Other Useful Contacts

Medford, NY

Patchogue, NY

  • Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce:  15 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY  11772; Tel.:  (631) 207-1000; Fax:  (631) 475-1599; Website:  http://www.patchogue.com/; Contacts:   David Kennedy, Executive Director; James Skidmore, President; Lou Commisso, Vice President; Melissa Kuehnle, Vice President; Alice DeMonte, Recording Secretary; Tiffany Rivera, Corresponding Secretary; Jason Volini, Treasurer; Jacqueline Hensley, Former President.
  • Greater Patchogue Historical Society, P.O. Box 102, Patchogue, NY 11772; Website:  http://www.greaterpatchoguehistoricalsociety.com/; Contacts:   Jim Roselle, President; Linda DiLauro, Rosemary Lucas, Vice Presidents; Steve Lucas, Treasurer; Sandra Marshak, Secretary; Dorothy Pavacic, Corresponding Secretary; Alyson Roselle, Society Historian; Peter BermanHistorian/Curator. 
  • Incorporated Village of Patchogue.  Historian:  Hans Henke, 78 North Prospect Avenue, Patchogue, NY  11772; Tel.:  (631) 289-1062 (home); Email:  hiam52@yahoo.comNote:  Copies of Patchogue: The Early Years and Patchogue:  The Twentieth Century are available directly through the author, Mr. Henke, each priced @ $26.00.
  • Cemeteries:
    • Cedar Grove Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 212, (80 Jennings Avenue), Patchogue, NY   11772; tel.: (631) 447-1971 -- Note:  Some initial burials here were later transferred to Lakeview Cemetery
    • Lakeview Cemetery:   Cemetery Restoration Committee c/o Greater Patchogue Foundation, 15 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY  11772;  website:  www.cemeteryrestorationcommittee.com  Note:  Lakeview Cemetery, actually 5 cemeteries in 1, had been overgrown and seriously vandalized,  but between 2006-2016, Hans Henke, then Steve Gill had been prime movers in restoration and maintenance of the cemetery, and have recently passed the reins to Ralph Wright, whose committee is seeking funds to ensure regular, long term maintenance of the cemetery.  -- Some burials, initially interred in Cedar Grove Cemetery, were transferred here.
    • Patchogue Hebrew Cemetery: 208-212 Peconic Ave, Holtsville, NY 11742; Patchogue Hebrew Cemetery Association: Contact:  Liz Efimetz, Principal Officer, EIN# 11-6076275, P.O. Box 293, Patchogue, NY 11772; Tel.:  (631) 475-0310; affiliated with Temple Beth-El of Patchogue, 45 Oak Street, Patchogue, NY  11772; Tel.:  (631) 475-1882 -- Some burials, initially interred in other cemeteries, were transferred here.
    • St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, East 2nd St., Patchogue, NY  11772; affiliated with St. Francis de Sales R.C. Church, 7 Amity Street, Patchogue, NY; Tel:  (631) 475-0161.

Brookhaven (N.Y. : Town)

Suffolk County, NY

--  Archeology

  • Suffolk County Archeological Association:  P.O. Box 1542, Stony Brook, NY  11790; Officers:  Douglas DeRenzo, President; Dave Thompson, Vice President; Elena Eritta, VP Marine Archaeology; Laurie Billadello, Corresponding Secretary; Gaynell Stone, Ph.D., Recording Secretary, Museum Director, & Editor, Readings in Long Island Archaeology and Ethnohistory (8-vol. series, so far); Randi Vogt, Treasurer & Web Master; Tel.: (631) 929-8725; Fax:  (631) 929-6967;  Website:  http://www.scaa-ny.org/

--  History

  • East Hampton Library.  The Morton Pennypacker Long Island Collection, 159 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937.  Contacts: Gina Piastuck, Department Head; Steve Boerner, Librarian/Archivist; Suzanne Setter, Librarian; ; Department Tel.:  (631) 324-0222, ext. 4; Web page:  http://www.easthamptonlibrary.org/history/index.html  

  • Smithtown Library.  Richard H. Handley Collection of Long Island Americana, 1 North Country Road, Smithtown, NY  11787.  Contacts:  Long Island Room Librarians; Tel.:  (631) 360-2480, Ext. 197. Email:  http://www.smithlib.org/general-information/contact.htmlWeb Page:  http://www.smithlib.org/long-island-room.html

  • Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901-2894.  Officers:  Kathryn M. Curran, Director; Lynn Egan, Assistant Director; Ruth Vosburgh, Administrative Assistant;Edward H.L. Smith, III, Librarian; Amy Folk, Collections Manager; Emma Ballou, Curator; Lee G. Thumser, Gift Shop and Volunteer Coordinator; Mary Beth Finnegan, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper.   Tel.:  (631) 727-2881.  Fax:  (631) 727-3467; Hours:  12:30-4:30 P.M.:  Museum:  Tu-Sat; Library:  W-Sat -- The Society maintains a museum, library & archives, Weathervane Gift Shop (located in the museum basement), and conducts educational programs.  The latter is one of L.I.’s best-stocked, best-kept open secrets:  a fine source of local history material, ranging from children’s historically-oriented coloring books and historical fluff & puffery, to local history classics, hard-to-find & out-of-print works, as well as recent publications & new scholarship in local history, archaeology, and anthropology.  S.C.H.S.  published The Register; and now the Newsletter of the Suffolk County Historical Society (online back issues)
            Main websitehttp://suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org/
            Library & Archives web page:  http://suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org/library.html
            Suffolk County Museum web page:  http://suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org/museum.html
            Weathervane Gift Shop web page:  http://suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org/gifts.html  
    The Register web page:  http://suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org/the_register.html -- Includes recent full-text,                                  downloadable material
            Newsletter of the Suffolk County Historical Society web page (Media Room):   

Suffolk County, NY -- Government Records & Archives

Long Island, NY

-- History & Historical Societies

  • Long Island Radio and TV Historical Society – Preserving Wireless History,  41 Sayville Boulevard, Sayville, NY  11782; Contact: Constance Currie, Past President; website:  http://www.lirtvhs.org/

  • Long Island Rail Road, Alphabetical Station Listing and History – Compiled from data researched by Vincent F. Seyfried, Robert M. Emery, Art Huneke, and Jeff Erlitz.  Website: http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirrphotos/LIRR%20Station%20History.htm

  • Long Island Studies Council, 496 Clarendon Road, Uniondale, NY 11553; Contact:  Dr. Natalie Naylor, Co-President; Founder & Director Emerita, of Hofstra University’s Long Island Studies Institute

  • National Railway Historical Society.  Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter,  NRHS-LIST, P.O. Box 507, Babylon, NY 11702-0507.  Email:  LISunriseTrail@yahoo.com.  Website:  http://www.nrhs-list.org/ 

Libraries, Archives, & Special Collections


  • Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center, Charles Lindburgh Boulevard, Garden City, NY 11530.  Tel.:  (516) 572-4111.  Andrew Parton, Executive Director; Website:  https://www.cradleofaviation.org/ 

  • Long Island Maritime Museum:  (P.O. Box 184), 86 West Avenue, West Sayville, NY  11796; Tel.:  (631) 447-8679.  Contacts:  Capt. Mike Caldwell, Executive Director; Michael Eagan, Chairman, Board of Trustees; Barbara Forde, Librarian; Website:  @ http://limaritime.org/

  • Long Island Museum Association [LIMA], P.O. Box 1063, Huntington, NY  11743; website: @ http://www.limamuseums.org/index.html

  • Long Island Rail Road History Website (Unofficial).  Contact:  Robert W. Andersen, Site Owner.  Website: @ http://www.lirrhistory.com/

New York City

New York State

United States


  • NYS Historic Newspapers:  Suffolk County, New York, [1822-2007] (formerly Suffolk Historic Newspapers.   Contains selected runs of weekly newspapers, selected by public libraries from nine regions of the County.   Website:   http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/titles/places/new_york/suffolk/

  • Brooklyn Newsstand:  Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online, 1841-1955 (Brooklyn Public Library.  Brooklyn Collection) - Click on Brooklyn Daily Eagle:  This daily (as opposed to weekly) newspaper covered not only Brooklyn, but Long Island communities, from Brooklyn to Montauk & Orientand points in-between.  It rewards searching.  See also the Eagle's  Selected Subjects link(lower left-hand column) -- clickable subject areas, listed from A to W -- as well as information on the history of the newspaper, and on its digitization.   https://bklyn.newspapers.com/   

  • Searchable at Patchogue-Medford Library, through the Library's subscription, and at many other Long Island area Libraries are the New York Times, historical edition, 1851-2007 and  Newsday, historical edition, 1940-1984, as well as their current editions.  Both often prove valuable sources of Long Island historical information.