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Sunday, October 26, 2014
W.H. Historical Society archives over 30 years of service
Courtesy Lesley McAvoy
West Hempstead Historical Society members Bill Rilling, back left, Helen Duryea, President John Shaud, and Linda Brohm, front left, Justine Niedz and Joan Klopfer celebrate 31 years of educating residents about their town’s rich history.

The West Hempstead Historical Society proudly celebrated yet another special date in history, marking its 31st anniversary at its June meeting.

In the past three years, the Society has been re-identifying its unique purpose within the community. In addition to the ongoing Post Office Display and the Fall Festival Tent, the Society now has a permanent library display, which changes its theme four times annually. Each spring, the Society hosts a new historical film and display event at the library. And every week, new historical photos and facts are posted on westhempsteadhistoricalsociety@facebook.com.

The current theme of the library display is “Hempstead Avenue, Circa the Past.” Patrons can use the Numerical Phone and Address Book from 1967 to get a “picture” of Hempstead Avenue from addresses 1-900. Directional arrows travel through archived photos from one end of “the Avenue” to the other.

This summer, society members will be busy creating a collection of historical photos to display on the walls of the library’s second floor Conference Room. The “Back to School” display scheduled for September will be in the works to highlight the history of Eagle Avenue School.

Lastly, a film about the history of the Lakeview train station is currently in the works and will feature interviews with residents from the area.

If you would like to contribute photos or information, please contact us through our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/WestHempsteadHistoricalSociety, or PO Box 61.

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