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The Last Word, 2013

Our country is midway through its sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War. This issue of the Journal opens with an article by Harrison Hunt on a company from Long Island which was involved in many battles in that conflict. Foxhall Keene, a gentleman sportsman at the turn of the last century, is the subject of Richard Winsche's article. It is interesting to note that Keene is remembered in culinary history for suggesting chicken a la king to the chef at Delmonico's about 1890. In fact, the dish was first known as chicken a la Keene.

My article on Robert Moses marks the 125th anniversary of his birth. I have postponed until the 2014 issue our on-going reprinting of the automobile tours in Nassau County from the 1940 WPA Guide.

During the past year, the Historical Society has presented a variety of interesting programs. In February, our Past President Denward W. Collins, Jr. spoke on "Goldbeating in Hicksville." Twenty or more shops there in the early twentieth century engaged in this craft of producing thin sheets of gold leaf used to decorate myriad objects. Trustee Richard Althaus brought a number of goldbeating artifacts from the Gregory Museum in Hicksville which enhanced the presentation.

Constance Haydock, a landscape architect, gave a power point presentation in April, "Gatsby and Beyond: The Fabled Gardens of Long Island's Gold Coast." We partnered with the Jericho Library to hold this program in their attractive auditorium. In June our members toured Oheka Castle, the beautifully restored estate of Otto Kahn, which is now a luxurious hotel and catering hall.

In September, we returned to the Jericho Library to hear Caroline Rob Zaleski, a preservationist and architectural historian, speak on "Long Island Modern Architecture"—the subject of her book, Long Island Modernism. Our Annual Meeting and luncheon was held at the Davenport Press Restaurant in Mineola in October. Peter Bales was our speaker and his topic, "Alfred E. Smith: Let's Look at the Record," was drawn from a book he is writing on defeated candidates for president in the 1920s.

We returned to the Community Church of East Williston in December to listen to George Gorman, Deputy Regional (Long Island) Director, New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, speak on "Rebuilding the Historic Jones Beach." The quality of all of our programs has been excellent.

At the Annual Meeting, three new trustees were elected to the Class of 1918: Janet Bergholtz, David R. Doucette, and Richard Winsche. Incumbent trustees Tom Murtha and Natalie Naylor were reelected. Four trustees left the board in 2013: Carolyn Thoet, who chaired our 2012 luncheon; Jerry Rugg, who served as treasurer from 2001 to 2013; Irmgard Tuechler, secretary since 2005; and Robert B. Rushmore who retired from the Board after serving for twenty-five years, and has been Corresponding Secretary for almost as many years. We thank each of them for their service. Fortunately, Bob Rushmore will continue to serve as Associate Editor of the Journal since his assistance and editing suggestions have been very helpful.

The Board elected Lawrence Jones treasurer in January 2013 and Janet Bergholtz recording secretary in November. Denward W. Collins III has been webmaster and membership chair as well as vice president; Betsey Murphy, recording secretary pro tem; Stephanie Bird has responsibility for publicity; Barbara Haynes is the hospitality chair; and Past President Denward W. Collins, Jr. has been a welcome source of advice and counsel and chaired the 2013 luncheon. My thanks to all the trustees for their service.

Natalie A. Naylor

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