1976 was an exciting year for the United States.
Across America, communities were preparing a whole year’s worth of events to celebrate the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence. The theme was “The Spirit of ‘76” and Betsy Ross flags, tri-corner hats, and history lectures were making their way from classrooms to holiday celebrations.
The “Stars and Stripes 200” Northport-East Northport Bicentennial Committee, led by Northport couple Sherry and Stuart Learned and student Stephen Banzer, started laying plans a year in advance for local festivities. The pinnacle of the celebrations came in the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, the nation’s birthday.
Here’s how more than 5,000 Northporters and visitors celebrated.
Remembering Buildings and Businesses Lost to History
The beauty of Northport Village and the neighborhoods that make up our community is found in the layers of history so many of the old buildings hold. The tower of the Thompson Building, the church spires, the trolley tracks and the beautiful Victorian homes and old farmhouses provide stories about the families and businesses who contributed to the history and character of the town.
Here we will look at some of the properties that have been lost to development and change, and remember what used to be.
The United Service Organizations was founded 80 years ago on February 4, 1941. One of the founders of the U.S.O. was Mary Shotwell Ingraham (1887- 1981), who along with her husband Henry A. Ingraham (1878-1962), had a summer home on Asharoken and later a house on Locust Road in Crab Meadow.