Historical Society maintains a museum and research library in a
landmark Carnegie Library building at 215
Main Street in Northport, NY, where artifacts associated with the
area's history are curated and displayed. Come
visit us Tuesdays through Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Now on Exhibit: Window Shopping Through Time
The Northport Historical Society presents Window Shopping through Time, a re-creation of ten stores that were located on Main Street and Woodbine Avenue. Spanning about 100 years, from the 1880’s Morris City Grocery, with their fresh produce and dry goods, to the 1980’s 5 & 10, with their ribbon and toys, “shoppers” will be able to take a stroll through time while learning the history of many of the buildings that still stand today.
John K. Sammis Sporting Goods store on Woodbine Avenue, ca. 1912
"Parading down Main Street"
Sunday, March 16th
"Parading down Main Street" is an entertaining, informative guided walking tour of Northport's historic Main Street business district. Using photos from our collection and a true gift for storytelling, your guide will make the past come alive. Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour in the Museum Shop at $5/person. The tour begins at 1:30 pm on the front steps of the museum.
Sunday at the Society
Sunday, March 30 at 2 pm
In commemoration of Women’s History Month, our speaker, Antonia Petrash, will present “Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement.” Ms. Petrash is a former business owner and former director of the Glen Cove Public Library. She has written three books on women’s history, the latest being Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement. Free for members. Light refreshments will be served.
Museum Shop Spring Jewelry Sale
Members are invited to attend the Museum Shop Sale going on now of a select assortment of jewelry at 50% off the original price. Come visit us for the best selection at bargain prices. No further member discount applies to this sale.
"History Takes a Vacation"
April 15th, 16th and 17th
We've designed three exciting and educational programs for children in grades 2-6 that will take place during the upcoming Spring Break.
Tuesday, April 15th – Wool to Weave
Children will experience the important skill of carding wool, working a drop spindle (which they will make) to spin wool into yarn and later weave from the spun yarn to make a lovely piece of material to take home with them. So, be prepared to learn these necessary skills used in everyday colonial times on Long Island.
Wednesday, April 16th – The School for Spies
Ever wonder what it takes to be a spy, especially for General Washington? Long Island’s infamous Culper Spy Ring was one of the first modern spy organizations in 1778. Join us for a fun workshop and learn all about secret codes, invisible ink and secret identities and when you finish you will know if you have what it takes to be a real spy.
Thursday, April 17th – Colonial Candle Dipping and Lanterns
Before we had electricity we had to make candles to light a room. Imagine hundreds of candles that needed to be hand dipped for a year’s supply? Children will make their own hand dipped candle, fashion a clay holder for it and enclose it with a stamped tin lantern. They will be well prepared for the next hurricane!
- All programs are 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and cost $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
- Save money and come to all three programs for $50 for members and $65 for non-members
- Space is limited; please make your reservation by April 11th.
- For more information, or to make a reservation, visit the museum or call us at 631-757-9859.
SAVE THE DATE!
Join us for our Gala Dinner Dance at the Northport Yacht Club on Saturday, May 31st. This year we'll be honoring community stalwarts Flemming and Stace Hansen of Copenhagen Bakery and we'll be conducting a live auction with an enticing list of items to bid on. Mark your calendars for this fabulous event. There will be music, dancing and terrific prizes! You won't want to miss it.
The permanent exhibit,
Stories: The History of a Community is on view during regular operating hours.This
display traces the history of our area through the stories of the men
and women who have lived here and features photos, artifacts and
ephemera from our Collection to highlight their tales.
A Brief History of Northport
Europeans first discovered Long Island, the Matinecock Indians were
living in the verdant hills around Northport. They had migrated earlier
to western Long Island as a result of conflicts with surrounding
tribes. They harvested fish and shellfish in the clear waters of
Northport Bay and stalked wild animals along hunting trails that
crisscrossed Eatons Neck, Crabmeadow, and Fort Salonga. The women grew
corn, squash and beans in the fertile fields. They camped along the
valley that is now Northport's Main Street, where an abundant stream of
fresh water flowed down to the marshy edge of the harbor. (The Brief History continues here...)
self-guided walking tour of Northport's Historic Main Street is
available in our Museum Shop at a cost of $5 per person. Tour-goers
will be equipped with an audio player, a book of historic photographs
and directions for their use. The tour is available during
regular museum hours, Tuesdays-Sundays from 1-4:30 p.m. If
possible, please call the Society's offices to confirm availability of
this tour prior to your visit.
The newsletter features revealing articles and details of upcoming
programs and activities. You can read the latest newsletter by clicking