[NCHS-Announce] This Sunday: The Next NCHS Program

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Tue May 31 14:05:12 EDT 2022

The next NCHS program is this Sunday

Sunday, June 5th, 2022, 2:00 p.m. at the Jericho Public Library or 
virtually via a Zoom webinar.

“Gold Coast Warriors: The North Shore Elite and First World War"
Richard F. Welch

Based on the recently published, Long Island’s Gold Coast Elite and the 
Great War, the program explores how the leading families of the North 
Shore, through a potent combination of ethnic background, social status, 
clear eyed geopolitical calculation, and financial self-interest 
mobilized to support the Allies at the outbreak of war in 1914. Morgan 
bankers, movie producers, society glitterati, government officials, 
politically connected lawyers and one ex-president arranged massive 
loans and supplies for the Allies, while agitating for militarization 
and intervention. These efforts undercut the Wilson Administration’s 
official policy of neutrality and set the country on a course which led 
inexorably to war with Germany in 1917. The participation of the Gold 
Coast elite, on the homefront and overseas, is also discussed.

Richard F. Welch taught American history at Long Island University and 
Farmingdale State College.  He was editor of the Long Island Forum from 
1991 to 2014, and a contributing editor of the Journal of Long Island 
History. The author of numerous articles and reviews, he has written 
seven books, the most recent being Long Island’s Gold Coast Warriors. 
The North Shore Elite and World War One (2021).  He was also a 
contributor to the Encyclopedia of New York State. He is currently a 
trustee of the Suffolk County Historical Society.

The Nassau County Historical Society Program will be held at the Jericho 
Public Library and will be both in person, and streamed virtually. There 
will be a reception and book signing following the program.

Here is the link to the virtual webinar:


If you have difficulty with the link, phone the Jericho Library 

Driving Directions: The Jericho Library is at 1 Merry Lane, just south 
of Rt. 25 (Jericho Turnpike). From the Northern State Parkway, take exit 
35 North or from the LIE/Rt. 495, take exit 41 North onto Rts. 106/107. 
Stay in the right-hand lane and turn right onto Rt. 25. Go a very short 
distance and turn right (south) onto Merry Lane. The Library is the 
building on your left; parking is available on both sides of the 

Guests are welcome to attend, either at the library or virtually on 
Zoom.  Invite your friends.

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