Widening historical reach with students and business
Greater Patchogue Historical Society treasurer Steve Lucas commented on upcoming plans for 2018, an interesting array of programs that include extending its boundaries into East Patchogue, partnering with the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and establishing regular inclusions with the young adults upstairs.
That would be the Teen Center at the Patchogue Carnegie Library students, just a few short steps up from the GPHS museum and its headquarters. One program Lucas suggested during a recent meeting at the Carnegie with Patchogue-Medford Library director Danielle Paisley and staffers was the historic all-night move of the Carnegie Library from its former Lake Street location, highlighted in an 80-minute video. The meticulous, slow trundle that took place over several hours in the early morning of Aug. 12, 2012 with the building went viral.
(Trust us. Here in Patchogue, it was almost as famous as Bruno Mars’ recent Grammy awards.)
“We could speed it up a little,” Paisley said about the video, to knowing nods. “It’s a nice introduction and then we can talk about the [GPHS] museum.”
“That could be our first one,” Lucas said.
Paisley reiterated the library wanted to make the local history/student partnership happen and plans had been already percolating. The interest was there; staffer Laura Accardi pointed out the history club was Pat-Med High School’s largest.
“We have Friday night programs,” Paisley said of the potential GPHS programming at the Carnegie. “There are 25 kids who come here. They do community service, games like Escape the Room and food challenges. That’s where you’d get the biggest audiences.”
A short interruption. Happy greetings were exchanged with the smiling ‘Cookies with the Cop’ police officers from the Fifth Precinct, who came in to talk to the students.
P.S. No absence of interesting happenings exists at the Carnegie. They even have a girl Siamese fighting fish, which some refer to as Hannibal.
Ideas kept popping out. Lucas mentioned a possible segment featuring historical landmarks, what they looked like before and what has morphed in place since then. Children’s librarian Alyson Roselle reported that students made plaques to place on buildings that can coincide with a Hometown Explorers walking tour. Carnegie librarian Martha Mikkleson was passionate about offering oral history interviews.
A repeated interest to work with the Patchogue-Medford School District on a local history component was a frequent echo.
But besides local students, there were other historical happenings.
GPHS had already hosted an Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies meeting on Sunday that began with a meet-up at the museum, onto the Swan River School House, the Congregational Church of Patchogue and ended up with a meal at the BrickHouse Brewery that attracted 50 people.
And the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce committed to a meet-and-greet mixer at the museum, tentatively scheduled for September.
“The chamber does a monthly networking event and I thought it would be a great idea to have it there and I had the discussion with Steve,” confirmed Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce executive director David Kennedy. “Some of the members may not know about the museum and it would be a nice way to introduce them to it.”
Lucas also mentioned the possibility of opening the museum during Alive After Five® evenings, which offers vendors and attractions down to West Avenue and the Carnegie.
“The chamber would welcome the museum during any of our Alive After Five® events and our street festivals,” Kennedy said enthusiastically. “We’d love to have it open.”
Lucas said, manned by volunteers, the museum would open at 5 p.m. when the popular street event starts, but would close well before ending time.
“It doesn’t have to be open until the bitter end,” he said. “Just a couple of hours.”
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