fresh whipped cream! 
Admission is $5.00 per person but will be waived for those that join or renew their membership that evening. To learn more about membership, or to join online, please visit https://www.vsvny.org/historical and click on the Membership & Donations link. Membership tiers: Students ($10), Individual ($15), Family ($20), Organizational ($50), Lifetime ($100). RSVP, if possible, by email or call/text: vshistorical@gmail.com; 203.558.1882. Walk-ins welcome, too.
Invite: An evening at 195 Rockaway Avenue
Press Release: An evening at 195 Rockaway Avenue

Sunday, May 26, 2019Military Exhibits Honoring Valley Streamers—by Chris Critchley and John Urgo 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Pagan-Fletcher Restoration143 Hendrickson Avenue Valley Stream, NY 11580 A special exhibit at the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration has been created in honor of Memorial Day. Chris Critchley, a social studies teacher at Central High; and John Urgo, historical society board member, and exhibit designer extraordinaire, have teamed up to create an artistic and compelling display honoring Valley Streamers that served in the military. Featured in the exhibit is Jacob Matthew Reisert. "Jake" was born 1921 to George and Anna Reisert, who owned a 128-acre farm (located in the present-day community of Mill Brook in South Valley Stream, and the Green Acres Mall). In 1939, Jake graduated Central High School and in the fall, began his freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In the summers of 1940 and 1941, Jake earned his civilian pilot license. In March 1945, Lt. Jacob M. Reisert led a division of Grumman Torpedo Bomber Fighter Avengers from the carrier U.S.S. Bellevue Wood in a long-range mission against the enemy in the Nansen Shoto Islands of Japan. Reisert was wounded with anti-aircraft fire as he scored two direct hits. He flew the nearly unflyable bomber with open bomb-bay doors and ruptured gas tanks for more than two hours to reach a rescue submarine. Reisert gave his life to save his fellow crewmen and was posthumously recommend for the Congressional Medal of Honor several times but was denied. He ultimately was awarded the Navy Cross, the Navy’s second-highest honor. Please stop by and say hello. It's a great way to demonstrate support of your nation and hometown. For further information please call (516) 825-7157 or (516) 872-4159.  
  

Tuesday, May 21, 2019Lost Firehouses of Nassau County—by Michael Capoziello 7:30 pmValley Stream Community Center—at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park123 West Merrick Road (corner of South Franklin Avenue)Valley Stream, NY 11580 Michael Capoziello, a life-long resident of Elmont, has familial roots that date back to the 1940s. Capoziello's lecture, "Lost Firehouses of Nassau County," will cover the 36 ex-firehouse buildings still standing in Nassau County. Perhaps you have driven by some of these buildings without knowing their provenance? Capoziello will also share his knowledge of the three oldest active firehouses in the county. Capoziello once served as Elmont's Fire Chief. He is proudly serving his 32nd year as an Elmont volunteer fireman in addition to his role as Historian for both the Elmont Fire Department and the Nassau County Firefighters Museum.  For further information please call (516) 825-7157 or (516) 872-4159.  
Hewlett
Elmont
New Hyde Park
 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019Dr. Lawrence Cardano—History and Evolution of the Hearing Aid 7:30 pmValley Stream Community Center—at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park123 West Merrick Road (corner of South Franklin Avenue)Valley Stream, NY 11580 
Ear trumpets! Conversation tubes! Vacuum tubes! Transistor hearing aids! Cochlear implants!
On April 16th, Dr. Lawrence Cardano, Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology, will be our featured guest speaker. Director of the Hearing Center of Long Island, Dr. Cardano is actively involved in community service through his work with "Lions Lend an Ear," the Nassau County-based chapter of Lions Club International. He helps those that cannot afford hearing devices.
Hearing aids came into existence in the 17th century. In 1640, an Italian nobleman wrote about a trumpet-shaped horn that directed sounds towards someone’s ear. Most of these early prototypes were made from animal horns or seashells. Circa 1800, companies started to manufacture ear trumpets specifically for people with hearing loss. The movement toward modern hearing aids began with the creation of the telephone, and the first electric hearing aid was created in 1898. By the late 20th century, digital hearing aids were the norm.
Join us for this important lecture. There is never an admission fee, but donations are always appreciated. For further information please call (516) 825-7157 or (516) 872-4159.