PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
The year 2015 marks the 350th anniversary of the Town of Smithtown. To celebrate this momentous occasion the Smithtown Library's Long Island Room will be offering a series of programs exploring the history of the Town and its people. For more information about these programs, please see the list below. In addition, the Long Island Room has assembled a releted exhibit, "Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Smithtown", which will be on view through the end of 2015.
Special 350th anniversary programs will also be offered at the Smithtown Library's other branches throughout the year. For more information on those programs or to register, click here.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Is there some aspect of Smithtown history you are interested in learning more about? Perhaps you would like to research the life of a family member that resided in Smithtown, investigate the history of your house, or study the area's natural environment. Whatever your research interests, there are a number of local institutions that can help you get started. Learn how as representatives from the Suffolk County Clerk's Office, Smithtown Historical Society, Smithtown Town Hall, and Smithtown Library's Long Island Room discuss the various types of materials available in their respective collections and explain how researchers can access these invaluable resources. To register for this program, click here.
Smithtown at Play- Historic Children's Games and Toys (a joint program with the Library's Children's Department)
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon (Rain date: Saturday, June 13, 2015)
Despite the fact that children's games and toys have changed drastically over the last 350 years, the main purpose has always remained the same-- F-U-N! Come and play classic games such as hoop rolling, duck, duck, goose and hopscotch or with a collection of historic toys such as paper dolls, tops and teddy bears. This program will be held outside on the village green in front of the Library, weather permitting. To register for this program, click here.
Smithtown's Historic Sites
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7:00- 8:30 pm
With its founding dating back to 1665, it is not surprising that Smithtown boasts many historic sites and structures within its borders. While age is obviously a factor, there are a number of other qualifications required for a place or building to be designated as "historic". To better understand this designation, join Jason Crowley, Preservation Director at the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities as he discusses how New York State's Historic Sites Inventory paved the way for many of Long Island's local landmarks ordinances, the distinction between the state's inventory and the National Register of Historic Places, and why historic preservation should be considered an asset to our communities. This program will also provide an overview of some of Smithtown's most significant historic sites. To register for this program, click here.
Smithtown's 350th Anniversary Author's Talk and Book Signing
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7:00- 8:30 pm
In 2009 and again in 2011, Smithtown Town Historian Bradley Harris, Smithtown Historical Society Executive Director Kiernan Lannon and Smithtown Historical Society Consulting Curator Joshua Ruff, joined together to write Images of America: Smithtown and Then & Now: Smithtown (both Arcadia Publishing). Focused primarily on the historic photographic record of the town, these two books serve as important visual resources that truly capture the look and feel of the community through the years. Learn how the authors selected and used images from the Smithtown Historical Society, the Smithtown Library's Long Island Room and private collections to develop a pictorial history of the town. A book signing will follow the formal presentation. To register for this program, click here.
The People of Smithtown
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:00- 8:30 pm
When Richard Smythe (later Smith) and his family settled the area of Long Island that would eventually be known as Smithtown during the latter half of the 17th century, they could not have possibly envisioned how dramatically the community would grow and change over time. Noel Gish, author (Smithtown, New York, 1660- 1929: Looking Back Through the Lens), historian and retired social studies teacher, along with Long Island Room librarians, Cathy Ball and Caren Zatyk presented an illustrated program about the ethnic peopling of Smithtown. Drawing on historic demographics as well as the personal recollections and photographs of several individuals, this program provided a fundamental overview of Smithtown's cultural heritage.