Curious about what happened here in the past?: in East Patchogue, Medford, North Patchogue, Patchogue, the Pat-Med Area, in Brookhaven Town, in Suffolk County, on L.I., or in New York State? This is a great place to start, browse, and explore...
The Celia M. Hastings Local History Room is located on the Main Floor (Terry Street side), of The Patchogue-Medford Library, next to the Quiet Study Room. It contains an eclectic reference collection, emphasizing history of the Long Island Region and the Patchogue-Medford Area. Its Long Island Reference and New York Reference [State history] book collections, are complemented by its periodical, genealogy, map & atlas, postcard & photographic, vertical file, oral history, and archival collections. These are rounded out by this website, with its expanding series of online electronic web pages (under a number of geographic and subject themes, with chronologies, digital materials, and links), plus offline electronic resources (inquire at the Local History Room's reference desk). Online resources include a series of web pages related to New York State, the Long Island Region, individual L.I. Counties (including Suffolk), the 10 Towns of L.I. (proper), including Brookhaven Town), L.I.'s Outer Islands, its numerous Villages (incorporated and unincorporated), the Patchogue-Medford Area (its villages, and their history); along with links to digital editions of many local history classics (usually full-text, searchable, downloadable), both from digitized PML holdings and outside sources. A growing selection of online local history reference tools serve both those casually browsing and those doing research.. This website has been designed to serve many people from many perspectives. Audio & video resources, PowerPoint presentations, and historic images are featured. The Local History Room also features mounted works, occasionally changing exhibits & displays (often tied to current comemorations), and a variety of free handouts (primarily in-house publications, nearly all of which also appear online). See also below for a more detailed Description of Collections and Services, a Self-Guided Tour of the Local History Room, information on our Local History Website, or to contact a librarian, ask a question, make a constructive suggestion, or to set up an appointment, within or outside regular room hours.
Local History Room Hours:
- Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday: 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
- Thursday & Friday: 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
- Saturday: 9:30 AM - 12:00 P.M. & 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
- Sundays (October-May): 1:00 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.
Or, call for an appointment. If the room is not open during posted hours, inquire at the Adult Reference Desk.
Local History Room Mission
The purpose of the Local History Collection is to provide the community with a reference collection on selected aspects of the history of Patchogue, Medford, Brookhaven Town, Suffolk County, Long Island, and New York State, in various formats and media, including but not limited to texts, photos, audiocassettes, and electronic resources, and to create and improve the tools that promote its accessibility. Approved by the Board of Trustees, October 2002.
► Click here for A Description of Local History Room Collections, Services, Policies, & History (Rev. 1/15)
► Click here for A Self-Guided Tour of the Celia M.Hastings Local History Room (Rev. 1/15) -- includes color photos
► Click here for a 360 Degree Views of the Room (Courtesy of Inside Patchogue) [4/15]
► Click here to discover Who Was Celia M. Hastings? -- Article courtesy of the Long Island Advance
► Click here to go to the Patchogue-Medford Library History web page [rev. 3/13/17]
► Click here for the PML Local History Website Summary Sheet [rev. 2/21/17]
► Click here for the "LI/NYS GenBib," that is: Long Island & New York State Genealogical Resources in the Celia M. Hastings Local History Room,as well as Selected Links from the PML Local History Website (rev. & exp., 1/17)► The NAACP on Long Island (A February 2017, Black History Month, Offering (2/17) -- Includes some books, websites, and newspaper articles representing the early years of NAACP activity on L.I., 1928-1959
A Few Notes
← The "History Pages" (upper left column), generally proceed downwardn from the state to local level. They offer classified links to information on a variety of topics, as well as links to web pages on additional major local history subtopics and themes, related to the geographic area that you've chosen.
The basic geographic web pages, and their subsidiary web pages generally include full-text, searchable classic histories, collections of public documents, occasional genealogical works (e.g., records of births, marriages, deaths), digitized material from PML collections, or providing links to local history works in other attributed collections, and related Patchogue-Medford Library Catalog and Vertical File samplers.
Local Geography's Sliding Scale: Many works that appear at one level of geography relate to and support works at other levels. State histories often have material relating to counties, regions, towns, cities or even villages within the state. Or, in reverse, when village histories fail to provide what you seek, try the appropriate town, county, and state sources. Browsing more general or more specific web pages, larger or smaller geographic areas, can improve your chances of finding additional information of interest or use.
Under "Resources" (lower left column), a number of handy reference works or links for research or browsing local history follow. Web pages are based in-part on frequently-asked questions (serving as a sort of FAQ), designed to offer answers, or to provide some preliminary guidance and orientation. Some web pages address local aspects of an historical celebration or commemorative event (e.g., a history month, year, archives month, centennial, bicentennial, 350th anniversary, etc.).
See also the following:
► Local History Room Picture Window Displays and Exhibits (as of 2/22/17): A Bit of Your Library's History. -- A Quick Look at Digital PML (historical photos, documents, maps, postcards, and books online). -- On the Door: A 1-page Summary of our Local History Website (rev. 2/22/17); NYS Vital Records Index (historical NYS births, marriages, and deaths microfiche, which is located in the Genealogy alcove); A Really Brief History of the Patchogue, then Patchogue-Medford Library; free Local History Room and Digital PML bookmarks. Greater Patchogue Historical Society forthcoming program announcements are posted on the door, as they are received. In a plastic pocket, next to the door, is their Historical Map and Guide of Patchogue (which is free, and includes 80 points of interest in the area). It may also be obtained from the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce or from the Historical Society, itself.
► A Few of the Free Handouts, Available Inside the Room: Researching Your House. -- Medford: The Early Years, 1844-1944. -- Patchogue: A Brief History. -- Records of Men from Patchogue and Vicinity Who Took Part in the World War: A World War One Veterans' Survey. -- The Library Story, 2nd edition.
► Click here to discover Who Uses a Local History Collection? (2nd edition)
► Click here for A Guide to Localizing Dewey, for Long Island Use (Revised, exp. edition)
► Click here for A Few Thoughts on Some of the Quirks of L.I. Local History
► Click here for Local History Contacts and Some Key Websites (currently being revised)
► For more information contact: Mark Rothenberg, Local History Liaison email@example.com or (631) 654-4700, ext. 240
► Click here to Book an Appointment with a Librarian (check the box for local history, and indicate your interest(s): e.g., identify your specific research topic, or request a Local History Room tour (general, or one specific to your interests), or a general local history website tour.