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Courtesy of George F. Maher Museum, Nassau County Police Department

On Wed, May 31st, the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet will host Jonathan Olly, Assistant Curator of the LI Museum and his presentation of the museum's current exhibit "Midnight Rum: Long Island and Prohibition".  The story of Prohibition on Long Island is an opportunity to look at an important chapter of our history as experienced through the lives of New Yorkers, both rural and urban. 

Courtesy of George F. Maher Museum, Nassau County Police Department

The thirteen-year “noble experiment” was rooted in more than a century of activism by temperance advocates who sought to first limit alcohol consumption and then ban it entirely. From New York City in the west to the coastal villages on the North and South Forks, Prohibition affected nearly everyone living on Long Island during this time. During these “dry” years, Long Island and its adjacent waters were integral to New York City’s drinking culture. Large breweries in Brooklyn switched to making near beer; enterprising residents tried making their own beer, wine, and liquor; while others smuggled in foreign alcohol though Long Island’s waterways and harbors.

From cocktails to crime, the era has left an indelible impression on American culture.   The program will be held at the Islip Public Library, 71 Monell Ave., 7-9 pm and is free and open to the public; refreshments.

For more info, 631-245-0675,

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On Saturday, July 15th (rain date July 16th) the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet will have their 5th Garden Walk – “Secret Gardens of Islip” - from 12N – 4:00 p.m.  Come enjoy a beautiful summer day as 5 friends of the society open their gates for guests to stroll through and enjoy these unique gardens; entertainment by Carols for Causes and light refreshments served at each location.  Tickets can be purchased, in person, starting June 1st, at Caroline’s Flower Shoppe, 341 Main Street, Islip (631/581-3464), or through Eventbrite, starting May 12th (there will be a small processing fee).  Tickets are $20/adult (no one under 16) pre-purchase and day of tour.  The 2016 Garden Walk was highlighted in Newsday's "weekend top 10 things to do".

For more info, 631/245-0675 or

The annual Holiday House Tour was a success!

The pictures from the tour have been posted under Events / House Tours / 2016
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